#MyRadioPeople : Touch HD’s Lebo Dj Soso Motaung

A Lawyer who DJs, how cool is that? This week’s feature introduces to you Lebo Motaung, popularly known as ‘DJ Soso’ on social media.

Why radio?

Let us rather say how Radio? Well what had happened was that back in my varsity days, 2005 to be specific I joined VOWfm, campus radio station at Wits by default because the Wits DJ Society, which I was a member of, was merged with the radio station. Then I was given a show to host on weekends called Code Red, it was a music show. I have since stayed in radio for all these years because I love it. Radio has made it easier for me to affect street culture and music in a positive way.
Which other radio stations have you worked at?

I worked at Vowfm until 2016, basically since my student days until post graduation. Then I joined Touch Central in September 2016 when it started and then moved to Touch HD in 2017

Did you study radio before joining or you did once already landed a job? Please specify where you studied;

I did not study radio, I joined radio and made the best of my time in radio. I learned my skills when I was at Vowfm. I attended a radio workshop back in 2005 conducted by now the station manager of Touch HD, Martin Vilakazi. I studied Law at Wits.

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

I wouldn’t call them side projects because I value them as much as everything I do with my time. So besides radio I am also a Lawyer, Events DJ and organiser, Television script writer.

Who is your South African Radio Icon?

I have a number of Radio icons at different structural levels of radio, firstly I have a lot of respect for Given Mkhari as the first wholly Black Boss of Radio and by setting up the first Black talk radio station. For on Air I definitely rate the likes of DJ Fresh, Tbo Touch, Gareth Cliff, Eusibius McKaiser and Phat Joe.

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

You can expect to hear that I’m part of a black Consortium that is bidding for a commercial radio license. I have ambitions of owning a media powerhouse.
How often do you listen to other radio stations and which radio stations do you usually listen to?

I listen to a lot of Talk radio because I want to be ahead with current affairs and expand my knowledge on things. So I listen to Powerfm and 702. Then I also move between Touch HD, Yfm and Metrofm.

What has working on radio taught you?

Working on radio has taught me that some people are really on radio for fame and some are not even passionate about the power of radio. I’m also learning how to handle different personalities because we all think we are happening as radio hosts LOL!! I also learn a lot about delivering a product that people relate with, that it is really not about me but the listener, at most I just add my personality. But radio is the link between a life out there and the listener.

What advice can you give to aspiring radio broadcasters?

My advice to aspiring radio broadcasters is that they should learn all the details on the craft, not only on air presenting but both content and technical production. Sometimes you could be applying for a on air job at your favourite station but you find that the only position available is that of a technical producer, and if you possess the skill then you are one foot in and you can wait your turn while you are already inside to make it to on air. Think of Naked DJ for instance, started as a producer and now he has his own show. Oh and please do it for passion because any other reason will get you exposed.

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

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