The Radio Network (TRN) is responding to significant listener and advertiser demand by adding the The Polly and Grant Show (Polly Gillespie and Grant Kereama) on the newly refreshed station The Hits for the Waikato region. The Polly and Grant Show will air on Breakfast and an hour of daily highlights will play from 6-7pm nationwide. Mark Bunting’s had previously resigned, his last show was this morning.
TRN’s General Manager Central Region Greg Murphy confirmed the response has been overwhelming for the much loved radio couple.
“We have been fielding calls and emails both locally and nationally at TRN for us to broadcast The Polly and Grant Show in the Waikato. In addition to Polly and Grant being world class announcers, Polly is a local girl and a huge Chiefs supporter.
Gillespie says she is excited for tomorrow.
“I can't wait. I'm absolutely thrilled, a little gob smacked at the amazing feedback to be honest, but so happy to be back in my hometown. The Waikato holds all my precious family memories. It's where my best friends were made, and where my darling Dad is buried. It is home and I'm grateful and absolutely STOKED to be home!”
Murphy also confirmed local hours would double with a new local 9am-3pm (daytime) show beginning Monday 12 May.
“We’re absolutely rapt to announce that Blair Dowling will fill this daytime slot. Blair is a great guy and very much a local Waikato boy, born and bred here, schooled at St Johns College. He’s previously been an announcer on Classic Hits and also held announcing positions with The Edge and More FM.”
Dowling is a 37 year old father of daughter Jordan (4) and son Josh (6). He says he and his wife are excited about the new role.
“Suzanne and I just love living in the Waikato, as far as we’re concerned it’s the best place to live in New Zealand. To now be the daytime announcer on a local show that follows The Polly and Grant Show is a huge honour and one I am itching to get started on.”
Dowling is currently lecturing in radio at The School of Media Arts in Hamilton.
“Outside of my family, music and radio are my life. I play drums in the local band – Jesse and The O’Briens, so to have secured this announcer’s role on The Hits is pretty much a dream come true. I look forward to working with the community to bring you a fantastic local show with great music, lots of laughs and insight into what’s happening in this great province of ours.”
Polly and Grant can be heard from tomorrow in Waikato on 98.6 FM and South Waikato on 97.3 FM.