Episodes

April 7, 2021

Introducing PERSIST, a podcast about improving mental health in politics and public life

PERSIST is a brand new podcast co-hosted and produced by Talking 306 host Dale Richardson. PERSIST is a multi-partisan podcast that aims to improve mental health in politics and public life. The podcast features conversations with politicians, political staff, experts, and those in public life that share their experiences managing mental health and how mental health in politics can be improved. The first two full-length episodes are now available, including a conversation with former premier of…

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March 2, 2021

Jenn Dean

Jenn Dean is a Regina-based family coach and host of the podcast "Families Matter Most". As part of the Saskatchewan Podcasters Series, host Dale Richardson speaks with Jenn about her life and career, including growing up in Ear Falls, Ontario; how her parent’s story shaped how she is as a parent; how she met her husband and their journey to Saskatoon; how she started family coaching; her podcast, Families Matter Most; and much, much more. The Talking 306 Podcast is an original Saskatchewan pod…

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Feb. 23, 2021

Jade Roberts

Jade Roberts is an Indigenous educator, artist, and the host of Still Here, Still Healing - a podcast that brings awareness to the history and lasting impacts of residential schools. Host Dale Richardson speaks with Jade about her life, including growing up in La Ronge and her family’s diverse history; her experience moving from La Ronge to Saskatoon and her teaching career; how her father’s experience in residential school inspired her to start a podcast; the residential school survivors and g…

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Feb. 2, 2021

James Avramenko

James Avramenko is the host of Friendless, a podcast about losing friends, one hour at a time. Host Dale Richardson got together with James recently to discuss his life, including growing up in Calgary; his relationship with his parents and being a child of divorce; his love of theatre and the arts and working as an actor; the story of how he met his wife, Jennica, and their life in Saskatoon; and podcasting, including the reason he started his own podcast, growing podcasting in Saskatchewan, h…

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Jan. 19, 2021

Mason Gardiner

Mason Gardiner is a public relations specialist at Conexus Credit Union and the host of "What Connects Us", a podcast powered by Conexus. In this episode, host Dale Richardson speaks with Mason about his life and career, including growing up in a farming family in Lemburg, Saskatchewan, and some challenging early years; losing his father to cancer and how he was inspired to come out in the years after that; his time at university and participating in JDC West (university business games); how a …

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Jan. 12, 2021

Eric Anderson

Eric Anderson is the host of YXE Underground , an original Saskatoon podcast that profiles people doing great things in Saskatoon but are flying under the radar. Eric sits down with host Dale Richardson to discuss his life and career, including growing up in Swift Current; the challenges he encountered working as a teacher in small town Saskatchewan; making the jump to a career in journalism and working at CBC Saskatchewan and CBC Saskatoon; his decision to move away from journalism and working…

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Dec. 22, 2020

Lisa Thomaidis

Lisa Thomaidis is the head coach of the University of Saskatchewan women's basketball team and the head coach of the Canadian national women's basketball team. Coach Thomaidis speaks with host Dale Richardson about her life and career, including her family’s history and her father’s life growing up in Greece; the classic story of how her parents met each other; growing up in Dundas, Ontario; her own success playing high school, university and professional basketball; how a career-ending injury …

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Dec. 15, 2020

Stephanie Taylor

Stephanie Taylor is a national correspondent for The Canadian Press in Saskatchewan, where she covers all things news, including the Saskatchewan Legislature. Stephanie and host Dale Richardson got together over Zoom last week to discuss her life and career, including growing up in Winnipeg and how that city is surprisingly great; how a gap year after university compelled her to pursue a journalism career; attending journalism school in Nova Scotia and her first jobs as a reporter with smaller …

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Dec. 1, 2020

Eric Dillon

Eric Dillon is the Chief Executive Officer at Conexus Credit Union. Eric speaks with host Dale Richardson about his life and career, including his family’s background and Saskatchewan roots; growing up in a military family and moving around Canada; how he got started in the financial and credit union world; his approach to leadership; the importance of failing forward and taking the time to THINK during the day; Conexus’s new headquarters in Regina; investing in Saskatchewan's tech sector; and …

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Nov. 24, 2020

Tina Beaudry-Mellor

Tina Beaudry-Mellor was the MLA for Regina University from 2016-2020, and served as the Minister of Advanced Education, Minister Responsible for Innovation Saskatchewan, Minister Responsible for Status of Women, and Minister of Social Services. Tina recently spoke virtually with host Dale Richardson to discuss the results of the recent 2020 provincial election and her loss in Regina University, the negative effects of social media on elected officials, mental health and the personal toll that p…

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Nov. 10, 2020

Mark Johnston

Mark Johnston is the morning host on Regina’s Play 92 radio station, and when they are actually playing, he's also the in-game host for the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Mark recently sat down with Dale to discuss his life and career, including his early life, playing hockey growing up, how he got into radio broadcasting, imposter syndrome and performing on the air, our shared love for Howard Stern, the creative restrictions that radio has, and Dale admits to Mark that he's never actually listened …

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Aug. 18, 2020

REPLAY: Ashlyn George

This episode was originally published in April, 2019. Ashlyn George is a Saskatchewan-based travel blogger and social media influencer. She’s operated the travel website The Lost Girls Guide for several years, was Tourism Saskatchewan’s Saskatchewanderer in 2015, and now works with clients like McDonald’s and NFL Canada as a digital media creator and influencer. Ashlyn sits down with host Dale Richardson to discuss her life growing up on a grain farm in eastern Saskatchewan; her university stud…

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Aug. 11, 2020

REPLAY: Sarah Mills

This episode was originally published in July, 2019. Sarah Mills is the news director for 980 CJME Radio in Regina. Host Dale Richardson talks to Sarah about her life and career, including her early life and education in England; the incredible careers of both of her parents; a near-fatal car crash that transformed her – literally and figuratively – and how that car crash led her to change career paths and go into journalism; how she ended up in Saskatchewan; her career at Rawlco Radio doing va…

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July 28, 2020

REPLAY: Rod Pedersen

Rod Pedersen is the host of The Rod Pedersen Show, and was the voice of the Saskatchewan Roughriders on CKRM Radio from 1998-2018. Rod talks to host Dale Richardson about his life and career, including his early life growing up in Milestone, Saskatchewan; his early jobs in radio and broadcasting; the current state of the Roughriders organization; and his recent departure from radio and the new Facebook Live show he hosts. Rod also talks to Dale about his struggles with and recovery from addicti…

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June 9, 2020

Andrew Gottselig

Andrew Gottselig is the founder and CEO of Hooplife Basketball Inc. - a Regina-based basketball program for kids of all ages, skill levels and socioeconomic status. He is also the Co-founder and CEO of Citrus Technology, a software company that helps camps run their operations and logistics. Dale sits down with Andrew (pre-pandemic) to discuss his life, including his early years and family, his love for basketball, how and why he started Hooplife, coaching, his new software company Citrus Techn…

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May 26, 2020

Devin Heroux

Devin Heroux is a news and olympics reporter for CBC Sports. Host Dale Richardson sits down (remotely) with Devin to discuss how he’s been coping during Covid-19; his story growing up in Saskatoon; why he quit playing youth hockey; his days as a very eager high schooler; how he decided to finally come out publicly when he was the sports editor at the University of Saskatchewan newspaper; his journey as an “out” sports journalist in Canada; the olympics; the Raptors; Michael Jordan and The Last …

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April 28, 2020

Trent Finlayson

Trent Finlayson is a professional water skier and coach, originally from Emma Lake, Saskatchewan. Trent was one of Dale's coaches and mentors growing up as a competitive water skier in Saskatchewan. Host Dale Richardson talks to Trent about his life and career, including growing up at Emma Lake; how and when he got into competitive water skiing; his career as a professional water skier and now as a full-time coach in Texas; the sport of water skiing itself; and life as a new dad. Trent and Dale…

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March 3, 2020

Devin Pacholik

Devin Pacholik is the social media manager and marketing and communications administrator at the Regina Public Library. Host Dale Richardson sits down with Devin to talk about his life and career, including his family, school, and early life; writing jokes and doing stand up comedy; his work as a freelance journalist for Vice.com; writing his infamous KFC buffet story; attending Craven; working as a radio broadcaster; cancel culture; and now his work at the Regina Public Library, where he has t…

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