Listen: Get to know our new Station Manager, Graham Munson in this conversation on Mornings with Fee
By Natalie BennettFriday 14 Jan 2022The Morning Wake-up with KristianStation NewsReading Time: 3 minutes
This week the Salt 106.5 family will welcome a new station manager to the team – Graham Munson. And, what better way to welcome someone new to the team than 20 questions.
Upon reflection, 20 may have been too many, so we asked Graham six questions instead to find out how he found his way to Salt 106.5, what he loves about the Sunshine Coast, and how we can be praying for him as he steps into this new chapter?
What attracted you to joining the Salt 106.5 team?
There were three key elements to being excited about joining the Salt 106.5FM team; first and foremost, I am a strong believer in spreading the gospel and having a Christian voice in the marketplace. So much so, that while working as Senior Racing and Sport Presenter at Radio TAB, I jumped at the opportunity of co-hosting the two-hour Sunday night “Be Real” Christian program with Sam Heyburn, who at the time was the President of Queensland Youth for Christ. We did that program together for 13 years.
I also volunteered while on annual leave at 96.5 Family Radio in Brisbane.
“…radio was my first love, after deciding at 12 that’s what I wanted to do. When I got into it, the ride was better than my most ambitious imaginings.”
Secondly, radio was my first love, after deciding at 12 that’s what I wanted to do. When I got into it, the ride was better than my most ambitious imaginings.
Thirdly, my wife and I always had a desire to live on the Sunshine Coast, and in 2020, we made that a reality, just in time to avoid the border being shut due to COVID.
So, a passion to spread the good news, an opportunity to be back in radio and to live and work on the Sunshine Coast is a gift from God.
What did you get up to before joining Salt 106.5?
Commercial radio as an announcer in all genres, music, racing and sport, news, specialty talk and talkback for over 30 years – 20 in capital cities.
I left full-time radio, continuing as a casual announcer, to become a media and communications manager with a federal member of parliament. I felt very strongly about issues in the local area, so rang my local member to ask how I could help, and she asked me to work for her.
Then came a stint in an accounting firm, which led to me studying, and becoming a qualified financial planner. Also, I’ve been in numerous volunteer roles in local churches for well over 30 years, which is continuing in my local church now.
What opportunities do you see for Christian media in this season?
The Sunshine Coast is exploding. It’s the place so many people want to be, so the opportunity to evangelise and encourage at the local level is also significantly growing. Partnering opportunities with local churches and Christian organisations making a difference in the area is an exciting area to explore.
It’s the weekend – what do weekends look like in the Munson home?
Saturday is our family time. My wife and I enjoy eating out and exploring art galleries. Going to the beach is a joy. Sunday, it’s off to our local church, then often out to lunch with friends.
Favourite location on the Sunny Coast?
Love it from one end to the other but, if I had to choose, I’d say Caloundra, with its selection of quite different beaches and restaurants with ocean views.
How can we pray for you as you step into this new chapter?
Pray that God leads the way. In all that I think, say and do, I want to honour Him. Pray for the station to become even bigger and better and become a real focal point for the coast.