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Toronto Police Launch Premier Podcast with Obie & Ax Inc.,
24 Shades of Blue features Chief of Police James Ramer



Broadcast time: 16:15
Date: Monday, November 16, 2020
Unit: Corporate Communications
Phone: 416-808-7100

On Monday, November 16, 2020, the Toronto Police Service will launch its first two episodes of the 24 Shades of Blue podcast with Obie & Ax.

Episode 1 will feature Chief of Police James Ramer and Episode 2 sees podcasts hosts Andrew O'Brien (Obie) and Axel Villamil (Ax) speak with Inspector Hank Idsinga of Homicide. Both conversations cover topical policing issues as well as personal anecdotes from a combined 70 years at the Toronto Police Service.

"Partnering with Obie & Ax provides the Service with an opportunity to have meaningful conversations about issues that matter to policing and our communities," said Chief Ramer. "Every month the program will feature different members from different units across the organization and it will be distributed to the millions of listeners who already tune into this dynamic podcast duo."

Obie & Ax podcasts are available to 70 million followers across North America and tackle top news stories, mental health & addiction, entrepreneurship and celebrity interviews. A portion of their equity is owned by the Sick Kids Foundation and they have a distinguished Advisory Board, including Michelle Romanow from Dragon’s Den.

"It's not everyday you get an opportunity to help innovate one of the largest and advanced police services in the country," said Obie & Ax co-founder and co-host, Andrew O'Brien. "It's also truly inspiring to see Toronto Police leading by example by integrating a podcast into their digital strategy to communicate more effectively."

The TPS partnership with Obie & Ax will result in 24 podcasts over the course of 12 months, airing the second Thursday of every month between November 2020 and October 2021.

Episodes 1 and 2 can be found on Google Podcasts, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, YouTube, and many other places podcasts can be found. Click here for the podcast provider of your choice.



For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.



Meaghan Gray, Corporate Communications




Toronto Police Launch Premier Podcast with Obie & Ax Inc.,
24 Shades of Blue features Chief of Police James Ramer



Chief Ramer with Obie & Ax
Above: Chief Ramer with Obie & Ax




Toronto Police Launch Premier Podcast with Obie & Ax Inc.,
24 Shades of Blue features Chief of Police James Ramer



Behind the Podcast (L to R)
Michelle Romanow
Chief James Ramer
Axel Villimil
Meaghan Gray
Andrew O'Brien
Deputy Chief Shawna Coxon
Above: Behind the Podcast (L to R) Michelle Romanow Chief James Ramer Axel Villimil Meaghan Gray Andrew O'Brien Deputy Chief Shawna Coxon




Toronto Police Launch Premier Podcast with Obie & Ax Inc.,
24 Shades of Blue features Chief of Police James Ramer



Inspector Idsinga with Obie & Ax
Above: Inspector Idsinga with Obie & Ax




Toronto Police Launch Premier Podcast with Obie & Ax Inc.,
24 Shades of Blue features Chief of Police James Ramer



Chief Ramer with Obie & Ax and Podcast Crew
Above: Chief Ramer with Obie & Ax and Podcast Crew