CFN – It was a blast talking with long time radio voice in Montreal Terry DiMonte. He’s back in Montreal after some years in Calgary,and back at his old stomping grounds at CHOM 97.7 FM in Montreal.
It’s refreshing and counters the trends of big radio dumping older vets and replacing them with younger (and much cheaper voices) as corporate radio tries to homogenize the industry at a regional level.
Terry started at CHOM in 1984, an ominous year. We talked about some of the hits that year in the clip below.
As I did some research and prep for the interview; not that much was needed as I listened to Terry for years when I lived in Montreal, it brought back a lot of memories. Terry’s love for radio and music are strong and we chatted about some long and hopefully not forgotten names like George Balcan, Ted Blackman (who helped give my my start in sports), and Ralph Lockwood .
I even remembered that sister AM station show host Tommy Schnurmacher helped a 14 year old film wannabee get to chat with Ralph Bakshi!
Montreal English radio may have seen its best days before, but it’s interesting that at least at one major company; Astral, is starting to give a nod to how important the connection to specific communities are. It sparks some hope which I’m sure listeners will respond to!
To check out Terry’s show on CHOM and the whole line up check visit their website by clicking HERE.