I just heard a radio host refer to someone as “one of my beloved conversation partners.”

What the hell is a “conversation partner?” Someone you talk to but don’t like enough to have coffee with? Someone you only know through online conversation but otherwise don’t really so “friend” doesn’t really apply?

What is a conversation partner, and why would such a person be “beloved?”

“It’s the shipwreck that leads you to the magical island.”
(Trevor Noah)