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#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.  NolwaziRead more about 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.

#MyRadioPeople : Inanda FM’s Siya Seme

A father, aspiring radio station manager and the guy who keeps the Inanda 88.4 FM listeners motivated and entertained Monday-Friday 6-9am on the Rise & Rock Breakfast show, Mr Siya Seme is featured this week.

Why radio? Honestly I never thought of being a radio personality until my uncle said the other day “Mshana you are too talkative and like helping people and forget to help yourself, why can’t you work for radio”, Then I was inspired to build a career in radio and today I enjoy every minute when I’m on air. Thank you, Malume.

Which other radio stations have you worked at? I have worked for Imbokodo FM and Jozi FM.

Did you study radio? You can say that because I studied Communication in Media at Unisa – though  didn’t finish my course due to financial difficulties. But thanks to a friend Archie who pulled some strings to get my first gig at Inanda FM.

Besides Radio, which other side projects are you currently busy with or are involved in? Besides radio I’m a motivational speaker, I work with different with NGO’s to help donate staff to orphanages and old age homes, I also MC for all sorts of occasions and do part time Djing.

Who is your South African Radio Icon? Besides myself, my  radio icon is Big Dawg DJ Fresh.

What can we expect from you in the next 5 years? I See myself as a Station manager for a radio station otherwise I see myself as my own boss in the next 3-5 years to come.

How often do you listen to other radio stations and which radio stations do you usually listen to? I listen to radio almost everyday, I enjoy listening to 5fm and SAFM.

What has working on radio taught you? Respect, to associate myself with everyone regardless of his/her status. Educate the nation, humble and be willing to accept criticisms so that I will grow.

What advice can you give to aspiring radio broadcasters? When you get a chance to be behind the microphone, make sure you use that chance as if it is your last. Humble yourself and don’t use fame to look down on other people.


#MyRadioPeople : Inanda FM’s Sethabile ‘Torchy’ Bhekiswayo

My Diva, the radio slayer and one of the most confident people I have ever had the pleasure to work with and call a ‘friend’. The reason why I have Torchy on this series this week is so I can inspire the youth – it is important to take the next person’s opinion into consideration, not all the time but sometimes, it can change your life completely.

Why radio? Radio chose me. I had no intention of being on the radio but it was an indirect love affair, with the influence of friends I believed that radio couldn’t be that challenging for me so I gave it a shot and I fell in love with it. I appreciate everyone that said I must send that demo because after that it has been an amazing journey which each day still continues further.
Which other radio stations have you worked at? I have previously worked for Radio-DUT which I was there for 2 years which were amazing that’s where I got my foundation of being a radio personality.
Did you study radio? Unfortunately, I have never studied for radio but in my years while at DUT doing Journalism we had a radio subject but it focused more on the journalistic radio and not what I wanted to know about radio.
Besides Radio, which other side projects are you currently busy with or are involved in? Since I’m in the entertainment industry I also manage an artist and we recently opened a company with my relative which I focus on events coordinating of small parties but as the business grow we would love to grow.

Who is your South African Radio Icon? My biggest Radio Icon has to be the legendary Dudu Khoza she has been able to keep up for so long and she is relevant even though she is old but her talent is God given.
What can we expect from you in the next 5 years? In coming 5 years I want to have established my name in the Television industry as a presenter and I want to expand to having a media academy that will be a place where new talent will be trained in the sector of radio and TV.
How often do you listen to other radio stations and which radio stations do you usually listen to? I frequently listen to other stations but I have an addiction of listening to our competition  – which are drive shows but it’s not to compete but to see how can I be better. In most cases I enjoy listening to The Roger Goode show and if I get time I love The Touchdown on TouchHD and I love The Fresh Breakfast team.

What has working on radio taught you? The one thing radio has taught me is that being different and unique always wins, what you bring and how you present is very important. I ought to differ from any radio person.
What advice can you give to aspiring radio broadcasters? To aspiring radio broadcasters, love can only keep you for a certain amount of time – if you are not passionate or driven you will leave and give up. Time is of the essences and competition is high so when the opportunity is given make your mark and let your point be made.


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