Phat Joe fires back at Kaya manager

2009-11-14 13:57

NEWLY appointed Heart 104.9 FM DJ Phat Joe has launched a scathing ­attack on Johannesburg-based Kaya FM, the radio station that fired him.

He has since backtracked, however, and removed the attack from his website. In a blog he posted there, the motormouth DJ predicted that within six months Kaya FM station manager Greg Maloka and his top managers would be fired.

The blog accused Maloka of turning Kaya into his personal “jukebox” by involving himself in programming and allegedly uploading more than 300 unresearched songs from his collection and insisting that they be on high rotation.

“Is Greg Maloka killing Kaya FM the same way he did YFM?” Phat Joe asked on the blog.

He alleged that Maloka as general manager inherited YFM with 1.9?million listeners in 2004, but a year later he was fired when the station began its “precipitous fall to radio hell”.

The blog said more than 17 of the station’s full-time workers were actively looking for jobs elsewhere. It ­also asked whether Kaya was another example of “black people not being able to do anything right”.

Phat Joe, whose real name is Majota Khambule, was fired by Kaya FM after he made derogatory remarks about 800m world athletics champion Caster Semenya.

Contacted for comment, Maloka said: “If that was true, why did Joe not raise all those issues when he was still in the building?”

Phat Joe has since distanced himself from the blog. “We did take down the blog and you must understand that I have a team of writers who work with me. I am not 100% hands-on.”

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