I’m hearing through the radio grapevine that KNBR is about to add another host to their roster. His name is Tim Montemayor, and he recently did a 3-month stint at 95.7 FM from April until early July, immediately after the station switched to an all-sports format.
According to what I’ve been told, Montemayor may host a weekend show for KNBR. No details on when the show would air, for how long, or whether it would be on KNBR 680 or 1050. It also wasn’t known whether or not he’d continue to do his show from Huntington Beach, although his Linkedin page says, “Available for radio opportunities from my home studio!”
However, we do know that we’ll find out the details on Montemayor’s next radio stop “soon.”
On Tuesday, Montemayor posted this update to his Facebook page:
He also had this to say on Twitter:
I reached out to Montemayor on Wednesday evening. While he told me that he’d be working in San Francisco soon — and that it wouldn’t be for 95.7 FM “The Game” — he wouldn’t provide any additional information.
95.7 FM let Montemayor go in July after he and John Dickinson were replaced in the morning by The Rise Guys (Mark Kreidler and Whitey Gleason, who moved to 95.7 from KTHK in Sacramento). July was when 95.7 FM set their current lineup of shows and started calling itself “The Game.” The Rise Guys host their show with former KNBR contributor Dan Dibley, who joined Montemayor and Dickinson back in May when he left KNBR for 95.7 FM. Dickinson is currently The Game’s “Raiders insider.”
Montemayor worked in Sacramento for a time, hosting “Monty Til Midnight” before leaving for St. Louis in late 2005 (a move that led to a spirited “fake interview” written by Sactown Royalty’s Tom Ziller). He also hosted “The Monty Show” for Sporting News Radio. An Aug. 27, 2011 story reporting that Montemayor was leaving SNR provides a list of past stops:
MONTEMAYOR had been with SNR since NOVEMBER 2006. He previously hosted at KTRS-A/ST. LOUIS and produced at SNR, WSCR-A (670 THE SCORE)/CHICAGO, and KLAC-A and KMPC-A/LOS ANGELES.
For those who are unfamiliar with his work, taking a look at Montemayor’s Twitter bio leads one to assume that no matter when he’s heard on KNBR, he probably won’t be pulling a Marty Lurie and talking about the San Francisco Giants for six hours at a time:
Bringing on a new show for the weekends would be an interesting add for KNBR, since that’s when they usually seem perfectly content to air syndicated content from national media outlets whenever the Giants/49ers/Warriors/Cardinal aren’t playing. However, Montemayor might be working the evening shift instead on a part-time basis, possibly in the Sportsphone 680 spot.
With the Giants still months away from reporting to Spring Training and Stanford’s season on hold until they play in a January bowl game, maybe “The Sports Leader” is looking for more of their own content, or they wanted a guy who’ll consistently talk about the Raiders.
Perhaps somebody at Cumulus liked what they heard during Montemayor’s 3-month audition with 95.7 FM.
Or, maybe Montemayor is getting his second Bay Area radio audition in less than a year, either to earn a permanent weekend spot on KNBR or to prove he can take over for one of KNBR’s established/expensive weekday hosts. We’ll have to wait until Montemayor rejoins the Bay Area radio scene to find out, which should happen … soon.
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