Jay Monsen Staff Bio | Electronic Media Relations Director

Jay Monsen

2010 Hall of Fame Inductee

During halftime of a BYU men's basketball game in 1992, Jay Monsen was given a special plaque in recognition and appreciation of the on-air talents which he had used in a grand total more than 2,000 career sports broadcasts. Jay has since added to that total. From 2002 to 2010 he broadcast a total of 227 BYU women's basketball games on BYU Radio.

Jay received a degree in Communications from BYU in 1957. From 1972 to 1984 he worked for BYU Broadcast Services and became the "Voice of Cougar Sports" for KBYU. During his time there, he also served as the KBYU Radio/TV News Director and was later promoted to Assistant Director of Broadcast Services.

His career at BYU continued when he joined the athletic department as the Electronic Media Relations Director in 1984. He remained with the Sports Information Office until his retirement in 1998. That same year, he was the "Y Lighter" at the Cougar's Sept. 12 home football game.

Prior to arriving at BYU, he was the press secretary for Utah Congressman Gunn McKay for two years. Jay also worked at KSUB Radio in Cedar City, where he was the news and sports director and the play-by-play announcer for high school and Southern Utah University sports. In 1971 he received the Sports Magazine Service Award for developing and helping with the growth of athletics in Southern Utah.

In 1999 the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) honored Monsen with its prestigious 25 Year Award, recognizing his quarter century of service to the sports information profession. This past March he was also named to the Utah Sports Hall of Fame.

Jay has been involved in numerous community services throughout his life including the Kiwanis Club, the American Red Cross, the Boy Scouts of America, and the Chamber of Commerce. He has also served as a delegate in local politics, being selected by his community to represent them at the state GOP convention. Along with working for the University, Monsen also has served BYU in volunteer capacities, including working as a member of the Cougar Club Board of Directors for many years.

Jay and his wife, Lauretta, currently reside in Mt. Pleasant, Utah. They have been married for 53 years; the Monsens have seven children, 35 grandchildren, and 10 great grandchildren.

Personal

  • B.A. in communications from BYU, 1957
  • Married to wife Lauretta for almost 55 years
  • Has seven children, 35 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren

Career Highlights

  • Received the Sports Magazine Service Award 1971
  • Given a plaque in recognition of his more than 2,000 career sports broadcasts 1992
  • Received the 25 Year Award from the College Sports Information Directors of America 1999
  • Named to the Utah Sports Hall of Fame 2010
  • Inducted into the BYU Hall of Fame 2010

Before BYU

  • Served as press secretary to Utah Congressman Gunn McKay for two years
  • News and Sports Director for KSUB in Cedar City
  • Play-by-Play announcer for high school and SUU sports
  • KSL Radio/TV
  • State Capitol Beat

At BYU

  • Served as the “Voice of Cougar Sports” for KBYU 1972-1984
  • KBYU Radio/RV News Director
  • Assistant Director of Broadcast Services
  • Became the Electronic Media Relations Director in 1984
  • Also served as an associate sports information director from 1984-88
  • Retired in 1998
  • Broadcast a total of 227 BYU women’s basketball games on BYU Radio 2002-2010

Post BYU Honors and Societies

  • Retired from BYU in 1998 after 26 years of calling Cougar games on KBYU-TV
  • Named to the Utah Sports Hall of Fame 2010
  • Inducted into the BYU Hall of Fame 2010
  • CoSIDA - 25-year service award