In Memoriam: Blue Ridge Broadcasting Pioneer E. Harold Munn

MunnEarle Harold “Hal” Munn, Jr., the longest-serving board member of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association’s Blue Ridge Broadcasting (BRB) Corporation, passed away on April 26 due to complications from pancreatic cancer. He was 87.

Munn, through his Michigan-based engineering consultancy, served radio in general and specifically Christian radio for more than 60 years. Since 1950, he built or consulted with about 800 radio stations in all 50 states and on nearly 70 colleges and university campuses. He worked directly with the Rev. Billy Graham in the founding of BRB’s initial station, WFGW in Black Mountain, N.C., in 1962. He was also instrumental in the construction and operation of the BGEA’s former stations in Honolulu.

Since 1960, Munn served on the board of the BRB. According to Jim Kirkland, Executive Director of Audio Media at BGEA and BRB, Munn remained a highly engaged member of the Executive Committee of BRB’s board even through his recent illness and final days.

“He will be missed, but we rejoice,” Kirkland commented in remarks to NRB Today. “He is home with his Savior. And he’s left many with the legacy of a life well-lived in service to our Lord.”

Munn is survived by his wife of 66 years, C. Ella (Bronson); sons H. Derwin (Patti) and M. Douglas (Jerri); daughter M. Renée Runyon (Dan); five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Watson Funeral Chapel will host a family visitation on May 30. A memorial service will be held at Spring Arbor Free Methodist Church on May 31. Memorial gifts may be made to Spring Arbor University, where Munn served as a trustee from 1960 to 2010.

By NRB Staff

Published: May 5, 2016

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