Meet Luc Lang: marine communications officer and the QCT’s new sports reporter

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Born and raised in northwestern New Brunswick, near Edmundston, I started my career as a Coast Guard radio operator for a year in Yarmouth, N.S., then spent the next seven and a half years on the Magdalen Islands. 

After the Coast Guard Radio Station on the Maggies was closed in April 1998, I transferred to Quebec City where my job is the maritime version of an air traffic controller. As a radio operator for the Coast Guard station in Quebec, I'm also a marine traffic regulator. The official name of the job is marine communications officer. 

My job is to reply to any distress messages, security/safety concerns, or environmental concerns on the St. Lawrence River from Île Blanche (between Rivière-du-Loup and Tadoussac) to Cornwall,Ontario, and to Papineauville, near Montebello, on the Ottawa River. As for the traffic on the St. Lawrence River, we cover the same region except that the western part stops in Montreal, just before the St. Lawrence Seaway. 

In the 1990s, I wrote for the weekly English paper on the Magdalen Islands for about a year. I also wrote for the Canadian football magazine The Rouge in 2000. In French, I've worked for the now defunct daily Le Matin in New Brunswick, Le Madawaska weekly in Edmundston, Le Radar  and The First Informer weeklies on the Magdalen Islands, and on many radio shows in New Brunswick and the Maggies.  

Here in Quebec, I had two spots per week on Québec 800 radio station for three or four years, talking mainly about NCAA football as well as having a blog on the station's website. Finally, I occasionally commentate for Hockey Canada, as well as for the Université Laval’s different sports teams and at the International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament at the Videotron Centre.