Monty Wallis, Trustee
Monty Wallis – Elected to the GMF Board of Trustees in 2010, retired KTVQ Television President and General Manager Monty Wallis is a veteran Montana broadcaster.
Mr. Wallis was promoted to the position of General Manager of KTVQ in August 1996, after serving nine years as Local Sales Manager. In October 1996, he was named President of KTVQ Communications, Incorporated, by Evening Post Publishing Company and Cordillera Communications, the parent companies of KTVQ. And in April of 1999, he was promoted to Cordillera Vice President/ Montana Group Manager, in charge of statewide operations of Cordillera’s Montana station group, which included stations KRTV in Great Falls; KXLF in Butte; KXLH in Helena; KBZK in Bozeman and KPAX/KAJ in Missoula/Kalispell in addition to KTVQ in Billings. All are CBS affiliated stations. He was elected as the District 8 Representative to the CBS Affiliate’s Board in February 2000. He retired on December 31, 2009.
Previous to his employment with KTVQ, Mr. Wallis spent 23 years with Meyer Broadcasting Company and was General Manager of KYYA-FM/KOYN-AM in Billings for much of that time.
A believer in getting involved in the community, Mr. Wallis brought a community service commitment to the forefront of his station’s operations. In June of 2000, Mr. Wallis received the 2000 E.B. Craney Television Community Service Award from the Montana Broadcaster’s Association. And in 1997, Mr. Wallis and KTVQ received the National Media Awareness Award from the National Commission Against Drunk Driving for the video production called “Your Choice.” The presentation is now part of driver education and alcohol treatment programs throughout the nation.
Mr. Wallis has also served as Chairman of the Board of the Montana Broadcasters Association; President of Billings West Rotary Club and has served on the boards of the Montana Crime Prevention Association; Community Seven Public Television; Yellowstone County DUI Task Force and numerous other groups and organizations.
For the past seventeen years, Mr. Wallis has also served as a Reserve Deputy with the Yellowstone County Sheriff’s Department. In 1997, he received the Sheriff Office’s highest commendation, The Award of Merit, for the night-time evacuation of the residents of a burning apartment building in downtown Billings.