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Aaron Rand on life after CFQR: I don’t think I’m done

His final morning show at 92.5 the Q will be on Thursday, but those who think that this will be the last time we hear him on Montreal radio may be wrong.

“I don’t think I’m done,” was his answer when asked if he’s going to miss radio. “I’m looking at the possibility of doing some other things. I’ve had some talks with people and hopefully something will come from it.”

Would any future radio plans for Rand include Paul Zakaib, better known as Tasso Patsikakis, his sidekick throughout most of his career?

More of my interview with Aaron Rand at Suite101.com


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More little indians watch Surprise Party

I was going through my inbox and I stumbled across this little treasure, among others, which I never got around to putting online, until now. Thanks again to Dan Kowal over at CTV Montreal.

The others, which include a CFCF-12 copy trade ad for Lunchtime Theatre, pics of Johnny Jellybean, Bill Merrill, Don McGowan, Dick Irvin and Art Leonard from 1963 can all be found on the facebook page.

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CTV Montreal DTV is now over-the-air

The bad news: no more US Super Bowl commercials on HD cable

You no longer need cable to watch CTV in HD in Montreal. CFCF-DT was on the air testing as of Friday, and a press release put out on Monday seems to imply that the signal is now official.


Watching CTV Montreal's DTV signal on 12-1

Watching CTV Montreal's DTV signal on 12-1

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50 years of CFCF-12 Montreal in a nutshell


Magic Tom - CFCF-TV 12

CFCF is celebrating 50 years of local TV on January 20th. As a result, I thought it would be a good idea if I gave myself permission to republish an edited and updated version of the history of Channel 12 from my old TV Hat website (now defunct).

On a side note, if you’re looking for images and video of CFCF’s past, the CTV Montreal website has pretty much opened up the floodgates and put up a whole bunch of memories. Plus, a special 50th retrospective will air during the second half of the news on Jan. 20 at 6 and again the next day on the noon broadcast.

Also, Fagstein offers a few thoughts on CFCF and why local shows aren’t being produced anymore. And finally, a reminder, you can also find images, like the one above, on my TV Montreal Media Fun Facebook page, including those of Johnny Jellybean, Magic Tom, other vintage CFCF-12 pics and some provided by Producer and Director Sidney M. Cohen.



This station began operation on January 20th, 1961, in a small temporary studio below a dance hall. The exact location was the old Avon Theatre at 215 Laurier Street. The early broadcasts of Pulse News were a sound engineers’ nightmare on Friday nights as music from upstairs crept down into the newsroom during the show. Fortunately, it wasn’t too long before the station moved into its permanent home at 405 Oglivy Avenue in Montreal’s north end Park Extension neighbourhood, where it remained for forty years. In 2003, they moved to 1205 Papineau Avenue.
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A case study of CTV and CFCF-12 the day local TV got cancelled

Former CFCF Channel 12 logo

Former CFCF Channel 12 logo

Did increased competition and corporate convergence have an impact on local Canadian programming? CTV Montreal in 1997 may provide the best case study.

This is because the Montreal channel once had a reputation for airing more local shows than any other CTV affiliate. Unfortunately, the station’s decisions in the ’90s would prove that they suddenly became more concerned about their bottom line than about quality programming, especially in 1997.

Read my full article.

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Congrats to CTV’s Mutsumi Takahashi

A younger Mutsumi Takahashi, back in May 1989

A younger Mutsumi Takahashi, back in May 1989

Mutsumi Takahashi was voted Best Local Newscaster according to the Mirror’s Best of Montreal Readers Poll of 2010. Also, co-anchor Todd van der Heyden came in second.

Here are all the results.

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Betty White hosting SNL… only a few days left (Update)

Betty White on Beat The Clock

Betty White on Beat The Clock

Just a reminder folks, don’t forget to set your PVRs.

Only one week left until Betty White hosts Saturday Night Live for the very very very first time ever. It happens Saturday May 8th at 11:30/10:30 Central on NBC and Global, as part of a special Mother’s Day episode.

More info on Betty White hosting SNL found via Popeater.com. See also Betty White is ‘scared to death’ to host ‘Saturday Night Live’ via The LA Times.

For more info regarding the photo on the left, which was taken at CFCF studios in Montreal, visit this entry on the Coolopolis blog. If I’m pointing out this blog entry, it’s because it is quite interesting, and it has nothing to do with it mentioning me by my full name.

Did you buy that?… No. Okay, moving along.

Coolopolis also mentions my Facebook group where you can find a couple more Betty White photos and other vintage CFCF 12 pics, courtesy of Dan Kowal, CTV Montreal Engineering Supervisor.

By the way, just in case you’re wondering, White is 88 years young.

UPDATE (May 5th): You can watch the SNL promos with Betty White here.


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