702’s David O’Sullivan calls it a day

2014-07-23 17:15

Popular talk radio host David O’Sullivan is parting ways with a station he has called home for nearly two decades.

“After 19 years with Talk Radio 702, David has decided to move on to new projects. He has been an asset to the station,” said Pheladi Gwangwa, Talk Radio 702 station manager.

During his time with the station, O’Sullivan covered breaking news, human interest features, sports and most recently the Oscar Pistorius murder trial.

At the height of his radio career with the station, he was hosting the coveted afternoon drive show between 4 and 6pm on weekdays.

“It was all my decision. They wanted me to stay but I felt it was time for me to leave,” O’Sullivan said today.

The resignation comes a year after O’Sullivan was moved from the drive time show – which he had hosted for more than a decade – to an early morning show, which started at 4am.

“I was very disappointed when I was moved to the earlier slot – but the station wanted to diversify its on-air talent and I understand that,” he said.

O’Sullivan said he tried out the new time slot because he still enjoyed working for the station, but the early mornings started to become strenuous.

“I would have to be up at 2am. It soon became impossible to lead a proper life.”

Although, the slot gave him free afternoons to spend with his family, he was often tired. “I think the early slot is suited for someone who is just starting their career.”

O’Sullivan emphasised that his departure from the station was amicable. “I leave 702 on the best of terms.”

He will now be working on a freelance contract with 702 and will pursue other career opportunities. “Because of the Oscar trial, I’ve been doing a lot of work with Carte Blanche. This has opened up new opportunities for me,” he said.

He has also had offers from other radio stations, but hasn’t accepted any.

Gwangwa said: “We wish him all the best for his future and look forward to working with him in a freelance capacity and on special projects in the near future.”

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