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#MyRadioPeople : Cosmo FM’s Gift Real Magivano Maifala

Last week something unexpected happened, someone I attended grade 9 with in Jozi bumped into my profile and decided to send me a message, this person was my bestie and we both had so much in common. He was originally from North West and I coming from Durban, we both loved the entertainment industry but sadly as things didn’t go as planned had to go back to our hometown then we lost connection. We had a little bit of catching up to do and was super proud when he shared his journey within the radio industry and thought why not feature him here and inspire many of you guys who are hoping to make it in the industry. His name is Gift Maifala but known as RealMagivano on the airwaves, he shares his journey below.

Why radio? I honestly didn’t choose radio, radio chose me so in a nutshell I’m operating in a calling, but more than anything I fell in-love with Informing, educating and entertaining masses so Radio was the best platform to exercise the above fundamentals.

Which other radio stations have you worked at? I’ve been with my current station for 3years now I believe in brand loyalty so my movement from here will be going to mainstream. commercial or National radio to be specific.

Did you study radio? I am actually a Marketing Graduate but because part of marketing Is communications, after that I enrolled and studied broadcasting as a whole at Media Concepts(SABC)

Besides Radio, which other side projects are you currently busy with or are involved in? Beside Radio I was working on my YouTube channel called Massive Tv which the plan is to have different shows we were already working on one called #TheWorldOfRadio but because My partner then was disloyal I decided to pause the project, we going to rebrand and continue, otherwise beside that I’m a Club DJ which I’m also gonna be dropping a single very soon and I’m going to feature someone whose really doing well on the music space and she’s from Durban so yeah let me leave it there.

Who is your South African Radio Icon? Mo Flava, very powerful on air and fearless.

What can we expect from you in the next 5 years? Growing big as a broadcaster for both Radio and Television, Growing big as a DJ and a music Producer and basically traveling the world through arts more than anything.

How often do you listen to other radio stations and which radio stations do you usually listen to? A lot, almost all the time actually, I listen to Metro Fm, 947, Yfm those are the stations that I’d wanna work for anytime and the station that groomed the Broadcaster that I am today Cosmo FM90.5

What has working on radio taught you? That it’s work like any other job so it shouldn’t be taken for granted and one needs to work very hard., and that it plays an important role in almost everyone on earth so I need to always be on point content wise, I always need to be on point in terms of how I deliver content to listeners.

What advice can you give to aspiring radio broadcasters? Radio is not a child’s play nor a play ground, do it because you love it not because of fame or other reasons cause getting in is easy sometimes it depends on how you sell your brand but then again maintaining the brand when you in requires focus and 250% of hard work.

African child everything is possible in life you believe, you are the driver of your own life you know what you want because the ball is in your court so make things happen.


#MyRadioPeople : DYR FM’s Siyabonga DJ Worldwide Msomi

Another one mentored by radio legend Archie Majola is Siyabonga Msomi who is popularly known as DJ Worldwide. This is his radio journey. I was inspired by this young man, I hope all of you guys looking to join radio are inspired by him.

Why radio?

Radio chose me, my mom bought me a stereo headset to listen cause I used to trouble her turning the volume up on her wireless and make a lot of noise, she decided to buy me a stereo which I used to take to school and when the teachers are not in the class I would listen all alone and laugh alone and even dance as well, I loved the different topics, talk shows and I used to listen to the likes of Lady D, Bongi Gumbi and Sbonga Mngadi… That is when I would find my self talking alone trying to create my own show and It is then when I knew that this is what I want to do when I grow up. Unfortunately it was not something I can share with anyone since in my community no one really understood the radio or entertainment industry.

Which other radio stations have you worked at? 

2014 I started my career at Inanda 88.4 fm as a traffic reporter on the breakfast show with Victor Rose jnr, Things didn’t go well there I ended up not doing traffic, I did not stay long because I wanted to go and study radio and I registered at Intec College my radio broadcasting course which I felt I was late to do it. I finished my radio broadcasting course early 2015, after my studies I got an internship at Highway radio 101.5 FM as both presenter and content producer for 6 months I did almost every show there and I used to be standby presenter – I hustled a lot. I used to sleep on the floor and wait for my early breakfast show – it was not easy at all but I was doing what I love, I left Highway radio to join RadioDUT online and campus radio station – it was fun, it’s where Vuma103fm approached me to come and produce The big weekend show for Archie Majola Saturday’s and Sunday’s where I learnt a lot from Archie, I remember the first day I came in studio early before the show started.. I came in around 3am while the show is at 6am.. I was so excited.

Did you study radio? 

I did study radio for 1 year at Intec College, I did Radio Broadcasting and it was fun to study something I love & enjoy although I was in a rush to finish the course and start to work but I waited untill the right time and graduated.

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

I am an Artist Manager, I manage artists because I love music as well… only good music [laughs] I decided to become an artist manager because Bright Deep asked me to manage him while I was not ready then I agreed and everything is going perfectly fine and I was not sure if I have this in me.. well look at me now, currently I have one artist and I have done so well he is signed under Bentley Records overseas and also has distribution contract with Gallo record label here in SA. I MC and I am a Dj as well… yes call me Dj Worldwide -I also do public speaking and motivational talks.

Who is your South African Radio Icon? 

Rob Forbes from 5FM he does 12 to 3pm Mon to Friday with Fix, I like the way he does his links and how he handles the show content and the music as well.. He once told me that it took him 11 years to get on radio and that inspires me too much and also Archie Majola former Vuma103fm, ECR and Gagasi
now he happens to be my boss at DYR he always correct me when wrong and he also teaches new radio technics and trends, really love working with him, I grew up listening to him at back in the day during his ECR days.

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

I am looking forward to join the local commercial stations like Gagasi FM, ECR and Vuma103fm. I also like 5FM and 947 in Johannesburg they do big things and I also want to be a tutor to teach young ones who want to be on radio.

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

I like this question… I always listen to a variety of radio stations but I listen to Gagasi Fm and 5FM the most and I have the 947 app – On  Saturday’s I like chart shows and dance show and Sunday’s I like talk shows so weekends is where I am glued to my wireless.

What has working on radio taught you? 

To speak sense to people and to recognize myself, who I am and to show a bit of personality there and there and also to be close to other people as I love entertaining. Radio is playing a big role on Earth, I like it when I see people gathering to listen radio.

What advice can you give to aspiring radio broadcasters? 

Radio is about to change so we must change with it.. why I say this? People can now download music wherever.. we have so many online platforms so we as radio Broadcasters need to pin them to us with fresh, engaging & funny content.


#MyRadioPeople : DYR FM’s Yolanda Mabanga

So much has been going on lately that I have neglected blogging and particularly this series which is my favourite where I feature amazing and budding radio personalities who I feel deserve recognition. This week I have the talented Yolanda Mabanga who does the Drive-Time show on DYR. Get to know her a little bit more below.

Why radio? It’s such a fun platform to use to engage with people. You do get your serious moments, but overall you’re having the time of your life (or at least you’re meant to) and that’s why I love radio. Plus, I wanted to be that person who the listener fell in love with just from hearing their voice, like I do when listening to my favourite radio presenter.

Which other radio stations have you worked at? I’ve only been at Durban Youth Radio. With that being said, I was such a problem to the friend of mine who could link me to the programme manager and the moment he told me that they were looking for new people, I jumped at it. I sent my demo but of course the programme manager told me I needed a lot of work and I knew that, which is why I volunteered to do the graveyard shift (12-4 am). I said a good two words on the first day cause of nerves, a full sentence the following day and I’ve never looked back since.

Did you study radio? None of the above actually. Even if I wanted to study radio, I don’t think my parents were going to agree cause of how unstable they felt the career path could be. The only thing I could study that’s media orientated was Journalism which I did at the Midrand Graduate Institute (now called the Pearson Institute)

Besides Radio, which other side projects are you currently busy with or are involved in? How I would love to talk about it but it’s currently a work-in-progress so I don’t want to jinx it.

Who is your South African Radio Icon? Wow, I love various personalities for different reasons but I could listen to Dineo Ranaka all day, every day. Her voice, her maturity, her wisdom…she leaves me speechless at times.

What can we expect from you in the next 5 years? I will still keep it locked on the airwaves. You can keep a lookout for me on the small screen.  I also plan on venturing into online media while learning and growing along the way. Everything media is my cup of tea.

How often do you listen to other radio stations and which radio stations do you usually listen to? I listen to Metro FM every chance I get when Dineo Ranaka is on. Besides DYR, Gagasi FM and 5 FM do justice with their tunes so if I am on the road on daily basis, these stations are definitely on my list.

What has working on radio taught you? Your energy must constantly be on a high cause the listener on the other side picks up everything. The more you practice, prepare and invest in your craft the better you will become. Be open to other peoples point-of-views and be respectful of them.

What advice can you give to aspiring radio broadcasters? Practice your craft, learn from the best in the business and bring forth your uniqueness. Also, volunteering is key. I understand its cliché but even if it means that you’re an assistant, let it be. There usually isn’t any openings in the entertainment industry, you have to create them otherwise you will sit on your dream till the cows come knocking…and even then, you will still wait.


#MyRadioPeople : River FM’s Skye Mkhonza

Skye Mkhonza is a South African 19 year old, born entertainer and an aspiring radio dj from the dusty streets of Evaton. The self-proclaimed “WhatsApp Celebrity” is, however, not only about the entertainment industry. He is a 2nd year Political Science student at the North-West University Vaal Triangle Campus and revealed that he had never thought he would be such a fan of politics but coming into varsity and being enrolled into that course by default could have been a blessing in disguise.

Known to the masses for his witty nature, it is no surprise that he starred on SABC 1’s Takalani Sesame in his childhood days for a good 2 years and worked as a newsreader for another radio station. He says he loves fashion but does not consider himself fashionable. With over 5000 followers on Facebook and over 1300 followers on Instagram, it would make sense to say he is a ball of greatness in the making.

Skye hosts “The Cnr Street Junction” on Mondays and Wednesdays from 15:00 – 18:00 pm on River FM 87.6.

Why radio? On the 31st of December 2014, I made a promise to myself… The promise was to do something about my overwhelming passion for radio and the media space in general. Ever since growing up I’ve dreamt about being a radio dj/presenter but there was a certain period in my life when I had this stereotypical mindset that because I’m from the Vaal Triangle, my chances of making my dreams a reality were limited.

I have always had abundant and unconditional love for radio… the fact that people develop some sort of connection with a person they don’t see. That to me scream REAL !

Which other radio stations have you worked at? I worked at a radio station in the Vaal called Lekoa FM, as a news reader in my matric year.

Did you study radio? None of the above! My parents could not afford the fees at Boston Media House and I did not get the MoFlava Bursary. I did, however come to the North-West University with the intention to study towards a Communications degree but found myself in Politics.

Besides Radio, which other side projects are you currently busy with or are involved in? I’m about to sound like such a busy person!!! Well… besides being a full-time student, I work nightshift at Emerald Resort and Casino as a Promotion Jockey, I have column in an online magazine (Five 75) by Bluetick Mindset, I just recently started a YouTube Channel and I do a bit of charity work here and there.

Who is your South African Radio Icon? Wow! This is a difficult one. There is a lot but from the top of my head: Kate-Lynn Pulane Motloung, Tbo Touch, Anele Mdoda and Khutso Theledi

What can we expect from you in the next 5 years? I am not the type that plans life. But 5 years from now I would like to have progressed to an unbelievable level

How often do you listen to other radio stations and which radio stations do you usually listen to? Whoa! Every chance I get hey. I switch between campus radio stations, TouchHD Online, Yfm and 94.7

What has working on radio taught you? Working on radio has taught me quite a bit about discipline, effort and commitment. Accepting failure and using it it as a stepping stone towards greatness is also one of the lessons I’ve learnt since I’ve been on radio.

What advice can you give to aspiring radio broadcasters? Be yourself and remember that growth is a natural process!


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