It was so good to hear Rob Kemp back on the air today.

Regular readers here may recall that Rob and Ronnie Mack were among the 300 people who were thrown into the streets by Bell Media last year shortly before Christmas as parent company BCE sought to add even more to their $700-million quarterly profit in what was seen by many as a cruel, heartless penny-pinching move by a modern-day version of a very, very wealthy Scrooge. (Ya think I’m still pissed about it?)

Both Rob and Ronnie were on-air hosts on Bell Media’s CHOM-FM, a Montreal rock station, and they both had a knack for connecting with CHOM listeners.

Well, CHOM’s loss is The Beat’s (92.5 FM) gain: Rob has started doing weekend gigs there, and I tuned in to that station specifically to hear Rob’s voice this morning.

Now, let’s hope we hear Ronnie’s voice on air again soon, because he had a loyal overnight following on CHOM (because some of us who work late at night like to hear a live voice on the air when we are driving home).

— Jillian

Related links:

Goodbye, CHOM-FM: Why I’m finally switching stations

Toronto Star report on Bell asks: How much profit does it really need?