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Power FM’s stars and wild cards

Posted by radio On June - 6 - 2013

[By: Kagiso Mnisi]


Power FM’s imminent launch has been doing the rounds for quite a while and the day of truth finally did come. In its presser the station alluded to a campaign which “taps into everyday colloquialisms which give South Africans a unique language identity, including the use of the term ‘robots’ for traffic lights and ‘lifts’ for elevators.” Essentially this is a station for local thoroughbreds and matchstick suckers with novel thoughts in their dome. The English-medium, talk-based commercial radio station’s line up boasts a roster of personalities such as business journalist  Siki Mgabadeli, Lerato Mbele, Eusebius MacKaiser, Lawrence Dube and Tim Modise to mention a few.


What also rocked the social media landscape was the news of AK ‘Mgaga’ Tshabalala and Paul Mnisi joining the black owned station. After several years in self-imposed exile, Paul Mnisi steps up to complete the weekend triumvirate, 6AM – 9AM Saturdays/Sundays, as head-butter to former YFM fellows in Thomas Msengana of 5fm and Phat Joe ( Metro FM). By far the stations wild card, AK Tshabalala will be hosting 12Noon -3PM Saturdays/Sundays slot. This comes after tenure in the world of screen and also as Executive Producer to award winning local film, Man Above Ground.


But then again the lay of the land is way more vast than Power FM, other moves resulting from the chosen going to Mkhariville include Tholi B from Y FM filling Pabi Moloi’s slot at Highveld Stereo and Siphokazi January from Tru Fm replacing Azania Mosaka at Metro FM.


Competition to Power has thus far kept mum with a few giving their two cents worth, more poignantly from its main adversary Kaya FM, whose MD Greg Maloka says: “We are not threatened. In fact, it’ll create amazing opportunities for black people.” Even keeled and measured as that statement is as if straight from a spin doctor’s pen, say maybe Chris Vick’s

(who also is part of Power FM), the microphone beckons and listeners await for ‘powerful’ rhetoric.





6PM – 9PM Fridays/Saturdays – Pabi Moloi (resigned from Highveld Stereo)

9PM – 12Midnight Friday/ Saturday – DJ Franky (Power Lounge) (leaves 5FM)

12Midnight – 3AM Saturdays and Sundays – Mandla Maluleke

3AM – 6AM Saturdays/ Sundays – Thabo Mdluli (Joyous Celebration member)

6AM – 9AM Saturdays/Sundays – Paul Mnisi (formerly known as Rude Boy Paul)

9AM -12noon Saturdays/Sundays – Mio and Queenie Khondleka

12Noon -3PM Saturdays/Sundays – AK Tshabalala

3PM -6PM Saturdays/Sundays – Ursula Chikane (keeps her job at Top Billing)

6PM-9PM on Sundays – Lerato Mbele

9PM -12Midnight Sundays – Jadene Tager

12Midnight -3AM Sundays – Ndumiso Ngcobo (columnist and author of Some of my Best Friends are White)



3AM -6AM weekdays – Asanda Magaqa

6AM-9AM weekdays – Lawrence Dube (has new surname Tlhabane) and Siki Mgabadeli and 3others (Andrea van Wyk, Thabiso and Ferial)

12Noon-3PM – Azania Mosaka (left Metro FM last month)

3PM -5PM – Thabiso Tema and Tshidi Madea

5PM – 6PM – Owen Nkomo (Power Business)

6PM -7PM – Chris Vick (Power Hour) (former spokesman for Minister of Human Settlement Tokyo Sexwale)

7PM -9PM – Masechaba Lekalake (Power Life)

9PM -12midnight – Tim Modise (Power Perspective)


The station will start broadcasting on June 18.






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