Challenges are a good thing, and that’s not to say that complacency is a bad thing, but doing the same routine over and over just isn’t in my blood! This is why I’m completely invigorated and the adrenaline is pumping again to accept the newest challenge presented to me by the powers that be at SiriusXM. Yes, I’m now officially more in line with my true skills, I’ve been upgraded to Mailroom Clerk – to help me focus on my organizational skills and to finally deliver! Well, while that would be a great job, the Suits have asked me to switch channels from Canada Laughs 168 to Canada Talks 167! Why? Well, essentially they thought I wasn’t funny enough to be on a comedy channel! And while, that isn’t necessarily true (despite the aforementioned Mailroom Clerk bit,) I’ve in fact been pondering if my new found “serious approach to life” meant it was time for me as a broadcaster to display and highlight this personal evolution! Canada Talks 167 will be a perfect fit for it!
You see, I’ve never taken my radio career for granted, and while at times I’ve lost the passion for it, having done it for almost 20 years, I’ve always been grateful for the support, the privilege and the platform to have a voice, a voice I’m ready to grow! This suggestion from Management to move the Todd Shapiro Show to Canada Talks Ch 167 from 5-7 pm is that perfect opportunity for it. As well, I fully understand that in this fickle industry, one never truly knows when it will end, which is why I’m going to tackle this new challenge like Rocky did in Rocky 2 (uh, Spoiler Alert – he wins the World Heavyweight Championship Belt!)
Away from my career as a World Heavyweight Champion Broadcaster (yes after almost 20 years I think I’m allowed to call myself that thank you very much,) I’ve realized radio can’t be the only career to be dependent on, which is why over the last 5 years I’ve broadened my horizons to becoming a massive investor of publicly traded companies, a talent agent for some incredible personalities, a brand ambassador to many incredible products/companies, a minority stake owner in Lake Wilcox Brewing, a contractor, developer and land investor (including cottage country and Turks and Caicos), a Designer and essentially a boutique media agency (I even co-own the rights for companies to advertise on a group of six billboards in the prestigious neighbourhood of Yorkville in Toronto).
I’ve also become a SneakerHead, a motivational speaker, and an All-Bran connoisseur.
I have even more business plans for 2019 too, that will kick into high gear soon and I can’t wait for all the new challenges ahead – including the new Canada Talks show – to truly show all of you my constant evolution, integrity and kick ass work ethic! The show will feature many PREMIUM guests, all with high intellect, compelling personalities and great stories to tell with lessons to be learned! And that also fits into my new mantra! If you’re not laughing, you’ll definitely be learning. Perhaps, on Canada Talks it will demonstrate learning first, and laughing second! Either way, I promise to deliver with engaging, interesting and unique content while entertaining with in-depth long-form dialogue which will demonstrate all sides to an issue, with the intent of finding compromise through respect and knowledge. There’s nothing wrong with a good healthy debate too – and I hope through our bi-weekly panels we’ll deliver on that aspect as well!
Now back to not taking the last 19 years for granted, Here’s an old pic from the Toronto Star of me in 2007 actually making the one and only Jerry Seinfeld laugh! Definitely one of my Radio career highlights!
Here’s to many more, and should radio shows/podcasts ever come to a screeching halt, I can assure you I’m not going anywhere but up. Because my “up” centres around personal growth, family togetherness, friendships, love, Entrepreneurship, continued hard work across the board, compartmentalization, positivity, truth, living in the moment more, working out and ensuring that my Boy Sawyer has the best possible life while carefully setting him up for his future as a Heavyweight Champion in whatever field he chooses down the road – not who I interview next or how many likes I get on my next Instagram post. So here’s to a great old memory in ‘07 and to many more in 2019 in my personal life, and on SiriusXM Canada Talks ch. 167!
I wish you all an incredible year. Seriously, go work your ass off to live your dreams like I have… and don’t worry about anyone who gets in the way. Life is too short. Cheers and thank you again for all you support on Canada Laughs over the last 5 years, I’m extremely grateful and I look forward to seeing you on Canada Talks starting today at 5 pm!
PS what’s the deal with “Seeing someone on the Radio???”