The party never ends with Danny Berger!

The party never ends with Danny Berger!
The party never ends with Danny Berger!

Well-known CIME FM host Danny Berger celebrated his 25th career this month. Last Saturday, his 53rd birthday was marked by a party at the Red Carpet in Saint-Jérôme, which also served as a fundraiser for Moisson Laurentides. The evening, with Mathieu Grégoire as the opening act, raised $10,000 thanks to the participation of around 200 guests.

“This big party is my birthday present for my 53rd birthday,” Danny Berger tells us. Why 53? Because three years ago, for my 50th birthday, in the middle of a pandemic, no one could go out! »

Among the participants, note Erick Millette, the new owner of the Red Carpet, who graciously lent the room for the event and purchased a gift certificate from La Boutique Techno at auction for $5,000.

On this occasion, Infos Laurentides took the opportunity to interview the host and columnist involved in his community, by asking him five questions.

Credit: Marjorie Dumoulin-Lafond

It’s impossible not to be in a good mood when we listen to you on the air on weekends. What do you like most about hosting Danny’s Weekends at CIME?

Cogeco Media has given me a lot of latitude over the years. I am the only one who can still take special requests. No other radio show in Quebec does this.

After twenty-eight years in radio, twenty-five of which with Cogeco Media, I feel privileged to do work that represents more of a passion than a job. I’ve been working weekends for thirteen years and it doesn’t bother me because I love my job. Many people get up in the morning not happy to go to work, whereas for me, even if I only slept three hours after being woken up by my four-year-old son, I am happy to go to the radio.

What I like about regional radio is the proximity to the public. Unlike Montreal, where everything is more impersonal, here, people recognize themselves in our work and have the impression that we are part of their daily lives.

When I talk about an event to raise funds, I mention local initiatives that I know well, like Moisson Laurentides or the media food drive. I greet Daniel in Sainte-Agathe, Marjorie in Mirabel, and Dany in Bellefeuille. It’s more warm and friendly.

Certain events have certainly marked your career. Can you name some for us?

A highlight was organizing a live show with La Compagnie Créole. A week in advance, their manager contacted me and we closed down the street for a show with a radio interview.

The hardest moment was learning of my sister’s death just before going on air. Despite everything, that day, I continued my workday, even though it was one of the most difficult shows of my career.

Announcing my parental leave for the birth of my son was also emotional!

How do you maintain your passion and energy for your work after all these years?

For as long as I can remember, music has saved my life. It’s my fuel. My journey has not been easy. Raised by a single mother with five brothers and sisters, I didn’t have the opportunity to go to school for long. But I went for it and pursued my passions. Today, I’m living my dreams!

Initially, I didn’t think about becoming a radio host, because I was extremely introverted because of my background. I started working in bars when I was 15. At 18, when I had to announce on the microphone, I was so nervous that I would hide under the counter to speak. Things have changed a lot since that time! I started radio around 25, thinking of being more of an operator. Over the years, I got a taste for being in front of the microphone and realized that I really belonged.

What advice would you give to young professionals starting out in the world of radio today, based on your experience?

Reading a lot is essential! It was by reading aloud that I learned to do radio and improve my French. When writing, avoid abbreviations and use complete sentences. This is the first step to improving your expression. Today, working in radio can involve using multiple media. You can do radio, the web and write at the same time… You have to know how to develop several skills.

You should also know that positions are precarious and competition is intense, especially in Montreal. Radio is a consumer media: if listeners don’t like the product or the host, they easily change the station or turn to music apps. Despite the challenges, radio remains a unique medium that responds quickly to events. The Canadian’s performance, for example, clearly shows how the ratings react immediately.

What are your aspirations for the years to come?

Currently, I am developing an events project with my partner Christian Alary. At 53, I choose my events more. For example, I just signed a contract to host a wedding in Jamaica. So I continue to have fun with this type of contract and even on the radio! I start my fourteenth season in September. CIME has confirmed my return!

I want to take the time to watch my 4 year old son grow. He already shares my passion for music. He plays with his little turntable, a gift from his godmother, but I don’t want him to follow in my footsteps at all costs. I want to encourage him to follow his own dreams, as I was lucky enough to do myself. Obviously, if I can help him achieve his aspirations, that will be perfect for me!



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