#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!!!!

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

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