Veteran CJAD radio host Dave Fisher has announced his retirement. Fisher, who turned 65 this week, has worked as weekend anchor for 32 years.
Fisher began his career on the air at CKLY 910 AM in Lindsay, Ontario. He was heard on the airwaves in Peterborough, Winnipeg, Hamilton and Ottawa before landing in Montreal at CJFM, CFCF radio and then finally at CJAD.
He’s filled in for almost everybody including Andrew Carter on weekday mornings and even during an evening music show on CJAD.
“When listeners talk about Dave, it’s as if they’re talking about a long-time friend.” said program and news director Chris Bury. “It’s clear there’s something about Dave’s tone and his approach that truly resonates with Montrealers.”
CJAD and TSN 690 sportscaster Rick Moffat was program director for a time when Fisher reached a milestone. “Dave’s weekend ratings cracked unheard of levels and surpassed 50% of the English radio listening audience so I started calling him Captain Referendum because with 50% plus one, he could have won a referendum for us,” said Moffat.
Fisher will officially sign off the air in August. His replacement will be announced at a later date.