Behind the Wheel with…

Sam Cowen

"My career in radio has taught me that everyone has a story."

My favourite part of the country is…

The Western Cape. But that's because I love to swim and the Atlantic Ocean is the Holy Grail of local swimming. Cold but pristine.

I never travel without…

A book. The world is full enough of places where you can pick up a toothbrush or undies or a phone charger. But a decent book, especially chosen...that's not easily replaceable.

My best holiday experience ever was…

Mother, author and popular weekend Breakfast Talk Show host, Sam covers it all on air from pop culture to political scandal. Here, she shares her best and worst holiday experiences, what makes her laugh and her secret obsession with knitting…

Florence. I've never visited such a magical city. Around every corner is another gem, whether historical, epicurean or just quirky. You can go to the Uffizi art gallery and have a cartoon drawn of you outside while eating some of the best ice cream I've ever tasted. 

My biggest holiday disaster was…

When I got trapped in Atlanta airport. It took two days to get a connecting flight and I stayed in two motels which wouldn't have been out of place in a horror movie.

Things that make me laugh are…

Vintage comedy shows: Hancock's Half Hour, Monty Python, Fawlty Towers...it's giggling escapism.

My pet peeve is…

Disrespect. You can tell a lot about a person from how they treat a waitress or waiter.

Not a lot of people know this about me, but…

I knit. A lot. It's my stress relief and release. The year my mother died I knitted four jerseys.

My career in radio has taught me…

That everyone has a story. There's not a person alive from whom I cannot learn something.

The most memorable response to my show by a listener has been…

A gentleman called in response to a question I posed as to whether any of the audience had ever won a prize. He called in to say he had won a chicken in a church raffle when he was 17 and that even though he was now in his forties, he still saw that as the best chicken he had even eaten. The pure joy in his voice stayed with me. Because it's the small things that shape us.

The top three things on my bucket list are… 

To swim - if I had the money I would swim all over the world. The Straits of Gibraltar, from Naples to Capri...so many places...so many seas.