CHED (630 AM) is a radio station broadcasting News/Talk/Sports format in Edmonton first launched in 1954 and now owned by Corus Entertainment. For a significant portion of its early history, CHED was Edmonton’s (and North America’s) most successful Top 40 station with a 40% share of the local listening audience. With the arrival of FM radio, it lost its listenership and in 1993 moved to News/Talk/Sports format and its current slogan is: Edmonton’s Breaking News and Conversation Station.
Although primarily broadcasting talk and news programming, CHED is also the voice of the NHL Edmonton Oilers and CFL Edmonton Eskimos. In the late evenings it re-broadcasts older radio dramas.
Current locally produced weekday news hosts:
Bruce’s career spans 43 years, most of which has been in Edmonton, 21 doing the morning show at CISN FM and then moving to sister station, 630 CHED where he has been the past five years. Morning radio has been his home since 1980. Bruce and Mary live in Edmonton. They have two grown children and now, proudly, two grandchildren. Bruce’s past times include his passion working for the homeless, running and going on road trips on his motorcycle. His work with the homeless was encouraged thanks to an opportunity to sit on the Salvation Army advisory board for over twelve years. Three times, Bruce has spent three days living on the street to bring attention to the plight of the homeless and to raise funds for Hope Mission. Of the many things he has experienced over his radio career, he considers this the most rewarding.
Raised in Calgary, Jesperson has worked in newspapers, radio and television. He took his journalism training at Trinity Western University in Langley, B.C., As editor of the college paper, he reported on crimes, cover-ups, and controversy. From J-school, he was hired by the Calgary Herald as an editorial assistant and then as a contributing writer. He has also reported news for two Red Deer radio stations: Big 105 and 106.7 The Drive where he met his wife, Kari Skelton. in 2008, they moved to Edmonton so Ryan could co-host of Breakfast Television and Kari could work at Edmonton’s Up! 99 FM as the morning announcer. In January 2015, Ryan returned to radio as the host of the The Ryan Jespersen Show.
J’lyn Nye was raised in Sault Ste. Marie and graduated from the broadcasting program at Confederation College in Thunder Bay. Her first television job was at CKPR-TV in Thunder Bay, followed by a stint at Global Television in Regina. In 2000, she moved to Edmonton to anchor the News Hour Final on Global Television for seven years. She then traded the camera for the microphone to co-host of the morning drive show on JOE-FM for the next five years. She has given hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars through telethons and fundraisers to the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Angels Anonymous, the Edmonton Humane Society and the Canadian National Institute for the Blind. Whether for muscular dystrophy, the Ride for Kids hot lunch fundraiser, or Walk a Mile in Her Shoes for the YWCA or Take Back the Night, J’lyn is there, lending her media profile to boost their causes. Since August 2013, J’lyn has co-hosted CHED’s afternoon news, the last year or so joined by Andrew Grose.
Originally from Charlottetown, P.E.I. Andrew Grose makes his home in Edmonton and can be heard every weekday as co-host of 630 CHED’s Afternoon News. He is also a well-respected comedian. His credits include numerous and countless television appearances from the Winnipeg Comedy Festival, The Halifax Comedy Festival and the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival. In the last few years Andrew has appeared at Just For Laughs 8 times as well as the Halifax, Moncton, Saint John, Medicine Hat, Winnipeg and Edmonton Comedy festivals. In addition to his on-air job, Andrew is also the Producer and President of the Edmonton International Comedy Festival.
CHED is the second most listened to radio station in Edmonton with a market share of 9.5% as of the PPMs for the August 31, 2015 – November 29, 2015 ratings period, topped only by CKNO / 102.3 Now Radio with a 10.4% market share.