Editor's Desk

Stephen and Jordan say "Thanks, Red Deer!"

March 1, 2019 - 4:10pm Updated: March 13, 2019 - 8:25am

During the month of February, rdnewsNOW had the pleasure of having SAIT students Stephen Moore and Jorday Bay with us for four-week practicum assignments. 

They were great to have around and did some outstanding work for us.

Here's what each of them have to say about their time in Red Deer...



My name is Stephen Moore and I’ve been on a practicum here in Red Deer for a month. I’ve done work for rdnewsNOW and 106.7 The Drive, and it’s been an absolute blast! I’m from Calgary and currently attend school at SAIT for radio broadcasting.

2019 Games: Red Deer's time to shine

February 14, 2019 - 11:15pm

Our moment has arrived.

On September 4, 2014, an announcement was made that changed the landscape of our fair city:

“The host city of the 2019 Canada Winter Games is the City of Red Deer!”

In the two years leading up to that moment, and four and a half years since, the community effort to create a showcase event to welcome 20,000 visitors has been nothing short of superb.

Election candidates - we thank thee

October 16, 2017 - 11:45am Updated: October 16, 2017 - 5:19pm

It’s Election Day.

For newsies like me this means a late night at the office compiling results and reactions from across Central Alberta (with pizza in the newsroom).

But for dozens of candidates it means a long night of anxiety as they wait to see whether the last month they’ve spent on the campaign pays off with a seat in municipal office.

From my view, whether they are elected or not, the time they’ve invested is time well-spent.

Looking back on a wild week in Red Deer

May 28, 2017 - 11:34am Updated: May 28, 2017 - 12:13pm

I’ve been in the news business for more than a decade.

Over that time, I’ve experienced the many high and lows that come with gathering facts and presenting them to listeners/readers/viewers in central Alberta.

I can’t recall many weeks that were as eventful in the news biz as the one I just experienced… and it was a short week, no less.


A few thoughts on a few things

May 14, 2017 - 1:31pm Updated: May 14, 2017 - 9:46pm

As the weekend winds down and we all get ready to start another busy week here in Red Deer central Alberta, here’s are some quick thoughts from yours truly on some of the latest happenings in our great region…

- First, a shout out to my amazing mom and all the other mothers out there who make the world a wonderful place: Happy Mother’s Day! (I posted this on Sunday... so it's not late!!)

Expedia thinks we're nice, why don't we?

April 22, 2017 - 4:43pm

It was to be expected.

This week a blogger for Expedia.ca listed Red Deer among the “34 Most Breathtaking Places in North America.”

It’s pretty cool to see our fair city catch someone’s attention that way, don’t you think?

However, as soon as someone said nice things about Red Deer, the cynical naysayers just had to weigh in.

“If you add the crime... the place isn't all that great”

“This place is not great”

“Whoever compiled that list is a total hack who needs to get out more”

OPINION: Let's get the wheels rolling on ridesharing

April 14, 2017 - 8:35pm Updated: April 15, 2017 - 8:14am

Now that I’ve used ridesharing for the first time, I’m convinced.

The sooner it can come to Red Deer, the better.

Recently, my wife and I spent a few days in San Diego. While we spent a lot of time on foot walking around the beautiful coastal city, we also took advantage of ridesharing on several occasions to get where we wanted to go.

From start to finish, the ridesharing experience couldn’t have gone better for us.

Looking back at #Rebels25

April 7, 2017 - 4:42pm

The Red Deer Rebels 25th Anniversary season is officially in the books.

In the end, the team accomplished pretty much what everyone expected of them: finish top three in the division and make the playoffs.

It certainly wasn’t as boring a journey from game one to game 79, a game seven loss. Here are some of the moments that stand out most in my mind from the season that was:


He’ll never admit it, but Cam Moon had a lot of fun celebrating what was a big milestone in his legendary career.


By: Troy Gillard

Troy Gillard is the News Director/Editor for rdnewsNOW. He grew up in the Red Deer area and has worked in the local news market for over 12 years. He can be reached at [email protected].