Dave Munsey

Dave Munsey has worked in the radio and television industry for over 50 years.  In September, 2015 he celebrated 40 of those years at Chanel 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 death 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 two, “Dave Munsey Days”, and a citizen of the year award.  Munsey also has a “Dave Munsey Day” in Phoenix.

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.  His performance earned him an invitation to the Bob Hope Christmas show the very next day, where he met and had his picture taken with Mr. 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 is a member of the NATAS Silver Circle and the Silver Key journalistic Societies.  Dave was inducted into the Arizona Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2016.    Dave and his wife Bunny have been married for 45 years and live in Tempe with their Golden-Doodle, dog child, Mya Merlot. Dave has written a book intitled “Munsey Business.”

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