CJAD on the move
After more than 30 years at the corner of Fort and Ste Catherine, CJAD is packing up and heading east.
CJAD is moving into new studios on Rene Levesque East at Papineau near the Jacques Cartier Bridge.
Its sister stations CHOM and Virgin 96 will also move to the main Astral offices in the east end.
It's the third move CJAD has made, after two homes on Mountain Street downtown and then in the early 80s, into its recent one in the heart of Shaughnessy Village.
A couple of years later while preparing a newscast in the Fort Street newsroom, newscaster Trudie Mason recalled a very severe hailstorm.
"I turned around and looked down onto Ste Catherine Street at the corner of Fort and the street was just filling up with hail. It was coming down so thick I couldn't even see the supermarket sign from across the street," Mason said.
CJAD morning man Andrew Carter and host Tommy Schurmacher were on the air yesterday sharing some warm and some not so fuzzy memories about their many years in the studios at 1411 Fort Street.
"There's still a dent in the wall here from where one of our newscasters threw down his headset, and he stormed out of here, he kicked a garbage can from current affairs all the way into the newsroom," Carter said.
"And we still don't know if the typewriter out the window is a true story or not because I don't think it can get through that window," Schnurmacher added.
Schnurmacher remembers one very hot day getting an ice cream cake from a fan, but he had no utensils or napkins.
"So what did I do? Did I leave it there? No, I didn't. I had some of it. With a hand, by hand. Eight scoops of an ice cream cake by hand. Very primitive, very messy, but a fond memory," Schnurmacher said.
Schnurmacher remembers the first move when CJAD was still on Mountain Street and now, more than 30 years later, he's on the move again from Fort.
"What will I miss about it? Not much."
Carter said he leaves behind great memories along with the spirits of broadcasting greats.
"You know, a lot of great broadcasters have passed through these halls. It's almost like the halls are infused with the memories of all of these legendary broadcasters: Balcan, Blackman, Sinclair, Gougeon, McKenty, Cannon, great names," Carter said.
"But unfortunately the walls are also infused with a lot of dust so it's time to move," he laughed.
"And we hope we can bring the heritage with us and leave the dust."