Two of the more prominent service organizations in Graham just got a lot more radio friendly.
The Graham Noon Lions Club and the Rotary Club of Graham have recently selected two new presidents to serve one year terms — and they're both employed by Lake Country Radio.
Rick Edwards, morning show host of Q94.7, who is also known as the Voice of the Graham Steers and Lady Blues, was named president of the Noon Lions Club on June 18. Born and raised in Graham, Edwards has served as a member of the Noon Lions Club for 14 years.
Edwards first heard of the Lions club through his friend and co-worker, Terry Hawkins, with whom he worked at the Modern Way Grocery Store.
“He invited me to come to the club to check it out, and once I got there I thought it was a really cool place to hang out and serve the community, which has been very good to me and my family over the years,” Edwards said. “It's not so much the fact of being a Lion — it's an avenue to better the community, and that's the reason why I stuck with it this many years.”
Edwards started as a “tail twister” in the club, helping out with events and fundraisers, then worked his way to “lion tamer” and first and second vice president.
“Through the Lions I'm hoping our community can be a better place,” Edwards said.
Edwards said that the Noon Lions Club theme this year is “Pride,” and that his goal as president is to band together Noon Lions and get more members as well.
“I want to make Graham's Lions Club a little bit closer, a little bit tougher, a little bit more harder working and seeing the needs of people out there and going to do something about it, while at the same (time) enriching ourselves as far as being a presence in the community.”
Joe Graham is the general manager of Lake Country Radio, overseeing four radio stations in Graham and Breckenridge. Two weeks ago, Graham was elected president of the Rotary Club of Graham on June 27 for a one year term.
Born in Paris, Texas, Graham got his start in broadcasting as a teenager at the local radio station and has been in the business for 47 years. He has worked at many radio stations, including WBAP Radio and Westwood One in Dallas/Fort Worth.
He moved to Graham eight years ago when he got the job at Lake Country Radio. That was also the same year he joined the Rotary Club of Graham.
Locally, the Rotary Club of Graham supports many charitable community organizations as well as the Young County Arena, scholarships for Graham High School, Graham Regional Medical Center, the Graham Chamber of Commerce, the Young County Junior Livestock Show, Freedom Care Warrior Project and the local Red Cross Blood Drive.
Read more in Wednesday's Graham Leader.