Jerry Kale, an RTS FM local radio presenter, has been nominated for two awards in the upcoming National Community Radio Week Awards to be hosted in the Free State on Friday (17/02).Known as J2DE by his listeners, Kale was nominated in the categories of best music and chat show and best entertainment show.Sponsored by the Free State government and The Thoughts Lounge, the awards ceremony is a sponsorship programme to further enhance the power of community radio. Who is Jerry Kale? I was born in Galeshewe, Kimberley, and studied teaching, communication and marketing. I am a husband, a father, a professional MC and a God-fearing human being. I grew up in a family that values education and hard work. What do the nominations mean to you? I am greatly humbled and honoured to be nominated for these awards. The first annual awards for the National Community Forum. The nominations are a validation of the hard work we do on the show and a celebration of excellence in community broadcasting. How did you make it to the nomination list for best music and chat show and best entertainment show? I think it was a management decision to enter the Radio Teemaneng Stereo (RTS) FM Top 40, a show that I present. How long have you been in the radio industry? I joined RTS FM in 1995 as a reluctant English news reader and remember one of the first stories I had to cover was the State of the Province Address as a member of the news team. Modise Lobelo, who was the station’s programme manager, insisted that my report be done in English because there was a shortage of English reporters. I only spent two months as a news reader and was then requested to host the morning show, Morning Star, and then the afternoon drive show. I had a show every day of the week with an additional Saturday evening four-hour show and a Sunday show which was taken over by the late pastor Tommy Davids. I did not make the journey alone. I have worked with wonderful individuals on radio. We supported each other and the brotherhood was amazing.I now present the RTS FM Top 40. I learned to respect listeners and the value of preparation before going on air. What are the highlights of your shows? Every time I go on air is a highlight, because I am given an opportunity to communicate to thousands of people. It is a responsibility that I do not take lightly. One of the most important things I value is the opportunity to have met and interviewed politicians, the president and local artists. What are your future plans? I want to continue to inspire the youth to be the best they can be and team up with them to share my experiences. Any message that you would like to send to the community as to why they should vote for you? These two nominations are a confirmation that we can be counted among the best in the country and that the real gems are from the diamond capital of the world. Vote as many times as possible via SMS (BMCS-Kale and BES-Kale to 33083). An SMS costs R1,50.