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Talk Radio Survivor

 

I auditioned for the Soul Survivor radio contest with Drew Marshall on Joy AM1250. Drew hosts a weekly talk show on this Christian radio channel. Every Saturday, from 1:00 until 5:00, he has a parade of interesting guests and musicians. The Drew Marshall Show has the largest audience of any Christian talk show in Canada and reaches an audience of about 100,000 in Southern Ontario.

I am not much of a Christian nor am I fond of organized religion. But I am a doubter, a free thinker and, at heart, a philosopher.

Here was their pitch:

WOULD YOU LIKE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK WITH SOME OF THE MOST RESPECTED RELIGIOUS LEADERS – ON A RADIO SHOW?

WE ARE LOOKING FOR SOMEONE TO BE OUR NEW soulSURVIVOR CONTESTANT! Religious Tribes will compete for YOUR soul by explaining to you what it is that their Tribe actually believes! And the Tribal Leaders will NOT have immunity! Our soulSURVIVOR will be able to challenge, critique, or question any aspect of all Tribal codes!

At the end of the contest, our soulSURVIVOR will then decide which Tribe presented the most compelling case for faith – Then reveal to us if they’ll be joining that Tribe!

So are you a genuine and passionate seeker? Would you like the opportunity to speak with some of the most respected religious leaders?

If you’d like to be our NEXT soulSURVIVOR, email us all your contact details AS SOON AS YOU READ THIS and explain to us why you think YOU would should be our NEXT soulSURVIVOR! 

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So I applied with this email:

Hello Drew,

My name is GK Williams and I am a 49 year old, lifelong spiritual seeker. I was raised by an ex-Anglican, ex-Catholic, New Age mother who is now a part-time Unitarian. I have been learning about world religions most of my life and a very familiar with the history, basic tenants and teachings of the major religions. I am also well read in history and philosophy.

I would love to be on your show and find a tribe to join. I am getting to the age where friends and family are passing away and I wonder when and where I will join them. I believe the old saying that “if man didn’t have religion, he would invent one”. I am not fond of organized religion and I find the New Age groups even more dogmatic and superstitious than the mainstream religions. However, I have a deep respect for the accomplishments and contributions to society that some religions have made. Also, I understand that despite human corruption in religion, there are many wise, spiritual people who are deeply religious and embody an amazing ethic of compassion for their fellow man.

Sounds circular and confused? You bet. The older I’ve become, the less certain I am of anything… especially religion. Now would be a good time to find myself a tribe to join.

I would love to participate in your show as I am a big fan of talk radio and open discussion. You will find me to be articulate, quick on my feet, funny (when appropriate) and well spoken. I have a clear speaking voice and experience in public speaking. I am available on the dates mentioned and live in Burlington.

Looking forward to hearing from you!

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I made the short list of 4 contestants and found myself at a radio studio in Oakville on a frigid Saturday afternoon. We were asked to talk about ourselves and why we should be the next Soul Survivor.

Episode 1
January 16, 2016
Soul Survivor Contestants

 

 

I was not initially chosen as the Soul Survivor contestant this year (this situation changes), but I was asked to keep pace with the episodes as Drew planned to reach out occasionally for my comments or opinion. Spoiler alert: Robert Millet abruptly ends the interview.

Episode 2
January 23, 2016
Robert Millet, Mormon

To learn more about Robert Millet, click here

 

 

I was not initially chosen as the Soul Survivor contestant this year (this situation changes in the near future), but I was asked to call in at the end of the show to offer some comments.

I was given about 2 minutes and managed to say way too much. It is hard to wait for an hour to give your opinions; especially when you have so many.

Episode 3
January 30, 2016
Arun Gandhi, Hindu

To learn more about Arun Gandhi, click here.

 

 

Drew Marshall hosts a weekly talk show every Saturday afternoon on Joy 1250 AM. His show features interesting guests and discussions about religion, faith and doubt. I am currently the “back up guy” in the Soul Survivor contest this year, helping to interview different religious tribes with an eye to choosing one to join (maybe).

I did not participate in this episode but listened at home with great interest.

The first segment is a second interview with Arun Gandhi conducted by Drew.

The second segment is a telephone call with the soon to be former contestant Ryan. He explains why he could not make the show that week and some of the difficulties he is facing in his life.

Episode 4
February 6, 2016
Arun Gandhi, Hindu

 

To learn more about Arun Gandhi click here.

 

I am soon to be the main Soul Survivor contestant, helping to interview different religious tribes with an eye to choosing one to join (maybe). I filled in for Ryan at the last minute on Episode 5. Drew called me the day of the show to say that Ryan was unavailable so I came in to the studio in Oakville prepared to work.

Hamza Yusuf has many followers and this episode has nearly 12,000 views on YouTube.

Episode 5
February 13, 2016
Hamza Yusuf, Moslem

To learn more about Hamza Yusuf, click here.

 

I am now the main Soul Survivor contestant this year, helping to interview different religious tribes with an eye to choosing one to join (maybe). Ryan, the former main contestant, has left the show due to health issues.

Episode 6
February 20, 2016
Robert Thurman, Tibetan Buddhist

To learn more about Robert Thurman, click here.

 

 

This episode is mostly an interview with Drew and then James Beverly joining in and one of our tribal council members Matt, throwing some curve balls.

Episode 7
February 27, 2016
Gregg, Soul Survivor Contestant
James Beverley, World Religions Professor

To learn more about James Beverley click here.

 

 

I am now the main Soul Survivor contestant this year, helping to interview different religious tribes with an eye to choosing one to join (maybe). 

Episode 8
March 5, 2016
Gregg, Soul Survivor Contestant
W. Paul Young, Author Christian

For more information on Gregg click here.
For more information on W. Paul Young click here.

 

This is the final show where I choose a tribe to join!. I am the Soul Survivor contestant this year, helping to interview different religious tribes. 

Episode 9
March 12, 2016
Gregg, Soul Survivor Contestant

For more information on Gregg click here.