Dream to join Gagasi FM comes true

2017-04-19 06:00
PHOTO: nokuthula khanyile Bongani Gina.

PHOTO: nokuthula khanyile Bongani Gina.

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DETERMINATION and a fruitful journey in community radio has earned Umgungundlovu FM’s former radio jock and news editor, Bongani Gina a spot on Gagasi FM.

Gina, originally from Richards Bay, joined Gagasi FM last year as the content producer for the current affairs show Indaba, hosted by veteran journalist Alex Mthiyane.

“I grew up listening to Alex Mthiyane and Mandla Malakoane on Ukhozi FM - it is a dream come true to now be working alongside him. I am still learning and I’m very grateful he has given me an opportunity to spread my wings.”

Gina started his radio career in 2005 when he was at Domino Servite School in Kranskop.

“I use to do the Sunday School Show on Ikhwezi Community Radio when I was in Grade 8. I then moved on to do Teen Talk and ended up freelancing as a news reporter until I had to relocate to Pietermaritzburg to pursue my tertiary education.”

That was when he joined Umgungundlovu FM where he worked for five years as current affairs host and news editor.

“I was with Umgungundlovu FM from 2011. The next step in my career was always to move to a regional radio station to broaden my skills, when that opportunity presented itself I grabbed it with both hands.”

Gina said he was headhunted to apply for the content producer position at Gagasi FM.

“I was asked to send my CV for the position and after going through a rigorous interviewing process I got the job.”

He said the job comes with many responsibilities and a more mature audience.

“I have to research content ideas for the show and pick relevant topics and also make sure guests are arranged.

“Working for a current affairs show means I have to be abreast with what’s going on in the news and package the content from a fresher angle that has not been undertaken.

“It gets difficult when guests pull out at the eleventh hour but overall it’s an exciting and challenging job.”

In 2014, Gina received the Best News Reader award at the Young KZN Achievers Awards.

He said he was keen to assist upcoming journalists and radio jocks from around KZN to find their feet.

“I have plans to provide mentorship to upcoming journalists and radio jocks. I still keep in contact with guys who work for community radio stations in PMB and offer assistance and guidance where needed.”

He encouraged community radio jocks to not give up on their dreams.

“We all have to start somewhere, but it is important to have a clear plan of where you want to end up.

“Keep working hard and don’t stop sending your CVs to commercial radio stations - your day is coming.”

Indaba is on Monday to Thursday from 6pm to 8pm.

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