The thing that doesn’t change

DSC_4540Many of you know my radio partner, Grant Nielsen.  We have been partners for going on 18 years, and 3 or 4 of them have been good.  (Sorry.  Grant’s rubbing off on me. ) My partnership with Grant has been one of the steadiest, most joyful things in my life, and I’m feeling particularly grateful for it today.

People come and go in my life, in all our lives, and their transience can leave you feeling a lack of ground under your feet.  Our executive producer and friend Adam Thomas left last week for WCCO in Minneapolis.  Great guy.  Great station.  When he left, he wrote a kind email to his coworkers, and he singled out Grant and me.  He said that it had been a pleasure to work with two people who were so dedicated to their work and to each other.

It made me pause.  He was right.  We really are dedicated to each other.  We have not had seriously unkind words for each other in all these years.  Of course we get on each other’s nerves.  This is me we’re talking about.  But we find a way to laugh, to hold each other up, to learn from each other every day.  And I have been around just enough people in just enough different professions to know how truly rare that is.

I know how cold the world can be.  Every man for himself.  What have you done for me lately?  Yeah, but what about MY needs?  But then . . . there’s Grant.  He never stops showing up, never stops being my partner and my friend.  We’ve been through different managers and producers, reporters and sports guys, but the one thing that never changes is us.  Grant and Amanda.  Our names so tied together that one judge asked me why the show was called, “Grand Amanda.”

Hum.  Sort of has a ring to it.

6 comments on “The thing that doesn’t change
  1. Kim says:

    He’s there every day for the leftovers you feed him. I know these things!

    Have a day!

  2. Shara Park says:

    What an amazing team you are! I love “Grand Amanda”!

  3. Steve Lowe says:

    I truly appreciate the things you said about co-host and partner Grant. He is everything you said and probably more, but at the same time you have supporter him through the years too. I am convinced that not you, but he is better too for knowing you.

    I hope the friendship and partnership continues for a long, long time. I enjoy the two of you on the radio every morning. I wake up to your voices… the laughing and ribbing… as well as those serious moments. You help to make my day a little bit brighter.

  4. Grand Amanda does have a nice ring to it! It is wonderful that you have Grant in your life and especially in your job. People that connect like that really are hard to come by and keep….

  5. Chuck says:

    I am so glad for both of you that you have someone that you can relate to that well to work with. Most people do not realize how precious that can be. I listen to you guys in the morning as I ride my motorcycle in to work. Great show.

  6. He’s there every day for the leftovers you feed him. I know these things!

    Have a day!

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