“I loved Loyola Campus. I cherish those years. I majored in psychology, but my greater passion was Radio Loyola.” Weekes became the radio station’s program director and in 1977 was a co-applicant for a CRTC license to broadcast Radio Loyola.
“We turned the student station into CIRL, the first carrier-current station in Quebec. All that hard work landed me a full-time job in 1978 producing Sounds Like Montreal, a current-affairs show at CJAD.”
After leaving CJAD for CFCF 12 / CTV Montreal, Weekes worked with legendary broadcaster Dick Irvin Jr. “He’s a giant in hockey and I worked with him for a number of years on Dick Irvin’s Hockey Magazine, a weekly segment on CTV Montreal. Dick inspired me to write about the game.”
The landmark Picturing the Game is a beautifully packaged, feel-good read. “You look at a good cartoon and you laugh and feel better,” says Weekes who continues his love of recreational hockey in Montreal.
“I still play a few pick-up games on the neighbourhood rinks of NDG [Notre-Dame-de-Grâce],” he says. “If I can play for an hour or two, try to keep up with the kids, then I’ve accomplished something in my day.”