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Mixing it up with 93.8 FM

Posted by radio On June - 11 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

[By: Boitumelo Mmakou]



Located at the heart of Midrand, Mix FM 93.8 is a community station that is of commercial quality. Mix FM reaches out to greater audience than a community radio station would. The station also has quality content, and professional radio presenters.


Mix FM has an audience of over 180 000 listeners, situated on Harry Galaun drive, the station caters for listeners in Midrand, Kempton Park, Tembisa, Alexandra, Sandton, Randburg and all the way to Krugersdorp, Bapsfontein, Pretoria, Hartebeespoort Dam and Roodeport.


Mix FM is a radio station that ensures that it reaches out to all its listeners, with diverse shows that will relate to all kinds of people, and all age groups. The station targets everyone, has integration of all music genres and has segments on each show that will make everyone feel a part of the station. The community radio station is on air 24 hours a day, with dynamic presenters, and the latest music to offer. All shows are done in English to accommodate all the listeners of the station.



The station prides itself as the people’s informer and entertainer, as a community radio station it is Mix FM’s aim to ensure that the listeners receive news that is current, the station is sure to present valid news that the surrounding communities, and inform them about what is happening in and around them.



Mix FM is educational and informative to the listeners. It seeks to inspire and encourage listeners to be a part of the station, through competitions, and interactions with them on the social network. However more than anything the station primarily focuses on their community outreach programs, and charity work, doing their out most best to reach out to the community. ”Over the years for example we have had our doors open to offering internships to those who seek to do radio, most of the young people we’ve hired in the past either became permanent staff or we’ve helped move forward to other radio stations”, say’s Abigail, the programs manager at Mix FM.



Non-commercial radio stations such as Mix FM, often have challenges of securing sponsorship for the broadcasting material in order for the station to keep running, thus the station heavily depends on the contribution of local financial funding. Due to their listenership and the radius that the station covers, it has managed to pull in a lot of advertisers to help sustain the station. Brands such as Vodacom, Tracker, McDonalds, Sandown Motors, Blue Feather are a few of the companies that have played a role in the success what Mix FM has been over the five, “Just because we are a community radio station doesn’t really mean we need to think like one or act like one, we want to set a standard, and show other community radio stations that they too can have the standard of a commercial radio station. We work hard to keep the station running, we are always out to promote the station and that draws in a lot of people and companies to advertise, we think out of the box and that’s what sets us apart”, adds David Watts the station manager of Mix FM.



The most unique thing about the station is the presenters, Mix FM has a group of individuals who love radio, and are committed to the listeners, “we are a personality driven radio station, people love the station’s presenters. We have had people come to the studio just to hang out with the presenters” says David. Shows such as Shaken not Stirred hosted by Olive Ncube, and The Roxy Blows show hosted by Roxy Blows are some of the amazing shows that you could find yourself enjoying because presenters that a full of personality and energy . “When putting our show programs we always have the listener in mind, and also pay close attention to the times that most people would be listening, and we also make sure to have shows that are relevant, other shows include the Medical show called Naturally Speaking hosted by a health expert, we also have Time to Make you Think a free advice show. We have a whole variety of shows that cater for everyone”, adds David.



When the new management team took over in 2009, the new team strived to better the stations success: Station manager Abigail Milosevich, David Watts and the rest of radio station team from its interns to the full time staff prides itself in carrying the brand that the station is, by making sure that the production of content an music always has the listener at heart, and that all the talent of the radio station suits the listeners, and also constantly ensuring they make a positive impact in the community, give back, bring the people of the community closer together, whilst   also ensuring that the community knows of the station through all mediums. The hard working station is one of South Africa’s best community radio stations that has not only been around for a while, but with the amount of passion and dedication the team puts in, Mix FM is sure to be even bigger and better in the future.




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[By: Boitumelo Mmakou]


It wasn’t till I switched stations from jamming to the Stir Up, a hip-hop show on 5 FM on a Sunday night to tuning to the more politically and socially driven radio station Talk Radio 702, that it dawned me how drastically different in content, and the hosts of the shows were from each other, which for me pointed out quite clearly what could be the difference between a radio Dj, and a radio presenter.


A radio hosts such as the one I had been listening to on 5FM is more of a disc jockey because she had primarily focused on playing music, and her show was more music driven than talking. This may or may not have been the very main thing that sets the two apart however, radio presenters are set to follow scripts, with content during links. The radio presenter is one that may do a lot more talking whether through pronouncing traffic news, doing sports, or doing weather reports. Radio presenters also conduct interviews with the guests, and do more interaction with the listeners. They carry a lot more work than a radio disc jockey would do.


Often, radio presenters carry required skills in being presenters in order to present their job well. A radio presenter may also have an appropriate degree or diploma in broadcasting, or even radio production, and know how to technically run the show they do. Institutions such as Boston Media House, Rosebank College as well as Witwatersrand Radio Academy to name a few are some of the places one would acquire radio skills. They assist the presenter, in knowing how to do programming for a show, how to produce, construct material, preparing the script, improvise, and control the technical duties.


Some radio stations such as 5FM will have radio Disc Jockeys (Dj’s) as well as radio presenters, hosting shows in the same way. According to Tim Zunckel, program manager at 5FM the biggest difference between a radio Dj and radio presenter is that, a presenter would often have content, and a Dj is someone that does music, “in the old days someone that does radio would be called a radio Dj because it was a generic thing, they were a Dj, they spun a lot of music themselves in the studio, as time has moved on the need for content driven shows has made space for radio presenters, and radio personality”, says Tim.

Tim also states that there is a difference between the radio presenters and radio personalities. Radio personalities come with that x-factor of which the audience would be attracted to, and radio presenters are given content to share with the audience, with a production team behind them. “From a 5FM perspective we have radio personalities who may be called radio presenters, or radio Dj’s in publications or on TV. We do have Dj’s who are disc jockey’s or club guys, who play music and are specialists in their genre and field of music, Ms Cosmo, Euphonik and Milkshake would be a great example of people who have evolved in the music scene and have connections and contacts to host a specialized music show’’, adds Tim.


Over time some radio presenters have also become Dj’s, and that would then make them radio presenters and Dj’s. Radio Dj’s are those that would sample a mix, and play it on a show, were as a radio presenter would have more personality and content for a show, despite the fact that they are also Dj’s. Overtime radio Dj’s do build up a personality while doing a show, so those who may be listening in on a show and won’t necessarily like the music would still listen because they enjoy the radio Dj’s personality on the show.



The duties which radio presenters do, often if at all, set them apart from the radio Dj. Ms Cosmo the Dj, is a club Dj, and also a television and radio disc jockey meaning she plays a music set not only on Channel O but also for her show the Stir Up on 5FM ; “in my opinion they are different views to it all, you could be a radio presenter just because you are holding down a three hour show, but if you are purely just playing music then you are a radio Dj. My show is a specialist show, I only come in once a week, so unlike the other shows that may be weekday shows, which are more scripted and have content for each day, and may also have a music composer and have no control of the music on the show, my show plays mainly hip-hop music of which I choose, the show is about the music and getting people to be captivated by the music. People like myself and Dj Milkshake, or Euphonik are more club Dj’s who want to share our music with everyone else on radio. I do need content though, because I have to talk with the audience during the show “says Ms Cosmo. Radio Dj’s may also be presenters as well, a number of Dj’s will be music orientated on their shows, but also have a content full show, with a script.



Dj Fresh a 5FM afternoon drive time host of “The Fresh Drive”, is a radio Dj and presenter, he works with his producer to create content for each show, he may follow a script, have ad lib’s, and host guests, but also has a segment on the show which introduces music mixes done by him or other Dj’s. Radio Dj’s will often have requests to play outside of the show at clubs, parties, and other events, radio presenters do not. ”I think what the radio industry has realized is that music has evolved over time and people can source music anywhere, they wouldn’t have to listen to a radio show to hear music, that’s why now, having a show with a presenter that has personality keeps the listener tuned in”, says Tim. 




In retrospect radio Dj’s may not necessarily be of any different to radio presenters if the two are the same person. Radio Dj’s may be there for the music, but may also produce content, interact with the audience, and conduct interviews Depending on the type of radio station radio Dj’s could live apart from radio presenters, Talk radio 702 will have more presenters than radio Dj’s, however stations such as Metro FM, Y FM and 5FM will be more music and personality driven combining both radio Dj’s with radio presenter. Thus, it is not about the two against each other, but rather one becoming the other to produce greatly constructed shows with content, straight forward links, with a radio host that interacts with listeners, and plays good music throughout the show.


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[By: Kagiso Mnisi]


The Pan African Space Station has proven to be a cut above the rest in the last three years as a free form medium for content curation. It is fundamentally a music platform that creates dialogue among musicians in the African diaspora and the rest of other pockets (space and time willing) PASS achieves this by merging well recorgnised radio formats and the grand narrative of Chimurenga publication. Founded by Ntone Edjabe in 2002, Chimurenga captures the connection between African (sub) cultures and politics on the continent and beyond. Since its inception, it has dared to challenge the world’s perception on people from the diaspora, especially the blinkered view that they are averse to any kind of advancement and critical thought. As with PASS another of the publications’ blessings is The Chronic.


This latest from Chimu people is this newspaper-majick with a gutsy approach to subjects. It has the likeness of a graph that perpetually curves from joyous to contentious and then beguiling. The front page dons alluring headlines such as Welcome To Zamrock, Land For Citizens & Homeland For Tribes, The Rise Of Pagad and the north-south international relation spar, No easy truce between Africa’s most powerful brothership : a piece written by Tolu Ogunlesi about the shaky relationship between South Africa and Nigeria.


Only Chimurenga’s Chronic can conjure newsworthy romanticism in the lateness of a Jazz musician, which they did with The night Moses Molelekwa died. The ability to evoke a close-to-heart sensibility without overlooking a story’s ‘b-side’ has always been the publications arrow head. This depth in its long form story telling even left CNN’s African Voices presenter, Nkepile Mabuse, asking Edjabe whether the publication ‘can be likened to The New Yorker’ in an interview.


Not a publication that prostrates over at the hands of a mechanised newsroom, The Chronic does not even have one. It is put together by a collective known as Chimurenga people who have insight on what is seismically changing the world as much as they do of a home brewed moonshine serving hangout in Nairobi or Gugulethu. This collective comprises of Dominique Malaquis, Stacy Hardy and other glory oozing contributors such as Sean Jacobs and Unathi Sondiyazi. These are the kind of folks that can school you on anything from Jomo Kenyatta’s declarations to how MF DOOM’s quotations of Charles Bukowski made him a mythical wonder in Hip Hop circles.


Simply put, The Chronic is a thriving example of how content can be made not to bore. It challenges the status quo of newspaper and magazine publishing. An important lesson to the industry that life is not only about the Gupta-  prefix cropping up in more than five pages of a  Sunday newspaper. Ultimately with The Chronic ‘who no know go know’. As they deservedly should. 


The Chronic is available at outlets such as Xarra book store, Constitutional Hill and some local spazas near you.


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[By: Kagiso Mnisi]


In a world of convergence and relentless share of information, the radio industry has become a yarn of strands that are dependent on each other. The distinction between regional and national radio has become insignificant, all of this owed to the bottom-line which is to meet the prospects of advertisers. A case in point is the recent shake ups at stations where personalities have been crossing floors from one end to the other. Essentially stations are playing similar music and activating more or less campaigns, all on the  same turf even. The implication for both regional and national stations is that there is a swirl in a well pool to reach audiences with a disposable income.


The game has vastly changed since the days when stations like Kaya FM and YFM were ushered in as representatives of particular demographics of society. The globe has orbited slightly faster. Looking at the recent MTN Radio Awards, the gathering proved to be riddled with concurrent wavelenghths, in that the bar had been raised to an identical satisfaction regardless of geographical coverage of stations. Due to online media, stations are able to reach any pocket of the world.


The differentiating factor between stations is the crop of talent they have on board, especially personalities. The top line man or woman presenter at a particular station has to rise beyond the playlist and forge a presence that will endear listeners. As presenters hop from station to other, it is incumbent on a station hiring to do some due diligence. For instance, when it comes to presenters, Jacaranda looks at the presenter’s Facebook and twitter reach. This determines who he or she reached at their previous stations and any media exposure they might have had to get an idea of their fit and feel for the station.


Reinvention is also part of floor crossing whether the destination is regional or national. Presenters need to ‘repackage’ themselves constantly to keep careers going. An example would be of Tony Blewitt who was at 5FM and 94.7 Highveld before switching to older audiences on Classic FM. He now presents on  OFM, one of South Africa’s most successful inland regional stations.


Worn out as the expression ‘it’s a small world’  it rings true where radio is concerned. Advancements have narrowed the gap between national and regional. What has been left of this is the proverbial out-of- the-jock-booth sort of thinking by A&Rs and to strongly campaign in ways different from competitors.

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Hear ye the talk of the town

Posted by radio On May - 20 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

[By Kagiso Mnisi]

A couple of years ago whilst an intern at 702’s Eye Witness News, I had an opportunity to shadow Stephen Grootes. In our to and fro chases after stories, a mystic aura would envelope him whenever he cared to dish pearls of wisdom about the brimstone scorching realm of talk radio. Like a sensei or Jedi he would glare in this young urchin’s eyes and say special-power one liners such as ‘talk radio is rock n’ roll, only without the music’. Grootes meticulously manufactured an otherworldly rant about the radio medium (specifically talk) which by any generic notion is perceived to be the stuff of even keenness and full of humdrum about socio political this and that. It is through Stephens double-bespectacled lens that the latest goings on have to be viewed—its rock n’ rollness. It is nothing shorter than a deranged guitar solo when observing the movements.


Speculations ran on overdrive when Eusebius MacKaiser bowed from 702 at the peak of a healthy following, he was tipped to be soul training his way to Power FM which launches in July this year. His signature witticism did little to allay any murmurs with most of his tweets throwing hints of a new show at the black owned station. Then as the tabloids in their ooh-ahh kid of glory, an unfounded yarn would be weaved. Sunday World drew first blood by alluding to a ‘rift’ between McKaiser and Power’s boss Given Mkhari. Sunday World came out saying that it “understands that the anchor had a disagreement with Mkhari about his role at the station.” These claims were later refuted by McKaiser on Facebook saying:


Eusebius Mckaiser


Inaccurate article about me in today’s Sunday World. I liked the title though (the sub-editor deserves a Savannah)

‘Return of the Mac to 702?’

No I am not returning to 702. No, there is no beef between us either — it is an excellent radio station with a great heart and my early coaches and mentors in broadcasting are there. I respect my ex-colleagues hugely. With a malfunctioning SABC we are lucky to have 702. But I am not returning in the near future. Your 702 inside source, Sunday World, is clearly not an eyewitness reporter… 😉
As for me and the gifted Mr Mkhari from POWER FM, let’s just say…watch this powerful space!!
Facts: things that depend on what a tabloid reporter had for breakfast.


Just as the wave of responsible journalism had risen and ready to break into irreparable splinters (rendering it now total hogwash), another of talk’s pockets, Safm is forever playing catch up in a bid to be credible. Still reeling from last year’s furore of its presenters being silenced in interviews with political heads, there still is no vista in sight to redeem the station. The introduction of POIB (Protection Of State Of Information bill), should have been a eureka moment for the station to openly debate the merits of this development. Safm’s ‘debate’, ‘insight’, ‘analysis’ motto just does not hold a drop, if anything it is a one way slide to outright patronisation– an equivalent to SABC 3’s news come time to close shop. It is all airy fairy, unwarranted and uncomfortable.


With all that jazz, talk is after all abuzz with activity, the kind of happenings Grootes hinted at with his Obi Wan advice. Listen closely and you can almost hear your eardrum vibrating with anything but dullness. Maybe poetry guised as commentary of our restless time. But certainly not boring.





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Radiobiz is looking for Writers

Posted by radio On May - 11 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

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In The Wrong Rock Show we trust

Posted by radio On May - 9 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

[By: Kagiso Mnisi]


The nature of rock shows on contemporary radio is to be outrightly brash and risk taking in the way they are packaged. This has been a long standing pattern ever since the height of pirate radio in the 60s, where angst fuelled teens addled with copious amounts of LSD, would take off the coast of England to sea to set up illegal radio shows with punk rock as the overarching sound of the experience.


 Fast forward to the age of information technology and you have The Wrong Rock Show hosted by Greg ‘The Hammer’ Donelly and Botha Kruger on Bush Radio 89.5 FM; Mondays at 10PM – 00AM (GMT+02) . TWRS  is part Bush Radio, Africa’s oldest community radio station project, which has foregrounded itself as a ‘fist in the air’ platform for media activists who have sought experimental ways of delivering messages to the audience.


Stationed in Cape Town, a city which prides itself of its international status (all dependent on which side of the mountain you reside), The Wrong Rock Show  pushes the envelope through the ethos of Rock music. Its social media platforms are always riddled with hampers and CD giveaways; these boast both local and overseas talent from acts such as Jozi based Brother Moves On to Canadian rebel rock outfit, Godspeed You. As with any show that wants to survive in the modern age, TWRS  has podcast of previous shows via Mixcloud []. 


The state rock music on radio, especially mainstream, has been source for grandiose debate because of its floundering state. The fire cracker popped when lovers of rock received news of Jon Savage’s sacking from 5FM. The station has since re-incarned him as presenter of a mini feature known as Mash Lab on Rob Vember’s weekly shows. This lack of foresight by major stations where audience preferences are concerned has left minute pockets such as The Wrong Rock Show to pick up the slack.


Another of the show’s winning formulae is to have artists co-hosting (not limited to local musicians) in the wake of their new release or promotions. The mood set assail in studio can be imagined to eerily fit between American shock jock, Howard Stern’s acidic rant and a Nick Cave novels. It irks as much as it is irresistibly pleasurable. The ambivalence in tone creates an eclectic atmosphere which places TWRS  in a league of its own that is to be part of a community radio station but still with sights on the weirdness of sub-cultural undertones elsewhere in the world.


It might be eons since the age of rock playing pirate radio but its spirit lives on like the ashes of Sex Pistol’s Sid Vicious at Heathrow airport’s ventilation pipes, thanks to frequency weirdoes such as The Wrong Rock Show. Like the bastard child that grew to be a guitar strumming outlaw in far off land called Zilleville, Rock music is a mystique that has eluded so many deaths. Wind the knob to Bush Radio’s TWRS to find out why.


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DJ Nutty, orchestrator at Metro FM

Posted by radio On May - 6 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

[By: Kagiso Mnisi]


Putting together a seamless strand of music for a station cannot be underestimated. This especially if the radio station has forged itself a legacy of consistency in giving its listeners the crème de la crème of sounds in R&B, pop and local genres. Such is the task of DJ Nutty, music compiler at Metro FM.


Men and women of his ilk seldomly reap the same rewards as frontline personalities albeit the assurance they propel in creating a narrative of song that accompany commentary. Not one to be caught in rhetoric, our ‘briefy’ over the phone has bits of “there is a lot of bolting and nutting behind the scenes which people are not aware of” and appropriately congratulatory he snipes “what takes place is a breathless process of making sure great music is heard on Metro.” Nutty’s role at Metro is hardly an overreach, he has a backstory with credentials enough to mend an octogenarian’s hip and make anybody’s mamma at will.


The radio play listing game is one of detail and meticulous process, DJ Nutty is the man at the helm of gate keeping submissions (according to Metro’s ethos). The humdrum has it that time and registration protocol of tracks is well within the radio space’s inner workings. The endeavour has relevant stakeholders notified by the end of a working week of the results. As a station that has the LSM 6+ (25 -34) in thrall, Metro FM has a comprehensive policy in its play listing. As ordained by ‘Metro gods’, it stipulates that the music compiler has to liase with other internal players such as the Station/Programme Manager, Traffic Controller, Programme Compiler and presenters. This mass forms the playlist committee. In this regard “being on the ball is key, so is ensuring good communication along the chain”, Nutty says.


The complexity of getting airplay by artist spans from creating a quality product to keeping an eye on emerging trends and the inevitable delicate dance with a station’s compiler. But that demanding road has been walkable in the advent of gadget-age novelties such as iTunes. Where musicians are able to draw music lovers closer without the troubles of a first hear on radio scenario. This warrants more creative interventions by gatekeepers such as DJ Nutty to still make stations a pied piper to listeners through sound. According to Nutty, “Metro FM puts itself at the forefront of what is happening in music worldwide, to give listeners a worldly view as it has always done over the years.” On this ‘worldly view’ other platforms/disruptors have included Spotify, where a range of major and independent record labels have been able to conjure a lightning in a bottle by creating a commercial music streaming service. This service boasts 2.5 million paying users to date.


Nutty’s forms part of a slew of music connoisseurs that have sought the go-beyond-club model.  As the ‘glue’ between jock talk at Metro FM, he by a quirky metaphor, commands an orchestra to be appreciated by urbanites.






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Zama Dube: Young gifted and going places

Posted by radio On May - 6 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

[By: Boitumelo Mmakou]


24 year old Zama Dube is currently one of YFM’s most talented, intellectual, serious yet fun and bubbly presenters who host The Face Off, a vibrant weekday show on the station between 9am-12pm. The beautiful lady was born and raised in Kwamashu township KZN, she moved to Johannesburg to pursue her academic life at Wits University. Despite being an only child Zama is a woman that comes from a big family, with a house hold filled with only women, her mother and late grand-mother who raised her to be the young lady that she is today, including her female cousins, and aunt.


Zama Dube’s love for radio is one she had had from her early teens, ‘I have always loved radio, my cousins and I would always make tape recordings of ourselves doing shows. I also loved to listen to radio, I would wake up early in the morning to listen to some of my favourite shows”, says Zama. At 16 years of age, Zama Dube had heard from friend that her local radio station the Durban Youth Radio was in search of new radio presenters, encouraged by her friend Zama took on this opportunity which marked the beginning of her career in radio.

Zama Dube with Boitumelo at Yfm studios



Before landing the job at YFM, Zama had gained different radio experiences and platforms joined Voice of Wits (VOW) FM  team when she moved to Johannesburg which focused on a niche market and targeted students. Being a part of the university’s campus radio was a great way for her to stay connected to radio. Soon after that Zama was recruited by Yebo radio, a Vodacom  retail store radio station which was her first paying radio gig where Zama got to define her personality, her boldness and confidence.



However, it was after Zama sent in a demo version of the stand in show she had done at 5FM to YFM’s programmes manager, that’s how she joined the Y-world the rest is history. Her time now is committed to YFM, but there is no telling how long she plans to stay there, and whether or not we will hear her on national radio stations any time soon.


“The Face off” is Zama’s pride and joy. The mid-morning show that is on weekdays between 10am till 12 midday, for listeners who may be in the office, on their way to a class, having a break. The show has discussed issues that may help the youth in any kind of way; it is musically driven with features such as ‘Musicology’ which tests the listener’s music knowledge. The show also touches base on some of the social issues concerning the youth with a show segment ‘Monday Matters’, with topics that a crucially tackled. ‘Hot Box’ is a friday segment on Zama’s show that many loyal listeners look forward to get to know artists a bit better, artists that are new or old to the industry from different genres, will take part in an interview where Zama will any question, and listeners encounter a different side of the artists such as their thoughts on politics and the economy. “Of it all, I really enjoy engaging with the people, and having conversation with the audience, for example with the feature ‘My Campus’ is one I am passionate about because I get to meet with students that inspire me and other listeners that listen to the show.



Ms Dube forms a part of the new generation of YFM, and although she has a lot of praises for the first generation of the youth radio stations that includes the likes of Bad Boy T, Lee Kasumba, Dj Fresh and even Dj Sbu, Zama stands firm in knowing that YFM still lives to be a strong and powerful brand no matter the difference and change between the two,”  I think it would be unfair to even compare one from the other, we are now at a different time and space, so much has evolved. At the time when the first generation of YFM were doing radio it was for much more different direction, they were the first voices of the youth culture on radio, it was during a time were young people were trying to define themselves in youth culture. All that has changed, now as the young generation, we have enjoyed the democratic space for longer, our way is different because of that. The YFM brand is one that stands for the youth, and the youth market is ever evolving it’s not stagnate, things will never be the same, they will always be a new generation”, adds Zama.


When it comes to radio Zama is very passionate about the stand of women in radio, it is still very much male dominated, Zama states, female jocks still need to find a place in the industry. “When you think of radio there are more males than males, there is probably one or two females that stand out that have been able to carve their career well, women need to step up”, say’s Zama. For her it is radio personalities such as Gareth Cliff  and former radio personality Dineo Ranaka for their feisty, brave, frank and  confident presenting personalities that Zama finds to be making them the outstanding, she has taken  notice of their radio presenting styles, and thinks highly of them.


Education has always been a big part of her life. She came to Wits to study law, but was always interested in the literature course that came with it, and she decided to pursue that instead. Literature felt like the relationship she had with history back in school, she loved it after completing her undergraduate studies in African literature; Zama continued to study her honours and is currently completing her Master’s degree in African literature. She finds the world of academia a thrill, and acknowledges that her learning experience at Wits University, not only makes her a proud student but as well as a committed scholar to the world of literature. “I have always loved writing, ever since I can remember I was always good at it, I even won awards for writing. When I was still young, I wanted to be a writer, I would excel at my creative writing” states Zama. In future Zama would love to get her hands into more academic work, perhaps go into publishing her own books as well.


Zama has always kept herself busy, she describes herself as not only friendly, but hard working, she has always had hectic schedule with work, academic life and social life all of that is what defines who Zama Dube is. Her enjoyment comes with knowing she always has somewhere to go, and something to do, however, she does give up some of her time to go out with friends on most weekends to have a night filled with fun and relaxation.


From time to time Zama says she loves to watch reality shows such as the Keeping up with the Kardashians, and Here comes Honey Boo Boo, “ A lot of people think I am this serious person, but I do watch normal TV, I love to laugh and have a good time” ,Zama adds.


Her love for media goes beyond just being a radio presenter and writer, Zama’s goal is to eventually start getting into the production side of radio, and have her own broadcasting company and become an expert in that, she would also love to open her own publication company, which makes her a future leading media mogul. “Ultimately I will see where my future takes me, be it a writer or publisher in literature, a teacher or a future producer and media mogul of a broadcasting company. As long as there is something to share with radio and literature world, and as long as she loves what she is doing Zama states she will continue to do what she does, and doing something meaningful be remembered for doing it to the best of her ability.


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A brief word with John Robbie

Posted by radio On April - 28 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

[By: Kagiso Mnisi]


Every weekday morning on Talk Radio 702, we are sure to hear concerns (middle class at most), on gaping potholes and all the other stuff that keep the 7-8 LSM awake at night. The man who has been the conduit to it all these years is John Robbie. His backstory is uncanningly rooted in the field of play as a Rugby scrum half for heavies such as The British Lions; Robbie subsequently made a leap to sports broadcast and then talk radio in 2003. The seasoned morning jock lets Radiobiz in on his well of thoughts about a range of issues from competition with Power FM, cold Guinness and the Protection of State Information Bill


As a former rugby player, can you still tussle its out in any scrum on any given Sunday?


JR: These days I cannot run for a bus. I still love rugby however and am a Lions supporter to the hilt.


What do you appreciate most about being a morning presenter for a talk station?


JR: I get a chance to talk to a large number of people and hopefully inform and entertain them. In the morning many people are hearing about issues for the first time so in a way you get to set the agenda for the day. A huge responsibility.


How do you keep calm and focused when interviewing hot headed


JR: I am much better than in the early days. I have learned that you don’t have to win or convert or correct a guest. You just put the questions and let the audience make up their own minds.


What counts as must reads at the present moment in your life?


JR: I always read as many papers as I can. The Mail and Guardian each week is a must and also the Saturday Star in which I contribute.


A 100% black owned talk station known as Power FM is soon to launch, what do you think this holds for the lay of radio land?


JR: It is great competition for all of us. The more the merrier. We cannot influence them but will have to be as good as we possibly can be on 702 to thrive.


What is an Irish man to do when made to choose between warm Guinness and Johnny Walker Blue?


JR: I drink cold Guinness whenever I can. Mothers’ milk. I would love to be able to afford JWB but prefer a peaty, smoky single malt like Laphroig.


What are your honest sentiments about the looming Protection of State Information Bill?


JR: I am scared. Surely this government should be looking to share as much information as possible with its people instead of burying it? The way changes have had to be fought for at every stage is particularly concerning.


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