Rushing to the top

2016-06-28 15:02
Yuzriq Meyer (24) hosts and produces his own show on Bush Radio. This passionate young man originally from Athlone is on a steady rise to the top with a growing fanbase to prove it.

Yuzriq Meyer (24) hosts and produces his own show on Bush Radio. This passionate young man originally from Athlone is on a steady rise to the top with a growing fanbase to prove it. (Samantha Lee)

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His passion and drive sees him on a steady rise to the top.

Yuzriq Meyer (24) went from home on a couch to an influential radio presenter with a steady social media and radio following.
His show on Bush Radio sees him on the airwaves from Monday to Friday hosting and producing his own show called the Breakfast Rush.

The Woodstock man recalls his journey as a calling.
“After I completed my journalism diploma I was at home for about three months before I started asking ‘what am I going to do now?’,” says Meyer.
“I was at an internet cafe looking for jobs and saw the advert from Bush Radio looking for interns. It was fate because the deadline was in two days’ time, so I got my CV together and applied.”
This was in 2014.
Meyer recalls being inappropriately dressed and not very confident in himself.
“There were 80 other people and I didn’t think I would get the job, but by the glory of God they liked my energy at the interview. A week later I got the internship,” he says.
The three-month internship saw the trainees undergo an extensive training in everything to do with radio.

At the time, there was no breakfast show at the station and this saw Meyer and two others be the first to host and produce a show from 06:00 to 09:00.
“We started the show in April 2014. Last year I started doing the show on my own and was able to bring in more elements that represented me,” he says.
The show has since seen a surge in interest, especially with daily guests.

He recalls thousands of interviews since the show’s inception and has had the opportunity to feature many dancers, artists, DJs, actors and other influential people in the community.
“I was always very talkative and had a flamboyant energy which meant I was always happy to express myself. I was very into music in high school and to me someone had it made when their music was on the radio. When I started here, my perception changed,” he says.
He says radio is his calling and he is fortunate enough to be working at a community station, being community driven himself.
“I wanted to give people a platform to change their lives,” he says.

Meyer has recently started a stint at CTV as a presenter as well.
“I always wanted to be on TV but since I started at Bush, my love for radio is greater,” he says.
With his social media following growing by the day, Meyer says he did not expect this response.
“I knew a lot of people so I started with a good fan base, but I never guessed I would be so influential. But I am blessed because I did not ask for this – it fell into my lap. I am doing this for the right reasons. There is a difference between wanting to shine and letting your work shine for you,” he says.

He has always been a motivational speaker and encourages young people to follow their dreams.
“Some people who follow me on social media may think this looks like a glamorous life, but they don’t understand that all that glitters is not gold. You must have passion and confidence and be willing to sacrifice,” he says.

Meyer hopes to move on to bigger and better things in future.
“I want to do what I am doing now but on a bigger scale where I can reach a bigger audience. I have big love for Bush Radio and CTV but with a bigger fan base I can change more lives. It is not about the fame for me, but rather the opportunity to change the fabric of society and the way they think,” he says.

You can catch the Breakfast Rush on Bush Radio on weekdays from 06:00 to 09:00. Follow Meyer on Instagram or Twitter @Yuzriq or like his Facebook pages: Mr Meyer or The Breakfast Rush.

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