Tuning a medium

2010-11-05 12:45

Radio used to set the tone for daily conversation. Think Mark

Gillman, Bob Mabena and Darren Scott and how many water cooler-chats they

inspired. It would seem with the advent of digital media and downloads the

theatre of the mind loses a little more of its gloss. Perhaps these fine young

things may have what it takes to get the once bustling airwaves back in tune:

»? Warrick Stock (DJ Warras):

Yfm

Midday to 3pm

He is a product of a new generation of cross-cultural, multilingual

mayhem that takes to the waves every day. The Durban-bred former investment

management student, initially began his career at a call centre but moved to Yfm

three years ago. The youngest DJ on a commercial station at 24, Stock has moved

up the ranks from graveyard shift to midday. Stock was trained by the late DJ

Monde and 5fm legend DJ Fresh, which he attributes to moving up so quickly at

the youth radio station. “A good DJ is someone who remains relevant and who

isn’t afraid to speak their mind. I look up to people like Mo Flava and Gareth

Cliff because they may be opinionated but they can back themselves up.”

»? Rob Vemba:

5fm

7pm - 10pm

Borderline arrogant and vocal, the former Rhodes student does

remind one of a younger Gareth Cliff.

Vemba’s show is a mix of interviews with some of the hottest

artists and a debate of topical issues gets evening listeners talking.

His ultimate goal is to get a breakfast show but he admits he is in

no rush to get there.

Vemba says: “Nothing beats the three hours I get to spend on

air.

“Like any other job, radio has its challenges and frustrations but

when the red light goes on none of that matters.”

»? Diggy Bongz:

Heart FM

Afternoon drive time

The teddy bear is popular on the Cape Town scene. His deep voice

conjures up images of Barry White. The oft-opinionated funny man has been a part

of the entertainment industry since the 90s and was the founding member of Cape

Town kwaito group Dantai.

A recognisable club DJ and a music pro, Diggy Bongz has a lot going

on for him as a former social science student.

»? C-Live:

5fm

10pm - 11.55pm

The hip-hopper’s show may just be the reason why 5fm is the only

station whose listenership is on the up. The former Yfm DJ made the transition

onto 5fm much like his colleague, drive-time host DJ Fresh.

The latest addition to the 5fm line up has become well known for

his exquisite taste in the hip-hop genre, hosting the weeknight show.

Not bad for someone who landed at the station by chance. He plans

to go big in the industry and create a lasting legacy.

»? Neville Pillay

East Coast Radio

9pm - 12pm

Ask any Durbanite you know (and I did) who they enjoy listening to

on regional radio and the answer is overwhelmingly, Neville Pillay.

The morning to midday host’s viewpoints have KwaZulu-Natal often up

in arms but we suspect that’s just the way he likes it.

The former comedian is often found sharing the latest gossip on his

show, or blogging and tweeting.

The motormouth has fully embraced the digital age and listeners

love it.

 

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