#MyRadioPeople : DYR FM’s Yolanda Mabanga

So much has been going on lately that I have neglected blogging and particularly this series which is my favourite where I feature amazing and budding radio personalities who I feel deserve recognition. This week I have the talented Yolanda Mabanga who does the Drive-Time show on DYR. Get to know her a little bit more below.

Why radio? It’s such a fun platform to use to engage with people. You do get your serious moments, but overall you’re having the time of your life (or at least you’re meant to) and that’s why I love radio. Plus, I wanted to be that person who the listener fell in love with just from hearing their voice, like I do when listening to my favourite radio presenter.

Which other radio stations have you worked at? I’ve only been at Durban Youth Radio. With that being said, I was such a problem to the friend of mine who could link me to the programme manager and the moment he told me that they were looking for new people, I jumped at it. I sent my demo but of course the programme manager told me I needed a lot of work and I knew that, which is why I volunteered to do the graveyard shift (12-4 am). I said a good two words on the first day cause of nerves, a full sentence the following day and I’ve never looked back since.

Did you study radio? None of the above actually. Even if I wanted to study radio, I don’t think my parents were going to agree cause of how unstable they felt the career path could be. The only thing I could study that’s media orientated was Journalism which I did at the Midrand Graduate Institute (now called the Pearson Institute)

Besides Radio, which other side projects are you currently busy with or are involved in? How I would love to talk about it but it’s currently a work-in-progress so I don’t want to jinx it.

Who is your South African Radio Icon? Wow, I love various personalities for different reasons but I could listen to Dineo Ranaka all day, every day. Her voice, her maturity, her wisdom…she leaves me speechless at times.

What can we expect from you in the next 5 years? I will still keep it locked on the airwaves. You can keep a lookout for me on the small screen.  I also plan on venturing into online media while learning and growing along the way. Everything media is my cup of tea.

How often do you listen to other radio stations and which radio stations do you usually listen to? I listen to Metro FM every chance I get when Dineo Ranaka is on. Besides DYR, Gagasi FM and 5 FM do justice with their tunes so if I am on the road on daily basis, these stations are definitely on my list.

What has working on radio taught you? Your energy must constantly be on a high cause the listener on the other side picks up everything. The more you practice, prepare and invest in your craft the better you will become. Be open to other peoples point-of-views and be respectful of them.

What advice can you give to aspiring radio broadcasters? Practice your craft, learn from the best in the business and bring forth your uniqueness. Also, volunteering is key. I understand its cliché but even if it means that you’re an assistant, let it be. There usually isn’t any openings in the entertainment industry, you have to create them otherwise you will sit on your dream till the cows come knocking…and even then, you will still wait.

One Response to “#MyRadioPeople : DYR FM’s Yolanda Mabanga”

Thanks so much for reading, hope to see you again :)

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