Monte was born in Alaska before it was a state, but his parents moved to the Lower 48 when he was about two.
He got interested in radio when he heard an announcer named johnny walker playing a bugle.
Monte started in radio as a D. J. in Abilene, Texas in 1971, after getting out of the Air Force where he worked as a Sentry Dog Handler.
After a year of playing records on weekends and parking cars at a garage the rest of the week, he was ready to find another profession, the news director said he was leaving and offered Monte the job. Monte said he knew nothing about news, but the news director assured him he could teach him all he needed to know in two weeks. That training (plus courses at Columbia School of Broadcasting in Dallas, Texas) got Monte started.
After a couple of years in Abilene, Monte moved to Idaho, where he did news for ten years. Then he saw an opening in fairbanks and decided it was time to head back to Alaska.
In 1984, he went to work for KIAK radio in fairbanks, where he worked for 16 years doing news and talk shows. He started his TV news career in 2001 at the fairbanks ABC affiliate and joined the Newscenter 11 team in June 2004, where he worked as a reporter before being named assignment editor a year later.
in addition to his A. E. duties, he reports, with emphasis on the military beat.