WHEN MY DAUGHTER was in her tweens, the trip to school was considerably enlivened by “Polly & Grant”. The often inane – but always entertaining – banter between Polly Gillespie and Grant Kereama taught me a lot about the skills required of a successful commercial broadcaster. It didn’t really matter whether you were whip-smart or really dumb, so long as you kept your contributions inside the lines of your audience’s colouring-book. I remember Polly discoursing with real passion on the situation in Iraq. I also remember Grant waxing lyrical about the relative merits of the many varieties of toilet paper. Sublime or ridiculous? Beside the point. Polly and Grant kept you listening.
This essay was originally posted on The Daily Blog of Tuesday, 25 August 2020.