Munsey Business: 51 Years of Weather, Water Safety and Celebrity Interviews (Paperback)
Television personalities, you invite them into your home, you eat dinner with them nightly, you crawl into bed as they watch from their perch on the TV stand, you make them a member of your family, but who are they, really? In order to help answer that question, I travel back to my childhood, explaining how I grew up in a small rural community in North Dakota, was raised in a family with 9 children, 6 boys and 3 girls in a three-bedroom house. I worked for my dad, who was in the restaurant and bar business, employing my brother Mike and I, feeding construction road crews, picking up new language skills when we were eight and nine. Cleaning the ashtrays in the gambling room of the men's back bar in a private club, running errands and picking up bar talk at the age of 15.
Bartending special events, trading jokes with the patrons at the age of 16. As the original designated driver, driving the drunks home, listening to them babble and collecting big tips at age 17, all helping to explain how many of my life experiences that developed my personality were the reasons for my success in my 51- year broadcasting career.
I wrote this book to tell the story of my life in broadcasting and all of the fun that my career had brought me. As you read it, you may want a career in broadcasting, mine was very exciting and full of different twists and turns, from AFVN in Vietnam to interviewing celebrities and local folks about their lives, their careers and their needs in the community. Because of the high child drowning rate in Phoenix, I started a water safety program in 1980, teaching people the danger that water poses to their children and how to protect against losing them, I called it, "Watch Your Kids Around Water." The safety program was on the air for 38 years. As the weatherman, people had always greeted me with, "How's the Weather," shortly after starting the water safety program people would always greet me with, "Watch Your Kids Around Water," it never changed.
About the Author
DAVE MUNSEY has worked in the radio and television industry for over 50 years. In September, 2015 he celebrated 40 of those years at Channel 10, which is a milestone, because no other anchor has remained at one station for that long. Dave started at KOOL FM radio as the morning drive DJ, and in a short time he added KOOL TV weather and reporting. The "live at five" newscast was basically built around Dave's live weather segment. In another short time Dave left radio and devoted all of his time to TV. In 1980, 36 years ago this summer, after the tragic drowning of a family friend's two-year-old son, Dave started his water safety program, "Watch Your Kids Around Water." The program is still going strong due to Dave's constant reminders on the evening news and the many mornings and weekends he spends attending water safety events throughout the Valley. Because of this program, Dave's home city of Tempe has honored him with a "Dave Munsey Day," and a citizen of the year award. Most important though, is that year after year drowning deaths go down as parents become more educated about water safety. Dave's major awards during his career include a national Emmy for "Summer of Supervision," a regional Emmy for weather storm reporting and a regional Governor's award Emmy for the "Watch Your Kids Around Water" program. Dave was born and raised in Jamestown, North Dakota in a family of nine children. In high school and college Dave worked as a radio announcer and became popular for his quick wit and storytelling. After attending college at the University of North Dakota, Dave spent two years in the Army. During Dave's tour in Viet Nam he maneuvered his way out of an infantry unit and into a spot on American Forces Radio and Television after being asked to interpret a Christmas Eve mass. The next day, Dave met and had his picture taken with Bob Hope. Several years later Dave reunited with Mr. Hope at the Phoenix Open and interviewed him on "live at 5" about their first meeting in Viet Nam. Dave and his wife Bunny have been married for 44 years and live in Tempe with their Golden-Doodle, dog child, Mya Merlot Munsey.