Aaron Rand was on Mitch Melnick's TEAM 990 tribute show to Ted Tevan this week, during which time he said that he will have an announcement in two weeks about his return to Montreal radio.
Rand, of course, left The Q 92.5 FM as morning show host a few months ago after the station indicated they would not renew his contract which officially expires on September 1.
While the early betting had Rand going to Mike FM 105.1, sources tell me that Rand could in fact be headed to CJAD.
No, he will not be the morning man. Andrew Carter is doing a fine job there. Word has it that Rand will in fact be CJAD's secret weapon to make up for the loss of Montreal Canadiens broadcasts to THE TEAM 990. This means stepping into a completely new situation as the 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. host, apparently replacing Dan Delmar (who has been excellent by the way and would undoubtedly find himself on the air in another capacity).
Here is why this makes sense. The man in charge of programming at CJAD is Chris Bury. He spent years in the same building as Rand, first as the news director at the old 940 News and then as the producer of Rand's morning show on The Q. You need only look at the present CJAD on air lineup to see the likes of former 940/Q personalities Suzanne Desautels, Barry Morgan, Margo Edwards and Luciano Pipia.
Would Rand bring Paul "Tasso" Zakaib on the air with him at this time? Would Desautels, whom he has so much chemistry with, play a role? What type of format would he follow?
It should be very interesting to see how this all unfolds.