82-year-old Gilles Proulx celebrates 60 years of radio career

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Gilles Proulx celebrates his 60th career on Wednesday. At 82, the radio and television man has no intention of retiring. 

“I even intend to continue, if of course, my health allows me and they want to keep me,” he said in a telephone interview on Tuesday. 

The radio man on the airwaves of the Journal du midi at CJMS in 1984.

He fully expects retirement to come one day. But not right now. “I have to believe that I'm not rambling yet,” he said.

Present on Thursdays with a column published in the pages of Journal de Québec and Montreal Journal, on QUB radio on Richard Martineau's show and on CIQI-FM, the history buff is surprised to still be there.

“Decades pass like years , years pass like months, months pass like weeks, and weeks pass like days. I thank God. I am still healthy. I am still very, very privileged to be present in this industry,” he said.

Gilles Proulx during a trip to Egypt.

Six decades of history

The one who celebrates his career diamond anniversary began his radio adventure on October 5, 1962 on the airwaves of the CKBM-AM station in Montmagny. He had offered his services in resorts in La Pocatière, Rivière-du-Loup, Matane, Baie-Comeau and Saint-Félicien. 

“I went there all embarrassed, on tiptoe , not ready at all, ask to audition. Returning to Montreal, I received a telegram from the CKBM station offering me $35 a week. That's how it started,” he said.

It is in Montmagny, located near Lévis, in the Chaudière-Appalaches region, that he makes appearances on Mondays and Thursdays on the show Radio Réveil on CIQI FM. < /p>

“It's a sentimental attachment to this place where I started,” he said.

Sixty years of radio is six decades full of stories. A record he describes as impressive.

With Montreal Mayor Gérald Tremblay and Bernard Landry, during his last broadcast on 98.5 FM, July 11, 2008.

A career his positions during the Amerindian crisis and during the last referendum are among his moments, with his meetings with Fidel Castro, Brigitte Bardot, Juliette Gréco, Jacques Brel and Pope Benedict XVI in Rome in 2008. < /p>

“A meeting with Fidel Castro is unforgettable. They are human experiences rich in memories and which do not fade in the corridor of my memory. 

A constant renewal explains, according to him, this longevity.

“I also attribute my success to my loud mouth and upsetting a lot of people. I improvised an “obstinate” radio, of a free thinker, at the time when Pierre Pascau, Jean Cournoyer and André Arthur were emerging. It was like forming a club of big mouths that disturbed and jostled. The success of the ratings allowed us to hold on for a very long time,” he said.

His passion and knowledge of the history of civilizations and his love for the history of Quebec have also allowed him to stand out. 

  • Listen to each update Gilles Proulx's comments during the Proulx – Martineau meeting broadcast live at 10 a.m. via QUB radio:

Back after his retirement

Gilles Proulx officially retired on August 7, 2008, after hosting the show Journal du midi for 24 years at CJMS, CKAC and on 98.5 FM.

He returned to service when he was approached in 2009 to write a weekly column in Le Journal de Montréal and in Le Journal de Québec

“I thought it was to last a year or two, maybe three. It's already been 13 years,” he said.

  • We will highlight Gilles Proulx's 60-year career on Wednesday morning on the show by Richard Martineau listen live via QUB radio.

A full life 

  • Born April 5, 1940 in Verdun.
  • < li>He began his career as a radio host on October 5, 1962 at CKBM-AM in Montmagny.

  • He hosted the program Les Grands Dossiers Historiques in 1998 and 1999 on Canal D.
  • For 24 years, between 1984 and 2008, he hosted the Journal du midi program on CJMS, CKAC and 98.5 FM.
  • He was a lecturer in communication at the University of Montreal from 1979 to 1991.
  • He has published several books including New France: What we should have taught you (2015), Les diaries of an indefatigable traveler (2017) and The memory you were stolen (2019) from Éditions du Journal.