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Radiobiz presents Motsweding’s Kabelo Molopyane

Posted by radio On April - 11 - 2013

[By: Kgomotso Moncho]

 

Kabelo Molopyane is a finalist in the category Breakfast Presenter from a PBS station in the MTN Radio Awards. He presents the breakfast show, Ragoga Gee on Motsweding FM and this is the first time he’s entering the awards. He feels he’s still new in the Breakfast /morning radio space, as he’s only been presenting the show for nine months. Winning could be instrumental in giving him a confidence booster.

 

But Molopyane has long earned his stripes as a radio presenter, having hosted all of the other shows on different time slots on Motsweding FM. This makes him one of the popular names at this station, which broadcasts across the country, with special audiences in the North West and Northern Cape provinces.

 

He hails from Makolokwe, a village in the outskirts of Brits, a small town in the North West. He speaks proudly of his village, saying how it could be a model tourism destination because of its special mountains, game and a selection of wild fruit. This is where it all started for him, where his love for radio was sparked.

“I love music and as a kid I did not have money for cassettes and such, so I listened to the radio. My love of music sparked my love of radio. From as young as 14 years, I knew I wanted to hear my voice on radio,” Molopyane says.

 

He started in the Drama department of Motsweding FM in 1996. He joined Soshanguve community radio in 1997 to begin his broadcasting training. “Soshanguve gave me the tools to become a presenter,” he says. He went to Radio Mafisa in Rustenburg in 2000 where he specialized in sport.

 

He was called to Motsweding FM in 2002 where he became an all rounder, starting with the graveyard shift and Saturday evening shows, midday shows to the Afternoon Drive, for which he has become well known.

 

Now he is adding the Breakfast slot, which is the flagship of any station to his resume.  Talking about Ragoga Gee, the Breakfast show and what makes it stand out, he says, “The aim of the show is to be current. We break the news to our listeners and keep them updated on the news, sports, weather and traffic fronts. The language we broadcast in, which is Setswana, is a big part of what makes us stand out. We have a daily sports quiz, which is popular with the listeners. This was started during the 2010 Soccer world Cup, and we have retained it simply because our audience loves it, we are a sport loving nation. Other popular features include the daily brain teaser and the Golden Oldies music feature, for which we get a lot of calls.”

 

He adds that Motsweding FM is probably the only PBS station with a DJ mix in the morning, which is kept brief with only about eight minutes of airplay.

 

His experience has taught him a lot of things, including what it takes to be a good presenter.

 

“Never broadcast, but communicate with your audience, and talk to one listener who you can picture in your head. It’s important to keep your head on the ground, to read a lot and be alert. Radio has taught me to be better informed, to always know what is happening around me and in the world. I think it is the role of radio to be educational, to give the people messages about HIV/AIDS and other relevant issues. We face a challenge from technology and social media, but radio has always been first in giving information and entertainment to the people. In special cases we have also been taught a thing or two by our listeners,” Molopyane says.

 

Looking ahead he wants to explore his talents further in the sport arena. He is an experienced sport commentator and bulletin anchor. But for now he hopes to settle in, in the Breakfast slot for a few more years.         

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