Rich Monroe’s unique blend of local, regional, and international experiences, deliver dynamic perspectives, covering a broad range of media and marketing applications.
A gifted trumpet player, he spent four years traveling with the international musical road show, Up With People. Musical tours included concerts in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Europe. Later as one of its concert promoters, Monroe combined his multimedia, public relations, and marketing skills to sell out nearly every concert assigned, at venues such as Denver's Red Rocks Amphitheater and The Anaheim Convention Center in Los Angeles.
As an advance spokesman for Up With People, he gave frequent on-camera interviews. The road inspired him to seek a long-term career in broadcasting and after earning a Bachelor of Arts degree at Eastern Washington University, he was hired as an account executive at KVEW-TV Channel 42 in Kennewick, Washington.
Monroe's portfolio includes a broad range of commercial television, video and film productions including real estate home shows, television commercials, public service announcements, corporate videos, promotional videos, and directing live and live-on-tape telecasts.
After moving to Skagit County, he spent two years shooting elements for “Skagit Valley Tulips - Bringing People Together”, which became the official video of the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival in 1996. He edited two award winning independent short films and one independent full length feature film on his AVID Media Composer® and later transitioned to Apples Final Cut Pro®. Monroe is a skilled television producer, writer, director, interviewer, videographer, editor, and digital compressionist.
Monroe was employed by Skagit County from 2005 to 2010 and was directed to build a local government access television station from the ground up. Over the five year period, Skagit-21 became a public television information resource with an identifiable brand.
Prior to leaving, in 2010, the channel had a compelling, on-air playback schedule that included both horizontal and vertical day-parts, weekly packaged with 12 hours of fresh, network level programming, plus on-demand program access through the county website – virtually unheard of volume and quality for a government access television station, in similar markets.