Zone Radio makes way for local talent

2019-10-01 06:00
Richard Griggs is paving the way for future radio presenters by providing the training and development they need to get started. PHOTO: Racine Edwardes

Richard Griggs is paving the way for future radio presenters by providing the training and development they need to get started. PHOTO: Racine Edwardes

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Zone Radio’s Richard Griggs and Judy Roberson are looking for local talent to get on the air once the station integrates from their online platform to an official FM station, later this year.

Griggs began his radio journey with Fine Music Radio, where he was for 12 years, before launching Zone Radio online in 2011. Zone Radio was a streaming station that he knew would fulfil the needs of the listener by playing the songs they request.

In addition to catering to the needs of the listener, he also created a platform to find and train radio talent – in an industry where large corporations often don’t make room for people without experience and formal training.

Griggs explains: “I felt that young talents were not being given the opportunity to develop their craft. The best radio presenters are the ones that have learned by practical experience.”

Many people walked through his doors and he was able to fill his line-up with more than 100 local talents from across the country.

After the station fell on hard times, they stopped streaming the live shows and began playing music only.

Now, after working tirelessly to get the station up and running again, Griggs and Roberson have acquired the permits to air on low frequency from Sun Valley; and residents within a five to 10km radius will be able to access exclusive, hyper-local content.

To get this hyper-local content, the station is calling on residents from Ocean View, Masiphumelele, Capri, Sun Valley, Fish Hoek, Silverglade, The Lakes and Noordhoek to get down to the station and audition to go live on air once it has launched, which is set for November.

Griggs’ promise to aspiring radio presenters is that his training will develop their skills enough to open doors to other prominent commercial radio stations.

He boasts training Ayanda Nyathi, who is now a contributor at Eye Witness News (EWN) in Johannesburg; and Brett Kannemeyer, a controller and engineer at CapeTalk 567, to name a few.

Kannemeyer said in a testimonial: “Zone Radio launched my career in radio through the passion invested in training and development. The methods applied have equipped me to reach my goals and aspirations with first-hand experience, as well as exposure to the fast-paced industry.”

Griggs plans to put together an exciting line-up which will, in the future, possibly be made up of sport segments, finance advice, feature local people who are doing great things in the community, a spiritual segment and so much more.

The station also prides itself on playing as much local music as possible, providing a platform for unsigned musicians, in addition to playing a wide array of songs to cater to every musical taste.

You have the chance to get the training you need in radio by auditioning at Zone Radio too.

  • Send a WhatsApp to 078 564 4793 or an email to janet@univox.co.za to book an audition or find out more information.

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