December 4, 2022

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Andre Arthur: “Communication Formula 1”

Andre Arthur firmly believed that “you have no right to be flat on the radio”. People who know him say that he was not disappointed in this matter till the end of his career even though it was not always happening.

Read more: Former radio presenter Andre Arthur has died

“Arthur was a Formula 1 communicator, but he had no brakes on tight corners,” explains CJRP and CHRC, his loyal collaborator for ten years at Myriam Ségal.

So he could slip, “But the people forgave him, and he believed the judgment of those who heard him.

Andre Arthur was a popular radio presenter at CHRC's Airwaves in Quebec in the early 80's.

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Andre Arthur was a popular radio presenter at CHRC’s Airwaves in Quebec in the early 80’s.

Full control

The death of the former star presenter on Sunday shook the radio world and provoked many reactions.

At will and in complete control of his media, Andre Arthur was not afraid of his ideas or defended them to the end, which sometimes got him into trouble.

Those who knew him combined his “natural talent” with that of a communicator, storyteller and popularizer, with excellent intelligence.

“The presenter showed me everything about my work” and “a model based on the interview,” says Ms. Sekel. “He really had the art of making others talk.”

Listen to the Streliski-Sir meeting on GUNEV Peterson’s microphone on QUB Radio:

“A feeling Time Exceptional

“He had a feeling Time Exceptional in the way things are said […]. You did not go out during the break to see what was happening at the other stations, because Arthur was fascinated and sat on the edge of your chair for a while, ”said radio presenter Stephen Goss.

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“Well, of course, sometimes, with a style that’s not good blood, there’s no speed”, who rubbed shoulders with Arthur at the CJMF from 1998 to 2001, then to CHOI and BLVD.

Andre Arthur was twice elected Independent MP for Portneuf-Jacques-Cartier's Federal Riding in 2006 and 2008.  In the photo, we see him during his second election campaign on September 18, 2008.

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Andre Arthur was twice elected Independent MP for Portneuf-Jacques-Cartier’s Federal Riding in 2006 and 2008. In the photo, we see him during his second election campaign on September 18, 2008.

Is it black or white?

“At least he’s not subtle. It’s white, it’s black, not a shade of gray with Andre Arthur.

Mr. Arthur was removed from the station in 2018 after calling Saint-Jean Street “AIDS Boulevard” on his show.

“We often disagree, but it’s okay, it just was that way. [sa] With Andre Arthur ”.

On March 10, 2015, he was interviewed by the Journal at his home in the Saint-Phoebe sector of Quebec.

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On March 10, 2015, he was interviewed by the Journal at his home in the Saint-Phoebe sector of Quebec.

In the early 1980s, the “King of Waves” in Quebec City produced rain and shine. Morning man Heard more.

Alain Dufresne, director of Quebec’s College Radio Television, notes that “despite the scratches in the process,” he “did not completely compromise on his vision of creating radio.”

“He, he mainly said: ‘You have no right to be flat on the radio’,” he points out. The magic that many of his collaborators heard.

Patron Mark Simonio, who died on May 3, 2013, and Andre Arthur on January 31, 1984 in Quebec's microphone from Quebec.

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Patron Mark Simonio, who died on May 3, 2013, and Andre Arthur on January 31, 1984 in Quebec’s microphone from Quebec.

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Proximity to its audience

Senator Josie Werner, for her part, refers to Andre Arthur’s “closeness” to his public service, which served him well in becoming one of the rare independent representatives elected at the federal level from Quebec.

About bringing himself to the House of Commons in the 2006 and 2008 elections, he said, “He has a good understanding of the dynamics of his ride (Portneuf-Jacques-Cartier).

At the human level, “he’s a real man”, adds the man who was in contact with the radio man.

A man is “integrated and serious”

“He was a man of honesty and seriousness. He lived with honesty and seriousness. He had deep respect for the audience.”

– Miriam Sekel, retired animator

“It turns out he’s a radio monument. He may be the best communicator on the radio, who loves or hates him.”

– Bruno Peron, collaborator with Andre Arthur at CHRC in the 90s

“I’m not like him, but he made me look different, and it’s always good for me.”

– Stephen DuPont, who worked with Andre Arthur at CKNU

“Arthur was one of the people who changed the industry for the better or worse. Before Arthur, it was clear that radio was one way and Arthur another. […] I think that gave a lot of freedom to a lot of animators. ⁇

– Alain Dufresne, director of the College of Radio and Television in Quebec

“He realized that if you demand hostility, aggression and hatred from the general public, you can create a huge fireworks display with it. ⁇

– Claude Thibodeau, researcher and former co-owner of CJMF