Lloyd Scott: The Ultimate Broadcaster-Companion

Foreword: RNZ Overnights host Lloyd Scott is in negotiation to leave RNZ. His departure marks a milestone for RNZ radio that is losing brilliant companion for his audience.  Incidentally, he is a genuinely nice man.

A listener wrote in: “The other night there was a programme about cancer and a man who has it sent an email to Lloyd. Lloyd answered him brilliantly saying “I don’t know what I can say that would help. I am a cancer survivor and I found the programme thoughtful too”. He then played a very appropriate piece of music.

“The other night there was a programme about cancer and a man who has it sent an email to Lloyd. Lloyd answered him brilliantly saying “I don’t know what I can say that would help. I am a cancer survivor and I found the programme thoughtful too”. He then played a very appropriate piece of music.

“People ask Lloyd all sorts of questions and he is always very honest about them. He is specially empathetic to all ages. There just isn’t anyone else comparable except probably Jim Mora. The other “oldies” are gone.

“Lloyd acted in a show many years ago with (a woman) whose children went to school in Gisborne with my siblings. I sent him a link to the death notice a Lloyd didn’t know she had died. He replied saying “I always find it sad that you learn more about people at their funeral than when they are alive”. It was a thought-provoking comment… We also swapped memories of the old radio days back in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Lloyd had interesting memories and comments about those years too. I wondered at the time if moves were afoot to dump him and it was only when I saw the old info in today’s Herald (Google John Drinnan NZHerald) that it all fitted together. The bad cold weather in Wgtn has had Lloyd using his car a bit more lately – unusual – and if I lived in Wgtn I would have made him an apple crumble. Perhaps I should still do it, freeze it, put it in a courier package with a thankyou card. (abridged)

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