Fort Nelson duo meet surprise hit with online radio show
Chastity Bentham had thought about and hosted an online radio show for a number of years, but never imagined the success she and her co-host Bryan Belleau would find in their first month. What’s Happening with Chastity and Bryan airs every Sunday at 9 am PT, on jessfm.ca and Roku TV, and has reached 110,000 viewers per show in less than 10 episodes. The shows are also shown on Facebook after.
“It’s pretty overwhelming at the same time, it seems to have gotten a pretty good answer already. We cover topics that people worry about, like movement, general well-being and healthy eating, and we tie the three things together. “said Bentham.
So far, their guests have included a fitness instructor, recovering addict, and nutritionist, among others.
Although they found success in a short period of time, the journey to get to this point dates back a few years. In 2019, Bentham brought popular TV personality Food Network Canada and Chef Michael Smith to Fort Nelson, where she lives, to speak to the community.
The event at the Fort Nelson Community Hall was at full capacity and a very big undertaking for such a small town in the north. 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 had come for Bentham to start, only she soon realized that she needed a co-host. She decided to turn to Belleau, a musician and telecommunications specialist in Fort Nelson.
“Bryan thought I was crazy at first, but it happened pretty quickly. He’s happy that I was a part of him and didn’t keep it to myself. We get along really well, the The jokes and the conversation are going really well and it’s all about that charisma and connection that we share that viewers can see and hear, ”Bentham said.
Bentham said the motivation behind the show is simple – to inspire people to step out of their comfort zones and encourage people to get help if they are having difficulty.
“We want to help people create a support system and encourage them to be active with their families and enjoy whole foods. It makes a difference and doesn’t have to be a big change, it can be something small, like going for a walk with the family, ”said Bentham.
Bentham and Belleau stepped out of their comfort zone by starting a show in the first place.
“It’s about taking the plunge. After a while we learned things to tweak and change, but these are easy to do once you get started. I was nervous at first, but now I’m more into it. comfortable, anyone can do it. If you want something and put in the effort, it is possible and doable. “
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