Chris Monk began his career in January 1979 after graduating from Southern Illinois University with a degree in Broadcast Management. On January 1, 1979, he headed west for his first job in radio.
He began his career in Reno, Nevada (Lotus Communications). For the better part of twenty years he worked various West Coast markets. Las Vegas, Nev. (Western Cities Broadcasting), Sacramento, Calif. (Nationwide Communications), and Tucson, Ariz.(Journal Broadcast Group) before he returning to Traverse City/Petoskey to work with Palmer Pyle to manage Northern Star Broadcasting.
For ten years Northern Star Broadcasting grew from nine stations “below to bridge” to a total of twenty-one stations serving the additional markets of Iron Mountain, Marquette and Sault Ste. Marie.
In 2007, he joined Citadel Broadcasting to manage their stations in Saginaw and Flint. He left for five years to do consulting work and manage stations in Fort Wayne, Ind., for Adams Radio Group. In January 2017, he returned to Saginaw to re-join Cumulus as a Regional Vice President overseeing their stations in Saginaw, Flint and Ann Arbor.
In addition to radio, his other passion is teaching. He has been an adjunct professor at Northwood University in Midland since 2010.
When not in one of his markets or the classroom, you’ll find him at home in Horton Bay (Boyne City) with his wife, Georganna. They live on 12 acres overlooking beautiful Lake Charlevoix