Meet Steve Murphy
Why/how did you choose a career in radio?
It wasn’t a traditional road to a radio career for me. I wanted to be a high school choral teacher (my inspiration was Mr. Richard Berberian of Barnstable High School in the late ‘70s) and went to college to become one, but I was bitten by the broadcasting bug earlier. Two of my radio idols were Jon Wetterlow (radio voice of the original Cape Cod Cubs hockey team) and Dave Read (current weather forecaster for Cape Cod Broadcasting). I loved listening to those guys and dreamed of doing the jobs they did. I had the pleasure of working with both Jon and Dave in the early 1990s at WQRC, and I learned a lot about radio from both of them.
WFCC was my first professional radio job back in 1988. Prior to that, I did radio at Westfield State College, playing everything from classical to alternative rock music. How did this parlay into a professional career? I sang in a concert with the Chatham Chorale in 1988, and met Janice Gray, program director of the then-brand new WFCC, after the performance. She heard my speaking voice and we struck up a conversation. She asked me if I knew about classical music. I said, “I studied music in college,” and she asked me if I did radio. I said, “Ayuh” (in my fake Pepperidge Farm-style downeast Maine accent). She offered me a job right then and there. Radio has been my love and passion (and a career spanning more than a quarter of a century).
What do you like best about your job?
For me, it’s all about the classics. This was the “pop” music of its time, and it has withstood shifts in musical tastes. The greatness of this music, in all its beauty, strength, and emotion, never ceases to amaze me. I am privileged and honored to bring this music to Cape and Islands audiences on WFCC.
What things do you like about Cape Cod?
How much room do I have on this web page? Main Street, Hyannis; Main Street, Falmouth; the Melody Tent; Craigville Beach; Nobska Lighthouse, Woods Hole; Four Seas Ice Cream; the Dragon Lite; Marconi Beach (appropriate for a radio guy); the Cape Cod Rail Trail; the Pilgrim Monument; Cape Cod Potato Chips; any of the Cape’s mini-golf courses; Sandy Neck Beach; Sam Diego’s. I could go on and on.
What things do you miss about Cape Cod?
Drive-in theatres; Signor Pizza; the Center Theater in Hyannis’ East End (burned down in 1972); the Hyannis Theatre in the West End (became a small indoor mall); the Falmouth Playhouse; the Sagamore Rotary (OK, I really don’t miss THAT); HoJo’s; the original Mashpee cinemas; DeFazio’s Pizzeria in Mashpee; the Mill Hill Club; the Cape Cod Coliseum. Here, too, I could go on and on, but I won’t.
What are some of your favorite activities?
I enjoy singing, surfing the Web, eating out, and being a huge fan of all the Boston sports teams. I am also part of a special ministry called Faith Encouragement. I travel to churches throughout the country that have Faith Encouragement weekends and share how God is working in my life.
Where have I worked in my career?
My career has taken me from coast to coast to coast (the East Coast, the Third Coast [that is, the Great Lakes], and the West Coast). I’ve been privileged to bring great music to the Cape and Islands, the North Shore of Boston, Milwaukee, and Santa Barbara/Ventura, California, as well as being nationally syndicated.
I sign off with “So long, and make it a good day!” Where did I get that from?
From legendary WBZ-TV news anchor Jack Chase. He signed off with that phrase after every newscast, and it has stuck with me since I was a child. And I really mean it when I say, “Make it a good day!” If you can brighten someone’s day, that makes it a good day. I also had the privilege to work with Jack’s weatherman, Don Kent, when I was at WQRC. Both great men and pioneers in Boston TV news.
What are your favorite TV shows?
M*A*S*H, Adam-12, Dragnet, The Rockford Files, the original Star Trek, The Saint, Wonder Woman, Emergency! (Note how these are classic TV shows.) I also like 24, NCIS, and NCIS: Los Angeles. My guilty pleasure is watching Wipeout. My favorite game show is The Chase on GSN.
Words of wisdom:
God, family, friends… in that order. Respect the dignity of EVERY human being.
“When you come to a fork in the road, take it.” – Yogi Berra
“You see, we’re on a mission from God.” – Elwood Blues, The Blues Brothers
“It’s not hard to work hard.” – KG (former Celtics star Kevin Garnett)