Chastity Bentham had been thinking of and hosting an online radio show for a number of years, but never imagined the success she and co-host Bryan Belleau would find in their first month. What's Happening with Chastity and Bryan airs every Sunday at 9 a.m. PT, on jessfm.ca and Roku TV, and has reached 110,000 viers per show in less than 10 episodes. The shows air on Facebook after too.
"It's pretty overwhelming all at once, it seems to have gotten a pretty good response already. We walk about topics people are nervous about, like movement, overall well being, and healthy eating, and we connect the three things together," Bentham said.
So far, their guests have included a fitness instructor, a recovering meth-addict, and a nutritionist, among others.
Though they have found success in a short time, the journey to get to this point goes back a couple years. In 2019, Bentham brought popular Food Network Canada TV personality and chef Michael Smith up to Fort Nelson, where she lives, to speak to the community.
The event at the Fort Nelson Community Hall was at max capacity, and a very big undertaking for such a small, northern town. It caught the ear of the Lethbridge-based online radio and TV station, who interviewed Bentham and wanted her to produce her own show.
Two years later, the time was right for Bentham to start, only she soon found she needed a co-host. She decided to reach out to Belleau, a musician and telecommunications specialist in Fort Nelson.
"Bryan thought I was crazy at first but it came together pretty quick. He's happy I had him be a part of it and didn't just keep it for myself. We mesh together really well, the banter and conversation flow really well and it's all about that charisma and connection we share that viewers can see and hear," said Bentham.
Bentham said the motivation behind the show is simple — to inspire people to step out of their comfort zone, and to encourage people to get help if they are struggling.
"We want to help people build a support system and encourage them to be active with their families, and enjoy whole food. It makes a difference and doesn't have to be a big change, it can be something little, like going for a walk with the family," Bentham said.
Bentham and Belleau stepped out of their comfort zones by starting a show in the first place.
"It's all about diving in. We learned things after a while to tweak and change but those are easy to do once you get started. I was nervous at first, but now I'm getting more comfortable, anyone can do it. If you want something and put the effort in, it's possible and doable."
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