Between Two Beers podcast: Why PJ Harding walked away from radio stardom


Justin Bieber at the ZM Meet & Greet with PJ Harding in 2015. Photo/Norrie Montgomery.

PJ Harding began his radio career as an intern at NZME’s ZM in 2011, but it didn’t take him long to find his way behind the mic. She proved her talent as one of Kiwi Radio’s most engaging voices with Jase Hawkins on Australia’s Breakfast Radio Call. Then she left at the top of her game to resettle in the heart of New Zealand.

We talk about why she quit radio last year — at the top of her game, what she’s planning next, her relationship with former co-host Jase — and the realities of kiddie radio. lunch, and we document the rocky ride of Seamus trying to slip into PJ’s Instagram DMs from years ago.

View Notes | Episode 74 | Polly Smith

1.28 The journey from Melbourne to Masterton (or Mount Bruce)

6.40 PC or Polly? And baby Campbell on the way

9.26 Polly lights up Seamus and his rough ride trying to slip into his Instagram DMs from years ago

6:55 p.m. Jase Hawkins and producer Alex on PJ – including the time she shit on the bedroom floor

02.22 How much of yourself can you share on air?

28.31 Back to the Beginning of the Journey: Become a Station Voice, Start on ZM, Deal with Imposter Syndrome, and Find Your On-Air Personality

33.37 “An Arranged Marriage”: Jase and PJ’s origins

40.50 Australia come calling

49.42 Authenticity and relatability: is all this an act?

52.16 The realities of breakfast radio at work and the impact on normal life

55.46 Leaving Jase and PJ and the decision to go home

1.05.51 Contrasting lifestyles: living off-grid against an Instagram account with over 100,000 followers

1.10.34 Celebrities: charity boxing, sliding into DMs, intimidating interviews

1.16.56 Radio stunts, getting married on air and First Dates NZ

1.20.33 Last words from Steven, Seamus and PJ


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