Press Release: 25th anniversary week on RDS

RDS 25 Ans (Image via Bell Media)

RDS 25 Ans (Image via Bell Media)

MONTREAL, September 16, 2014—This fall, RDS is celebrating its 25th year on the air, and to mark the occasion, it will offer viewers a full week of special programming from September 22 to 26, including LE 5 À 7 going on tour across Quebec; the debut of a new documentary series, 25 ANS D’ÉMOTIONS; special editions of SPORTS 30 LE MAGAZINE; live broadcasts of major-league sports games; a strong lineup of complementary programming; and personal messages from various well-known personalities in recognition of RDS’s anniversary.

From Monday, September 22, to Friday, September 26, LE 5 À 7 will hit the road and meet RDS fans across Quebec in order to celebrate the network’s 25th anniversary. Hosts Frédéric Plante and Yanick Bouchard, supported by Gaston Therrien, André Roy, Valérie Sardin, Alain “le Baron” Chantelois and Geneviève Langlois, will visit Sherbrooke, Gatineau, Trois-Rivières, Saguenay and Quebec City to broadcast special editions in front of a live audience and showcase the local region through exclusive reports and guests, as well as covering the latest sports news.

Thanks to a large tent that will be set up in a public space in each city, the RDS team will be able to accommodate all fans who wish to join the celebration. Starting at 4 p.m. ET each day, guests will be treated to hosted activities, food and entertainment for the whole family, not to mention the opportunity to attend a live broadcast of LE 5 À 7 and meet the show’s stars.

The tour will wrap up on Friday, September 26, when not just LE 5 À 7 but also SPORTS 30 LE MAGAZINE, HOCKEY 360 and L’ANTICHAMBRE will air live from Quebec City, next to the Colisée.

Each event will be presented in partnership with the local NRJ station, which will give its listeners the chance to obtain passes to the tent’s VIP zone.

As part of this week of celebration, a brand-new documentary series will be aired: 25 ANS D’ÉMOTIONS. Produced exclusively by RDS, this high-quality series of 30 or 60 minute episodes will look back on memorable sporting events from the past quarter-century and the human stories behind them, supported by archival images. Many of the people directly involved in these moments, which have become part of Quebecers’ collective consciousness, will share their memories, providing viewers with an inside perspective on the events.

Beginning on September 22, viewers can enjoy the series’ first five episodes, with one show airing each day throughout the week. The lineup for this initial run includes Frères du ring (Éric Lucas and Stéphane Ouellet), Le dernier uniforme (the Expos’ last game), En synchro avec la vie (Sylvie Fréchette), Le témoin (Bruny Surin) and Gagner en français (Université Laval’s Rouge et Or). All five episodes will be presented again back-to-back on Saturday, September 27, starting at 7:30 p.m. ET on RDS (see full schedule below).

The 17 episodes to be broadcast this season will cover the full gamut of emotions, from Saku Koivu’s battle with cancer (Sisu, le courage du capitaine) to the golden era of mini-golf on RDS (Birdie!) to Joannie Rochette’s Olympic medal (Ma plus grande fan). The series will feature prominently in RDS’s fall schedule, including Saturday evenings.

Throughout the week of celebration, SPORTS 30 LE MAGAZINE, which is switching back to its 60 minute format this season, will highlight RDS’s 25th anniversary by devoting the second half of each show to this special milestone.

Each day, Luc Bellemare will present a report on the network’s history, an En prolongation feature centering on a key RDS sporting event and an Étoiles montantes feature in which he will welcome an athlete whose potential was spotted by RDS in the past or a host who made a significant contribution to the network. Viewers will also travel back in time with a pair of “retro” hosts, such as Chantal Machabée and Serge Delongchamps, who will comment on images from the past each day.

Every day, host Stéphane Langdeau will welcome some of the key people who have contributed to RDS’s success over the past 25 years. From hockey broadcasts to the newsroom, not to mention F1, tennis and golf, the faces of the network from past and present will join Stéphane on the famous blue armchairs of Quebec’s number-one sports talk show.

The world of sport won’t be taking a break during the week of celebration, so RDS will continue to broadcast live action for fans’ enjoyment, including three Canadiens pre-season games, a pre-season game between the Senators and Maple Leafs and an NFL Monday Night Football game between the Bears and Jets (see full schedule below).

What’s more, messages from various well-known personalities—including not just sports celebrities but also politicians and artists—will be aired regularly throughout this week of special programming devoted to RDS’s 25th anniversary.

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