— Terry DiMonte (@TerryDiMonte) May 28, 2021
Unless you’ve been in a coma, you’re aware that Friday was Terry DiMonte’s last day at CHOM. There are several news stories about it, so instead of writing yet another summary I’ll just point you to the coverage:
- Montreal Gazette (also interviews with T’Cha Dunlevy and Bill Brownstein)
- Journal de Montréal (plus this story)
- La Presse (also this column from Marc Cassivi)
- Le Devoir
- CTV News
- Cult MTL
It’s quite the tribute that all three French-language dailies wrote stories about DiMonte’s departure. You don’t normally see such news cross the language divide. But DiMonte also made it a point to acknowledge and honour the city’s bilingual nature, even choosing a song by Harmonium as his final song.
I compiled a playlist of songs that aired during his final show here:
If you didn’t listen, CHOM has compiled clips of the final show, which was filled with guests including Ted Bird, Patti Lorange and Justin Trudeau, plus his regular columnists. Here are the links to those segments:
- Terry Mosher
- Ted Bird
- Peppermint Patti
- Bill Zacharkiw
- Pierre Houde
- Justin Trudeau
- Chris DeBurgh
- Terry’s parents
- Final words on air
It’s still unclear what the future is for both DiMonte and CHOM. DiMonte launched his new website on Friday, which talks about a “next chapter” in the fall. And though he plans to disappear from social media and take the summer off with his wife, it seems pretty clear he plans to remain active afterward. His website teases an interview video series, which is something he’s tried before.
As for CHOM, Pete Marier will be stepping into the big chair at least temporarily as of Monday. He would definitely be a leading candidate to take the job permanently, but there are various options available.