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#MyRadioPeople : Nontobeko Naomi Msomi of Capitol Radio

Why radio? Radio is a soul therapy, I love radio because it challenges me to always bring up my A-game when doing it, I need to research and know my story every time before I go on air. 

Which other radio stations have you worked at? I have worked at Icorafm, Izwi Lomzansi FM, Massiv Metro (online radio on Massiv underground program) and currently working at Capitol Radio based in Westville and its an online radio station I do a Music Chartshow every Sunday between 9 am to 12 pm

Did you study radio? Please specify where you studied; I started at Icora FM in 2012 as a Trainee, I was working as an all-rounder then later in 2012 I joined Izwi lomzansi FM, While working it Izwi Lomzansi Fm I felt that there is more I need to learn on radio, As much as I love it but I should also look at it as a business and building up my brand so I then went to Joburg to study Television and Radio Presenting at OnCue interface talent where you are trained by the best to be the best and that is where I learnt to bring up my A-game when it comes to Radio. 

Besides Radio, which other side projects are you currently busy with or are involved in? I am currently working as a Brand Awareness Promoter under Pangolin Promotions where I am a Speaker and talk about the Brand “GOLDEN Delight Rice” 

Who is your South African Radio Icon? I don’t know if I should go for a woman I admire the most which is Pearl Modiadie lol, I’m joking My radio Icon is Lady D Dudu Khoza from Ukhozi FM

What can we expect from you in the next 5 years? Unfortunately, the future cannot be predictable anything can happen now but in 5 years to come, I see my self working for my future employer which is…………. Lol

How often do you listen to other radio stations and which radio stations do you usually listen to? With 90% of my free time I listen to other radio stations, I usually listen to Ukhozi FM and Metrofm the most 

What has working on radio taught you? What advice can you give to aspiring radio broadcasters? Working on radio taught me Patience, Things don’t go according to your own will, Everything takes time and God’s timing is the perfect time, just give it your all, work hard, you will get tired along the way but you just always have to remember on why you started, you won’t blow up and be the best presenter in few seconds but dedication and patience while work is in progress will help you 
Never waste time because time lost will never be regained, It’s okay to try and fail than not trying at all.

#MyRadioPeople : Inanda FM’s Luyanda Hlongwane

Why radio? I chose radio because it lives inside me, it makes me feel alive and happy all times, No matter how down I feel at that specific time but once I am on radio I become a happy and free soul.
Which other radio stations have you worked at?
Back in 2017 I used to be part of a radio station called Kasie FM (located in Joburg) as an intern..

Did you study radio? I actually studied journalism and media studies( which includes radio) so that where I was able to gather all possible important information about radio before I actually become an intern at Kasie FM.
Besides Radio, which other side projects are you currently busy with or are involved in?
Beside radio I normally write short movies on my spare time / on my free time especially regarding the issues that affects the whole communities such as drugs, raping and killing of children, etc and the whole aim for this is to create awareness so we could stop doing this as communities.

Who is your South African Radio Icon?
DJ SBU, I look up to him in every way because not only is he a believer but he is also a dreamer , an achiever and a living legend. He really motivates me.
What can we expect from you in the next 5 years?
In the next 5 years I would love to open a online / community radio station so that I can be able to give an opportunity to young university graduate so they can gain experience and grow within Radio.
How often do you listen to other radio stations and which radio stations do you usually listen to?
I do listen to different radio stations from time to time and Y 99.2 FM is the radio station that I listen to the most because they always providing important and relevant content and information, they also play the freshest music at all times.
What has working on radio taught you?
Working on Radio has taught me that you should always make sure to gather interesting and new content so the listeners can always be up to date with every information and that your eyes and ears should always be open at all times.
What advice can you give to aspiring radio broadcasters?
What I can say to aspiring radio broadcasters is that , be you and do you all the time for you are in no race so be patient with yourself and your time will come when no one is expecting you to break it through in the media industry, God’s timing is never wrong.

#MyRadioPeople : Ukhozi FM’s Thozama Ngwenya

It has been great seeing Thozama grow in the radio and entertainment industry, really. From being a KZN presenter for SABC2’s Hectic Nine-9 to doing PR for Imbewu : The Seed, one of the most loved drama series in the country and now producing for Ukhozi FM which is the biggest radio station in the country and 2nd favourite in the world. This girl is going places. Be inspired below;

Why radio?
Definitely radio for the NOW factor. I love the fact that we can confirm something now and broadcast it now. No second takes. I love the fact that it’s live, every show is so or die, radio keeps me on my toes.

Which other radio stations have you worked at?
I started working in iNanda FM in 2011.
I worked at Izwi LoMzansi in 2012.
I interned at Ukhozi fm mid 2012(May)I worked for gagasi FM from May 2013-2016.
I’m working at Ukhozi FM now from April 2019- todate.

Did you study radio?
I studied Journalism and Media studies in Damelin for the radio gigs, however I have several other qualifications in other aspects of media.

Besides Radio, which other side projects are you currently busy with or are involved in?
I work as a brand builder for people in the limelight light, (not necessarily celebrities). 

Who is your South African Radio Icon?
I cannot really say icon, I don’t have an icon I have people that inspired me to get into this industry, the likes of Linda Sibiya, Bob Mabena, Poppy Ntshongwana, Tbo Touch, Dj Sgqemeza to really name a few, I can go on and on.

What can we expect from you in the next 5 years?
Either owner or board member for a group of radio stations.

How often do you listen to other radio stations and which radio stations do you usually listen to?
Working in radio it’s absolutely vital to listen to other stations, and I love radio way beyond listening to CD’s or music from my phone, so 99% of the time I’m listening to radio and it’s a mixture of radio stations for inspiration. I listen to different radio stations for different reasons, sometimes I want news, so I’ll listen to talk radio, sometimes I want a good time so I’ll listen to a vibey station, I unfortunately don’t have a favorite station, I have favorite shows on various stations.

What has working on radio taught you?
Working on radio has taught me independence, I mean I was 17  when I started working in radio and taking care of myself, it’s taught me to believe in myself, I worked with people that were twice my age and I had to make my mark, meaning I had to work twice as hard, working long hours researching for topics I wasn’t exposed to and lastly radio taught me to always stride to be better than (yesterday) my last show.

What advice can you give to aspiring radio broadcasters? Study. I know it’s the most cliche thing you’ve  ever heard, but believe me, if I wasn’t as educated as I am, I wouldn’t have a clue on what I’m doing, I’m not even saying study radio, but study, anything and that will make you interesting even to the employers, being educated allows you to be comfortable to hold conversations with very prominent people (presidents) that you will encounter on a daily basis on your show and for us (radio people) we can easily tell if a presenter/producer has no idea what’s happening because they are only depending on their talent, talent alone my friends can only get you so far. Arm yourself with all the knowledge possible and then not even the sky is your limit.

#MyRadioPeople : Vuma FM’s Gabriel Sithole

Why radio?After all these years, radio is still cool and relevant. Besides, chicks dig it. 

Which other radio stations have you worked at?Community:

Comuta FM (Johannesburg)

Radio Helderberg (Cape Town)
Commercial: Gagasi FM (Durban)

Kfm (Cape Town)

East Coast Radio (Durban)

Vuma FM (Durban)

Did you study radio? No. I have never studied for radio. I guess it was a natural talent…if there’s such a thing. 
Besides Radio, which other side projects are you currently busy with or are involved in?Now you talking! I’m on my exit in radio. It’s been 20 years. Basically, since Thabo Mbeki was president. Since Tata was alive. Since Desmond Dube was funny. Naah, It’s time to go. 
I’m a professional Wildlife &Nature Photographer, Ford Wildlife Foundation ambassador, Conservationist and qualified SA Specialist in Tourism. 

Who is your South African Radio Icon?I would say the late Bongani Cyril “Kansas City” Mchunu and Mandla Malakoane. The rest I work/have worked with in various stations, so they are my colleagues per say. 

What can we expect from you in the next 5 years?Expect to see my work on National Geographic on TV and endless interviews on newspapers. Expect to see the BEST Wildlife Photographer in Africa, a Black one at that. 

How often do you listen to other radio stations and which radio stations do you usually listen to?
Hardly hey. I like Radio 2000. They are talking to me age-wise and music-wise. They are the cool nerds! 

What has working on radio taught you?You can get fired anytime. Never settle down in one place. When you late for work…everybody knows. Unpaid leave is real on radio! On the positive, it is humbling to be able to touch people’s lives on a daily basis. There’s a difference between speaking and talking. Find that difference. 

What advice can you give to aspiring radio broadcasters?Okay. Honestly speaking. Don’t be you-there’s social media for that…be relevant. Don’t debate anything on air-be engaging…learn atleast five new things a day.  Engagement means you are able to listen. Debating means you are unmoved. Radio is like a football career. You will swop teams. You will have difficulties. You won’t impress management all the time. RUN from fame…just do your job.  South Africa has 11 official languages. If you broadcast in one language for 40 years, will that make you a legend in radio? Should we honour you? Let that sink in!!!!

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