Canada’s Drew Marshall, ‘raw and real’ Christian radio host, ends his 16-year run

Religion News Service | 6/18/2019 | Staff
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(RNS) — Irreverent, funny, honest, edgy, truth-teller, risk-taker, vulnerable, a person who asked real questions about real life.

Those are a few of the things being said about Canadian radio host Drew Marshall, who will end his 16-year run on “The Drew Marshall Show” on June 29.

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“What kept me listening was Drew’s irreverence, his humor and his acceptance of all faiths,” said Laura Filippetto, a listener from Toronto who calls herself “a very lapsed Catholic.”

“He rightly reserved judgment for the most dogmatic crowd who were also responsible for me questioning of faith. In a sense we were fighting the same battle.”

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“Drew has always been a risk taker,” said William Paul Young, author of the novel “The Shack” and a guest on the show.

“Add to that his deep and innate draw toward truth-telling and you had something special that would allow those who were struggling to hear something helpful, find a place to simply listen, laugh and learn,” said Young.

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“His show had a great impact on Christianity because Drew didn’t mind asking the tough questions and taking on sensitive questions. Drew didn’t mind getting raw and real and I liked that,” said Ted DiBiase, a former wrestler and now a minister in Clinton, Miss., another guest on the show.

For much of the past 16 years, the show has been a mammoth success on Joy FM, a Christian station that reaches some 6 million listeners in southern Ontario. Listeners in 175 other countries access the show through the internet.

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Marshall commonly claimed more than 100,000 listeners per quarter-hour, according to the station’s metrics. Most were evangelical Christians in the show’s early days, but his audience broadened as word spread of his willingness to take risks.

For Marshall, 52, “it’s the right time” to bring an end to the weekly show.

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