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Calgary’s Off Script podcast marks 2nd anniversary

We’ve always wanted to find a different way of telling a story.

There is always more to share, more to learn about the fascinating characters we profile.

Off Script gave us that opportunity to push creative boundaries and allowed us to go beyond the traditional television broadcast news stories.

Over the past 2 years it’s been a gratifying and rewarding journey. The podcast was the first of its kind in our network. We were charting a new path.

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In our first year we won the RTDNA’s first ever podcast award for a story about a small Alberta town teaching lessons of acceptance.

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Over the years, we talked to a guy who says he lives with a ghost, met a millennial who traded her dorm room for a seniors home, got introduced to a grandpa who had a wish to go on an unbelievable trip of a lifetime, interviewed skateboarders who delivered prom dresses to Mexican orphans and profiled a paralyzed high school student who was told he would never walk again – but he actually walked again, on Graduation Day.

BELOW: A selection of photos from the Off Script podcast

Matthew Oliver van Diepen, Rosebud project cast member.
Matthew Oliver van Diepen, Rosebud project cast member. Nate Luit / Global News
Gordon Norwood proudly shows off a new addition to the family.
Gordon Norwood proudly shows off a new addition to the family. Nate Luit
25-year-old Sam Towns on the shores of Auburn Bay Lake.
25-year-old Sam Towns on the shores of Auburn Bay Lake. Nate Luit
Three-year-old Everly Tram was born with Apert syndrome.
Three-year-old Everly Tram was born with Apert syndrome. Nate Luit
11-year-old Natalia and her big yellow dress.
11-year-old Natalia and her big yellow dress. Juan Rodriguez/The Jar Photography
Shuby Bhattarai rehearsing 'Coming Out in Faith Monolgue' at Hillhurst United Church in Calgary. April 2018.
Shuby Bhattarai rehearsing 'Coming Out in Faith Monolgue' at Hillhurst United Church in Calgary. April 2018. Jill Croteau / Global News
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83-year-old Jim Dolph.
83-year-old Jim Dolph. Nate Luit
Friends and family can't wait to hug Alex.
Friends and family can't wait to hug Alex. Nate Luit
Homeowner, Justin Bolin, shows Global News the carriage house.
Homeowner, Justin Bolin, shows Global News the carriage house. Nate Luit
Tamara Brown, Tyneal Buchanan, Kimberly Beckett and Roselle Gonsalves.
Tamara Brown, Tyneal Buchanan, Kimberly Beckett and Roselle Gonsalves. Nate Luit
Principal Liana Appelt hugs Maryam.
Principal Liana Appelt hugs Maryam. Jill Croteau

It’s been a joy and a humbling privilege to have a front row seat to the extraordinary moments in people’s lives.

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Thank you to those of you who have come along for the ride with us.

LISTEN: Jill Croteau and Nate Luit join The Morning News with Gord Gillies and Sue Deyell to look back at two years of the Off Script podcast

Here are our top ten Off Script episodes, in no particular order:

Listen to more episodes of Off Script and read the accompanying stories.