Sarah Gandy is the familiar, friendly voice on The Hits from 9am-12pm during the week. Chelsey asks Sarah about her new husband, life in radio and how she keeps out of trouble when she’s not on air.
1. You host the weekday morning show on the Hits, what is the best part about having the show to yourself?
The pre-show meeting! I do it in my car (often whilst stuck in traffic) - clearly it’s not an actual “meeting” - that would be weird. But I do gather my thoughts, get my head around the big stories of the day - all the things shows with more than one person have to do generally do in a meeting somewhere before they go on air - I can do by myself on my way to work. It streamlines my morning and means I can walk into the studio ready to go. Hang on, did I mention coffee? Ok I can do that, grab a coffee and THEN walk into the studio ready to go.
2. You recently got married, congratulations! What was your favourite part of the day?
Thank you! Man, this is a TOUGH question?! Hearing my (now) husband’s vows blew me away, we wrote our own and his were just incredible. In saying that, I had so many favourite moments - having our friends and family there to party with us in such a beautiful part of the country (we got married in Marlborough) was so special. There’s something quite fantastic about the vibes at a wedding - everyone’s happy, everyone’s emotions are running a little high, but in the best possible way. I can now see why people say that their wedding day is the best day of their life!
3. What are you going to miss most about summer when it’s gone?
All those sunshine hours. I’m a real sun bunny and having time in the evenings to take a walk, head to the beach or just throw all the doors open and let the light in is such a treat. The shorter days in winter can be a battle, but then again, winters in NZ aren’t so bad. I went over to the UK for Christmas last year and I have no idea how the Brits deal with such short, dark winter days. The flip side to all of this of course is that winter brings its own bevy of treats - Pinot Noir, getting in your PJs straight after work and big hearty slow cooked meals. YES. PLEASE.
4. You have five adorable animals – who causes the most trouble?
Yes it’s a bit of a zoo at ours - 3 cats and two dogs means there’s a lot of mouths to feed. Both Luke and I grew up with lots of animals so it doesn’t seem too overwhelming. One of our dogs, Pico, seems to be the one with the most “character” (let’s go with that rather than “troublemaker”, eh?) - he’s a bit of a sausage, but we try to keep him fit. We’ve been known to take the dogs for a run on more than one occasion, where one dog runs with us and Pico gives up about 2 minutes in, and then gets carried the rest of the way. Makes for a slightly more challenging run! Funnily enough, people don’t seem to stare at us when that happens, but that’s Titirangi for you.
5. What is your go-to recipe for a quick and easy dinner?
Tacos! Or “Taco Boats” as I like to call them - when we want to be healthy, we substitute tortillas for big romaine lettuce leaves. The tacos end up looking like long “canoes” – blimmin tasty though and a great way to get your veges in whilst tricking your brain into thinking it’s totally naughty street food. Always a win.
6. What was the last TV series you binge-watched?
I’ve just finished The Night Manager - from John Le Carre (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) - Hugh Laurie is outstanding in it. Very achievable too, at just 6 episodes.
7. What’s your favourite snapchat filter?
Who doesn’t love a good faceswap?? There’s another free app called MSQRD that has awesome filters - the Leonardo DeCaprio one is eerily good - I’m wondering if we might be related because seriously, with that filter I AM LEO.
8. Out of all the places in the world you’ve visited, what’s your favourite?
Tulum in Mexico has got to be up there. That place is just so beautiful. I know it’s not a place, but Coachella (the music festival) is somewhere I would happily visit every year if I could. The set up is just so good and generally the line up is second to none - I’ve been twice now, and I’m definitely hanging out to go back.
9. What was the last text message you received?
Boring but cute - from Luke: On my home xxx
10. What is the worst piece of advice you’ve ever given someone?
Probably most of the advice I’ve ever dished out?! Especially when it’s unsolicited - gosh that advice is the BEST isn’t it?! Hmm seriously though… it’s not really advice but sometimes I have a habit of saying “ah well, it’ll work itself out”. Does it work itself out? Hardly ever. Will I use that line again though? Almost definitely.
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