Drex to Leave CKNW and National Corus Late Night Talk (UPDATED)

June 25 2020
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Justin Wilcomes alias ‘Drex‘ took to his Twitter account last evening to announce he is leaving his allnight national Corus talk show ‘The Shift with Drex.’ 
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@drex  
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I wanted to let you know that I have decided to step away from Corus Entertainment and #TheShiftwithDrex to pursue other opportunities. (let the rampant speculation begin) One of them is working on a docu-series about collectors! (totes Drexy’s jam).
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I want to thank all the listeners & bonkers callers to the show across the country who helped get us where we are today… THE most listened to late-night radio show in Canada. I want to thank Giffordtweet,@riobobbo, @radiokathryn @mcarthursound who helped shape the show.

I will continue to host until they find a brand new human to fill the chair. I hope you will give them a red hot chance as you did me. And for those of you who will ask… “Where are you going?” well,  first… I’m going to bed to sleep! Now, bugger off.

 

Drex has been with Corus Vancouver since early 2013, and News/Talk CKNW since 2014.   Prior to that he was Vista Group PD on Vancouver Island and morning man at CFCP Courtenay, having immigrated from his native Australia in 2009.   He has been hosting late night on the Corus talk network since January 2018.

Drex told listeners last night he is not leaving radio but is legally not allowed to say what his plans are, and that he will stay on board until his replacement is hired by PD Larry Gifford (“until August or so”). He added that management hasn’t told him to stop playing music he likes, and followed that assertion with a few seconds of Johnny Paycheck’s “Take This Job And Shove It.”

 

 

Published on June 25, 2020 at 7:40 am by Ron Robinson

Comments

June 25, 2020 - 8:32 am

Newsman

All the best in the next phase. As colorful a character as Vancouver radio has ever had. Kudos for overhauling overnight radio in Canada.


June 25, 2020 - 9:12 am

Kenneth

Drex was a straight shooter on the radio and his night time show will be greatly missed.Thanks for speaking your mind .


June 25, 2020 - 9:14 am

Kenneth

Drex didn’t hold back on the airwaves .And will be missed .


June 25, 2020 - 10:03 am

Diana

I am so sad to see you go, at first I thought God is he ever loud!! But I must admit I have enjoyed your show, just so different than what has been on late night. I’m old, used to love Jack Cullen with all his old music, and radio shows, hope Bobby and Mathew stay on, plus Jackson.

All the best Drex, maybe you will return!!!!


June 25, 2020 - 10:32 am

13

Drex Ive been pissed at you for a very long time. Ive listened to you day in and night in waiting for the right time to set you straight. Ive enjoyed the wait maybe someday Ill run into you at the NAAM and when you hear the whole story you will feel bad for hanging up on me.
Good Luck with whatever your going to do


June 25, 2020 - 11:24 am

Russell

Bye Bye. 🙂

I heard you are leaving. I turned to Coast to Coast when you started working for CKNW.

Perhaps your replacement won’t be as insulting to the listening public.


June 25, 2020 - 12:05 pm

Marg Krell

Best talk show going!!! Filled many a late sleepless night, enjoyed listening to your guests who called from everywhere and your fellow host in St Louis! Have a great time in your new endeavor ,best wishes!!!!


June 25, 2020 - 1:49 pm

Linda

Drex, you lost me a few nights ago when you made a mean comment in reply to the young boy’s pleasant comment


June 25, 2020 - 5:55 pm

Anne Allen

Good luck to you
I liked your style


June 25, 2020 - 8:32 pm

Jane

By far your show is “the best”
So enjoyed staying up late to listen to your words of wisdom. ..lol…
But when life moves us in another direction. ..we move ..
All the best!


June 25, 2020 - 8:34 pm

Cynthia Humenny

Drex….thank you for the information and giggles you gave tbru the late night radio. I would stay up until late in the evening listening to you and your crew. Good luck in your next project and looking forward to hear what it will be.
Cheers Drex xo


June 25, 2020 - 8:47 pm

Joey

All the best to you, I will miss listening to your show as I drive to work every night….


June 25, 2020 - 8:58 pm

Eric Hindson

Now maybe there’ll be something worth listening to late night.


June 25, 2020 - 10:26 pm

Michael Jackson

I have called and texted you several times. When Coast to Coast left, I said now what? BUT you were a perfect fit. I am in Winnipeg, but the radio was always on, no matter how late. You sound like a great person and fun at party’s. You supplied many laughs. All the best and will be muchly missed! All the best!


June 25, 2020 - 11:46 pm

Gale

Loved your show , will miss you. Good luck with your next adventure


June 26, 2020 - 12:26 am

Sandra Lee

Hi Drex I have been listening to you since the first night you started. I am a security guard and nights and I always looked forward to here you. I will really miss you . Goid luck in your new career.


June 26, 2020 - 12:41 am

Daphne

Good luck. Good bye. Good riddance. Hope the replacement has a journalist background. M.Good bye endless twaddle. More open-minded and less obnoxious.


June 26, 2020 - 1:07 am

BD

Late night work, tuned you out early in your across Canada tenure, listened in briefly on occasion only to move on again to other talk programs. You had your following, I tried, but just didn’t fit the listening challenge sought, you did seem to have a following and like democracy, each to their own and that is what makes Canada great. Good luck in your future endeavours Drex, truly, maybe you and Adler can cook something up together. Well, time to tune out again, all the best in your future sir, peace be with you and yours.


June 26, 2020 - 4:04 am

Sara

It sucks Drex is leaving, for an insomniac, he’s a dream, and the only person I listen to on chorus. Much luck Drex


June 26, 2020 - 4:36 am

Kathryn

Most nights I don’t sleep well and when that happens my go to is your show ! Most nights I laugh out loud and I so enjoy your show Drex, and will sadly miss your voice and the banter of the boys! I’m a 71 year old grandma from Toronto and want to thank you for keeping me company in the dark…I wish you all the best


June 26, 2020 - 5:30 am

randy

thank god the worst and most rude person interrupting Bob constantly glad to see they got rid of him


June 26, 2020 - 9:38 am

Jack Nortman

Last night I fell asleep and awoke just after 10 p,m. The person on the radio was yelling and ranting. It felt like someone was banging my brain with a hammer. Is that the best thing a local station can do to replace their so-called cross country talk show. What kind of listeners do you pretend to attract again? are you people for real? No one in their right mind would want to keep the new replaced show on. How long will it take you get someone who has the track experience? Don’t be cheap either. That won’t work either for nothing!!


June 26, 2020 - 10:15 am

Mike Hounslow

What’s left now?

Coast to Coast? Blaaaaaaaaaaa! Puuuuuuuuuke!


June 26, 2020 - 11:29 am

Kristy

DearDrex. All the best in your future endeavours. You’ve kept me company on many a sleepless night. I just loved your show. Late night won’t be the same without you. Thank you for all your hard work


June 26, 2020 - 12:31 pm

Jim

Glad Drex is gone! Lost me when he brought on a fictional sock charactor to attack Jody Wilson Raybould during the SNC scandal.


June 26, 2020 - 4:07 pm

Rick

Will be so pleased to see the back of this show . Neither you or Bob were able to string more than two cohesive thoughts together ,without constantly interrupting each other . I appreciate bluntness & honesty ,but you just pretended to have both , certainly not possessing true tough Aussie opinions. This show often descended into immature ,juvenile inanity …..god knows why CKNW tolerated this mostly drivel ,for so long . David Berner could create an eclectic talk show that could capture many audiences , I would love to hear him again . Consider this mess a sorry failure , try a classroom of under 10’s.


June 26, 2020 - 5:15 pm

Broadcast Babe

If you’re going to launch an ‘experiment’, all-nights is the place to do it. Unfortunately, I don’t think Mr. Wilcomes had the necessary skill set and formatic chops to pull it off and the show slowly disintegrated. Despite public pronouncements, I can’t help think that PD Larry Gifford, with tons of experience, likely recognized the show could not be salvaged, and mercifully allowed it to end. Hardly the first time things have not gone as planned and that’s OK. I would caution against a ‘long good-bye’, which is never good listening, and find a replacement ASAP. And, as they say in the biz—‘we wish you the best in your future endeavors’.


June 26, 2020 - 7:13 pm

Alan

Nope, not gonna miss him. Figured out his shtick after his MILF stunt, didn’t need to hear any more.


June 26, 2020 - 9:20 pm

Steve

God, anyone but that insufferable “Zach” Hewitt


June 26, 2020 - 9:55 pm

Gem

You will not be missed.

I thought that you were rude and arrogant. Oftentimes you did not do your homework and unintentionally gave out false information.
* You liked to laugh at other “known”people and put them down when they have accomplished much more than you ever will.
Although you’re still here, I like speaking about you in the past tense.


June 26, 2020 - 10:38 pm

Sandra

Other than bringing back Coast to Coast as a human, George Noorey is the best, I would prefer the original Network Replay in this spot to fill in and Drex pursue his career to wherever he wants to go. Steele and Drex was one of the worst decisions Corus made…


June 26, 2020 - 11:44 pm

Kim

I will miss this show.It have slowly grown on me over the last year. During the craziness that COVID brought in the past few months, this show was a positive way to end each day. I cannot understand the rude comments posted by many of you. Why do people feel the need to be mean?


June 27, 2020 - 8:55 am

solost

Good luck to Drex in his future endeavors for sure. I don`t think he`s leaving much of anything though, but a spineless run station that seems more comfortable working in the fluffy softball zone. A faded shadow of what it was. Newer broadcasters of the modern and newer times where correctness and pillowy soft talk is in and tackling the hard stuff of societal problems, divides and problems is tackled out of balance.


June 27, 2020 - 1:10 pm

13

@ solost. May I say your description of CKNW is sadly on point. Spinless faded shadow DEAD ON


June 27, 2020 - 5:10 pm

James O’keefe

Good!! He was boring most of the time and the odd times he wasn’t boring he was a bully.


June 27, 2020 - 6:49 pm

YM

When I first started listening, I kind of enjoyed the show, but as time went by, I found most of the topics boring & geared to a smaller part of his audience. That jungle music he so loves & plays drove me crazy. I did not enjoy the small petty chit chat between him & Bobby either, who wants to listen to two grown men talk about toe jam, even for a few minutes. Hope that laughing clown Eric Chapman is not on the short list. I do wish you well Drex, & much success in your future endeavours. I will only miss the accent.


June 28, 2020 - 12:52 am

Texxx

Bring back Dan Russell. Keep him on a short chain if needed but I sure miss that show.


June 28, 2020 - 10:08 am

Cephas

Ya that MILF thing destroyed any chance for me to be a follower. Eric Chapman? Please Noooo! If you’re willing to check out our neighbors to the south, here are some great late night alternatives if you have access to the internet:
KFI
KABC
WABC
WLS
WOR
And…for some lefty nonsense, except Monson…KIRO.


June 28, 2020 - 11:50 am

Mike

Late to comments but TGDG {Drex Gone} Previous comments express what an overbearing Rude ,Demeaning to Callers He did not Like “Presenter He was
Larry G must have had a Brain Freeze when He originally put Drex with Lynda
She is only in recent months emerging from the Bad Habits described She picked up from Him
described plus cutting callers off early ,sounding impatient . Mellowing finally to the Nice Person She must be away from the Studio
Hopefully Drex will return to OZ after probably insulting His “Collectors” on His new rather vague reason for departing NW Then disappear into the Vast Outback of OZ after
no doubt insulting and demeaning some Poor Dingos and Roos en route
I hope the Successor will present varied subjects not just the present CoVid and other Current world problems the Media concentrates 24//7 There is more happening in the world and Canada Check out Online ” Monocle “radio from London ,” DW German radio” from Bonn plus BBC World also to be heard included on CBC Radio 1 Overnight .1am-5am so refreshing!
CBC Replaced Drex for Me Try it Puget Sounders
C to C increasingly occupied by Alien Seeing Psycho Experiencing alarmists not worth a listen
Mike


June 29, 2020 - 12:31 am

John

Aw, man… Sorry to hear you’re leaving. You were killing it on the late night airwaves. Will miss your straight-shooting talk. Best of luck with your next project.


June 29, 2020 - 12:34 am

John

Also wanted to thank Mike for his recent and rather entertaining comment. Mike, you’re special. Good luck with whatever it is you do, you special special person. 😀


June 29, 2020 - 9:41 am

BMCQ

Brian Burke said he would drive DREX to the airport .


June 29, 2020 - 10:28 am

Dave

Glad to hear this. The show comes in loud and clear here south of the border on CHML. I enjoy hearing Canadian wit and points of view, and this guy is loud, obnoxious, and too opinionated. Looking forward to hearing his replacement.


June 29, 2020 - 3:19 pm

robert

This guy is loud, obnoxious, and too opinionated. I hated him from day one! Global, you should have kept Coast to Coast! A lot of listeners were pissed off when you put this individual on! Thank God he is leaving.


June 29, 2020 - 4:28 pm

Bekky

So glad to hear it! Sorry Drex but you are arrogant and rude. I don’t know why anyone would call your show considering most people were interrupted, dismissed or hung up on. You never listened to understand, you only listened to reply. You are quite disrespectful of others opinions and seem to think that your opinion is always right. The information you spouted off during your segments lacked in responsible journalism, you simply took headlines and regurgitated them without ever fact checking, and your facts were wrong on so many occasions! When a caller would put you on the spot, you would turn the question on them or simply hang up and say it’s my show I can do what I want….wow, is that entitlement or what! And one more thing, just because you shout and yell, does not make what you are saying more valid. George Noory’s show may have been a bit out there, but at least his show was about something….your show is about you listening to your own voice…and George always treated EVERYONE who stayed up to listen to him and call his show with the utmost of respect, a true gentleman with a great radio voice. You have a lot of maturing and educating to do before you should be hosting another show.


June 29, 2020 - 8:31 pm

A.G.

I miss you already!


June 30, 2020 - 7:48 am

Scott

Good riddance


June 30, 2020 - 8:18 am

Cam Mitchell

Guess I agree pretty much with becky. Reminds me of folks like adam hawk, producer of the jim rome show, and simona program director of lg 104.3 the breeze. They are really all the same person except that at least simona is really a kind lady with a nice voice. For she is not listening what listeners are asking for and that is to bring back the cisl format she did before with a few 80s tunes or even have it as a special feature weekend nights. But at least the oldie of the day is back on the station friday mornings so far even with simona filling in last week.


June 30, 2020 - 10:27 am

Chris

I’m sorry to see you go Drex. I’ve been a talk show radio show junkie for decades dating back to Joe Pine in early 60’s and I do believe your format best exemplifies the best of talk radio, Like the other daily line up with the exception of Adler, you do not focus on repeated topics that have been discussed ad nauseam from dawn to dark. I guess CKNW felt they weren’t quite ready for you…unlike we listeners. Good luck in all you do. Stay happy and safe.


June 30, 2020 - 12:02 pm

Avid listener

I can’t believe how cruel some of these people are . How would they feel if others had those vicious things to say about them. It’s tough out here and all that negative stuff is not needed.


June 30, 2020 - 12:25 pm

Susan

I often found you loud and annoying plus you always interrupted whoever was speaking. You said you stuttered when excited – that was annoying as well! Your music was too loud as well!!


July 1, 2020 - 5:31 pm

Richard

WILL NOT MISS Mr FAR LEFT WOKE Drex…………maybe CORUS will not lose as much money now that you are leaving.


July 3, 2020 - 3:22 am

Miss Faith

Here’s to hoping CKNW will bring back Coast to Coast.


July 3, 2020 - 5:46 am

Annie Stevens

Thank God that someone came to their senses to get rid of this guy. He was loud, rude and obnoxious. Could not stand how juvenile these guys were .Who cares about a daily diary read out with holy music played in the background.
Thank goodness for Coast to Coast airing on other Canadian radio stations where we can tune in to.


July 3, 2020 - 10:08 am

BMCQ

Wow!

One thing for sure the exit has sure prompted many opinions from listeners, could we describe him as polarizing ?

I was not really a regular listener but I often heard part of the end of the repeat about 4:30 am on my way to the office, the very odd time something might be of interest but I mostly tune away into SXM .

Do we know what happened ? Fired or quit ?

How would a 50 year old people kind call they self Drex, I find that silly ?

One thing for sure, he was truly only a legend in his own basement, and that is not so good .

Good luck to him, I never like to see anyone out of work, we all deserve to be able to make a living no matter who does not like us .


July 5, 2020 - 5:46 pm

Liz

With all that’s going on in the world right now you choose to talk about things like cow bells & whether or not soup is a meal among other boring topics. WHO THE HELL CARES! I’d sure hate to be seated next to you at a dinner party! Your interests are truly boring for a talk show host! And by the way that’s not music you play IT’S NOISE! What kind of disturbed mind wants to listen to that? It’s disturbing. One night I tuned my radio in middle of that noise and I thought my radio was broken again. Sounded like STATIC! You must hear things others don’t!


July 6, 2020 - 9:15 am

Lily

While Drex has his own radio persona, I was ecstatic when he announced he was leaving. As others have stated who wants to hear nonsense radio eg. 1/2 hour between him and Bob about ice cream , totally lame . Bye bye .


July 8, 2020 - 1:17 am

KC

He won’t be missed. Just another mouthpiece for corporate radio. You could get rid of 99 percent of CKNW staff and I wouldn’t miss them. I’ve listened for two decades to know that there’s no truth from them on things that really matter. This is the time for truth, MSM is not it.


July 8, 2020 - 8:53 am

Ron

Totally overrated talk show. Can’t see why people like it. Terrible music that he plays on too long, over 5 minutes, while he probably runs out for a snack. Hate his intro music. Just play it when you first go on the air, not after every hourly news broadcast! Don’t need to keep the woman saying she was a “little steamed“. Who cares!!

Just a lot of fluff. Rarely anything important. Wish there was a show like Coast to Coast that aired nation wide. The Americans C2C is too pro Trump for my liking. We need a program that deals with national important issues and the occasional topics on TV , music etc is fine.


July 9, 2020 - 1:28 pm

Kevin Allan Coffey

You will be missed Justin. Regards, Kevin A Coffey


July 9, 2020 - 3:24 pm

don swift

byyyyyyyyyyyyyyy bring back coast to coast


July 10, 2020 - 4:00 am

Don

I remember the first time I heard him and was captured by random topics and banter. The last few months have certainly not been as entertaining, to the point where it was time to change the channel. It seemed that there was always some “clip” from some other interview or show playing and less conversation from their team. And when that wasn’t happening we had to listen to some drivel from a guy in Calgary phoning in with dialog that made me gag. It wasn’t attracting enough “new” input, always the same people…….. BUH BY!


July 10, 2020 - 3:03 pm

Dave

Bye Bye-dont let the door hit your ass on the way out from Corus. So arrogant.


July 10, 2020 - 5:48 pm

Stacey James

I haven’t listened to this weirdo for a long time and there are a number of reasons why but Bekky has already put it best anyway so, if you haven’t read her encapsulation, I suggest doing so. As for his last music choice, the word ‘juvenile’ comes to mind. PLEASE go back to Australia!


July 10, 2020 - 7:22 pm

Phyllis Krkamer

I always listen to the Radio when I go to bed at night — I prefer the Classic Radio Programs I do not enjoy loud music or screaming voices – I have learned to tolerate your style – not mine but I do wish you the best in your future endavours and hope the station has someone that is more gentle (although I think your style is good for keeping truckers awake)


July 11, 2020 - 9:53 pm

Hootoil

Drex:: You proved talk show hosts don’t have to READ. When was the last article or book you read? Interrupting (Bobby as you called him) Bob so many times was an annoyance. Reading was such a foreign item.


July 11, 2020 - 10:05 pm

Cam Mitchell

If coast to coast moves back to cknw from 1410, 1410 might change format again. Either it will be oldies, or it will be back to u.s. all sports. Hope its the former.


July 12, 2020 - 1:17 am

Hootoil

Justin has left the Shift. A problem with the show was the lack of research on many stories. Talk radio has some hosts who do not READ articles or books. Yet, they pretend to have some expertise. Drex was no different. Radio hosts should also be READERS.


July 12, 2020 - 5:38 pm

Franklin Hays

Good, he is finally gone.
I still listen to Coast to Coast via internet radio.
Btw, I hope that vain fellow Adler h


July 12, 2020 - 5:45 pm

Franklin Hays

Good, he is finally gone.
I still listen to Coast to Coast via internet radio and many other US talk shows.
Btw, I hope that vain fellow (Charles Adler Charles Adler and on it goes) hangs it up too.


July 12, 2020 - 8:36 pm

BMCQ

Interesting comments about Adler, I would up until just a few years ago listen to him on my way home the odd night .

Then he seemed to change from being fair and balanced to all of a sudden becoming a self absorbed Full of self importance wind bag who seems to be truly a legend only in his own basement .

I put the change down to some sort of “Political Re Assignment Surgery” .

It is more than Obvious he had a very poor surgeon .


July 13, 2020 - 7:45 am

Alex

Started out ok, but he became arrogant and rude as time went on. Time for a change, listeners get tired of the same old same. Glad to see a change coming, just hope it’s not the other guy Eric Chapman.


July 13, 2020 - 4:09 pm

Dan the Man from Van

Best of Luck to you Drex. I found you a great alternative to the usual sleepytime late night radio. A lot of ripped from the headlines banter, with a bit of attitude. Good to keep the mind going. CBC has turned into college activist radio, and sports radio is like listening to wallpaper.
I guess it’s back to KGO San Francisco for me (on 810 am whose signal peaks after 8:00 pm in the lower mainland).


July 14, 2020 - 7:04 pm

Joe Alexander

Mostly a sophmoric interruption festival. If Drex was host, why were there 2 or 3 other voices, constantly shouting moronic comments that no one could hear. Talking about nothing was the specialty of the house. Not as pompous or opinionated as Corus’s long-time crybaby, Charles Adler but Adler can at least read his scripts and has basic comprehension of the world around him. Tom Donahue would puke to see what his underground FM radio world had come down to if he heard Drex and his dukes of danger doing their nightly babble!


July 14, 2020 - 7:33 pm

Russell

And when is CKNW going to get rid of Adler?

I love how Adler is supposed to be some great radio host. Adler must command a big salary to be advertised like some super radio host on Global.

Adler is yawn boring. And Adler cries on his shows…Booo Hoo Hooo. like the radio public are dumb idiots and supposed to feel for him. Some super radio host.

Adler is another loser that CKNW has to get rid of. Obviously a money making loser.


July 15, 2020 - 7:38 am

lee

the shift, should be called the shaft. boring, nonsensical. drex very boring and self serving. shane hewitt even more boring. hopefully the next host or hostess will be more inviting


July 15, 2020 - 2:28 pm

Jack Morrow

Charles Adler is way past his prime. He’s stuck in a time warp of early ’60s folk song liberalism, and like neocons generally, has been reverting to his left-wing roots–in his case, as a Pierre Trudeauite.


July 15, 2020 - 3:15 pm

Norma Susan Smith

I thought Drex’s days might be numbered during Covid isolation when Drex said that there are places on the internet you can go to make your own porno. Sorry Drex – you only like people who are like you and dismissed everyone else.


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