He’s bald, wears glasses, has a big nose and a slight paunch. Watch Sunrise channel 7’s morning program and it is obvious that Kochie is the heart of the rise and rise of the show. He shows that in Australia at least we are looking for men who are not afraid to be men.
- Kochie is at times passionate, but we love his rants. We want to see men who are not afraid to stand for something. He sometimes puts his foot in his mouth. That only causes us to empathise because we are all guilty of that sometimes. And, who wants a man who is a doormat to frightened to say anything because they are frightened of offending some minority group.
- We love his connection to his family. The fact that he wasn’t frightened to share his kids with us. He has strived not to become some distant uninvolved celebrity.
- We love his obvious care for the other people in the show. The fact that when he goes a bit far with a joke or off colour comment that Mel is able to touch in on the arm to give him the signal to stop.
- We love his honesty. We may not agree but at least we know what we aren’t agreeing with something. I loved a comment the other morning when some Christian group was complaining about the violence in a kids cartoon and he observed that don’t we read the Bible. So true. But what is nice is that he can also recognised his own warts.
On the other hand take a look at their competition.
- Karl Stephenovi Stephanovic is too complicated to spell for a start. Australians prefer a Kochie or a Smithy or even a Gribbley. How would you add y or ie to Karl’s alphabet surname.
- He’s young and good looking. But very bland. I have never seen him get angry or say the wrong thing on air. He’s seems to be always nice and nearly won dancing on ice. Sadly no one watched that either.
- Richie (Dickie) Wilkins is too up himself for me. He won’t eat on air. Maybe its because he might dribble down his front. He can’t laugh at his old mullets and takes himself far too seriously. To look as good as he does at his age he must.
In Australia which is the land of the absent father Kochie symbolises to us our desire to see a good Dad. He doesn’t lord it over the others on the Sunrise team but it is obvious that they have a real respect for him as a man. That is refreshing for a start because when you begin work so early together I am sure that there is huge potential for conflict.
Without becoming a whimp he also shows a compassion for others. I watched as Joe Hockey was being steamrolled this morning into signing their solar power petition that Kochie recognised the significance of Joe signing. We see a genuine desire to help demonstrated often when a genuinely disadvantaged person is brought to his attention.
Thanks Kochie for Sunrise. I know that if you ever read this you would be highly embarassed and try to deflect the glory to your team mates. Another reason why I wanted to say something.