10 Questions with ... Hector "Kumbia" Monge
October 20, 2015
BRIEF CAREER SYNOPSIS:
Got my first taste of radio in high schooll in 1999/2000 on current KCDQ FM doing a mixshow. Fast forward six years later and went to Riviera Broadcasting KVIB (95.1fm Latino Vibe), then to sister station Hot 97.5/103.9 and now I do afternoons for KKSS in Albuquerque and overnights on KMYO/San Antonio with Univision Radio.
1. What got you into radio?
It kind of fell on my lap. I was lucky to work with my friends promoting night clubs and djing. Then we all went to work with 95.1 Latino Vibe together. I did promotions first. Then I was given a chance by the PD at the time to be on air and I thought, "Let's do this!" I was going to either sink or swim. And thankfully I'm still swimming.
2. When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
The typical for a lot of kids, a doctor. Maybe it's not too late!
3. Besides being the setting (and locations) for Breaking Bad, what's special about Albuquerque?
The chiles, man! Everywhere you go, there is some type of dish with chiles. They've taken over! The Balloon Fiesta is really cool. I have to say Blake's Lotaburger is the bomb out here!
4. What is a Kumbia?
Kumbia is way of life...a state of mind. Not really. Aside from a cumbia being a genre of music in Spanish, Kumbia is just having a good time man not taking life seriously and having fun.
5. What does your fiancé think about radio life?
It's a love hate relationship especially with someone that's not in this industry. There were times early on that I dedicated more time to radio. It's hard when you have a passion for this industry, but you just need to find balance. Some tickets to a good show or event gets me out of the dog house.
6. Have you two set a date?
7. If you weren't in radio, what do you think you'd be doing professionally?
I'd probably be a call center manager/supervisor. That's what I was doing right before I got into radio full time.
8. What do you like to do in your spare time?
I go out. I love the night life, especially if a casino is involved. I watch NFL, NBA and WWE. I also binge watch Ballers and Scandal Rock.
9. Futbol or Football?
OUCH!! You're going to get me disowned by some friends and family here but I have to go with some Football! NY Giants, baby!! GO BIG BLUE!!
10. If you could be a super hero, what one would you want to be?
A lot of people may not know this one but it would have to be El Chapulin Colorado. (Google or YouTube it...very funny)
If you had to eat one type of meal every day for a month, what would it be?
I love seafood, like some ceviche!
Do you miss Phoenix?
Definitely. It's the city that made me who I am it will always be home. Plus very few places can boast that within a few hours away you have the sunny beaches of California, plus Las Vegas, snowboarding and Mexico.