Jenny Crwys-Williams announced yesterday that after 22 years with 702, she would be leaving her popular afternoon show.
Jenny is one of South Africa’s best known broadcasters and an authority on book, food and lifestyle matters. She joined 702 in 1992, already a respected editor and journalist and has grown that reputation to include broadcaster, author and literary guru during her time with 702.
At the end of the year, Jenny will leave the show that she has been hosting between 13h00 and 15h00 but will remain with 702 as she will continue to host her book show. She will also work with 702 on special projects that will be well-served by her expertise.
“Jenny has been part of the 702 family for two decades and has been a versatile broadcaster, able to handle any story but with an unparalleled flair for lifestyle content – a sphere in which she has become an authority,” said 702 station manager, Pheladi Gwangwa.
“We will miss her passion for arts, culture and the promotion of amazing places and we are delighted that we are able to continue to call on her for coverage of these elements on the station,” said Gwangwa.
Sam Cowen will be taking over the afternoon show. Sam started her broadcast career at 702 but has spent the last 18 years with sister station, 947 on the breakfast show.
“I’ve known Sam for years and we’ve shared many experiences. She’s going to be fabulous!” said Jenny.
As part of the Breakfast Xpress team, Sam has entertained listeners across Joburg with her wit and compassion. Her interest in current affairs and her extensive experience as a radio host stand her in good stead to transition to the talk format. She has already served as a regular fill-in for Jenny on 702 in recent years.
“This is an exciting opportunity and one that I welcome,” said Sam. “I will miss 947 but have always been a big fan of Jenny’s and of the show and I look forward to joining the conversation on 702.”
947 station manager, Ravi Naidoo thanked Sam for her contribution to the station, “Sam has been a constant feature in Joburg’s favourite breakfast shows since the beginning of 947 and she has expertly played the counterfoil to some of the biggest personalities on South African radio. We will miss her and wish her all the very best.”
Jenny approaches this change with the same panache that she handles everything that comes her way, “I will miss the thrill of live radio, and the people who have listened so loyally for many years but I look forward to the freedom of not being tied to a specific time and location each day.”
Primedia Broadcasting CEO Terry Volkwyn wished the presenters well. “Both Jenny and Sam are valued members of the Primedia Broadcasting family and both are remarkable broadcasters, I know they will make a success of their respective new ventures.”
Jenny will continue to host the 13h00 to 15h00 slot on 702 until the December break. Sam will take over the show in the new year.