Rod Dewar was a commentator and host on CJAD 800 starting in 1957. In 1970 during the October Crisis, when the federal government imposed the War Measures Act, he famously said on the air "I went to bed in a democracy, and awoke to find myself in a police state". When Rod was told he'd be suspended for a week for the comment, he rushed into the studio and quit on-air.
Mike Stevens (left) interviewing singer Julius La Rosa at Belmont Park. It's not clear when this picture was taken, but La Rosa did several shows in Montreal in 1969. Club 800 was a popular show for teens in the 1960s and 70s.
Andy Barrie was introduced to CJAD in Montreal, and when one of the station's long-time commentators resigned in protest during the October Crisis of 1970, Barrie was named as his replacement. In 1977, he moved to Toronto and a job at CFRB.
"In 1960, CJAD 800 provided Sidney Margles with a transmitter-equipped mobile unit – a “studio-on-wheels” which could put a listener at the scene of a fast-breaking or major news event in Montreal and environs. From fires to politics – from celebrations to crisis – from civic issues to public demonstrations, Sid was there, or on call, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week."
Real-life married couple Trudie Mason and Kevin Holden hosted an afternoon show on CJAD 800 in the 1990s. Their daughter, Kayleigh, was adopted by the station. And, that's Tommy Schnurmacher at the back left walking into the room. (May 14, 1998)
Melanie King had the tissues at the ready for the tears shed between the laughs at her last day broadcast at CJAD 800 (July 12, 1996). King had been on the airwaves at CJAD 800 for 15 years, but moved to Australia in 1996.
Former CJAD 800 traffic reporter Len Rowcliffe with the CJAD traffic helicopter. Watch the NFB video on the right to find out more about Len and CJAD.
CJAD started covering traffic in the 1960's with a piston powered Bell 47 helicopter. The station graduated to a Bell JetRanger. In 1980 or 1981, the station experimented with a twin engined Cessna Skymaster (fixed-wing) before settling into a piston-engine 2-place Hughes 300 chopper. (courtesy: History of Canadian Broadcasting)
From the teenagers to the housewives, Mike Stephens of Montreal's CJAD says. Emphasis is on the hit parade until 5, the tastes of the car driver until 6. Then, from 6:30 to 7:30 Mike widens the range of records to include anything he likes which he thinks the CJAD audience will like too. Lastly, 7:30 to 8 is the daily Coke "Hi Fi Club."
"Miss Club 800," to be judged on the basis of best suitability for radio programming and hostessing — personality, public speaking, ability to mix with others, and the like — will be granted the chance to be mistress of ceremonies on certain Club 800 broadcasts over CJAD during the 1959-60 season.
Popular disc jockey Paul Reid, whose soft-spoken late night poetry, special Christmas show and easy-listening style made him a Montreal radio legend for nearly 16 years, died yesterday (January 1983) at the age of 55.
"This is Paul in Montreal – and the night is ours.” No-one who ever heard those words, spoken by that silky smooth, warm voice over the night-time airwaves of CJAD radio on countless nights in the 1960s and 70s, will ever forget them, and the magic that Paul Reid brought to every word.