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#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!

#MyRadioPeople : Inanda FM’s Siyanda BlackMandulo Hadebe

Humble and hungry for success, that is the content and technical producer of Inanda 88.4 FM’s breakfast show Siyanda ‘BlackMandulo’ Hadebe. A Creatives Arts College graduate born and raised in Umzinto shares his radio journey with me and you this week.

Why radio? I’ve always wanted to be on radio! It’s a platform that gives you the power and the ability to raise content that isn’t given enough attention. That is why I chose to be content & Technical producer because I conduct research. I producer/direct my show to make sure that our listeners always are gaining some knowledge or lesson. My aim is to always educate and inspire.

Which other radio stations have you worked at? March 2017 I was picked as one of the new Content & Technical Producers for Rise and Rock breakfast show on Inanda88.4FM. 

Did you study radio? Yes I did at Creative Arts College in Durban.

Besides Radio, which other side projects are you currently busy with or are involved in?  I am club and events DJ, football player and I have started Planning events & recently got into Artist Management.  

Who is your South African Radio Icon? I look up to a lot of people; Linda Sibiya, Alex Mthiyane, Siya ”President’ Seme, Mzokoloko, Sandile Mdlalose, Mandla “njiji” Mangwaza and the Technical Producers Sma Mbhatha, Lango “Nola” Cele, Nonjabulo “Njabs” – the list is endless.

What can we expect from you in the next 5 years? Expect to see BlackMandulo being a bigger brand on Radio and Television industry – I am even looking in growing myself into entrepreneur.

How often do you listen to other radio stations and which radio stations do you usually listen to? I usually listen to Metro FM in the morning but after my show from 6-9Am on Inanda88.4FM. I tune to Gagasi FM then in the afternoon I listen to Ukhozi FM or Inanda88.4FM.  

What has working on radio taught you? Working on radio has taught me so many things, but more importantly it is how to work with different people and make sure that everyday is new day so every time you must learn something new – I have also learned that respect is key in this industry,  treat all your collegues the same.

What advice can you give to aspiring radio broadcasters? My advice to the young guys out there would be; do radio if you are really passionate about it, don’t do it for the money or fame because you won’t get nowhere. Don’t give up on your dreams no matter what.  Look at me as your example, a young boy from rural area in Umzinto but now am Content & Technical Producer of the big breakfast show on inanda88.4FM. “It all starts with you”


#MyRadioPeople : Durban Youth Radio’s Jifa Azumah

With just a few months in the industry, Jifa Azumah or ‘Jeef Keef’ as she is known in these streets chatted to me how she got into the industry and has built a name for herself MC’ng some of the best parties in Durban. She models, she is a voice over artist and a smart young lady who I am looking forward to see grow in radio. Get to know her better on our Q&A below.

Why radioI’ve always wanted to be on radio! I’m a chatter box but being on radio is about more than that, this platform gives me the opportunity to interact with people without a ‘’first impression’’ everything about it is your voice carrying through a message that is either relatable or not. All in all you get touch and somewhat change people’s lives.
Which other radio stations have you worked at? I stared my Radio journey last year September when I was picked as one of the new Presenters for the Durban Youth Radio (DYR) female presenter search. This is how journey on radio began with that literally being my first time working on Radio. I love every moment and each day spent is a day for more growth.

Did you study radioNo, I never studied for radio hey… I feel talent or potential speaks volumes in this industry and DYR saw something in me that I wasn’t even sure about myself yet. Now though I sing a totally different tune because finally I see what they saw… I got that thing.

Besides Radio, which other side projects are you currently busy with or are involved in?  I’m currently part of the RunDbn A-team as one of the Hosts/MC. So I do hosting gigs as I’m pushing to be the best female host/mc in Durban or maybe even the world. I also dabble in a bit of modeling here and there. Mainly though there is a project I’m cooking up but I don’t want to jinx it. I’ll keep you guys in the loop as time goes….

Who is your South African Radio Icon? My top 3 are Sammy Sosa and Tumi Voster and Dineo Ranaka all these ladies are talented hard working women who have made a name for themselves.
What can we expect from you in the next 5 years? Just expect greatness and growth because apart from radio I want to shake up the entertainment industry as a whole.

How often do you listen to other radio stations and which radio stations do you usually listen to? I don’t listen to radio all that much but since working at a radio station I felt I need to change that so I can gather some knowledge of other stations  so I tune into Gagasi and Metro but mostly I now listen to DYR and stalk my colleges.

What has working on radio taught you?  Firstly to believe in myself more. Not to take things for granted and give out my best all the time. It has also taught me to be strong and channel my emotions because  no matter what I’m going through when that mic switches ON I need to put whatever I’m going through aside as the listener is expect me to Jeef Keef and that’s what I got to bring!

What advice can you give to aspiring radio broadcasters? Don’t give up on yourself no matter what. We all have role to play and we weren’t given these wild souls to just merely exist.

#MyRadioPeople : MegaZone Hit Radio’s Phila Peezy Duma

In his mid-twenty’s, Phila Duma AKA Peezy is a multi-talented KZN born and raised hustler who’s in-love with the media. Phila is an award winning photographer and recently been announced as the new presenter for Umhlanga radio station MegaZone Hit Radio. Not new to the radio industry, he has worked at Vuma FM as an intern and been involved within the media for a number of years. This week I got him to share his radio journey with me.

Why radio?

Radio is my main chick and I love it to death! It’s a platform that gives you the power and the ability to raise content that isn’t given enough attention. It allows you to connect with people from different cultures and have a dialogue about anything and everything.

Which other radio stations have you worked at?

My radio journey has been quite lengthy, Radio and I started dating back in 2013 when I became a News Anchor on Muslim community Radio station, Radio Al-Ansaar. 2 years later I decided to marry the platform when I joined VumaFM as journalist and a weekend breakfast co-host. I’m still yet fulfilling my hubby duties, but now as a presenter on MegaZone Hit Radio

Did you study radio?

No! I did not study Radio and never will. I believe the platform requires talent more than anything. It’s either you have the potential or you don’t. What you can do though, is master the art and take from other radio personalities.

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

Photography is my baby and I love capturing events!!! I currently run Peezy Images, a photography line that I established and won an award for last year. Yup! According to the LYD SA Youth Awards I am your Best Photographer for 2017.

Who is your South African Radio Icon?

Definitely my second mom- Zakia Ahmed Siddiqi, Linda Sibiya, Bonang Matheba and Dineo Ranaka. I can never choose a specific one between the four. I think they are incredible broadcasters who reinvent the medium every time they speak.

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

Peezy being a bigger and better brand. Radio is now a ticked item off my bucket list and Television is undoubtedly next.

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

I hardly listen to Radio and I could punch myself in the face for that because nothing is as important as getting grips with what other Radio hosts and stations are getting up to.

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