Who’s gonna wake me up now?

Every morning, my radio comes on at 5:58 AM and I spend the next 20-30 minutes listening to CHOM FM. The old rock songs might drift in and out of my consciousness but I consistently perk up when I hear Terry DiMonte’s baritone voice. I have always been impressed by his intimate knowledge of our city (especially the West Island), his generosity and his sense of humor.

Tonight the following was sent to the CHOM mailing list:

Some sad news to share with you today. Morning man Terry DiMonte is leaving CHOM.
Terry is moving on to a new opportunity in Western Canada. If you’re a fan of Terry, then you know his love for the West. We know this comes as a shock. Terry’s been a large part of our lives and will be missed tremendously.

Terry DiMonte says, “I had quite a decision to make. Montreal is my home, it’s where I feel like I belong, but life is a series of forks in the road. I’ve always been up for a challenge and I believe my success is tied to the risks I’ve taken. It was a tough decision but I’ve decided to throw caution to the wind and take on a new challenge. I’ll miss my loyal listeners who followed me from CHOM to MIX 96 to CJAD 800 and back to CHOM 97.7 completing my circle. Most of all, I’ll miss sitting with one my best friends every morning, Ted Bird”.

Terry’s last day is this Friday.

First they send us Stephen Harper and now they seduce our best morning man with the promise of a challege and a truck-full of petrodollars. This means war.

5 Comments so far

  1. Justin (unregistered) on November 21st, 2007 @ 9:29 pm

    Man, I haven’t listened to CHOM since Jesus was a Cowboy. Hell, I didn’t even know he was at CHOM!

    Last time I tuned into CHOM they were playing music I listened to when I was a teen.. and I found that music outdated then.

    Andre, check out Radio Canada.. or CBC Radio One.. Commercial Radio bites.


  2. andre (unregistered) on November 21st, 2007 @ 9:41 pm

    While CHOM is my favorite for waking up, I prefer Radio-Canada for my morning commute.


  3. P (unregistered) on November 21st, 2007 @ 10:22 pm

    I think Rob Kemp who does the afternoon show on mix96 will be taking over for terry. He used to do the morning traffic on CHOM as CAptain Kemp a few years back. The had good chemistry and he’s got a great sense of humour as well. Will be good to have a bit of a younger take on music in the morning.

    but I still love Terry! He’ll be back I hope. :)


  4. Jason (unregistered) on November 22nd, 2007 @ 9:26 am

    I’m right with you, Andre. I listen every morning as well, I have for many many years. I even continued listening online while I was living in Halifax for a while.

    He’ll be missed.


  5. Ann (unregistered) on November 22nd, 2007 @ 8:53 pm

    I can’t believe he is leaving. He’s the best morning man in town and now Calgary will get him for God’s sake!! He doesn’t seem thrilled to be leaving. He was actually crying on Global and CTV news.

    I don’t know what Rob Kemp is like..but it’ll be strange to have Ted and Kim there without Terry…it just won’t be the same.



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