With more than 4,400 hours on the air – and at least that in volunteer hours around the station – Mike Cloutier has been part of the fabric of Valley Heritage Radio even before the station went live for the first time.
No stranger to being in front of the microphone as a DJ, Mike is also a musician and performer who played a number of venues around the Valley for many years.
Mike was dealing with health issues in 2004 and stepped back from playing regularly, but he certainly kept busy. He coordinated the entertainment for Renfrew’s Lumber Baron Festival for many years, as well as the Heart Institute’s Catch The Beat telethon.
Mike first hit the airwaves in May of 2007 – and he hasn’t looked back. He currently hosts Valley Saturday Night, the Ottawa Valley Country Music Hall of Fame Show and the very popular Kitchen Party Live. And there isn’t a show on the air that he hasn’t either done – or helped train the host to learn the ropes.
Mike can be found at most of our events, and is usually the first one there to set up – and the last one to leave. When he’s not at the station, he spends his free time with his wife Nancy (aka The Saturday Night Widow) at their Renfrew home.
Valley Saturday Night
Host Mike Cloutier loves to hear from our listeners, and that’s exactly what drives his Valley Saturday Night program – listener requests. Almost every song each week is chosen by listeners from across the Ottawa Valley, and beyond, as they call in their favourite tunes – and Mike is the man to find them and play them. So if you have a song you’d like to hear, then give Mike a call on Saturday nights between 4 and 7, and you’ll likely get your wish. The show has also grown to include guest appearances from Mike’s wife Nancy (aka The Saturday Night Widow).
Kitchen Party Live
One of the most unique shows at the station, Kitchen Party Live is just that – a kitchen party that takes place live on the Thomas Cavanagh Stage each Saturday from 1 to 2 p.m. Since January 30th of 2010, there have been more than 140 live shows at the station that are broadcast on the air from our stage. Mike Cloutier hosts Kitchen Party Live and is booking bands months in advance for a chance to be part of this unique experience.
Ottawa Valley Country Music Hall of Fame Show
If you love Ottawa Valley music, then make sure to tune in every Thursday night from 6 to 7 p.m. to a program dedicated to some of the region’s top musicians. The Ottawa Valley Country Music Hall of Fame Show is exactly that – a show dedicated solely to members of the HOF. Join your host Mike Cloutier to hear some wonderful music, and the stories to go with the songs and tunes. We’re proud to promote and share the music the great Ottawa Valley musicians have to offer.
A Little Bit More
Everyone wants a little bit more and every Sunday night at 9 p.m., guest hosts bring you an in depth look and an artist or band from country to rock to disco to easy listening to 50s and 60s rock and roll and more. It’s a great show – not to be missed.