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Claude Rajotte

Instantly recognizable on radio and TV for 35 years

"I’m Claude Rajotte… and you’re not!" went the famous tagline. No, we certainly are not – nobody is. Long-serving Montreal DJ, and former VJ, Claude Rajotte is an original. The 54-year-old Rajotte has made an illustrious life out of his love for music, his passion and vast knowledge of a dizzying range of musical styles informing a DJ career that started at Drummondville radio station CHRD in 1974.

Though Rajotte began work in Montreal at CKOI in 1976, he is best known for his 20-year stint on the air at CHOM from 1982 until 2002 (where he was known to address his large francophone audience in occasional French until, at the behest of CKOI, the CRTC put an end to that), and for his 17-year service as a VJ on MusiquePlus, where he hosted, among other things, Le Cimetière des CD, dedicated to critiquing records. Rajotte promoted a 2001 compilation CD of the show, Le Cimetière des CD, Vol. 1, by sending out little plastic baggies containing one of his few remaining hairs. These have now become, given his current cranial circumstances, collector’s items.

"For his thousands of listeners, Claude Rajotte has always been a beacon, shining his light through the mugginess of cookie-cutter pop," says MusiquePlus VJ Nicolas Tittley. "Wide-eared yet uncompromising, he was the go-to guy for eager kids in search of something different. He reigned supreme at MusiquePlus, bringing an air of credibility to the station, where he regularly – and literally – tore shitty albums to pieces. As anyone who has listened to his current program on Radio-Canada can tell you, he was, and still is, a pioneer."

Rajotte is still doing what he loves best: hosting and producing a wildly eclectic Saturday and Sunday night radio show for Radio-Canada’s Espace Musique.

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