A young 24-year-old Le Bigot in 1970. He was a presenter at the Chicoutimi regional Radio Canada station at the time. Joël came to Quebec by boat with his parents when he was two years old. The family had settled at Hochelaga in Montreal, not far from the river where his father took them to watch the ships go by.
1980, 42 years ago! After a few years at Radio-Canada TV, Joël enthusiastically hosted the morning show CBF-Bonjour. The man, nicknamed Sea Bass, was checking the news surrounded by his staff and was already using his platform to talk about his passion for boats and the open sea.
The smile of a 39-year-old host in full command of his abilities in 1985, the year René Lévesque resigned. Joël hosted the morning show CBF-Bonjour for eight years, commenting on the big currents of the time and getting involved in various social causes, without realizing that at 76 years old he would still be doing it!
Next to a blonde Francine Grimaldi, without her famous turban, during a CBF-Bonjour special in 1991. There was an unfailing complicity between Radio-Canada’s legendary “Vadrouilleuse” and the presenter, even during the countless times Joël deliberately interrupted him, as serious as it is playful, to move on to another of his inseparable chroniclers.
With Gilles Vigneault in 1993, almost 30 years ago. The excellent interviewer has hosted the poet on his show many times over the years. Despite his legendary sneering side with his staff, Le Bigot, with his openness and great culture, welcomed his guests with enthusiasm and respect.
- Joël Le Bigot retires today, June 18, after hosting his last show Saturday and nothing else, here first (95.1). He left his mic after 45 years as a presenter at Radio-Canada and 24 years at the helm of the Saturday show. At 76, still first in his slot in the radio poll, he walks with his head held high, still “master of his life”.
- He began his career in 1967 at Radio Canada station in Chicoutimi and then hosted daily mornings CBF hellor in 1977. After a world tour, he returned to the ether in 1998 at the age of 50 Saturday and nothing else(and Why not on Sunday? until 2011). Franco Nuovo will succeed him on August 20th.
- Joël was born in France and came to Montreal by boat with his parents in 1948 at the age of two. Today he is grandfather.