Here's something you need to know about Jay Richardson. He's a really nice guy. Know what else? He's a true empathetic soul who cares. Which is why he always feels a little uneasy about the present and especially the future. However, we spoke a lot about the past in this episode.
Jay is the afternoon drive host at Power 97 in Winnipeg, which is where he started the on-air portion of his radio career back in 2007. One day while worrying about the future, he came into my office and we can up with a plan that would include him being an on air personality. It wasn't long before he worked at two other radio companies, a credit union and as a salesman outside radio before return back to where he felt most comfortable - on air. Jay has also been the voice of the Winnipeg Jets inside the building. Yes, that's him announcing all the penalties, goals, assists and in-house announcements at Bell MTS Place. It's a job he has had since the days of the Manitoba Moose and we spent a fair amount of time talking about what it was like to have the Winnipeg Jets come back in 2011. Jay took a leave of absence last November from both his roles at Power 97 and the Winnipeg Jets and shares where he is at and what he has been up to.
Jay was there for the opening of the Jets return to NHL action in 2011; announcing the starting lineup on National TV. He admitted in the podcast that he threw up because of sheer nerves.
We also talked about the late Devon Zelmer who left us far too soon back in 2014. I made reference to the Biased Sports Report which was as funny on air as it is now online.