Jennifer Valentyne joins Derringer in the Morning on Q107

Jennifer Valentyne worked at City TV almost her entire working life until they let her go last April Fool's Day. Rogers Media's loss was Corus Entertainment's gain and she quickly caught on as host of The Bachelorette Canada’s live After Show on the W network. Throw in a few Global morning show appearances and she was a versatile cog in the Corus wheel.

She'll now be co-hosting Q107's Derringer in the Morning with John Derringer. This announcement, of course, came on Valentine's Day. That's either cute or corny, depending on your disposition.

What do you think of this addition to the Q morning show?


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dale

Good upgrade for Q, BUT Derringer is stale as a 2 week loaf of bread & his time to move on.
No Wait 10 year contract for much $ until 2020. Won't happen.

Good Luck Jenny.

February 14, 2017 @ 7:47 PM

Morris Code

John is very intelligent but bored.
She isnt going to fit in.

February 14, 2017 @ 8:04 PM

Guy

I liked the show as it was. I have always found her annoying and not particularly bright so I can't say I like this move.

February 14, 2017 @ 9:48 PM

Hamish Grant

Here's hoping she can keep a lid on the caveman-like atmosphere that sometimes permeates the Derringer show.

February 15, 2017 @ 9:28 AM

Doug

I'm a regular listener to Derringer in the morning for years.

I used to enjoy when Maureen Holloway would come on the show. There was great chemistry between her and the rest of the group. Derringer in particular. Since Maureen moved on to her own show and now completely a new thing at 98.1 I believe, the show has lacked a bit.

It will also be interesting to see how the other 2 players (Ryan and John Garbut) make out in all of this. When Maureen was around, she only chimed in for a couple of minutes a few times during the show. Now with Ms. Valentyne there full time, it changes the whole dynamic of the show. Derringer has always been "alpha male" on the show and the other 2 have been "beta males", even "gamma males". But now you have Ms. Valentyne stealing a bit of thunder.

The other thing is, Derringer has never played well with others. Especially if they try to upstage him in any way. Craig Venn comes to mind. Craigie got tired of being the perennial beta male to Derringer and they ended up getting into it on air a few times (anyone else remember the boxing match between Craigie and Ryan (when Ryan was the young upstart nipping at his heals) where Derringer was pushing a reluctant Craigie into a pointless boxing match, or the time they got into it about leaving a marriage if a partner cheated. (Craigie having been married for a long time as opposed to the newly married JD took the shades of grey position as opposed to JD's black and white position of "it's over". I do. It wasn't pretty.

And then there was another guy that they brought into be Derringer's beta male after Craig Venn left. I forget his name (not Bill Hayes (Derringer's brother), another guy, he wasn't there long and Bill Hayes was right after him). He up and up would challenge Derringer on air, especially politically. He was NOT content to be beta male to Derringer. Not one bit. Well, they rode him out on a train. Derringer would later say on air, "that didn't work for just so many reasons". There was out and out palpable hatred between him and Derringer. (Ironically, they had brought him in as someone who could keep up with Derringer's intellect, but with intellect comes ego.)

So it's going to be interesting. Has Derringer mellowed in the last 10 years or so where he can accept and work with a side kick who may have something of their own to say? Or will Ms Valentyne figure out pretty quickly not to step on John's toes and just play off of him. It will be interesting.

February 15, 2017 @ 11:24 AM

Hank

I don't know how I feel about this. I mean I liked Jennifer when she was doing her shtick on CITY all those years and I like Derringer and Crew in measured doses but this is starting to look like the slightly younger version of Roger and Marilyn if you ask me and that frightens me. It is going to be very interesting to see how this all turns out during 2017.

Like others have said Derringer isn't going anywhere but we will see what the future holds for the others.

February 15, 2017 @ 12:54 PM

Beatts

Listened to the first two shows with her and I think she'll be just fine. I like the rapport they have with each other and I find Parker and Garbut seem to be getting more airtime and are all gelling together nice. Only time I cringe is when Jen starts singing her show tunes.

So far, so good.

February 15, 2017 @ 1:13 PM

GDB

I just don't get it. I find Toronto radio just keeps getting progressively worse.

February 15, 2017 @ 1:21 PM

Hank

@Beatts. Be Prepared for lots more show tunes! Old habits die hard. But to be honest as Q moves further away from being the Classic Rock alternative she may be on the right track.

February 15, 2017 @ 1:30 PM

Zelda

I prefer Q107 with Derringer, Ryan and Garbutt. Not a fan of Jennifer Valentyne. You can already tell that the atmosphere is changing. Why did they do it? I hated her on CITY with all those other losers. I listened for 5 mins, heard her voice and quickly tuned to another radio channel. Yesterday morning around 7:45am they were talking about "your" first records, albums and concerts and she was totally clueless. You would think that a radio show host on a music channel would know better. I don't think it will last. There was nothing wrong with the way it was! Please Johnnie bring it back to the way it was February 13!!!!!!

February 16, 2017 @ 11:57 AM

David Marsden

Brilliant!!! Love Jennifer. I haven't watched BT since she left. Well OK - I was rarely up at that time but when I happened to still be awake I would watch for Jennifer. :-)

February 16, 2017 @ 1:59 PM

Bob

Jennifer came to a location where I worked when she was with City on camera she was smiles and charm off camera she was a different person I I can't see her and John D working together I hope I'm wrong .

February 16, 2017 @ 5:36 PM

Beatts

To play devils advocate...

I was on a live eye with Jenn from Darien Lake 5 years ago and she was fantastic on and off camera. Was very gracious to me and my family.

February 16, 2017 @ 6:00 PM

Andy

Doug, you're thinking of a Ross McLeod, who was before Bill Hayes and now programs The Edge.

Historically, Derringer has not played well with women in the room:

Colleen Rushholme
Andrea Rooz
Jacqui Delaney

Ask them what he was like.

February 16, 2017 @ 10:47 PM

mississauga frank

Not sure what is going through the head's at Corus anymore. Jennifer was a marginal talent travelling to store open houses at 7 in the morning or to Canada's Wonderland to ride the new coaster at the beginning of the season but she will not last in the John Hayes male world. This is clearly a tactic to boost female audiences but the whole morning show needs to be turfed.

Derringer - the aging former coke-head and alpha male. Never met a camera he did not like and always takes the opportunity to show his fake implant teeth.

Parker - the 40 year old intern who's claim to fame is that he is not very smart and plays that card continually. He is kind of sad really.

Garbutt - proof that love is blind - cannot speak in a normal volume - he always has to yell. Not sure why he is even there.

Jennifer- deer in the headlights new member that struggles with the music let alone the company in the booth

February 17, 2017 @ 10:24 AM

Angie Romasco

Q107 was my morning radio show! LOVED The Boys, John, Ryan and John.....
Now that Jennifer has joined......wrong move guys!!!
She is not a good fit at all!! Didn't like her on CITY TV and she is worse on Q107
Sorry, it just doesn't work for me and I'm out.....I have changed the channel
no longer a Q107 morning fan.

February 17, 2017 @ 3:21 PM

Brian

I stopped listening to Q when they went to a skeletal staff. Meaning no late evening hosts and now only single person afternoon show. Derringer is washed up and needs to go. My opinion mornings and afternoons should be 2 people and the rest of the day (middays and evenings) should be one person but on air until 11 or 12 at night. I used to love listening to Dominik Diamond or the other scottsman that was on at night. I like Andy frost but 7-9? Seriously? Not even worth it. Probably voice tracked as well. I think Joanne should move to afternoon drive with John Scholes and one of the guys from the morning show should go middays the other to evenings. Leave derringer and Jen for mornings. See how that works out. Oh and stop trying to be a little more rockier version of boom. Either go after them and the ratings 100% or maintain true rock.

February 17, 2017 @ 3:22 PM

chris

Jenn is a deer in the headlights as heard this week on LESSER Q, as mighty Q was buried a while ago. Sorry Jenn after a few days U are not fitting in so far.
Personally Derringer is the problem - pay him of for balance of his contract & then he also can do podcasts living of his severance.

February 17, 2017 @ 4:01 PM

GUNTer

i listened to Q for so many years, but 'Aunty Mo' finally got on my last nerve and i stopped. When i heard she left I tuned back in and have stayed tuned in - but Jen V didnt do much for me this week. A few of her comments I actually cringed at - one being "dont worry guys i only cry once a month" fuuuuuuuuck. I love John Garbutt, can let Derringer pass (only slightly), but Ryan - come on - as someone stated up-thread - enough with the 'i am stupid' schtick - it isnt funny.

Having said all this i only listen to the radio for 30 minutes in the morning while I am preparing to go out the door. Once I'm in my car i listen to audiobooks. Listening to a great one right now "The Road".

One last thing, i tried to listen to the Mo podcast this week but her voice and cackle raised my hackles and then when TorontoMike say "buddon" instead of "button" i was out! :)

February 17, 2017 @ 4:09 PM


Brandon

@GUNTer

"The Road" audiobook you mention, is that the Cormac McCarthy book? If so, I know there are two different audiobook readings of it - one read by Rupert Degas (which I've listened to) and one read by Tom Stechschulte. Which one are you listening to?

February 18, 2017 @ 6:24 AM

Hank

Wow. Some pretty sharp comments up above. Should be interesting to see if this experiment works and what the ratings look like. I mean lets face it everything in radio seems like an experiment these days.

February 18, 2017 @ 8:01 AM

Q - sucks

Watch before your eyes (errr...and listen before your ears) JD is morphing into the radio version of Jay Leno. Predictable jokes, unfunny and zero edge! Wasn't a fan before this move and certainly am not going back to "the mighty Q" now.

February 18, 2017 @ 1:30 PM

GUNTer

@Brandon
it is the audiobook with Tom Stechschulte. At first his voice was grating, but now I quite enjoy his reading.

February 18, 2017 @ 4:03 PM

Cam

Sorry Q107!! I won't be listening anymore! I loved Q107, it's always been my radio station but I can see it changing and now with Q's latest addition of Jennifer Valentyne, that was enough to turn me off! I listened in , she's so annoying and doesn't fit in, also you can tell she's not excellent as she should be with rock music knowledge! When or if she is canned, then I'll listen again, til then, bye!!

February 20, 2017 @ 7:11 AM

Brandon

@Cam (and others)

I guess it depends what her bosses want from her. When she came aboard they pitched her rapport and experience with reaching out to members of the community. I suppose that means it might be more in her wheelhouse to be interacting with contest callers or guests that come by in-studio to promote an event or something.

On your music comment - yes, if I were in Jennifer's position I'd probably get the playlists for the next several days from the music director and at least familiarize myself with each and every one of those songs played during the morning show and some trivia behind it, the band, the album it came from, etc. That's time-consuming but would show she could hold her own if it came up. I like Jennifer, and just wonder if she is willing to put in this kind of work for the gig - and do her bosses or Derringer and team even expect her to - or is she just "winging it" so far on air?

The show will take time for them to all find their "vibe" with each other and the audience with her. It will either evolve nicely and settle into a groove or it won't and she'll be out within, say, a year.

February 20, 2017 @ 1:10 PM

Miss Rocky

Jennifer seems like a wonderful person, just not sure if radio is for her. She is very pretty and should be in front of the camera. A true comfort for the trio will most likely come in time, but for now I'm finding it difficult. The conversations seem strained and the fake laughter is such a turn off. I will give it the show a chance. I love Q-107 and will always be faithful.

February 21, 2017 @ 2:10 PM

Brandon

Two of @Toronto Mike's should/want-to-get on the podcast personalities on the same stage: :)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xEKgg5viLfo

February 22, 2017 @ 10:17 PM

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@Brandon

I did ask that guy's mom to visit...

February 22, 2017 @ 10:25 PM

Brandon

@Toronto Mike

Indeed! Marilyn and Jennifer, sadly out-of-reach (wasn't it that the former is "too busy", while the latter's PR rep was a nightmare/challenge to deal with?) for now but I'm sure you will eventually be victorious. I'm not a big Adam Wylde fan, and I think he hasn't been at this as long as many of your guests, but some of the conversation may make for a surprisingly compelling talk with tales of BT Toronto, different on-air radio shifts/personalities, what it was like growing up with such a media figure at home, etc. - bet he could tell some interesting stories.

February 22, 2017 @ 10:34 PM

Allen Pothiers

Super move Q107 fm I stoped watching BT WHEN THEY TOSS JEN OUT. No w they still do some live eye host doing a bad job of it .
Good luck Jen Im tuning into q107fm now
Al

February 23, 2017 @ 5:56 AM

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@Brandon

As I recall, Adam was doing a podcast with past guest Steve Dangle. Maybe I will reach out to him.

February 23, 2017 @ 8:13 AM

Ana Raposo

I absolutely don't like Jennifer Valentyne on Q! Ugh She makes me want to tune out😒

March 3, 2017 @ 5:57 AM

Dave Duffy

The Mighty Q has reached new lows, I'm not liking the new host Jennifer Valentine. Sorry, nothing personal just a different vibe!

March 4, 2017 @ 1:33 PM

andrew

I've listened a few times since Jennifer was on air & she seems LOST overall.
Derringer with his huge contract runs the show & HE is the problem. He makes everything & everyone revolve around him.
Mighty Q AIN'T NO MORE. Except Andy Frost.

March 4, 2017 @ 2:08 PM

Pat

Not sure about the all male comedy crew having a woman thrown into the mix? This seems to have tripped them up a bit,kinda like a long lost friend or your mother in law moving into the basement. Jen's great just not sure about the fit. I guess everybody is just testing the waters to see who fits in were ????Wish everyone the best I admire them for getting up early every morning going to work and keeping us laughing....

March 6, 2017 @ 7:00 AM

DB

I am a long time Q listener, but Jen is just not cutting it for me. I find the show lacking the natural flow it had in the past. I would always get a few really good laughs, a great way to start my day. It always sounded like everyone was having so much fun & I would think what a great place to work. Today they are going on & on about cereal. Enough about cereal. Sorry, but I find the morning show boring with Jen on board.

March 7, 2017 @ 9:39 AM

Leslie

One way to describe my opinion of Jen V on Q107.......👎🏻

March 9, 2017 @ 9:37 PM

Cate

Terrible choice Q107 management. She's vain and clueless about music - I don't get it. I tuned out as of Feb 15. Can anyone recommend a decent morning radio show?

March 14, 2017 @ 9:56 PM

Brian

Jenn seems like a wonderful person, but it's been a month now and it's just not working for me. But it might be working for Corus. Clearly they have odd intentions for Toronto's "rock" station. Q is now playing Duran Duran. I'm out!

March 15, 2017 @ 6:35 PM

Meredith

The changes over the last two years are not working. It's like when a couple has been together a long time and the relationship is not going well, they either get married or have a baby only to realize that that is not the answer to the problem.

There is nothing that makes Q unique anymore other than Psychedelic Sunday and Jeff Woods' program. Most of their playlist is the same as so many other stations: The Dock, Rock 95, Y108 and Boom, to mention a few. I cringe when they play songs from Alannis Morissette, Duran Duran or BNL, for example.

Stop the mindless banter in the morning and play better music. Apple Music is offering a 3 month free trial; it sounds like a good optiion.

March 21, 2017 @ 7:05 AM

Beatts

Anyone listen to Willy on Q on evenings ?

Can't handle it. I tried my best but the banter is drive off the road into a culvert inducing.

March 21, 2017 @ 8:43 AM

Brian

Hey Meredith, Jeff Woods was fired a couple years ago. So one less reason to listen. And Beatts, I agree that Willy and his crew are cringe-worthy and the banter just not funny. The fact they are sitting in a studio in Vancouver doesn't help with the authenticity.

March 23, 2017 @ 7:44 AM

Beatts

Thankfully Jeff Woods is back on Q Sundays from 9 - 10pm

March 23, 2017 @ 11:45 AM

GDB

Didn't Corus learn from The Edge when the added Rick Campanelli to the morning show? How did that turn out?

Q107 has become a parody of itself. I am sure Jenn is a great person...but it just doesn't work.

Boom and Q107 seem to be converging into the same station.

March 23, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

Brian

Thanks, Beatts. Hadn't heard that!

March 24, 2017 @ 7:01 AM

Aurora Bob

Beatts,
Listening to it now. Oh my. This is awful. Does anyone in Corus have a radio? Sounds like this guy is in his parents' basement. Terrible. Have to turn it off.

March 24, 2017 @ 6:45 PM

stephen

Q's unlistenable,
........yet another format change that chases listeners away.....
........yet another talking head with no radio experience, chasing listeners away.....
........yet another "remote show", this time dropped on weeknights 6-8, chasing listeners away.....

"Even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in a while".....
Q re-hires Jeff Woods, for 1 hour of records & rockstars,....
Q rehires Al Joynes for Sat & Sun mornings......

Corus doesn't care about music or radio, just revenue.

Q107 lost its identity long, long, ago.
Kind of a brand thing with all of the Corus stations, no identity, no heart, no loyalty.
Q went into death spiral mode when they hired Dave Farough as PD (2003-04 ish).
Farough probably a decent example of how the Peter Principle works in commercial radio; was a Corus VP.

March 24, 2017 @ 9:34 PM

Kevin

Glad to hear Jeff is on again😊

March 26, 2017 @ 7:50 AM

kwcustom@rogers.com

Jeff's show was what I missed the most...

March 26, 2017 @ 7:58 AM

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Yes, Jeff Woods's "Records & Rockstars" series airs on Q107 Sunday nights at 9pm.

Here my conversation with Jeff here: http://www.torontomike.com/2016/06/toronto_miked_podcast_episode_177.html

March 26, 2017 @ 9:57 AM

Zelda

big mistake to keep Jennifer V.
Awful morning show with her - I don't listen anymore, which is sad because I loved listening to the guys - it was their show !! What happened to the real Q107 Toronto Rock Music station !!!!!!!!!!!!

April 12, 2017 @ 11:12 AM

Chris

When she goes I'll listen again. Her contribution is in repeating what someone else says since there's nothing going on upstairs. A lot of "Yeah." Maybe a "Yeah, really." She hisses. She's a Barrie housewife who won a contest, right?

April 29, 2017 @ 7:40 AM

Will

Email Blair, the boss at 107 and voice your disapproval of valentyne. Nothing will get done without them knowing. She doesn't fit in at all!

May 10, 2017 @ 7:08 AM

DIchotomy

Complaining to Q management can't hurt but they're clearly clueless since they hired her in the first place.

There's a fundamental difference between TV & radio and the skills aren't easily transferable. TV is all about your physical appearance and less about your mind while Radio is all about your mind while appearance isn't important. Jenn should stay in TV cause her strength is her appearance and not her brain....its painfully clear that Derringer and crew are dumbing down the show because Valentyne is clueless and doesn't have the wit to keep up.

May 10, 2017 @ 10:37 AM

Doug

@ Dichotomy

I agree completely. Ms. Valentyne does not appear to have the chops for the job. Been listening now for a few months and it doesn't seem to be getting any better.

I always liked Mo with Derringer. They played off each other very well. (I know some people don't like Mo, but I thought she was great. I admit that sometimes her stories about her high end lifestyle were tedious at times, however, she was very insightful, sharp, and could keep up with JD.)

JV just seems to be any random female. She does not articulate any opinion of her own, she just responds to some jibe from the rest of the crew. It's like the show has become forced with her on.

I can see Q having a female presence, but they need a woman who is really quick on her intellectual feet. Someone who has wit and can keep up with Derringer and challenge him. (As dangerous as that might be.)

JV just isn't that.

June 26, 2017 @ 11:06 AM

Chris

Jen off this week, John and Ryan riffing off each other, and I may be wrong but they do seem like a weight has been taken off with no one to defer to for, er, what exactly I have yet to discern. Perhaps they don't know either. She'll be back soon enough; it was fun while it lasted.

June 29, 2017 @ 9:36 AM

Kathy Davidson

Can't stand Jennifer Valentyne-- did not like her on BT, and like her even less on Q107!!!. John and Maureen had a witty repertoire that was fun to listen to in the morning.
Jennifer just sounds ditsy!!!! Bad move -- if Maureen left, I would have just left that spot empty!!!

July 12, 2017 @ 6:56 AM

Anonymous

It now sucks!! Stopped listening.

September 1, 2017 @ 7:22 AM

So Sad!

I suppose the ratings will tell the story, but I'm sure they know by now that Jen is not the right fit for this morning show. Get her back to doing bouncy castle exhibits and dog petting shows. Love you, Jen, but not the right fit!

October 27, 2017 @ 4:05 PM


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