Gilles Proulx (born April 5, 1940) is a historian, radio and television host in the province of Quebec, Canada. His radio career began in 1962, and he would retire as talk radio host on CHMP-FM forty-six years later on August 7, 2008. His brother, Jacques Proulx was the former morning man of another local station CKAC.
Proulx holds a Bachelor's in communications. He asserted that he earned a Master's in communications from Saint Louis University, in St. Louis, Missouri in 1986. On the January 10, 2007 episode of Les Francs-tireurs on Télé-Québec he claimed that he did not actually earn the diploma. The show's research team inquired about his claim to the university, who confirmed that Gilles Proulx was not among their alumni.
He was best known as the host of Journal du midi, over a span of 24 years. From 1984 to 1994 on CJMS, from 1994 to 2004 on CKAC, and from 2004 to 2008 on CHMP-FM. Gilles Proulx has said that his colourful radio hosting style was inspired by Adrian Cronauer, played by Robin Williams in the film Good Morning, Vietnam.
In 1998 and 1999 he hosted les Grands Dossiers historiques on the Canal D television channel.
Also a photographer and voyager, he has published various books, such as À la conquête du monde in 1996, and Globetrotter in 2000.
Starting in late 2009, he has hosted a television series known as "Mémoire de Proulx" on Canal VOX in Montreal, which is rebroadcast on other stations across Quebec.
In September 2005, he co-hosted a public affairs show on TQS, known as l'Avocat et le diable. During one episode, he made shocking remarks about a victim of a sexual assault, which led to a large amount of criticism in the media, and his suspension of the show.
Awards and honours
- He received a Bene Merenti de Patria medal in 1987.
- The Société Saint-Jean-Baptiste awarded him the Olivar-Asselin Award.
- In 1996, he was named an honorary citizen of Morocco.
- In 1997, the Canadian Association of Broadcasters awarded him a Gold Ribbon.
- In 1998, he received an
- In 1998, he received the Médaille de la Reconnaissance française, which is awarded by the French Minister of Foreign Affairs, for his devotion to the defense and development of the French language.
- For his promotion of the truth concerning Napoleon Bonaparte, he received a Legion of Merit medal from the International Napoleonic Society.
- On November 22, 2007, Gilles Proulx was named a knight of the Ordre de la Pléiade.
- Pour une radio civilisée, Éditions de l’Homme, 1972.
- Pour une radio réformée, Éditions du Jour, 1973.
- La télévision du mépris, Éditions Point de mire, 1975.
- L’aventure de la radio au Québec, Éditions La Presse, 1979.
- La radio d’hier à aujourd’hui, Éditions Libre Expression, 1986.
- Ma petite histoire de la Nouvelle-France, Publications Proteau, 1992.
- À la conquête du monde, Éditions Transcontinental, 1996.
- Les grands détours de notre histoire : Québec-Canada, Éditions Priorités, 1998
- Globetrotter, Éditions du Trécarré, 2000
- Les premiers ministres du Canada et du Québec, Éditions du Trécarré, 2002.
- Visages du monde, Éditions du Trécarré, 2003
- La vie de l’indomptable saint Paul, Éditions Catholiques, 2008.
- Le voyageur qui n'arrive jamais, éditions Michel Brûlé, 2009.
- Claude Jasmin, Gilles Proulx: portrait d'un tirailleur tiraillé
- Raymond Paquin, Les 400 coups de Gilles Proulx (Biographie)
- Mémoire de Proulx website (French)