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#MyRadioPeople: Touch HD’s Lebo Dj Soso Motaung

A Lawyer who DJs, how cool is that? This week’s feature introduces to you Lebo Motaung, popularly known as ‘DJ Soso’ on social media.

Why radio?

Let us rather say how Radio? Well what had happened was that back in my varsity days, 2005 to be specific I joined VOWfm, campus radio station at Wits by default because the Wits DJ Society, which I was a member of, was merged with the radio station. Then I was given a show to host on weekends called Code Red, it was a music show. I have since stayed in radio for all these years because I love it. Radio has made it easier for me to affect street culture and music in a positive way.
Which other radio stations have you worked at?

I worked at Vowfm until 2016, basically since my student days until post graduation. Then I joined Touch Central in September 2016 when it started and then moved to Touch HD in 2017

Did you study radio before joining or you did once already landed a job? Please specify where you studied;

I did not study radio, I joined radio and made the best of my time in radio. I learned my skills when I was at Vowfm. I attended a radio workshop back in 2005 conducted by now the station manager of Touch HD, Martin Vilakazi. I studied Law at Wits.

Besides Radio, which other side projects are you currently busy with or are involved in?

I wouldn’t call them side projects because I value them as much as everything I do with my time. So besides radio I am also a Lawyer, Events DJ and organiser, Television script writer.

Who is your South African Radio Icon?

I have a number of Radio icons at different structural levels of radio, firstly I have a lot of respect for Given Mkhari as the first wholly Black Boss of Radio and by setting up the first Black talk radio station. For on Air I definitely rate the likes of DJ Fresh, Tbo Touch, Gareth Cliff, Eusibius McKaiser and Phat Joe.

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

You can expect to hear that I’m part of a black Consortium that is bidding for a commercial radio license. I have ambitions of owning a media powerhouse.
How often do you listen to other radio stations and which radio stations do you usually listen to?

I listen to a lot of Talk radio because I want to be ahead with current affairs and expand my knowledge on things. So I listen to Powerfm and 702. Then I also move between Touch HD, Yfm and Metrofm.

What has working on radio taught you?

Working on radio has taught me that some people are really on radio for fame and some are not even passionate about the power of radio. I’m also learning how to handle different personalities because we all think we are happening as radio hosts LOL!! I also learn a lot about delivering a product that people relate with, that it is really not about me but the listener, at most I just add my personality. But radio is the link between a life out there and the listener.

What advice can you give to aspiring radio broadcasters?

My advice to aspiring radio broadcasters is that they should learn all the details on the craft, not only on air presenting but both content and technical production. Sometimes you could be applying for a on air job at your favourite station but you find that the only position available is that of a technical producer, and if you possess the skill then you are one foot in and you can wait your turn while you are already inside to make it to on air. Think of Naked DJ for instance, started as a producer and now he has his own show. Oh and please do it for passion because any other reason will get you exposed.


#MyRadioPeople : Munghana Lonene FM’s Xolani Wale Kenhuk

The multi-talented Xolani Wale Kenhuk is featured this week on #MyRadiopeople series. I was first introduced to him 6 years ago through his celebrity gossip and entertainment news channel on YouTube, XtraLargeTV. Xolani is the traffic reporter and producer of 326Thwii on Munghana Lonene FM.

Why radio?

Well growing up the dream was to conquer all radio, television and print, and after trying out all three I realized that I’m more comfortable with the idea of theatre of the mind and the freedom that comes with the flexibility on radio seemed more speaking to me that being in front of a camera, and I have a the face for it hahah.

Which other radio stations have you worked at?

I’ve had the honor of working with for LoveLife as Senior Radio producer so that meant working closely with almost all the drive time shows on all SABC PBS platforms such as Ukhozi FM, Umhlobo Wenene FM, Lesedi FM, Motsweding FM, Thobela FM, Phalaphala FM, Ikwekwezi FM just to name a few, I’ve produced on MoFlava’s Yfm evening show before he joined MetroFM, Urban Xpress, on a segment called back chat.

Did you study radio? 

I had my first radio gig at the age of 14 at a community radio station when I was in grade 10. It was a four hour afternoon drive show that started at 2pm till 6pm. It was only after that that I received formal training for the medium with The Media Training Centre for health in Cape Town and further more went on to train with The Institute for Advanced Journalism. That’s just about it. Everything else I learned along the way

Besides Radio, which other side projects are you currently busy with or are involved in?

Radio is my life, I have a consultancy agency that surprise surprise, does media buying and production for clients that want more radio exposure and presence, I also do social media management for well known car dealerships and shopping centers. I’m hoping to study law in the near future but we’ll see. If the time allows will squeeze it in next year.

Who is your South African Radio Icon?

Whooaaa! Phat Joe comes to mind, Bring back Nicole Fox any day then it’s a pareeeeeeee. Was a die hard Mark Gilman fan back in the day. I’m loving Thando Thabethe at the moment and I also used to love Rude Boy Paul and Unathi on the azanian pulse back in the days of YFM. I have a soft spot for Anele Mdoda, I think DJ SABBY is future of SA radio. And the world must watch out for Dineo Ranaka. Somizi paired with DJ Fresh and Mpho Maboi is growing on me, add my all time faves Vusi Letsoalo, Penny Lebyane and I’m  my dinner table will be filled with lots of laughter. Oh and your dirty uncle Roger for Good measure

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

I want a daily late night television show so bad, I know when the time is right that will happen. My own daytime show on Metro/5fm Is also not a bad idea. I hope my age still allows.

How often do you listen to other radio stations?

I’m a die hard Fiver. 5fm in my car, 5fm in the house. This has been for almost 20 years and I’m only 31 so you can imagine the level of my obsession with the brand. Universe are you out there listening?

What has working on radio taught you?

Radio teaches you to think on your feet. I’ve become accustomed to handling pressure with ease. I find that my problem solving has improved over the years and I’m not one to panic.

What advice can you give to aspiring radio broadcasters?

Do it for the right reasons because if you doing it for any other reason it will show, genuine radio listeners know what’s real and what’s not.


#MyRadioPeople : Inanda FM’s Khulekani Cannon Mncwango

Born Khulekani Mncwango, ‘Cannon’ is one of Durban’s hustlers of note. A radio presenter at Inanda 88.4 FM, an entrepreneur and rapper who enjoys motivating the youth and being in front of the crowd is this week’s personality that I chose to feature on this series.

Why radio?

Honestly I didn’t have any love or never saw myself doing radio, I  was taking a gap year and my sister decided for me to go back to college and study and I had to choose, and then cause I didn’t want to sit at home and do nothing so I decided to do Radio Course & I got to learn and discover my love for radio.

Which other radio stations have you worked at?

My radio career began at Inanda 88.4 FM with a Saturday show as a producer and then moved to co-hosting The Loxion Drive show  weekdays 3-6pm.

Where did you study radio?

I studied Radio in 2013 at the Creative Arts College doing a Radio Production Course. Through hard work and dedication I received the ‘Highest Achiever’ title on that year.

Besides Radio, which other side projects are you currently busy with or are involved in?

I’ve just dropped a song called “Ntombazane” featuring Mnqobi and now I’m currently working on my other single that will be dropped later this year, Cannon is a business minded young boy as I also have my own clothing label called “vXv” which I launched in September 2015.

Who is your South African Radio Icon?

I have more than one,  Tbo Touch, Dudu “Lady D” Khoza and Linda “Mr Magic” Sbiya’. I love how they’ve worked towards their brands.

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

I want to get my clothing label in stores, I also want to drop an album soon, my music lovers are requesting for an album which I am looking to collaborate with different South African artists to give them a taste of my type of music.

How often do you listen to other radio stations and which radio stations do you usually listen to?

I listen to Gagasi FM,  5Fm , Touch HD and Ukhozi FM.

What has working on radio taught you?

It has really taught me a lot, but most of it all is to stay humble and to work more hard towards the things I want to achieve. Many young people look up to us and need to be be mentored, so we always have to stay on the line and teach them something positive.

What advice can you give to aspiring radio broadcasters?

To never think they’re famous, it’s their voice that is known not them, to always respect their listeners, to always go an extra mile on whatever their doing and lastly, to learn as much as they can.

 


#MyRadioPeople : Jozi FM’s Refiloe Motsei

I met Refiloe Motsei last week Friday when Jozi FM came down to Durban for their 22 years Birthday Celebrations. I fell inlove with her personality as I was sitting at uShaka Marine watching her do her with thing. Her energy showed that she truly enjoys what she’s doing, I immediately followed her on social media hoping to feature her on this series and her humble self was quick to respond to my mails, so here’s this weeks #MyRadioPeople feature.

Why radio? I did not choose radio, radio chose me, I simply won a competition to chill with certain radio personalities from a community radio station on their show, I ended up taking over their show not knowing the station manager was listening at the time, she called me the next day and the rest is history, I had never thought of radio, but now, My God I’m in love with it, I get to inform, motivate and entertain at the same time, wouldn’t trade it for anything.

Which other radio stations have you worked at? Voice of Tembisa & Anglo Platinum Radio.

Did you study radio? I never studied radio, I think it’s pure talent.

Besides Radio, which other side projects are you currently busy with or are involved in? Besides radio, I’m a television host for a current affairs show called Soweto Today, airing every Monday evening 20:30 channel 251 Soweto TV, I do motivational speaking for women and young girls, I am a selector of good music (Dj) RnB and Soul music. I’m also Master of Ceremonies.

Who is your South African Radio Icon? Favorite radio icon, phew, I have a few for different reasons, From Keino Kammies (Cape talk) Bob Mabena (Kayafm) Bonang Matheba (Ex MetroFm)to TBose (KayaFm).

What can we expect from you in the next 5 years? Haha, in the next 5 years, wow, I would love to venture into acting, my own business, and haha, wealth.

How often do you listen to other radio stations and which radio stations do you usually listen to? Quite often, I have to listen to my competitors, also, you get to learn how different techniques and skills.

What has working on radio taught you? Radio has taught me that Nothing is about me.

What advice can you give to aspiring radio broadcasters? My advice is pretty simple and might sound cliche ,but, BE YOUR SELF ” . Trust me , it’s works.

I have seen that you guys are enjoying these interviews so I will try my best to be consistent in introducing a new personality weekly.


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