Stephen Pickford

Host and Executive Producer

A native of Montreal, Stephen began his travel broadcasting career in 1990, as the Travel Features Producer on a variety of public affairs programs produced by the Videotron Cable Network, Canada’s third-largest cable subscription system — “Rubinstein at Large”, “Rubinstein on Business”, “Living in Montreal”

In 1995, Stephen created the spring-summer replacement series, “Travel World 95”, for Montreal’s CF Cable TV, a compilation of 12 episodes in which travel industry executives from such leading firms as Tilden Car Rental, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, Mutual of Omaha Insurance, etc., spoke about the issues and challenges facing them within the changing travel environment.

April/97 saw the debut of “Travel World” on Montreal’s CIQC AM 600 – The World’s First Radio Station, founded in 1919 by Marconi himself. A one-hour travel magazine, the concept has been, since the beginning, “friends sharing travel with friends”, with an eclectic group of Media Correspondents, ranging from former CTV National News anchor Vic Phillips (who replaced Peter Jennings when Peter left for ABC) to country singer Tonya (Jaci) Rae, highlighting the destinations to which they have recently traveled, in a lively, informal, banter-like atmosphere reminiscent of a group of neighbours discussing their last holiday over the kitchen table.

Celebrating 100 episodes in May/99, “Travel World” was soon picked up by the Liberty Works Radio Network in August of 1999, becoming the first Montreal-produced radio show to enter into American syndication. With the demise of CIQC AM 600 on December 12th/99, “Travel World” is now distributed in syndication by Nascor Marketing International, reaching an estimated 525,000 weekly listeners over the air-waves and on the internet…

As Montreal’s most experienced travel broadcaster, Stephen brings, in addition to over 20 years in Montreal television and radio, with “Travel World” itself celebrating 15 years on-air this April (2012)…25-plus years in the corporate travel sector…

A graduate of Montreal’s Concordia University, where he earned a Bachelor of Commerce degree with a Major in Marketing and a Minor in Administrative Management, Stephen enjoys, in addition to travel, dining out in fine restaurants, theatre, badminton, and walking to discover new neighbourhoods in his hometown.