Steve "Gato" Montes
Steve "Gato" Montes was born near East L.A. and grew up in Cudahy and West Covina, California as a youngster. In 1970 his family moved to California's Central Valley where he became a fan of his parents' music, with the horn sounds of Chicago, Blood Sweat & Tears and Tower of Power. Steve grew up listening to Malo, War and other sweet soul/jazz/rock combinations.
Steve's rich voice landed him in radio where he worked as a DJ playing commercial formats such as Oldies, Top 40, Easy Listening, Smooth Jazz, Country & Western, Hot A/C & Urban, and Christian music. After hearing a radio show one evening about “Chicano Rock,” Steve not only began to listen to that genre of music, but he also became intrigued by the fact that so many rock pioneers of Mexican-American descent had contributed to the Top 40 music scene from the mid 1950’s to the present day. In addition, through his musicological explorations over the years, Steve also developed a deep love of Latin jazz.
A musician himself, Steve enjoys his home on the Central Coast jamming to music that has a common denominator of Afro-Cuban rhythm and beats. For several years Steve hosted, Ritmo y Sabor every Friday night f on KCBX. He now acts as a substitute staff announcer.