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#MyRadioPeople : Inanda FM’s Lungelo Lihle Mthethwa

Bubbly, opinionated, outspoken and fun – those are some of the words I would use to describe colleague Lungelo Lihle Mthethwa, host of the Business Class Show on Inanda 88.4 FM weekly between 12-3pm with producer Nhlanhla Ngwenya who I featured on here late last year. Read below as she shares her radio journey with me.

Why radio? Funny enough I think radio chose me because I thought I was just another citizen  who loved listening to the radio but the more I listened, the deeper I fell in love with it. Started standing in front of the mirror and presented to myself that’s when I realised this is it!!
Which other radio stations have you worked at? I joined Imbokodo FM back in 2010, worked there for about a year or so due to life I took a break from radio but because radio is a calling for me I had to come back for it and joined Inanda 88.4FM
Did you study radio? When I completed matric I thought I wanted to be an Accountant so I studied Accounting at the Mangosuthu University of Technology but a few years into the course radio found me so straight after I registered at Rosebank College for a Media Studies and Journalism course and then the rest is history.
Besides Radio, which other side projects are you currently busy with or are involved in? Very involved in family businesses for now but also currently busy with my business partners on an NPO project and there’s also some deejaying course on the pipeline. Let’s just say 2018 will be a year to elevate.
Who is your South African Radio Icon? I love me some ANELE MDODA. The respect I have for that lady. I find her amazing! I know Sandy Nene Media has some serious connection. Please make it possible for me to meet her? LOL!!
What can we expect from you in the next 5 years? Expect great things from me. Obviously growth in the broadcasting industry. I wanna be amongst the best in the South African entertainment, as well as growing the brand all together in all aspects even on entrepreneurship.
How often do you listen to other radio stations and which radio stations do you usually listen to? I have favourites radio personalities from different stations so I find myself listening to a lot of different stations for instance I would tune in to Anele Mdoda’s show, I also listen to Metro FM cause Dineo Ranaka is also one of my faves, you would also find me listening to Ukhozi FM cause I love me some Lady D khoza and Nongcebo McKenzie, I also love the Kings on Gagasi FM and of course I listen to 88.4FM cause home is where the heart is.
What has working on radio taught you? It has taught me a lot of things, I now believe in myself more, it has taught me not to take things for granted and give out my best all the time. It has  also taught me to be strong cause whether you are going through a heartache or whatever when that mic switches ON you need to put whatever you are going throuh aside cause the listener is expecting their bubbly hillarious Lihle but more than anything it has taught me to appreciate the love I get from people who have never even met me and return their
love back in buckets loads also. I’ve grown to really love my listeners, those guys are now FAM to me.

What advice can you give to aspiring radio broadcasters? Only do radio if you are really passionate about it! Not for any other reason. Be yourself, give us you not anybody we have heard before. For me, great personality wins hearts on radio so I hope you do have it mtasekhaya because without it nothing will set you apart from any other presenter.

#MyRadioPeople : Vuma FM’s Ntokozo Thembani

‘The short hair girl with a big voice’ – that’s how I would describe former colleague Ntokozo Thembani who’s a news reader at Vuma FM and a TV personality on digital channel DO TV. This week she shares her radio story with us.

Ntokozo Thembani

Why radio? I fell in love with radio  while I was studying my Journalism Diploma when I  instantly lost interest in writing for newspapers. I was always fascinated  about how does one speak to people that they are not seeing. Beside people always complimenting and making fun of my big voice I realized that  there is not much television opportunities  so Radio become the best option to use my voice.

Which other radio stations have you worked at? After I couldn’t graduate my Journalism Diploma in 2009 I  decided to join  Siyathuthuka fm which is a community radio station in Ndwendwe, doing different things from Radio presenting, News reading, Sport Reporting and Show producing. That is where I learnt so much about capabilities, Strength and weaknesses.

Did you study radio? I Did Journalism Diploma then I Volunteered for  4 years in a community radio station before getting an opportunity with Vuma103 fm in 2014 as a News anchor.

Besides Radio, which other side projects are you currently busy with or are involved in? I’m passionate about empower those  who come after me so I’m a public speaker /Motivational a speaker, MC Host. I am part of a team working with  Ethekwini  Municipality Art  and Living Culture where we  visit  Townships and rural areas to empower young people in different art fields. But also  currently working with DOTV Africa in promoting digital content on social media.

Who is your South African Radio Icon? I have to give credit to a person I got a chance to work with , Linda Sibiya Mr Magic, he is one of the few presenters who are themselves even when they are off the microphone and that I commend.

What can we expect from you in the next 5 years?

  • Hosting my own Radio Show
  • Launch of my NPO
  • Brand Ambassador endorsement
  • Television presenting
    How often do you listen to other radio stations and which radio stations do you usually listen to? I listen to radio all the time ,  most of the time it is my home station Vuma 103 fm , but  I do tune a lot to community radio stations either for interesting content or because of the type of music they  play eg Mbokodo fm play  traditional Gospel music and when  my spirit is down I definitely know I will be revived.

What has working on radio taught you? It has really taught me that some people will not like you because you are good at what you , and that shouldn’t worry you but should make worker harder. This industry is full of people who have different hidden agendas who can do anything to destroy in order for you to lose your job so they put the next person

What advice can you give to aspiring radio broadcasters?

  • Never sell yourself short.
  • Believe in yourself
  • Be patience
  • Accept rejection
  • Get a mentor and work hard in making your dreams a reality
  • Be Focused
  • knock until someone opens

#MyRadioPeople: Inanda FM’s Nhlanhla Ngwenya

I am featuring Inanda FM‘s Nhlanhla Ngwenya, producer of the Business Class show 12-3pm weekly. Get to know Nhlanhla as he shares his radio journey with us below.

Why radioI loved radio since I was a child, I used to listen to it with my grandfather. He used to ask me to fetch the radio when its time for the news. I felt in love with it, because I was wondering where or how did these people got inside the radio. So I wanted to be like them, I  then followed everything pertaining radio.

Which other radio stations have you worked at? I started working in an inhouse radio station in Chatsworth called Chats Radio, it is where I got the confidence of working in front of people because It was in a mall, where everyone passed by.

Did you study radioYes I studied for radio at Intec college.
Besides RadioRadio is what I am busy and focusing on right now, nothing else but radio.
Who is your South African Radio Icon? Dumsani Simelane of Ligwalagwala FM, he does the breakfast show, he is my inspiration.
What can we expect from you in the next 5 years? Well I can’t predict the future, but I see myself in one of the biggest stations in Mzansi; Ukhozi FM. My plans are to run my own record label, where I’ll be uplifting young stars.
How often do you listen to other radio stations and which radio stations do you usually listen to? I listen to radio everyday, I listen to Inanda FM, Radio 2000, Ligwalagwala FM & Ukhozin FM.
What has working on radio taught you? I learned to be patient & to have perseverance. It also taught me things like communication skills & to be a problem solver.
What advice can you give to aspiring radio broadcasters? They must go and study, because education is the key & radio requires a patient person. It does not happen over one night.

#MyRadioPeople : East Coast Radio’s Benedict Ngwenya

Benedict ‘Eggs” Ngwenya is the 1st Sports Personality to be featured in this series and his story is like most; inspiring, different and of course worth sharing with you. Read how he juggles doing Sports on Tuesday mornings, being a Soccer analyst and managing a sports betting blog. This is his story :-

Why radio? I love expressing my views and chatting to people from different walks of life. I’m a very curious person who likes to investigate and learn new things all the time and radio gives me the opportunity to do exactly that. I first fell in love with radio presenting on 31 December 1997, listening to Ukhozi FM’s Mandla Malakoane doing the crossover to 1998 – counting down the biggest songs of the year and I knew then that’s what I wanted to do when I grow up. As I grew up and obviously started understanding English I got more inspiration from people like Ian F and Peter G who had great radio voices (not big but sweet and very well projected) as Inkosi Gareth Cliff who likes to vocalise his thoughts, whenever he speaks he makes you think.

Which other radio stations have you worked at? In 2009 I worked for Gagasi FM part time as a voice over artist then joined Inanda 88.4 FM a year later as a graveyard show presenter. I worked my way up the ranks until I became the breakfast show host. An opportunity arose to present sports in the middle of 2014 and I accepted the offer because I had reached the ceiling in terms of presenting personality shows at community radio level. I think I excelled at presenting sports as well because I was offered by Gagasi FM a chance to make a return as their sports presenter but I had applied to East Coast Radio at the same time and they were keen on giving me a job and I opted for the latter because it’s the station I grew up listening to.

Did you study radio? I didn’t really study radio but I got on the job training at Inanda 88.4 FM then East Coast Radio put me in their internship programme for the entire duration of 2015 where I learnt the ins and outs of radio.

Besides Radio, which other side projects are you currently busy with or are involved in? I’m busy with a lot of things. As a sports presenter and now soccer analyst for East Coast Radio, I also work for Hollywoodbets as their social media Co-Ordinator. My job entails previewing and analysing upcoming games for the company blog and social media platforms where we post our predictions and betting advice. It’s a great job for me because I love social media and sports. I get to do what I’d be doing at home during my spare time anyway. I also do a lot of things around the beautiful game, for example, this weekend I’ll be doing commentary for the Copa Coca Cola Cup which will be streamed live on their global Facebook page alongside Soccer-Laduma’s Joe Crann who will be my co-analyst. I also MC events.

Who is your South African Radio Icon? This country is so richly blessed with talent. In terms of people I’ve worked with I’d say East Coast Breakfast’s Darren Maule. He has the ability to think fast, can relate with people from all walks of life and is funny. In terms of someone I’ve only heard on radio it has to be Gareth Cliff the most thought-provoking person ever. Let’s also not forget Robert Marawa, pure talent coupled with unparalleled interviewing skills.  If I had to choose one I’d go with Gareth.

What can we expect from you in the next 5 years? Radio-wise, expect my own show in one of the biggest stations in the country and a hot TV show as well. Those are my goals.
How often do you listen to other radio stations and which radio stations do you usually listen to? Whenever I get a chance. I listen to ECR and Inanda 88.4 FM.

What has working on radio taught you? Your opinion is welcome as long as your research is spot on. Secondly, don’t use the power of the airwaves to fight your personal battles, that I’ve observed from other people in the industry.

What advice can you give to aspiring radio broadcasters? Be yourself, have fun and remember that radio gives you many a lot of opportunities to prosper. It can open many doors so be wide awake.

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