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98.5 FM will provide more space for female voices this fall. Elizabeth Crete will succeed Paul Hood at the weekends, Catherine Bryson will host a new cultural programme, and Chantal Lamarie and Marie-Yves Tremblay will inherit a microphone.

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Speaking by phone, Vice President of Discussion Stations at Cogeco and General Manager of 98.5 FM Montreal, Pierre Martineau, speaks of a “certain transfer of power”.

Society consists of 50% men and 50% women. But that’s not what we had on air. However, in the office, I am surrounded by women. The president, the director of programs, the director of communication… they are all women. »

Elizabeth Crete, social media columnist for Paul Arcand, will replace Paul Houde on Saturday and Sunday. The host’s contract, which has been on the air for 15 years, was not renewed. Elizabeth Crete will lead a new meeting entitled Even on weekends. She will be supported by Chantal Lamarie, who describes her role as an ‘ally’, ‘creator’, ‘cynical’ and ‘bearer of knowledge’. Jeremy Renville, from Sports loverswill also be part of the group.

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Chantal Lamarie

Membersinfomanrest assured: Chantal Lamarie will not abandon Jean-René Dufort, will not abandon orders kalthrama on HERE ARTV. “I still have the energy and I still have the flair, let’s go! I shouted at the other end of the line.

For her part, Marie-Yves Tremblay left Radio Canada to join the ranks Drainville PM as a principal collaborator. It will address “human” topics that touch the news. She should also make substitutions as host during the holidays, we know.

In an interview, the reporter behind sugar babypodcast About sexual exploitation, she says that she leaves the public broadcaster in good conditions. After 10 years of loyal service, she wanted a new challenge and, above all, a daily presence on the airwaves.

“98.5 is a station that I really like. I like the people who work there. It’s a natural choice for me. I wouldn’t have left to go anywhere. I had other shows, but it kept getting lower.”

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Marie Eve Tremblay

As for Catherine Bryson, she will do the pilot behind the scenesa 90-minute cultural magazine that will be presented on Friday evenings from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., a slot he currently occupies. Let’s talk about health With Christiane Laberge, a program that has not been renewed.

“It has been a long time since we had a cultural program at 98.5, assures the columnist at Since you have to wake up. My goal is to give creators a voice to inspire people to go to the theatre, come back to see shows, buy books…not just stay home and listen to Netflix. I want to go around everything that’s happening in Montreal, but also the regions, because we’ll be broadcasting everywhere in Quebec. »

” A step forward ”

Chantal Lamarie, Marie-Yves Tremblay and Catherine Bryson welcome the 98.5 FM Strategy that wants to give more space to women.

Over the past few years, the station has been serving an decidedly masculine schedule. On weekdays, from wake up to dinner, Paul Arcand (Since you have to wake up), Bernard Drenville (Drainville PMand Patrick LagasseQuebec now) Hold the steering wheel. Only Natalie Normando, with her two-hour daily radio in the second half of the morning, prevents the daytime show from being real. boy club. The former deputy prime minister of Quebec took office in August 2021, replacing Isabel Marechal, who held the position for 13 years.

“I’ve been talking about it for a long time,” says Catherine Bryson. It’s time for leading women, women with personalities who have things to say. I am part of. Natalie Normando is one of them. Isabel Marechal was one of them. Girls are able to do well in animation. »

That a top station decides to make room for female voices is a step forward.

Marie Eve Tremblay

“Presidents may wish to introduce a variety, a plurality of voices,” adds Chantal Lamarie. They want to open the windows wide and cool something, I imagine. »

Pierre Martineau says this recruitment wave has been preparing for some time. This is not a reaction to radio polls. Last winter, The Voice of Numéris revealed a breakthrough for ICI Première in Montreal. 98.5 FM retained its first position with 22.8%, but Radio Canada antenna reached a new peak of 18.3%.

“It’s hard to recruit women with an opinion, women who want to engage in a radio conversation,” says 98.5 FM Director. It is not always easy to find the right people in the right places. But recently, everything has fallen into place. »

The work is not finished, as Pierre Martineau assures. More announcements are expected in the coming months.

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