Dearest FM96 listeners,
I’ve left this station once before and it wasn’t easy the first time…and like most break-ups, it hurts every time! I’ve been in a longer relationship with FM96 than anyone else. I joined the team nine years ago working in the FM96 promotions department before hustlin’ my way on-air.
It’s time once again for me to make a change. If there’s one thing I can tell you about myself, it’s that I hate sitting still. From joining the board for the Jack Richardson London Music Awards to my London Knights in-game hosting gig, I take pride in being active in this community. Lately though, I’ve been feeling like I’ve been ‘sitting still’ at FM96. For that reason, I’ve resigned for a new and exciting challenge, and I’m thrilled to be joining the team at Sirius XM Canada in a few weeks after a quick father-daughter road trip to catch the Blue Jays at Spring Training – something I’ve been dying to do for years!
One thing I will admit is this: even on the tougher days where I wasn’t in the mood to speak to thousands of people on the mic, all it took was one FM96 caller to snap me into a better mood. While morning shows usually have two or three people in the room – you have become my trusty co-hosts on subjects that range from sports to rock and roll and everything in between. Trump. Yeah, him too. Through my career here at FM96, I’ve worried about you, first and foremost. I have tried to put you before everyone else because you’ve been the most important part of the gig, and thank you for that. Who needs one co-host when you’ve got thousands working for free? 🙂
You have been amazing through this entire journey, from when I was trying to transition from being ‘news girl’ to rock ‘n roll radio. You were there when I mis-pronounced Led Zeppelin’s D’yer Maker. You were there when I said Foo Farters and Nippleback by accident. Eventually, I learned to laugh along with you instead of going into hiding. I still remember the day I was really hungover and told you U2 had three band members… Whoops, ha ha. Don’t show up to work hungover, kids. I have learned so much from you from you over the years. That includes: Just because I’m Jewish, doesn’t give me an excuse to ruin Santa Claus for your kid who was in the car at the wrong time. (I’m so sorry !!)
Through the almost five years of this afternoon show, you have been with me as I grew up. I was 25 when I took over Andrea Dunn’s afternoon show with big shoes to fill (and by the way, she’s been a huge mentor to me through the years, and she’s an overall fabulous human to work with and you should visit her over at Country 104 anytime on your way to work in the morning). At 25, my biggest concern was scoring concert tickets to the biggest shows of the summer, and here I am, almost 30, wondering where those days went. Adulting sucks. Do we have to?
Thank you to every one of you that call-in to the show regularly just to say hi, play School of Rock, make a request for the 5 @ 5, talk about new music, or complain about the Toronto Maple Leafs – something else that might have to change in your everyday afternoon routine! I’m glad I’ll be able to sign off today knowing they actually look like a team with a bright future!
From the bottom of my little rock ‘n roll heart, thank you for being along for this ride. I’ll miss you more than you know. It’s been a pleasure talking your ear off weekday afternoons and there’s one more show to go. I hope you’ll join me at 2pm one last time. http://player.fm96.com
Requests are open today for the 5 @ 5, and if you know what’s good for you, you’ll request some Weezer. Kidding…kind-of.
Burke, Burkie, Burke-a-lurk, Burkulator, or whatever else you’ve called me.