Friday, 16 December 2011

Virgin Radio seeking replacement for Lisa Player

The trevolving door at Montreal's Virgin Radio continues. In the past year, no less than three prime time program hosts have left the station: Cat Spencer, Heather B and Nat Lauzon. Now you can add Lisa Player to the list. The co-host of the popular morning show with Freeway Frank announced today (December 16) that she and her husband are moving to Northern Ontario at the end of the month and she plans on leaving the radio business altogether.
Lisa Player

So what does Brand Director Mark Bergman do now? He had the magic touch in bringing in Freeway to succeed Spencer, Nikki to replace Heather and Andrea Collins in relief of Lauzon,

Chantal Desjardins would be a fine fit. The current co-host of sister station CHOM FM's morning show, her future there is up in the air. Terry DiMonte returns to the airwaves at Montreal's rock station on January 9 and he told me that no decision on other team members has been made.

Andrea Collins
Moving Collins or Nikki to the morning slot with Freeway are options. Then there is  Natasha Gargiulo, the stylish Entertainment Tonight Canada Montreal correspondent who is also part of Virgin's drive home show with Cousin Vinny. It would be nice to see Kelly Alexander (Kelly "A") get a permanent gig. She has been a devoted Virgin swing member for years, handling weather, hosting and remotes. Bergman might even surprise us with a name we are not familiar with or someone from another station. Sabrina Marandola, the former Suburban Newspaper reporter who is just delightful on CBC Radio One, would make a wise choice. How about Donna Saker from 92.5 FM The Beat, whose current on air shift is from 9 am to 5 pm (she does get a break for lunch)? Would Bergman try to lure The Beat's Sarah Bartok over?

Freeway told listeners that there will be another announcement next Thursday, so perhaps Player's successor has already been chosen.

UPDATE: Natasha Gargiulo got the nod.  See the Fagstein blog for all of the details.


  1. I vote Natasha Gargiulo. Maybe that's why she's been Vinny's co-host for the past little while, to prep for the big morning position...

  2. HOORAY …. Christmas came early this year !! Good riddance Player – her sarcasm and lame, immature opinions every single time she would open your mouth will NOT be missed. As far as I’m concerned she’s been around way too long – about 7 years too long.