Where in the world is Monty Jett?
For 29 years, his deep voice has been a part of weekday mornings for many radio listeners on Hilton Head Island and in Bluffton.
In recent years, “Mornings With Monty Jett” has been on The Island 1130 AM from 6 to 10 a.m.
But he disappeared about a month ago, and a reader asked me what happened.
“After our hurricane coverage, my company said ‘that’s pretty good stuff, let’s put him on a more powerful station,’ ” Jett told me Thursday.
So he moved to Rewind 107.9 FM, a sister station within Alpha Media.
That’s where he can be heard from 6 to 10 a.m. Monday through Friday, with Captain Fuzzy Davis coming on for their daily fishing gab at 7:50 a.m. That pair has been pulling each other’s tight lines on the air for 29 years.
The show is rebroadcast on The Island 1130 AM from 2 to 6 p.m. weekdays. Jett also has a show from 2 to 7 p.m. Saturdays on Rewind 107.9 FM.
“Mornings With Monty Jett” now originates in a new studio at The Promenade in Bluffton.
Jett is a Lowcountry institution.
His career started in 1964. As a 15-year-old, he was blasting his “Monty Jett and the Jet Set” rock ‘n’ roll show over the 1,000-watt 790 AM in Denmark, S.C. — “The Mighty 790, the Voice of Choice in the Lowcountry.” As he said the name of his show, jet plane sounds would roar through the background over WWBD, which stood for “Welcome to Bamberg and Denmark.”
He said the owner of the station showed him the station’s stacks of records and said, “You let them do the work.”
If you tune in this week, don’t expect to hear Monty. He’s been sidelined with a lung infection but said he may be able to return to the microphone, and his faithful following, on Friday.