Monte Walker – Play-by-Play
In 2016, Monte celebrates his 23rd season in sports broadcasting including radio and television play-by-play. Taking a break from radio in 2008, Walker became the television voice of the KTEN Game of the Week in 2009. His trademark touchdown call of “It’s Touchdown Time In Texas” is a tribute to the late Mark Holtz who would always state before every Texas Rangers game that it was “Baseball Time In Texas.” He started with the Sherman Bearcat broadcast team as a sideline announcer in 1994 with KWSM. KLAK obtained the rights for Sherman Bearcat football in 1995 and he stayed on that broadcast crew until 1999. He changed sides of the Ax when he joined Lynn Burkhead to broadcast Denison Yellow Jacket football on KMKT. He partnered with Scott Franzke (play-by-play of the Philadelphia Phillies) in the 2003 playoffs for the Texas State Network and broadcasted the 5A playoffs on Fox in ‘04. He also served as play-by-play voice for the 2005 Coca-Cola Texas High School All-Star Game. Monte was the play-by-play voice of McKinney ISD Football on KLAK-FM for five seasons from 2004-2008. After leaving the broadcast business in order to attend his home town Howe Bulldogs games with his family, Walker only did fill-in games on radio from 2010-2013. In 2014, he purchased the Howe Enterprise and began to have his dream play-by-play job as the play-by-play voice of the Howe Bulldogs.
In 1989, 90, and 91 with the Howe Bulldogs, he was a two-time All-District offensive player (Running Back ’89), (Tight End ’91), two-time All-District and All-Area Linebacker, Punter, and Kicker (’90, ’91). He was named All-Texomaland Punter, (’90), Kicker (’91), and Linebacker (’90, ’91). Monte was also awarded pre-season All-American Punter (’91). Howe won the District Championship twice (’89, ’91), Bi-District Championship twice (’89, ’90), and Area Championship twice (’89, ’90) during his time at Howe. He holds Howe school records for most career playoff games started (7) and longest FG (42 yards). In 2000, Monte was selected to Howe’s All-Century football team.