Names and Faces: Roy Gene Munse

"French pastry don't get it right. Italian bread ain't even close. Your English muffin says don't mean nothing, we've got Texas toast."

That little lyric is one Roy Gene Munse wrote and calls a crowd favorite, but as one of his closest friends and co-worker jokingly points out….

"I wouldn't go crowd."

Crowd pleaser or not, ever since he was a teenager, Roy Gene's been writing songs and while he's better known for being on the radio with KORA's Roger Garrett as a DJ, his true passion is songwriting.

"I got into radio as a ways to get into the music business. I had written songs since I was 12 or 13 and the way that I thought I would get into the music business was through the radio business and it turned out that when I got into the radio business I was farther away from the songwriting industry than I had ever been before," explains Munse.

And while the Brazos Valley isn't exactly the place where one would launch a song writing career, throughout the years, Roy Gene has off and on continued to write songs and appreciates good music.

"I'm a great admirer of country music and well crafted country songs, but I can't write them. I try to write them, but I can't do them so mine are more of the folk category."

So what serves as this soft spoken gentle man's inspiration? "Just like every other writer, you got to write about what you know and sometimes make up the rest."

And along the way, Roy Gene has passed on his love of music and songwriting to his son, Alex.

"We were playing together by the time he was nine and he was on stage by the time he was ten and now he's an excellent guitarist in his own right, he's much better than me," says Munse of his son.

"I lost my stage fright pretty quickly, but he still gets butterflies in his stomach every once in a while," says Alex.

But for one evening in June, Roy Gene put his butterflies aside and joined his son on stage to perform before old fans and new friends and one of the songs they performed was written in memory of one of Roy Gene's longtime friend, Jason Hightower, who was also on the radio here in the Brazos Valley before he passed away about a year ago.

While many of Roy Gene's listeners don't know of his musical talents, they do appreciate his on air radio work and are certainly grateful that career choice has worked out…but if you were to ask Roy Gene his thoughts, he'd say…

"I wasn't intended to be my career. I just learned I don't know how to do anything else." He laughs. "Oh boy, have I learned that."


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