I was invited onto Kim Hill's Saturday Morning show, for the weekly session known as Playing Favourites. I was asked to chat about my former life before coming into teaching, and then there was about 10 minutes of discussion on the state of education in NZ. I think I was a bit uncertain on some of my responses, but I really enjoyed the experience.
I've embedded the audio from the show below, however due to copyright reasons, RNZ can't include the songs I chose. Kim does intro them and the three played were: Underworld - Jumbo, Elton John - Tiny Dancer, The Band - It Makes no Difference. I had also selected the Pixies - Wave of Mutilation UK Surf, but we ran out of time.
My 3 year old had been confused when I told her on Friday night that I was going to be on the radio. Her suitably sobering response to my enthusiasm was simply, "Whats a radio?"
So rather than any self-critical review I might give myself here is her running commentary during the show, as recorded by my wife, Karen.
B: "It’s so exciting."
B: pointing to radio "Is that the radio?"
B: pointing to the radiator "Is that a radio?"
B: "How did Daddy get there, in the silver car or in Scooby?"
Karen: "In the silver car."
B: "Are we looking after Scooby?"
B: "Why are they laughing?"
Pause as Kim intros first song
B: "Why have they stopped talking?"
K: "They are going to play a song Daddy likes."
First song plays
B: "What is that noise?"
K: "It is music, a song Daddy picked."
B: "I hope he doesn’t listen to that at home, it is silly."
Second part of interview
B: Having lost interest : "What colour house did Daddy live in when he was a baby?"
B: "That’s my Daddy talking."
B: "I wish I could go on holiday on the radio."
K: "You don’t go on holiday on the radio."
B: "What do you do on the radio? Do you hop on the radio?"
Second song is played..
B likes Tiny Dancer. Dancing to it.
B singing: “Manchie, manchie we can dance”
Third part of interview - the bit about education
B now dressed in her wetsuit.
B: "Can we go to the beach?"
So on Sunday we did go to the beach.
It was brilliant.