11 Questions with WMFE Radio Host, Journalist and Kiwi Matthew Peddie


You can’t deny the people are awesome. Who doesn’t like to sit down with good friends and ask them interesting, insightful, and fun questions? That’s what it’s about. I will introduce friends that I admire as well as people in the community that I have always wanted to know. As a bonus, I’ve updated some of the questions!


I was once interviewed by Matt. That’s when I got out Mr. Gold. To tell you the truth, I was petrified. He ushered José and I into the East Orlando studio, showed us what the cough pimple was, and we started chatting. Luckily, Matt was kind enough to put José and I at ease with his kind, probing questions (and that mellow New Zealand accent didn’t hurt). I listened Intersections several times since and always came away with new knowledge about Central Florida. I love meeting people who are so dedicated to a place that they devote their energy to making it better. It’s Matt for you!

Who do you admire?

My father is a dynamo, he still works and enjoys the great outdoors: gardening, cycling, hiking, skiing and kayaking, despite some body wear, in the mid-70s. I hope to be able to approach life with the same enthusiasm and the same pleasure when I am his age.

Book, album, favorite musician?

As a child, I listened to my parents’ record collection. They had a lot of jazz and folk records, including Gordon Lightfoot’s self-titled debut album. Light foot! When I hear a song from this album now, it takes me back to my childhood in New Zealand, listening to the crackle of the record and the plaintive baritone of Gordon Lightfoot and dreaming of Canada, where I was born.

What’s your favorite place to eat in Orlando?

Orlando is full of great places to eat, so it’s hard to pick just one. I am fan of Pastry shop Le Ky in the hourglass district. I had tiramisu at Ky, it was like eating a work of art. Their sandwiches are also excellent.

If you could mate two different species of animals, which would they be?

I do not know the mating of two species of animals but I was at Gardens of Leu the other day, strolling through the dinosaur exhibit and marveling at some of the handy props dinosaurs had, like extra talons, an endless supply of regenerating teeth, or sound-enhancing horns on their heads. Then there is the terrifying but awe-inspiring eagle shark fossil discovered recently. Because why wouldn’t you want a flying shark?

Who in your life has inspired you?

A colleague from a previous career, Taku Ishida, inspired me to go to Japan. So I spent a few years there teaching English, and that’s what led me indirectly to America.

What are you proud of?

Leading a team of talented, hardworking and award-winning journalists through an extremely difficult and stressful year while reporting on the global pandemic. I always enjoy hearing my voice on the radio too.

What makes you younger?

Gardening; inspect my pineapple plants and banana trees. I still can’t get over the fact that I live in a place where tropical fruits can grow in the garden. Plus, knowing when to pick pineapple is an art. Leave it too long and the inhabitants of the garden – possums or raccoons – will sniff the more mature ones and plunder them. Possums annoy me, but I respect them too.

Is there something you haven’t done yet that you feel compelled to do?

I would like to canoe from the upper reaches to the mouth of the Saint John River. It’s an idea that has been around for ten years. It sounds a bit pipe-dreaming at this point, but it can be part of the appeal.

How to reconcile personal and professional life?

Reconciling work and professional life is a struggle. I try to switch off when I’m not working, but I’m a little Twitter addict who does not help. The chaotic news cycle of 2020 and working remotely during the pandemic has also blurred the lines between office and home somewhat. My family do their best to bring some balance to my life.

How do you hope to be remembered?

Radio is sort of a fleeting medium, but I hope some of my interviews caught the attention of listeners – maybe they made them think differently about a problem. Other than that, I hope I can be as reliable to my kids as my parents were to me.

If you had to choose another career, what would it be?

I think I would be a visual artist. I was good at drawing when I was a kid. I’m still not sure exactly why I chose to study liberal arts instead of fine arts.

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