CBC’S morn­ing man re­tir­ing

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Vic­to­ria Vanier, Len­noxville

For twenty-one and a half years peo­ple across Que­bec have been lis­ten­ing to the friendly, fa­mil­iar voice of CBC Ra­dio’s Que­bec AM host, Tim Belford. Soon to re­tire from the show, his last live show is on July 8th, Mr. Belford met with the Stanstead Jour­nal

for an in­ter­view in Len­noxville, where he’s been a res­i­dent for over thirty years.

“I came to Len­noxville as a stu­dent at Bishop’s in the fall of ’68,” said the ra­dio host who grew up in On­tario. “My grand­par­ents and great-grand­par­ents had lived here and gone to Bishop’s Univer­sity,” added Mr. Belford who even­tu­ally grad­u­ated from the Univer­sity with a joint Hon­ours de­gree in His­tory and Phi­los­o­phy.

He tried his hand at sev­eral dif­fer­ent ca­reers, as a teacher, theatre man­ager at the Pig­gery, bar­tender at the Golden Lion and colum­nist and edi­tor of the Mon­treal Daily News, to name a few, be­fore his lengthy ca­reer as a morn­ing ra­dio host, a job whose un­godly hours alone can chal­lenge the best of them.

“It’s a job I en­joy im­mensely. I al­ways wanted to try dif­fer­ent things, then I got the ra­dio job and I liked it very much. Hav­ing done many other jobs was use­ful: if I did an in­ter­view about ed­u­ca­tion, I knew some­thing about it; an in­ter­view about the fish­eries and my ex­pe­ri­ence in the Navy helped,” he ex­plained. “You don’t need to have all the an­swers, but it’s nice if you have the right ques­tions.”

One draw­back to the job was the weekly com­mute be­tween the CBC stu­dio in Que­bec City and Mr. Belford’s home in the Town­ships. “I’d drive to Que­bec City on Sun­day night and come home on Fri­day.” Thank­fully, about four years ago, Tim’s com­mute got a lit­tle eas­ier. “With the new tech­nol­ogy we could do the show in two places. It was good to do it from the East­ern Town­ships where there is a big An­glo com­mu­nity; we had more cov­er­age of the Town­ships. And I got to spend more time with my wife who I re­ally do like!” he joked.

As lis­ten­ers know, Tim co­hosts the live show from the Sher­brooke stu­dio with Su­san Camp­bell, who’s in the Que­bec City stu­dio. Con­sid­er­ing the dis­tance be­tween them, I asked Mr. Belford how they keep up their on-air rap­port. “I can see Su­san on a screen and she can see me.” They’ve also worked to­gether for about twenty years, which helps.

Host­ing a live ra­dio show, where no-one gets a sec­ond chance, has its chal­lenges. “The hard­est thing about my job is con­stantly fig­ur­ing out what the lis­tener wants to know. In my job I’m ask­ing the ques­tions not just for me but for the lis­ten­ers; they don’t get the chance to ask the ques­tions. When I’m lis­ten­ing to a guest, if some­thing tweaks in my head to ask some­thing else, then that’s prob­a­bly what the lis­ten­ers also want to know. The big­gest thing is to lis­ten in an

Photo Vic­to­ria Vanier

Photo Vic­to­ria Vanier

CBC Ra­dio’s

Que­bec AM

host Tim Belford, seen here in Len­noxville, is re­tir­ing from the ra­dio show in July.

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