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 Meet our Ambassador of the Month, Tim Radford of WKRK


You know Tim Radford’s voice and you recognize him from his many Facebook live videos to share the latest in Cherokee County. Students love him for sharing the school delays and closings, pet owners appreciate his #missingpets efforts to reunite them with their family pets, and we can’t even begin to tell you about all of his Party Line girlfriends. However you know Tim, you know he is a local gem and always focused on sharing Christian love on the airways throughout the community.

A native of Hanging Dog, Tim became the youngest radio station owner in North Carolina. He purchased the station at the age of 22, after his time at UNC Chapel Hill. He credits his time working in Raleigh with the experience and confidence to run his very own 1320 AM. He has made a great deal of investments in our community and strives to improve the ways he brings information and entertainment to the region. You can now enjoy WKRK - Murphy, NC at 105.5 FM, 1320 AM, Cable TV 25, country.am, Google Home, Simple Radio, Radio.net, TuneIn, Facebook Live, and you can even say “Alexa, Play WKRK Murphy” on your Amazon echo!

Tim’s love of our community is evident in all that he does to promote and share through WKRK. He is a proud member of Murphy Rotary Club, Tri-County Early College Business Advisory Council, NC Association of Broadcasters, Cherokee County Broadband Committee, Mayor’s Business Roundtable Advisory Board, Andrews Chamber of Commerce, Recover Our Mountains, Coalition for a Safe and Drug-Free Cherokee County, and best of all… Tim is one of our treasured Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors as well as a Tier 2/Engaged Member working tirelessly to promote our community.

Tim’s favorite thing about Cherokee County is the small town atmosphere and friendly folks. If you’re visiting Cherokee County, his recommendation is to come and enjoy the Christmas parades. He loves seeing our neighbors come together to celebrate the festivities, with so many organizations working together in a loving and joyful way. If you can’t make it to the parade, you can definitely enjoy the WKRK Facebook live video and thank Tim for working so hard to keep our community engaged and informed!


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 Meet our Ambassador of the Month, Judy Bruce

of Cruise Planners - Land & Cruise Experts


Judy Bruce became our neighbor almost 3 years ago after falling in love with the mountains on a motorcycle ride. A native of California, Judy worked in real estate before moving to Florida to run two restaurants. While in Florida she was involved in event planning and loved travel planning on the side. When she followed her heart to Murphy, she also decided to follow her love of travel planning and opened Cruise Planners.


As your Land & Cruise Expert, Judy works more as your travel concierge, ensuring an amazing experience from the planning stages to your return home. She loves to bring groups together for reunions and special events, provide families their dream vacation, and offers group tour information for those wanting to travel alone or enjoy that group rate and itinerary. So whether you’re dreaming of that Disney vacation, an Alaskan cruise, the Holy Land Tour, a trip to Europe to discover your heritage, or simply want the convenience of having someone else organize your vacation, Judy Bruce will be there to help every step of the way.


At Cruise Planners you will be at ease to know that her true passion is education. Judy loves to offer her monthly Travel Night and share about topics such as: how to pack for a cruise, how to get your passport, or providing information about a certain travel company and their offerings. Travel Nights are typically the third Thursday of each month and upcoming topics are Globus guided tours, Trafalgar, and Viking Cruises. While she helps people to travel and explore, she loves to welcome everyone back home to our very own community.


Judy is passionate about supporting our Military and Emergency Personnel, and you will often see her at Chamber Events throughout Cherokee County. She loves the people and always enjoys a visit at her downtown office on Peachtree Street. If you visit Cherokee County, Judy’s recommendation is to spend a day on the lake and we couldn’t agree more! Mark your calendar for March 21st to enjoy her Travel Night and visit Judy Bruce and her two sweet dogs any time at 33 Peachtree Street. If you’re lucky, her beautiful grandbaby may be there to visit when you stop by!



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 Premier Properties Realty & Investments

Cherokee Clay Senior Games & Silver Arts

Kula Wellness Center

Randy Dockery - RE/Max Mountain Properties

 WJUL 97.7 FM and AM 1230 / WJRB 95.1 FM Radio


Happy "Chamberversary"

Carolina Farm Credit

Edie Spence, D.C.

Goldhagen Art Glass Studio

Howard Construction, Inc.

Entegra Bank

Pete McKeon Building Company

Four Seasons Compassion for Life

WKRK-Murphy 105.5 FM, 1320 AM, Cable TV Channel 25, and www.country.am

Mimbs Photography

Valleytown Cultural Arts & Historical Society

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