#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.

One Response to “#MyRadioPeople : Ukhozi FM’s Thozama Ngwenya”

  1. Mlamuli says:

    Awesome post! Keep up the great work! 🙂

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

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