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article imageOp-Ed: Canadian Web Series takes shot at 'Sports Talk Radio'

By Marcus Hondro     Feb 16, 2012 in Entertainment
A new Canadian web series that makes sport of sports talk radio shows is online and getting some serious hits. Writer and producer of 'Sports Talk Radio', Jason Bryden says that what got him interested in creating such a show was his love of talk radio.
"I love talk radio. Ever since I was a kid," Bryden told Digital Journal. "I started listening to Pat Burns on CJOR 600. In my teens I discovered CITR and Democracy Now. Later it was Coast to Coast with Art Bell. Now I listen to sports talk radio most afternoons and thought it'd be a good venue to base a web series in."
Buyer Beware: writer acts in web series
Certainly a 'caveat emptor' for this, a piece that fully intends to extoll Bryden's web series - it's funny! - is the fact that this writer is one of the actors in the series. So I'll switch into first person and tell you that I play Frank, the sports talk guy that is unlike most sports talk guys in that he has a desire to make his Vancouver sports show more than interviews with jocks and lewd references to chicks.
Not wanting to give away plot points, we'll...I'll...give no further story elements away, except to say that Bryden does a great job of setting up two guys who antagonize one another - as they share a radio show together. Their prime function is to talk about the Vancouver Canucks and sports but they can't stand one another. Unhappily for my character that is leading to great ratings, making the prospect of ever getting a new partner unlikely. Until....
Bryden: fan of Dan Patrick, Don Taylor, Barry MacDonald
Bryden, who's been on many TV shows and acted in dozens of commercials, has more Frank in him than Barry, Frank's on-air "misogynistic and homophobic" partner. His connection to Frank and his understanding of what makes Barry funny, is the driving point behind 'Sports Talk Radio' and clearly another reason he sat down to write it. Like loving talk radio, he's also a lover of sports and he can see the day the culture of sport changes - for the better.
"I am a sports fan and I would love some aspects of sports culture to change," he says. "At least in the way the media disseminates sports. I love the intelligence Dan Patrick brings to his radio show. I love the humour that Don Taylor and Barry MacDonald exhibit. I am not a fan of all the dumbing down of things; sports commentary seems to think their audience demands the generic, the unoriginal and the tired.
"If there was a thinking-man's sports show I would love that."
Viewing 'Sports Talk Radio'
'Sports Talk Radio' is Bryden's third foray into web series writing, producing and acting (he acts in all three, playing David - arguably stealing the show - in 'Sports Talk Radio'). His other two web series are 'The Staff Room' and 'The Acting Class'. Each of those are 12 episodes while this latest is only six; as with all his series, episodes run from 5-7 minutes, geared for the speedy nature of the internet.
He does not intend to revisit any of his series, at least not unless he's asked, as he's more about moving on to the next project. "I just want to keep putting things out on the internet," he said. "I'm not interested in trying to get one of my ideas on TV. It's too hard and I'm not good at it. I'm good at writing funny dialogue so that's what I'll keep doing."
You can Google Bryden's name and the name of each series and you'll come up with them on YouTube. Or access 'Sports Talk Radio' at the following link: .
Don't forget to look for Frank, the guy with a social conscience and, it must be said, great hair.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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