#MyRadioPeople : Kwazi Khoza

Why radio? Well radio was not something I could run away from as my mom started her radio career in 1993 at Ukhozi fm. So at a young age radio was part of my life.  When I was in matric I knew that I wanted to be in the entertainment industry. I saw myself acting, singing and being a tv presenter (LOL).  Radio was never part of the plan until 2004 when I fell in love with it. 

Which other radio stations have you worked at? Started training at Mr Price Red Cap radio in 2006. That was such a special time for me because I got to learn everything about radio from running the desk, handling content and presenting a show. I was trained by the brilliant David Yapp who believed in my talent from day one.

Then I made my way to DYR where I read the news.

I took a break from radio for a few years until the desire to go back started giving me sleepless nights. So in 2014 I approached Thulan Tee Zondi of Inanda FM . I joined his Saturday weekend show as an entertainment reporter and co- producer. It was at that moment that I felt I was at the right place in terms of content producing.

After Inanda Fm I briefly worked at East Coast Radio producing East Coast Urban that was hosted by Bongani Mtolo, Things didn’t work out so well at ECR & I was left heart broken by what happened, however through the support of my parents I pulled myself out of that dark place. 

In 2016 I joined Mpumalanga commercial radio station called Rise Fm which is based in Nelspruit. I produced the breakfast show & the mid morning show for 2 years. Had the best time of my life ,… I needed that time away from Durban .

In 2018 I got the call and I joined Gagasi fm where I started producing The Kings Drive with SPHEctacula & DJ Naves. Currently I am the producer of the lunchtime show called Noma Yini with DJ Lesoul, Heazy & Flymotion.

Did you study radio? No I didn’t study radio . I studied Media & Communications at UKZN Howard College. Unfortunately my course didn’t offer practical stuff, we were just fed theory only & that frustrated me. I realised then that I would have to get the practical experience on my own. Which is why in 2006 I called Red Cap Radio & asked to train there.

 Besides Radio, which other side projects are you currently busy with or are involved in? I work behind the scenes in television as a scriptwriter. I also do events . I work together with my Gagasi fm colleague and comedian Flymotion. We have done a few very successful comedy shows around KZN. The one that is a huge highlight for me is a sold out comedy show we did in February this year at the Playhouse Theatre. I will never ever forget that night.

Who is your South African Radio Icon? I have a few for different reasons. The two that stick to my mind definitely has to be Dudu ‘’Lady D ‘’ Khoza. She has the ability to engage with everyone at any level. No matter what your age is Lady D will communicate with you and she will leave an impression. Her personality alone eases you into a comfortable space as a listener. No day is ever the same when you listen to her show. She keeps you on her toes and that is what I love about her.

The second has to be Collen Zondo from Gagasi Fm. That man is a genius. His voice is perfect , his ability to provide content for his own show and then oh my goodness when he delivers that content on air, its amazing. I have the honour of seeing him in action at Gagasi Fm and Im always in Awe of his dedication and talent. 

What can we expect from you in the next 5 years? Believe it or not but I want to branch off into the corporate space and do it full time. I mean I have to put my Media Degree to good use (LOL) . Apart from that I want to bring life to my tv concepts that I plan to shoot under my production company.

How often do you listen to other radio stations and which radio stations do you usually listen to? I consume radio all day every day. I admit that I radio station hop. Weekend radio is my ultimate favourite . I enjoy listening to different radio stations on specific times. In my car Gagasi fm is always on . At home I listen to Inanda fm weekend shows, Ukhozi fm party time shows, I also love chart shows, but the stations that I mostly listen to are ; 

1) Gagasi fm

2) Ukhozi fm

3) Inanda Fm

4) Umhlobo Wenene

5) Vibe fm

6) Ligwalagwala Fm

What has working on radio taught you? Radio has taught me to grow up really really fast. You have to put your emotions aside and be a team player especially if you are doing a show that has many personalities on it. I have learnt to deal with presenters ego’s ,radio politics and making sure that my presenters respect me and my work. Respect is earned in radio, if you are there to take chancers and you don’t know your story, people will immediately pick up on it and take advantage of you because you don’t know what you stand for.

What advice can you give to aspiring radio broadcasters? Study Study Study . Do not underestimate the power of community radio. That is essential in owning your craft. Don’t rush to make money and be famous because you will fizzle out and you will lose . Humble yourself and learn as much as you can from your managers and the people who have been in the game for longer. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, you can never ever know everything. Lastly don’t be sucked into the world of social media, use other ways to get your content that will be relatable and relevant to your listeners.

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

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