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#MyRadioPeople : Durban Youth Radio’s Njinga Mpanza

 

An Events Doctor, Club DJ and Fashionista, Njinga Mpanza of Durban Youth Radio is the personality I chose to feature on #MyRadioPeople this week.

Why radio? Honestly, radio was never really a part of my plan but over the years, people kept telling me I have a voice for radio. I figured let me give radio a shot.
Which other radio stations have you worked at? Actually, I haven’t worked for any other radio station beside DYR and I’ve been with DYR for just over a year now.
Did you study radio? Not at all. I studied Advertising Management at Varsity College. I learn more about radio from the guys that have been in the industry for years.
Besides Radio, which other side projects are you currently busy with or are involved in? Geez, so many. I’m a DJ for clubs /events/functions eg. Origin, Bus Stop, Tiger Tiger, 21st birthdays etc.. I’m also an MC (Host) for events/functions and also works as an events organizer sometimes. I pretty much get involved in as much as I can. But only projects that support social cohesion & unity because that’s what I stand for.
Who is your South African Radio Icon? I would say T-Bo Touch. Besides the American accent, I’m fascinated by how much influence he has. That’s the kind of “power” I also want.
What can we expect from you in the next 5 years? I would like to have created a network of influencers in the creative industry to create a platform for the youth to be able to earn a decent living whilst being a creative. An opportunity we (current creatives) do not have so easily.
How often do you listen to other radio stations and which radio stations do you usually listen to? Since I’m a baby in the world of broadcasting, I spend a lot of time listening to the guys who have been at it for years.
How often do you listen to other radio stations and which radio stations do you usually listen to?
Metro, Gagasi, 5FM & ECR.
What has working on radio taught you? The biggest lesson I’ve learned is to “speak more, talk less” – I apply this lesson to my everyday life.
What advice can you give to aspiring radio broadcasters? 

  1. Have a great attitude
  2. Have a student mentality
  3. Be a problem solver
  4. Work hard

#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.


#MyRadioPeople : Gagasi FM’s Nolwazi Magwaza

“A lover of all things awesome” is how this week’s personality would describe herself. Nolwazi is a Public Relations graduate who ended up in the radio industry simply because she is a chatterbox. Read more about Nolwazi as she shares her radio story below.
Why radioFunny enough there is no answer for this, radio found me, never in my wildest dreams thing I think something I had no intention of doing could make me so happy.
Which other radio stations have you worked at? I have worked at radio DUT for about 4 months and East Coast Radio for three years.
Did you study radio? No, I studied Public Relations at DUT, I constantly talk a lot and I am very loud and bold, lol I guess I landed the job because I came across as a radio head.
Besides Radio, which other side projects are you currently busy with or are involved in? I do PR work, for Versfeld & Associates, MC every Thursday at Urban Cafe On Point and MC gigs.
Who is your South African Radio Icon? Anele Mdoda is my jam.
What can we expect from you in the next 5 years? Prime time baby…[laughs]…that and lots more growth which you will see soon.
How often do you listen to other radio stations and which radio stations do you usually listen to? Not very much, Gagasi FM keeps me updated with my traffic and news and of course great personalities and music, which is my fav, I do listen to Metro at times.
What has working on radio taught you? Be humble, do you, work hard and always remember you can be replaced in a second.
What advice can you give to aspiring radio broadcasters? Knock and send those demo’s until the very end, and once you are there, remain humble, work hard and be you at all times, just be you, believe me, everyone will fall in love with you.

#MyRadioPeople : East Coast Radio’s Bongani Mtolo

A father of two, a husband and community builder, host of The East Coast Urban Monday to Thursday 6-9pm on East Coast Radio, Bongani Mtolo is the featured radio personality this week. This is his radio story;

Why radio? From the first time I heard Bhodloza on Ukhozi FM, which was known as Radio Zulu back in the day – I knew this is what I wanted to do .

Which other radio stations have you worked at? I Started where I am East Coast Radio
Did you study radio? No I didn’t, actually studied Sports Management at DUT and Cape Tech.
Besides Radio, which other side projects are you currently busy with or are involved in? I MC at events, I DJ, I also have the Bongani Mtolo Foundation that I run. My 2 boys also keep me busy.
Who is your South African Radio Icon? The old school guys, Bob Mabena, the late Kansas, Tich Mataz, DJ Fresh.
What can we expect from you in the next 5 years? I’m going to be the host of the Number One Breakfast show in the country.
How often do you listen to other radio stations and which radio stations do you usually listen to? I don’t listen to radio now but I listen to a lot of podcasts, I’m really interested in interviews and conversations. The Breakfast Club is my favorite.
What has working on radio taught you? Not to take people’s opinions about me too seriously
What advice can you give to aspiring radio broadcasters? Respect your listeners, don’t put the mike on unless you’ve got something worth listening to.

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