Melbourne LGBTI radio station JOY94.9 has today announced president David McCarthy has resigned, citing health reasons.

McCarthy announced his intention to leave the position on the station’s executive at a board meeting last night.

Former vice president Breed Lewis has been elected to step into the role.

“David has made a wonderful contribution to JOY,” Lewis said.

“He has provided strong leadership and has been a fantastic influence on the sound and the direction of the station.

“On behalf of the Board, our volunteers and our staff, I wish him a speedy recovery and quick return to the Board”.

McCarthy will still remain on the board, taking a leave of absence. He will also continue his on-air contribution with the station on Saturday current affairs program Saturday Magazine.

In a statement, McCarthy said he had enjoyed his time in the top position.

“Due to concerns about my health, and upon the recommendation of my doctor, I have had to make this difficult decision to step down from the JOY presidency and seek a leave of absence as a JOY board member because I am unable to give JOY the attention it commitment it requires,” he said.

“This will allow me time to focus on improving my health before I consider a return back and will also allow me to spend more time with my partner Jonathon.”

“I love the station and the people I work with at JOY – they are dedicated and committed volunteers who give tirelessly to make JOY the wonderful community broadcasting organisation that it is.”

The station’s new board executive will now comprise of Lewis, Alastair McKenzie as vice president, Nick Bassett as public officer, and Jed Gilbert will remain as treasurer.

McCarthy, who has held the position of president for the last 12 months, has been a JOY member and presenter for over a decade.