Monday, October 25, 2021

Commentary

16 comments
2021-11-01 13:55:00

Grant, thanks for your perspective regarding Ryan Jespersen. I am pleased to know that he has resurfaced with a successful podcast. Having said that, I hope you will agree that RJ, from a management viewpoint, is a ‘loose cannon’. I think he is one of those individuals who is non-manageable and therefore needs to be doing what he does best on his own. I use the following as an example. A fellow female Rotarian was running for a city council seat a few elections ago, RJ asked for candidates to phone in. She felt he was disappointed that a woman called in. He asked “Why does it matter if women are on Council?” Following the response they would bring a different perspective, RJ commented, “You can take your periods and go elsewhere” then hung up on her. Don’t you think this behaviour should have been sufficient to cause management to fire him? It would be in my books. With reference to Mike Nickel, I have known and done business with the Nickel family for 30+ years. Mike is an honest guy who is misunderstood by some (maybe the majority of voters) which is unfortunate. His aggressive nature unfortunately is part of his DNA. I know he has worked on toning it down. I thought he ran an effective campaign with the theme of ‘working for the people’. I guess RJ can use his podcast to present his position while leaving his viewers to determine whether or not his comments ‘hold water’. When Mike commented on the Council ‘looking the same’ as previous, he was not commenting.

2021-10-26 03:43:54

Never was a fan of Jespersen. If anything, him and the garbage on the FM side of the dial made me turn the radio off permanently. Wokeness and left-wing cheerleading on the AM dial, or the same three songs over and over again on the FM dial.

No thanks. I prefer listening to the drone of my tires on the pavement. At least the ka-chunk from the frost heaves breaks up the monotony.

2021-10-25 23:28:29

Ryans journey on Ched radio was interesting from the start, seemingly balanced but the longer he was on air he became another "woke" social warrior, just another left leaning journslist who has 2 different standards- calling out wrong doing( rightfully so) from the right but also ignoring comments from frequent guests from the left- like the one who claimed a slain policeman was " just another corrupt cop".
He had a chance to be balanced but let his ego guide him.
Another fringe journalist who is pissed at the world.
It's too bad because in the beginning of his CHED employment he was refreshing but it just got worse and worse to the point of being a cheerleader for Notley and Trudeau.
Sad.

2021-10-25 20:24:18

How do you listen to Ryan?

2021-10-26 12:58:25

There is a link to the show in the blog.

-Grant

2021-10-25 19:04:58

On the few occasions that I have had the opportunity to meet Ryan Jesperson I have found him to be engaging and in the community and real. One of the first times I saw Ryan in person was outside a church in Castledowns. He wasn't there for show. He stood in the back to pay his respects. He was there for little Anthony Raine like the rest of us were. Because that's the kind of man he is. The only time I have ever met....wait...I haven't met the others....but they have always tried to be in my pockets. Best thing that could have happened to Ryan Jesperson, likely was to be forced to go it alone. Absolutely the best thing that could have happened to Edmonton was the results of the municipal election. Cheers Ryan! Revenge is a dish best served cold they say. I don't think it is revenge.....but it sure sounds like just desserts.

2021-10-25 18:33:07

I try to listen to Real Talk every day. If I miss the live show, I listen to the podcast! I think it’s an awesome show with a variety of great topics, sometimes even topics I think are boring end up being good because of the guests that they get on the show! Keep up the good work guys, it’s an enjoyable show.

2021-10-25 21:18:58

2021-10-25 12:25:42

Thank you for sharing this with us! Ryan is such a skilled and authentic bridge for our communities.

2021-10-25 11:52:49

Hats off to Jespo..he's at the top of his game. Having the creative freedom to "choose your own adventure" has resulted in nothing short of broadcast excellence. Real Talk is an excellent show, the content diverse, and the conversation always engaging. I wish Ryan and the staff at Real Talk all the best in their continued success.

2021-10-25 11:22:08

Glad you blogged this Grant!…what took you so long..haha. Such a class act as Jespersen did not deserve to be fired by CHED (station I don’t listen to anymore btw) and Jespersen had every right to gloat about the results of the election. Like Karma..what goes around comes around.

2021-10-25 13:18:37

Good question - what took me so long? I don't know but when I heard Ryan's Rant last Tuesday I knew I had to write something.

-Grant

2021-10-25 11:10:54

I'm a huge fan of Ryan's. So glad that Edmontonians made the right choice in the elections and that those self absorbed old fools are out.

2021-10-25 11:04:25

2021-10-25 10:53:58

I am afraid "stogey old white guys" or "good old boys club" is our issue with most things that cannot move ahead due to being mired in the way it was always done (that is status quo, unfortunately). Happy to hear Ryan's comments. He is a well-spoken and informative personality. |Good post, Grant.
ljp

2021-10-25 10:37:14

Ryan is adaptable in conversation Inquisitive when he feels justified in speaking on behalf of real talkers. Often nailing it , he chose a solid group of studio mates, they work well together . Keep it up ! #RealTalkRJ