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  • Writer's pictureMatt Cundill

Blair Bartrem's Romance with Radio

Updated: Dec 11, 2019

This week's episode features Blair Bartrem, the program director at Toronto’s Q107. Over his 30+ years in radio, Blair has worked in promotions, and as program director at legendary brands like CHOM-FM, Q107, Mix 96 & Mix 99.9 in Montreal and Toronto. The questions we tackle in this episode range from what goes into a making a great station brand, to the formula for being married to the head of a competing station (a.k.a. Virgin Radio's Karen Steele), to how to drive a Zamboni from Montreal to Toronto.

For photographic evidence of zamboni adventures, see the picture below:

When it comes to making a great station brand, Blair boils it down:

1. to hiring great people

2. writing fun and catchy promos

3. having a passion for what you do

4. remaining nimble in a competitive industry

Blair shares parts of his personal side including how he fell in love with Montreal, the magical small town of sky-scrapers, and growing up in a household with creative siblings. Worth mentioning is Blair’s brother Richard Bartrem, mentioned in the episode. Richard is the brainchild behind Westjet’s viral campaigns like this or this.


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