Denver radio listeners have been waking up to Murphy Huston’s voice for the last 25 years.
First with KHOW, and for the last 14 years at KOSI, he must know something that works. It might be this: Huston has figured out life and the secret is: Life is simple.
Huston is perhaps the most straight forward, level-headed and uncomplicated man you’ll ever meet. He knows what’s right and he lives it. “I try to do my best each day.”
He met his wife when they were 15 years old. “I kept setting her up with friends, and then I thought, Hey, what am I doing? This is a great lady!” They will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary this June.
Huston started out wanting to become a history teacher and coach, but his freshman roommate was in broadcasting so he took some classes as electives. As the saying goes, ‘the rest is history.’ He worked at the campus radio station, but his first paid position came during weekends at the Eau Claire local station. He was a natural. “Growing up I was always the class clown. I was in plays as well as playing football. Radio was a good transition for me.”
Huston took a job in Milwaukee but living so close to where he was raised put pressure on him to do more and more until he found himself missing too much of his family’s life. The simple solution: “I took a job in Denver, where it freed me more to be with my kids. I was the Cherry Creek Booster President, we volunteered at the school, all sorts of things...”
He is genuinely humble; that is for certain. Look at his current list of activities and you’ll see that he truly lives the principle of paying it forward. He serves or has served on a number of non-profit organization boards, he has a full calendar of hosting fundraising and awareness events throughout the area and he sees each as vital to our community and the people they serve. What also stands out as you visit with this man is the importance religion plays in his life. He is not loud about it, but rather, you see that his faith is a major, strong strand in his life. “I’m thankful everyday for what God has given to me.” He also proudly gives credit to his parents who “instilled good values in his family. They ran a nursing home so my brothers and I would visit with the people that lived there. We learned to listen and learn from them.”
Just some of the organizations he has supported include: The Ronald McDonald House, “These families are going through so much; if we can help them even a little, then we’ve done a good thing,” Arthritis Foundation, Golfers against Cancer, Loyola Catholic Grade School, Project Safeguard, Invisible Disabilities, Bridgeway Connection, Special Olympics, The Dumb Friends League,…the list is endless because of his belief that helping others is his responsibility.
Huston received the Channel 7 Everyday Heros Award several years ago, and he and his partner Denise Plante, were named Best Morning Show and Best Station Entertainment Personality of the Year by the Colorado Broadcast Association. Basically, when Huston does something, he does it right. He leaned forward in a gesture of complete honesty. “Look, I’ve got the best job in the world. I get to work with great people.” He’s pretty great himself.
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Being content with what you have.
What is your greatest fear?
Not wanting to take a chance.
What is the trait you most admire in others?
Which living person do you most admire?
Tom Melton (Greenwood Community Church)
What is your greatest extravagance?
What is your greatest trait?
Caring about others and loyalty
When and where were you happiest?
Right here, right now
Who are your favorite public figures?
Jim White, VOA;Bob Rhode, Dumb Friends League; Carol Haas, Bridgway
Who are your real-life heroes?
Those who sacrifice for others
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Being married to the same great lady for 40 years
Where would you like to live?
What is your most treasured possession?
My children and grandchildren
What do you most value in your friends?
What is it that you most dislike?
When they beat me at golf
What is your greatest regret?
Quitting the baseball team IN college because I got mad at the coach
What is your motto?
There are no coincidences
What book can you recommend?
Seen any good movies lately?
When you have your own time, what do you enjoy doing?
Can you guess? Play golf or water sports
If you had one wish, what would it be?
That everyone has enough to eat