Naga Munchetty outlines 'frustration' at radio 'dead air'
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Naga Munchetty, 45, was beyond frustrated after her interview with Olympic rower Helen Glover, 34, ended abruptly due to a lost connection. Appearing on the BBC Breakfast star’s Radio 5 Live show, the sportswoman chatted about her latest win following giving birth to twins Kit and Bo, but she was cut off as the radio fell silent.
That dead air on radio is so frustrating, isn’t it?
The double Olympic champion took home gold in her first competition in five years alongside Polly Swann at the European Rowing Championships in Italy.
It was her first contest since the 2016 Olympics in Rio, where she also won gold.
But before she could talk about how it felt to hold another gold medal in her hands, it wasn’t meant to be.
Moments before the dead air silenced the studio, Helen spoke about looking after her small children, who she shares with husband Steve Backshall.
The couple also have another son called Logan.
She told Naga that she wasn’t getting much sleep, but was trying to keep things moving.
“I’m trying to be as organised as I can and for someone whose naturally unorganised, it’s tricky!” she laughed.
“But we kind of take each day as it comes.”
Naga sympathised before moving on to congratulate her on her big win.
“How did it feel?” she pressed eagerly.
“I know you say you’re tired, but how did it feel?”
But Helen’s reply never came, as Naga sat in silence before she realised she might have lost connection.
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Sighing, the host moaned: “Oh no, tell me I haven’t lost her?!”
Helen’s voice suddenly chimed: “I’m here!” as Naga breathed a sigh of relief.
“I was just saying,” she continued, “How did it feel, just winning again?!”
Alas, Helen’s connection dropped completely and the BBC host was left alone on the airwaves as the dead silence rang out.
“That dead air on radio is so frustrating, isn’t it? That silence?” she complained.
Reassuring listeners that the show will try and reconnect with the Olympian, she teased what else they were going to discuss.
“She’s done remarkably well in terms of recovering after the birth of her twins, Bo and Kit,” Naga gushed.
“She was saying then, the physicality of it all. Just getting her call back!”
Helen decided to make a comeback to the sport after spending time on a rowing machine during the first coronavirus lockdown back in March 2020.
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