It was two years ago that Virgin Radio 96 had a silly idea to hold a contest to find a new on-air talent, and the winner was some bearded kid named Lee Haberkorn.
Since then, Haberkorn has become a regular at the station, most recently hosting weekend mornings but also being very active on social media, which he uses to post videos of him engaging in a prank war with afternoon host (and program director/boss) Mark Bergman.
So it was perhaps inevitable that he’d be moving on to better opportunities sooner than later. This month he left the station to join the new Virgin Radio in Kitchener, becoming their new morning man.
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I've been waiting to share some news with you… I'm excited to say that I'm joining @virginradiokitchener as Morning Show Announcer. Those poor souls have no idea what they're in for… The past two years with @virginradiomontreal have been a helluva time. Thanks for enabling my ridiculousness. It's hard to leave the friends I've made at the station. But time to bug new coworkers. #VirginRadio #KW #OnAir #LeeOnAir
Haberkorn’s departure follows that of Andrea Collins, who also left the station but stays in the Bell Media family.
Collins has been replaced in late mornings by perennial schedule-hole-filler Kelly Alexander, who now finally has a solid weekday job. Alexander’s weekend shift is being filled by a new import, Shannon Brooksbank, known on the air as Brooksy, who comes from Corus’s Jump 106.9 in Ottawa (where she worked with former Virgin host Tony Stark).
No replacement for Haberkorn’s weekend morning shift has been announced yet. So far the station has been filling weekend mornings with announcerless music.
Congrats to the new digs to all VJ’s…though something I need to ask. Besides Shuyee Lee at CJAD, why in Montreal has there never been more presence of visible minorities (please correct me if I’m wrong) in English radio, (we can forget about French radio in this one) especially morning shows. I’ve been listening and following popular stations radio media in Montreal forever and it’s majority white-washed. There must be Asians, Indians, Natives/Aboriginals/ who are equally qualified and who studied radio and media broadcast . Where are they in popular MTL radio landscape besides ethnic stations!!!!???!! Why aren’t they hired for VJ’s??!!? Thanks
Keep in mind we’re dealing with a pretty small sample size here. Montreal has only five commercial radio stations in English, plus CBC. But maybe they could do better. There are some non-white people who work for these stations, but few in the jobs that get your face on advertisements.