#MyRadioPeople : Ukhozi FM’s Boniswa Moto

I have been taking all the requests that you guys have been giving me on social media about your favourite radio personalities you wish for me to feature in this series. Today I have Boniswa Moto who most of you have asked that I profile, you can read her radio story below and also let me know who you’d love to see featured here next.

Why Radio? I think it’s because I just love having an audience for my voice. Be it speaking to my friend(s), family or whoever, I just love being given an ear. On a more serious note, I think radio is a very powerful medium to positively impact the lives of people. Take for example Linda Sibiya’s motivational talks on Ukhozi FM back in the days – a lot of people today can tell you that their lives were changed in that period. I also love using radio to magnify the good in all its forms and inspire more of it.

Have you worked for any other radio station before? Yes. I started on Inanda 88.4 FM back in 2013. I was then recruited by Ukhozi FM in 2015. I am so proud to have worked for Inanda FM, it taught me a lot of what I know about the radio craft today.

Did you study radio? I’ve not studied radio, I’ve experienced it. I started radio while I was studying towards my Bachelor of Laws – LLB at UKZN. However, during my years at Inanda FM, the management used to organize external short training courses for us which was really cool.

Besides radio, which other side projects are you busy with? Well, as I said that I studied Law – there’s a part of me that is pursuing that in a not so conventional manner. I am also on an entrepreneurial journey which I cannot say much about for now. I will hit up at sandynene.co.za again soon for the reveal.😂

Who is your South African Radio Icon? Oh my word!!! I look up to so many people on radio, it’s really hard to enthrone one as my “icon”. But I am a huge fan of Justice Ramohlola popularly known as Just Ice on Radio 2000 (I think it’s also because he studied Law at UKZN). I also highly admire Siya Mhlongo and Nongcebo McKenzie’s on-air delivery so much.

What can we expect from you in the next 5 years? If God permits, my own radio show with groundbreaking inspirational content and obviously the culmination of everything else that I am currently working on. I am young, there’s a long road ahead of me. I am really excited about the future.  

How often do you listen to other radio stations and which ones do you usually listen to? I spend a lot of my free time reading personal development books and watching YouTube videos with similar content, I don’t get a lot of time to listen to radio. I make time for it now and again though, just so I can learn what to do and what not to do. When I do, I choose home – Ukhozi FM and a lot of Radio 2000.

What has working on radio taught you? Yhoo, it has taught me a lot. But the maxim,  “Not all that glitters is gold” stands out as my biggest lesson / experience.

What advice can you give to aspiring radio broadcasters? Your image is very important. When I say, image I am not talking about how you dress, I am talking about how you express yourself on public platforms. A short story:When I was in for my job interview at Ukhozi FM, the interviewer (Zandile Tembe – Ukhozi FM Programs Manager)  was going through my twitter timeline the whole duration of the interview. Be careful of what you put out on Social Media and keep improving your craft.


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