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“The radio was a refuge”: Joël Le Bigot retires

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It was a particularly difficult and moving meeting for the reporter, for whom he was the radio the life raft of a lifetime. A comfortable and warm place where it could be exactly what it wanted to be.

The radio was a refuge.

A quote from Joël Le Bigot during the last broadcast of “Saturday and nothing else”

Joël Le Bigot at the animation of a special program of “CBF bonjour”

Photo: Radio-Canada

At the age of 76, the airwaves veteran makes a 24-year tour of the animation of Saturday and nothing else.

His show has been a favorite of Quebecers, as the Numeris polls of recent years show.

Joël Le Bigot was able to attract the attention of listeners with his way of hosting his programs in an atmosphere of pleasure and conviviality, which reflected his great culture and his passion for the French language.

All my life I have kept this curious amazement that you can speak into a microphone and that people listen to.

A quote from Joël Le Bigot during the last broadcast of “Saturday and nothing else”

Fernand Seguin and Joël Le Bigot hosted “La science et vous” on 8 September 1977.

Photo: Radio-Canada / M. Sauvageau

The radio giant also took advantage of his last moments on the air to send a message of love to his audience, a love that, according to him, must triumph over the desire to accumulate excessive wealth.

When you reach the end of life, the only thing you care about is the love of people and children, not having 36 beds to sleep inhe illustrated.

Adventurer on air as in life, Joël Le Bigot has not forgotten to provide one last piece of advice to the new generations: There is still time to get yours sack on your shoulder and go see the world.

After 45 years on the radio of Radio-Canada, Joël Le Bigot is retiring. Caroline Lacroix spoke to him just before her last show.

Of radio and sea

Joël Le Bigot is a key figure of Radio-Canada. His beginnings date back to 1967, at the Chicoutimi regional station.

He made a name for himself as a radio host in 1977 with the show CBF helloa flagship newspaper of the public broadcaster that it hosted for 19 years.

Joël Le Bigot at the microphone during the “CBF bonjour” program, September 5, 1979

Photo: Radio-Canada / Jean-Pierre Karsenty

Born in France and arrived in Quebec by boat at a very young age, Joël Le Bigot has maintained his passion for the sea along with his work as a journalist.

In 1984 he took part in the Transat Québec – Saint-Malo aboard the Radio-Canada ship.

Joël Le Bigot also accompanied the famous French navigator Éric Tabarly aboard the Côte d’Or ship.

Photo: Christian February

After a world tour, the host returned to the air in 1998 at the helm of Saturday and nothing else. The same year, he added the show to his schedule why not Sundayof which he was captain until 2011.

When his departure was announced in May, Joël Le Bigot explained that he wanted to navigate to new horizons while he was still master of his life. He did not want wait for life to decide [lui] when he had to hang up the microphone.

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