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#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!!!!


#MyRadioPeople : Ukhozi FM’s Lindani Leeh Hlophe

I got to experience working with Leeh during his Inanda FM days and it is great to see him growing everyday as he is now on national radio. Checkout his small feature below and be inspired;

Why radio? I chose radio because I have passion for it.
Which other radio stations have you worked at? I
worked at Inanda 88.4 Fm for 5 Years. 
Did you study radio?
Yes I studied Radio. In 2012 I decided to go and enroll in a radio course at Creative Arts College.
Besides Radio, which other side projects are you currently busy with or are involved in?
Besides Radio I’m an Author – I have released a book “I Own My Dream” I have a clothing line “I Own My Dream Clothing” and I’m Running “Leeh Hlophe Communications”.

Who is your South African Radio Icon?
Cyril Bongani ‘Kansas City’ Mchunu.
What can we expect from you in the next 5 years?
In the next 5 years I would like to see my self growing in Radio and in Business.
How often do you listen to other radio stations and which radio stations do you usually listen to?
I am Always Listening uKhozi 24 hours. 
What has working on radio taught you?
Working on Radio taught me to Respect People in order for you to be Respected. 
What advice can you give to aspiring radio broadcasters?
Make sure that you in Radio because of your Love for it and everything you do – do it with a passion.


#MyRadioPeople: Vibe FM’s Sama Jobe

I am back with this exciting series and I am proud to have featured a number of radio personalities from different stations for the past 2 years since I launched this informative and inspiring series. Today I feature yet another young and media passionate individual who goes by the name Sama Jobe.

Why radio?  I love radio more than anything else, not because I am talkative I just love it.
Which other radio stations have you worked at? I’d rather not mention the radio station I previously worked for because of some reasons I am not ready to talk about.
Did you study radio?  I did study radio at Fellas Groove Entertainment, but I was already at Vibe FM. I just wanted a certificate.
Besides Radio, which other side projects are you currently busy with or are involved in? I am a Board member, Brand Manager and a Voice Over Artist for Live Your Dream South Africa Youth Awards, I am also a background actor for Uzalo on SABC1 and Imbewu on eTV.
Who is your South African Radio Icon? Thokozani “Mafresh” Mpungose, but I also love uMroza for how versatile she is. There is no radio show she cannot do.
What can we expect from you in the next 5 years? Expect a qualified Journalist since I am studying at DUT and an Author.
How often do you listen to other radio stations and which radio stations do you usually listen to? Very less but I do and I listen to Ukhozi the most and Gagasi.
What has working on radio taught you? Mmmh I like this question, it has taught me to think before I speak and be more  careful of what I say.
What advice can you give to aspiring radio broadcasters? Community radio stations are a very good start yet it is not easy to get into them, all you need is to be patient and wait for your time. Never stop dreaming of being a radio personality and please don’t do it for fame but do it for a passion.


#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.


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