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As was mentioned in this week’s episode, Ryan has made the decision to leave the DRS podcast at the end of this year. No animosity or acrimony precipitated this decision, so no one need worry that he’s leaving under anything but good feelings and well wishes. Ryan is an amazing person, and we are going to miss him terribly. He has been part of the podcast since it began over three years ago, always ready with a witty comment and joke, and we know the show won’t be the same without him. Trust me, this isn’t easy on any of us…

If you have something you’d like to say to Ryan, a goodbye or a well wish or especially a jab, please send it in. We’d love to have some emails and voice mails to send him off with. It would mean a lot to us, and I know he’d love it. His last episode will be here before you know it, so please send them in as soon as you can.

Thank you so much…



  1. What I have to say is “please don’t leave”.

    Seriously, thanks for the entertainment and the insight into this art form.

    Best of luck to you.

  2. This is a cut & paste job from the “Episode 254” section, but I just wanted to make sure Ryan got this:

    I just decided to skip to the end of the podcast when I saw the words “announcement”. Although I was expecting the worst, this wasn’t much a relief. I am so sorry to see you go Ryan.

    I will miss your insight and honesty. Your bluntness and your humour (yes, spelled with a U).

    I wasn’t with DRS since the beginning, but I have listened to all the episodes from #1 and this is a HUGE loss.

    The two major lessons I have learned from you Ryan is it more important to look at a topless girl rather than your Seiko and to NOT be shy in opening up your story and ideas to people you can trust. I feel very guarded with my work, like yourself, but bit by bit I have seen you open up a little more each time. It forced me to have my story proposal for the upcoming DRS anthology read by a trusted person for the very first time since I started writing. It was not easy for me, but it was a positive step. Thank you for the inspiration.

    All the best Ryan! You will be missed and I hope to hear your CDN voice on DRS again in the future.

    Raising a Molson for ya hoser!

    Rob “Quixote” Williams
    Coquitlam, BC

    PS Happy Boxing Day eh?

  3. Dear Ryan,

    I have been listening to the Dead Robots since not quite the beginning, (but I have listened to every episode) and your insights into the writing process and your amazing voice have always been an inspiration to me.

    Thank you.


  4. Ryan, you do realize that means you’re leaving the entire podcast in the hands of a pair of Texans, right? Who is going to be on the “cultural diversity” posters? Who is going to disagree with everything just to be contrary?

    This is sad news indeed.

    Ryan, you’ve been wonderful to listen to and I’m definitely going to miss your lame jokes and refreshing perspective. Replacing you will be impossible.

    I wish you all the best, and I hope you’ll come back to rag on Justin and Terry every so often, just to make sure they’re not taking themselves too seriously. Gotta keep those cowboys in their saddles.

    ~Scribe, Pendragon Variety.

  5. OMG… where will we get our Canadian content now? This is indeed an end of an era. I will miss the Ryan’s “Momemnt of Rage” segments and all the fun that comes from them. Thank you for the years of yuks and sharing your insights and opinions. I’d like to wish you well in what ever the endeavors you undertake.

    Thanks again
    John “Penpilot” Wong
    A fellow Canadian.

  6. Ryan!

    Say it ain’t so! Where will we find our mustache-twirling villainy now?

    Very sad news indeed. I have been listening since episode 26 and I’ve always enjoyed the personality you brought to show. The questions and points you’d raise would always shed a new light to the topic.

    I will miss you terribly on the show and I wish you the best of the best of luck with your music and writing.

    Fellow drummer and writer,
    .: Dan

  7. I’m real sorry to hear you go Ryan. I’ve enjoyed hearing about what you’ve learned while writing the past three years.

    I respect your privacy in not saying why, but I hope this doesn’t also mean taking a break from writing. I can’t help but wonder if you’re going through a depressed state on your work, especially since I can relate. Keep writing and please come back on in the future when you get published.


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