It has been too many years to mention since we first began hearing that a new radio station on the AM 600 dial would start up in Montreal. TTP Media, a partnership of radio industry veteran Paul Tietolman, Nicolas Tétrault and Rajiv Pancholy, are behind this initiative. They already have CRTC (Canadian Radio-television Telecommunications Commission) approval for English and French-language stations.
I spoke to Pancholy, who admitted that he and his partners have had to exercise great patience in getting this project off the ground. “Right now I am working 12 hour days to make these stations happen,” he said. “It has been a long journey.”
AM 600 is expected to have a news talk format similar to CJAD. “We will not be a CJAD clone,” Pancholy said. “That I want to make clear.”
Pancholy would not dismiss the possibility of AM 600 going on the air by this fall. As for the broadcast team, he would only say that his phone has been ringing off the hook from possible applicants. Whom could these personalities be? Well if were putting such a station together from scratch, I’d begin by grabbing Barry Morgan, who was sadly dismissed from his duties as the CJAD mid-day host last fall. The abolishment of the CTV sports department makes Brian Wilde and Randy Tieman available. Sean Coleman is still a part-timer on TSN 690. I am sure veteran Ted Bird would like to get back with a mainstream station and what about Suzanne Desautels, who still has a following? I’d love to hear Peter Anthony Holder five nights a week. He has remained sharp with his weekly syndicated radio show and is now doing a superb podcast for the West End health network. Last Call with Sol Boxenbaum should be considered as well.
The new AM 600 will actually have the call letters CFQR, last used for 92.5 FM (now The Beat).
WALK A MILE: There is a terrific fundraising event taking place this Saturday afternoon, July 15, called Walk A Mile in Her Shoes. Organized by Royal Lepage Village and spearheaded by real estate agent Jean Louis Bourque, the goal is to raise money for the local women’s shelter Auberge Transition. You might want to check it yourselves as a group of courageous men wearing high heels walk through NDG. The Royal LePage Shelter Foundation will issue official charitable tax receipts in February for donations of $20 or more made in the previous calendar year.
BARKER MAKES IMPACT: The Montreal Impact are a huge success story. Owner Joey Saputo would be well advised to look to someone like former team captain Lloyd Barker. These days, as soccer columnist, broadcaster and a man known for running some of the best clinics in the province, he remains a superb ambassador for the Impact regardless of the fact he is not even on their payroll.
A case in point is The Player’s Brain (www.theplayersbrain.com), a groundbreaking sporting event planned by Barker for Aug. 25 and 26 at Soccerplex Catalogna in Lachine. It will provide amateur players and coaches with a platform to learn the game in an unprecedented format from accomplished world class professionals. Those attending will have access to Impact captain Patrice Bernier, defenders Laurence Ciman and Hassoun Camara, goalkeeper Evan Bush, forward Eduardo Sebrango, former plater Ali Gerba, Impact Academy director Philippe Eullaffroy, former Toronto midfielder Dwayne De Rosaro and female Olympic bronze medalist Josée Bélanger. This is quite an accomplishment by Barker and in planning this he will give a tremendous boost to the Impact as well.