The thing that doesn’t change
Many 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.