Wade Sorochan is an accomplished broadcaster and national award-winning speaker, author and mental health advocate. Nicknamed the "Tone Arm," Wade became the first broadcaster in history to spontaneously use song clips to enhance a radio talk show. He is recognized as a talk show pioneer. As a mental illness survivor, Wade is a sought-after keynote speaker sharing his inspiring personal story of his life-long struggle with mental illness and ground-breaking information on how social media can affect mental health. Wade Sorochan is recognized throughout Canada as a leading mental health advocate and social media addiction expert.
Toronto Star, CTV Edmonton, CBC Radio, Edmonton, CBC TV, National,
Global TV, Edmonton, Global TV, Vancouver, CITY TV, Edmonton, Calgary Herald, YES TV, National, CHQR, Calgary, CHED, Edmonton, CJOB, Winnipeg, CHML, Hamilton, Winnipeg Free Press,
Edmonton Sun, Brandon Sun, Edmonton Journal, Global TV, Regina
BROADCASTING CAREER HIGHLIGHTS, 1979-2014
"I am passionate about raising awareness about the importance of mental health using my own personal experience to inform and encourage others"—Wade Sorochan
Wade Sorochan's keynotes and workshops are designed to connect and engage audiences of all ages. Wade's warm and friendly style and sense of humour creates an instant and genuine connection with his audiences.
"Moving and informative" "Great use of humour"
"A source of encouragement"
“Absolutely fantastic!" “Knowledgeable speaker”
“I really liked this speaker; his message was timely and accurate.”
"Far exceeded my expectations"
Major Conferences have included: The 2011 International Symposium on Wellness , The 2017 National Mental Health Conference and The 2022 Let's Talk National Hope Conference.
Clients have included: Government of Alberta, City of Edmonton, ATB, Enbridge, PCL Construction, Association of Canadian Harvesters, Canadian Mental Health Association, Pentecostal Association of Canada, Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba, EECOL Electric, Alberta Teacher's Conventions, Insurance Adjusters of Canada, ATCO, Bell, HSBC, Canada Revenue Agency.
HOW'S YOUR MENTAL HEALTH?
Social Media is one of the biggest threats to mental health today. Canada's social media expert and award winning speaker, author and mental health advocate, Wade Sorochan, provides an informative and humorous presentation on the rise of Social Media Addiction causing an anxiety inducing fixation for "LIKES," "FRIENDS," "FOLLOWERS" and "COMMENTS." Studies now show that social media can cause feelings of sadness, loneliness, envy, resentment and anxiety and depression. Wade shares the latest information on the effects of social media on mental health with expert tips on how to recognize symptoms before it turns into an addiction and causes mental health issues along with online safety tips and the importance of balancing the virtual world with the real world. Based on the ground-breaking book UnSocial Media; Virtual World Causing Real World Anxiety.
"Best School Presentation I Have Ever Attended" (Student)
"Engaging and Great Use of Humour" (School Principal)
"Very informative; shared cutting edge research that teachers should be aware of." (Teacher)
20-30% of the population will experience a mental illness in their lifetime and mental illness is the leading cause of workplace disability in Canada. National award-winning speaker, author and mental health advocate, Wade Sorochan, is a life-long sufferer of mental illness who shares important mental health information and talks openly about his own mental health struggles and traumatic life journey which include surviving child abuse, extreme hopelessness and experiencing five mental breakdowns. Wade's powerful and inspiring message will connect with those who are suffering, and their supporters, providing encouragement and hope. Wade shares vital facts about mental illness to help break the silence and end the stigma and practical tips on how to maintain good mental health, especially during a challenging life event, as well as specifically addressing mental health in the workplace. Wade Sorochan is recognized throughout Canada as a leading mental health advocate.
"Wade, I just want to say thank you. I too have a narcissistic mother and I heard "what's wrong with you" daily growing up. I struggle with all the same mental illness as you. I was encouraged by your story as I struggle with guilt for not being in my mother's life but she's not emotionally or mentally safe for me. I feel better after hearing you say we have to take care of our own mental health. Thank you." (Email comment)
"Wade, I can't thank-you enough, your testimony and message saved my son's life." (Mother of 14 yr. old boy)
“Wade, my young kids struggle with their mental health and your story gives me even more empathy for them.” (Conference comment)
"Thank you, Wade, for sharing hard truths of your journey." (Conference comment)
"A great and powerful presentation!. Wade is well-spoken and sincere, and I appreciate his vulnerability and courage sharing his personal story" (Conference comment)
"Absolutely wonderful, inspirational and relevant." (Conference comment)
Wade Sorochan's childhood dream was to be on the radio. Throughout his traumatic childhood, he never gave up that dream. Wade shares entertaining stories from a career that spans four decades. Highlights include being featured on Alberta's #1 rated talk show the 11- 2 Show. Nicknamed the "Tone Arm," Wade became the first broadcaster in history to spontaneously use song clips to enhance a radio talk show. He has also interviewed some of the biggest celebrities in the world including Betty White, Don Johnson, Mickey Rooney, Bob Barker, Carl Reiner, Henry Winkler, David Cassidy, Mel Blanc, George Takei and more! Audiences will be entertained and also inspired to never give up on a dream. Based on the entertaining and inspiring autobiography Fastest Tone Arm In The West; Chasing A Radio Dream.
OCT. 28, 2022
Keynote Speaker, ATA Local 48 PD day, Fort McMurray, Alberta
NOV. 24, 2022
Featured Speaker, Canada Revenue Agency
FEB. 23, 2023
Featured Speaker, Central Alberta Teacher's Convention, Red Deer, AB.
WADE SOROCHAN READS PREFACE AND INTRODUCTION FROM HIS BOOK
UNSOCIAL MEDIA: VIRTUAL WORLD CAUSING REAL WORLD ANXIETY.
National award winning speaker, author and mental health advocate Wade Sorochan reveals how social media can affect mental health. Studies now show that social media can actually make you feel sad, anxious and depressed. Research now confirms that addiction to social media, smartphones and technology in general is equivalent to an addiction to a drug like heroin. The book provides the latest information on the connection between social media and mental health and provides expert advice on recognizing symptoms of "Social Media Anxiety Disorder" with tips on how to balance the virtual world with the real world.
"Wade Sorochan touches upon a burgeoning Mental Health issue, one that is the result of, and compounded by Social Media. A must read for our youth, parents and educators. Patricia Budd
"I have read the Unsocial Media book a few years ago and it really opened my eyes. Thank you." C. Bigelow
" I highly recommend reading this book if you have ever wondered how social media might be affecting your life. J.Fogwell
"Wade Sorochan book's is definitely a must read for parents, educators or anyone concerned about the dangers of social media. This book is highly recommended and absolutely worth buying." S. Paradis-Renaud
Featured in The Toronto Star, Brandon Sun, Winnipeg Free Press, Edmonton Journal, Edmonton Sun
and on CTV, GLOBAL TV , CITY TV, YES TV, CHED Radio, CBC Radio, CHML Radio, CHQR Radio, CJOB Radio.
WADE SOROCHAN READS INTRODUCTION FROM HIS AUTOBIOGRAPHY
FASTEST TONE ARM IN THE WEST: CHASING A RADIO DREAM.
Wade Sorochan is an accomplished broadcaster known for his pioneering impact in talk radio in a career that has spanned four decades. Highlights include being on “Canada’s most unique radio talk show” the 11-2 Show, working with some of the biggest names in broadcasting and interviewing some of the most famous celebrities in the world. Wade spent the majority of his tough childhood alone in his bedroom to escape from his abusive mother, and would pretend to be on the radio with his makeshift studio. He would not only spend time playing radio, but also dreaming about one day actually being on the radio. Fastest Tone Arm in the West takes readers behind the scenes of a successful radio career along with an inspiring story of a difficult life journey that included child abuse, hopelessness, mental illness, ...and many miracles.
"Great book Mr. Tone Arm. I got absolutely hooked into it. Such an honest. easy-going enjoyable read. Such great memories"
Gene Zwoszdesky, 12th Speaker --Alberta Legislative Assembly
"Wade, thank-you for putting your heart into this book, I loved your honesty and vulnerability; you haven't had an easy road to travel. Reminds me of Team Canada'72, we were down but didn't give up and it ended well. This book will be of great encouragement for many."
Paul Henderson--Canadian Hockey Legend