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Happy Anniversary, Joe Hunter!

Every morning between 5 and 10 am, you hear trivia, interesting facts, and inspirational stories on the Cup ‘A Joe Morning Show.  Joe Hunter, the man behind the boisterous radio personality, has been with The Sound of Life for 20 years.  Joe shares his stories with his animated North Carolinian twang, delivered with his kind and welcoming spirit on the Cup ‘A Joe Morning Show at The Sound of Life. According to his colleagues, he’s the same off-air.  He’s kind, interesting, and has a great sense of humor.

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Greensboro, North Carolina, Joe’s hometown, is a southern comfort food haven where hickory
smoked barbeque floats in the air and on almost every plate is a mouthwatering
vinegar sauce. You can’t get that around here; Joe assures it.

Before entering into the radio industry, Joe used his Business Administration degree from the University of North Carolina in Charlotte for sales. However, after years of working in sales and strategizing, Joe did some “soul searching” and realized it wasn’t a good fit. He was called to be a radio personality.

Joe was living in the Hudson Valley when he met his wife Debbie and decided to go back to school to  study broadcasting. The two moved back to North Carolina and Joe attended the Carolina School of Broadcasting. Their first child, Kelly, was born while they lived there. To support his family, Joe worked construction during the week and went to classes on Saturdays.

Joe was a part-time weekend announcer when he started at The Sound of Life. Currently he
serves as the program director in addition to being the host of Cup ’A Joe.  Joe says the most rewarding part of his work is talking to people.  His favorite interview was with the now
converted Christian, John Tesh. What’s fascinating about that interview is that Tesh received a lot of negativity towards his change in lifestyle, but persisted, saying, “God led me in a different direction.”  Talking to people and getting to know their testimonies is Joe’s calling, his job, and ultimately a blessing to his listeners.

Joe and Debbie have been married for almost 25 years; their anniversary is in July. They have three children, Kelly, Kevin, and Kyle and an old blind deaf and diabetic dog named Toffey.  At the Northern Dutchess Bible Church in Red Hook under Pastor Clint Eastman, Joe is an Elder. His favorite scripture is Psalm 34:8, “Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man
who takes refuge in him!” (ESV).

Join us in congratulating Joe Hunter on 20 years of ministry on the Sound of Life!