Montauban. “Bas Quercy Radio” celebrated its fortieth anniversary

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Moto-disco-radio, the beginnings of the adventure of the first local radio station in Tarn-et-Garonne, “Bas Quercy Radio” (BQR), can be summed up in these three words. Motorcycle fanatic friends meet after their walks in the country house of one of them to tamper with the disco sounds of their 33 tours. When François Mitterrand announces the possibility of creating free radios, these amateur technicians react immediately. “How about we create a radio station?” “Chick!” After the hour of the joke, Philippe Bertolotti and Guy Franco decide to go to the United States to learn about the existing radios. A rich three-week journey with an important stopover in Louisiana where French is spoken. Welcomed by the French consul, what was the surprise of these two friends when they discovered in his office a gigantic poster representing the National Square of Montauban! A sign. It is at 15 of this mythical Montalbanese square that “Bas Quercy Radio” will set up its studios from where, in July 1981, will be issued the first stammerings, to which other friends have rallied, and all want to offer a professional service to listeners. The experiment will last for seven years. “BQR” was a rich breeding ground from which a cluster of journalists will emerge. Some have traveled a national road since they are heard and seen in media such as “France Info”, “RTL”, “RMC”, “BFM TV”. More locally, they can be found at “La Dépêche du Midi” or “Radio Nostalgie”. Having become professionals in sound, image, paper, or having chosen other destinies, they have not forgotten this magnificent adventure that a solid friendship sealed and which continues. Since 2015, reunions take place every year, with a climax in this summer 2021 to celebrate 40 years of the creation of the radio station. Always so fiery, the Former fighters of “BQR” are all close to sixty, with a few elders, including Maurice Coudré, alert in the nineties, who continues to share his passion for the accordion on the airwaves of “Radio Asso”. This exceptional freedom of expression was, of course, at the center of the conversations of this anniversary.

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