Remembering Jerry Doyle, My Unlikely Pal
30 Jul 2016
I’m sure Jerry Doyle, top syndicated radio host, Babylon 5 star, Conservative, EPIC TIMES founder, and all around big personality had no idea what to make of me the first time we spoke on his show. It took about thirty seconds for us to realize we were kindred spirits who could find common ground despite our differing politics. He labeled our first exchange “When Republicans and Democrats Dare to Agree” and from that moment through nearly another 100 interviews, Jerry was engaging and comfortable enough in his own skin to offer me (and so many others) a platform to express ideas unlike his own. I will be forever grateful to him. Jerry’s lightning wit, civility and natural curiosity always made him a pleasure to talk to. His tireless work ethic and integrity were qualities I respected deeply.
His untimely death this week comes as a painful shock to all of us and is a great loss not only to his loved ones, but to anyone who appreciated his generous spirit. I looked forward to our conversations, knowing that we could travel anywhere, from politics to pop culture or the most dire social issues without ever forsaking respectful dialogue, no matter how boisterous our exchange. In today’s polarized environment, his conduct was a welcome oasis.
I considered Jerry a friend and will long mourn his loss. I can think of no better way to honor him than to remember him doing what he did best, engaging in conversation on the radio. With your kind permission, I attach my favorite interview with him, a lighthearted segment about relationships. No matter how much Jerry wanted to move the needle politically, he treasured the personal and valued laughter as a perfect healer.
Dear Jerry, rest with the angels and with all my heart, I thank you for your kindness and for providing a welcoming space to so many.