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, Monroe 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 a concert promoter, Monroe combined multimedia, public relations, and marketing to sell out 90% of his concerts 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, Monroe 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 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 in 2005 and directed by its commissioners to build a local government access television station from the ground up. When he left the county at the end of 2009, Skagit-21 had an on-air playback schedule including both horizontal and vertical day-parts packed with 12 hours of fresh programming each week, plus on-demand program access through the county website – virtually unheard of volume and quality for a government access television station in similar markets.