Former CJAD broadcaster Kathy Coulombe has died

Posted By: CJAD · 12/2/2012 3:16:00 PM

 Long-time Montreal broadcaster Kathy Coulombe has died.

Coulombe worked as a host, newscaster, anchor and broadcaster in this city for more than 30 years, at CJAD, CHOM, CJFM and RCI.

Former CHOM announcer Richard Berle worked alongside Kathy and remained a personal friend.

 "Your ears perked up and you paid attention to what she was saying" Berle tells CJAD.

"Other than her talents as a newscaster, this was a truly special lady, a kindered spirit."

"She loved animals.  She did a lot of stories on radio about animals.  Those were the type of stories that really interested her, and she felt would interest her listeners as well."

CJAD senior reporter Claude Beaulieu says his most enduring memories of Kathy were as not as a colleague as so much as a listener. 

"I used to tell her that I would listen to her on CHOM, when I was in high school, or it may have been CEGEP."

"I do recall that she wasn't particularly amused when I told her that I listened to her as a young man."  added Beaulieu. 

"She had such a long, long service in the business, and that's one of the things that really always strikes me the most about people who stay in the business this long.  It's quite impressive." said Beaulieu.

Coulombe's sister, Jennie Keefe, told The Gazette, that lung cancer was the cause of death. Coulombe was only 56. 

Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced.

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  1. Simon Dingley posted on 12/02/2012 04:09 PM
    I worked with Kathy when she was at FM96. She later joined CJAD. She had a
    Distinctive voice. She was also very friendly. I hadn't seen her since I left CJAD to join
    Pulse news (CTV Montreal) but the odd time I'd hear her on CFRB in Toronto, filing a voicer from Montreal.
    Montreal radio has lost a good person.

    Simon Dingley
    CBC News
  2. barry sp posted on 12/02/2012 04:18 PM
    my condolences to her family.she wa onee of the voices i loved on radi.her love of animals frreally made me deel close to hr
  3. KennethM_3 posted on 12/02/2012 04:20 PM
    Hi my name is Ken, Itoolitended to KATHY. Animal Lover and all around a PRO at HER JOB. REST IN PEACE Kathy Coulombe. And I will pray for family and Friends for thier Terible Loss.
  4. Didi Miesen posted on 12/02/2012 06:04 PM
    Hearfelt condolences to Kathy's family, loved ones and colleagues. CJAD listeners will miss her very much.
  5. Diana posted on 12/02/2012 06:28 PM
    loved listening to Kathy... amazing Lady, we will miss you...
  6. Nick Catalano posted on 12/02/2012 08:31 PM
    What a super nice person. I'm really sad. The times I spoke with her on the radio, she was so professional and understanding....I'm really kind of broken up at the moment! God I can't believe it. Thank-you Kathy for your comforting voice for all these years. Nick
  7. Dolly Durkin posted on 12/02/2012 08:48 PM
    I'm really devastated. I still can't believe it. A real people person and animal lover...and so young. Such a super nice person. My deepest regards to her family. My deepest sympathy...Dolly
  8. Ron Hewitt posted on 12/02/2012 11:23 PM
    I was shocked and actually tears welled up. I listened to Kathy Coulombe on the radio when I was in Cegep and do not really know why her name and voice stuck with me. I pray for her family and will remember her fondly.
  9. Francis Charron posted on 12/03/2012 06:27 AM
    Good Morning Cjad

    It is a sad day. Kathy was a sprited woman, when she spoke you listened. I listened to her all though cegep and when I was starting out in the work industry. Cancerclaims another young sole, My prayers are with the family in there moment of saddness,Kathy is on to a new mission.

    WE all need to keep fighting for a cure for cancer..

    Francis Charron
    Reno Charron
  10. Sharon posted on 12/03/2012 08:40 AM
    My heartfelt condolences go out to Kathy's family and friends. I too lost my husband to lung cancer just two short months ago. It is a nasty disease and one the we all need to keep fighting to find a cure for. May Kathy's family and friends find peace during this holiday season.
    Sharon (Chateauguay)
  11. Chuck Phillips posted on 12/03/2012 09:00 AM
    Katy was one of the sweetest people who ever blessed the halls of CJAD. A pleasure to know, and work with. Its a sad day for all of us and we will miss her deeply.
  12. greg posted on 12/03/2012 09:17 AM
    Sorry to hear this, we listen in frequently from northern Vermont.
    A sad loss.
  13. Robin FG posted on 12/03/2012 09:19 AM
    Kathy Coulombe was my lifeline to the "outside" during the Ice Storm. When my almost-90-year-old Dad was driven by a neigbour into the city from Pointe Claire after his power went out, the only connection we all had was CJAD, who'd lost your transmitter. I scrolled 'round the wee dial of my Walkman (only radio in the house) and found you at the "temporary' location on the dial because of Kathy's distinctive voice. I'll always remember her professionalism and calm during what were harrowing days for so many of us. My deepest condolences to her family -
    we'll all miss her.
    Robin FG
  14. Dan Laxe posted on 12/03/2012 10:04 AM
    I worked with Kathy for years, first as an operator, then as a producer. I will always remember her relaxed, easy-going style. It was a thrill for me, as a longtime CHOM listener, to meet her when I started working at CJAD. I will always re
    member her cardigan sweater, the almost constant can of Pepsi with a straw, her clear and concise writing style, her measured but powerful delivery, and her strong news sense. And how she always ended every single newscast with an animal story. She used to talk about vacationing at the Strait of Gibraltar, to sit and contemplate where the ocean meets the sea. I never forgot that. And I will never forget Kathy.
  15. Blair Bartrem posted on 12/03/2012 10:20 AM
    Dear Kathy,
    You will be missed so much.
  16. Andrea Taylor posted on 12/03/2012 11:08 AM
    When news of Kathy Coulombe's passing appeared on a FB posting yesterday, I realized it had been a while since I had heard her distinctive voice. I have been a lifetime listener of CJAD, and after so many years, one begins to feel a kindred spirit type of bond with the on-air personalities. It is for that reason I feel so very badly for Ms Coulombe's unexpected and sad passing. May her family and friends be spared further sorrow and may she rest in peace.
  17. Kris Sway posted on 12/03/2012 01:49 PM
    So sad to lose another great voice of Montreal radio. She was young but seems to have done more than a lifetime of good work.

    I wonder if there are some clips of her online we can listen to.
  18. Maki Kaklamanos posted on 12/03/2012 02:11 PM

    You will be missed by all of us here up the street.
  19. Gordon posted on 12/04/2012 12:22 AM
    As an avid CJAD listener, I am deeply sadened.

    What a beautiful voice and masterful ability to engage the listener.
    I only wish we had some kind of "heads up" about her situation so that we (as listeners), could have had a chance to express to her how great she was...

  20. Les Krifaton posted on 12/04/2012 02:27 AM
    I worked with Kathy in the FM96 newsroom in the late 80's. She was a great broadcaster and a great human being. Her love of animals was beyond words.
    Montreal lost a great journalist this past weekend
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