Local radio station 5FM has finally announced their brand new line-up.
Last month, the radio station lost its drive-time host, Thando Thabethe, after she resigned from the station following disagreements with management at the station. She later went onto social media where she detailed her reasons for leaving the station after almost six years.
On Thursday evening, the station has announced its new line-up, for its new radio year. The station said it would continue to focus on strong music, in addition to nurturing all current on-air talent listeners have grown to love.
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“The changes reflect the 5FM teams’ tenacity to maintain the station as an entertainment powerhouse and multimedia brand through incredibly talented presenters, carefully curated on-air and digital content. All while remaining on trend and with its’ finger on the pulse,” they said in a statement.
The Roger Goode Show (Monday – Friday, 6am– 9am) has already introduced Zanele Potelwa, (a.k.a. Young Boomerang) to listeners. Zanele, who’s been the digital expert within the team, will take on a permanent role as the show’s traffic reporter as well as continue as one of the station’s digital producers.
Afternoon drive listeners will hear familiar voices - Nick Hamman along with Nadia Romanos on news, Jude van Wyk on sport, and newcomer Bibi Mbangula on traffic – who has been part of the station’s digital team - will accompany listeners home on 5 Drive, weekdays 3pm – 6pm.
Taking over from Nick (weekdays, 9am – 12pm) is Stephanie B and Msizi James. This means that Justin Toerien will continue to host Music Capital (Monday - Thursday, 10pm – 1am) on his own.
Smash Afrika gets an additional hour to his show 5FM Nights, as he takes over from 6pm – 10pm. The ever popular and now legendary Ultimix at 6 will get the Smash treatment and have new life breathed into it. Programme manager Siyanda Fikelephi says that this decision was taken because as a youthful brand 5FM wants to continue being trendsetters in both current and relevant content to young adults.
When the 5Squad was announced last year, the station introduced listeners to a host of young people from various parts of the country who each held down one day of the week on the 1am – 4am slot. “We are proud that a year later we have identified potential in young radio broadcasters, absorbing them into our line-up to address other regional strategies,” Siyanda says.
Tulani Madala was one of those talented five and will be taking over the slot for the whole week, while his Cape Town counterpart Marilize du Plessis takes over All Night Music (1am – 4am) on the weekends. Durban-based 5Squad member Leah Jazz takes over The Recovery Zone on weekends 4am – 7am.
Seasoned sport reporter Duran Collett finds a new home on the weekends alongside host Nicole da Silva and newsreader Sibs Matiyela on 5FM XL Mornings, 7am – 10am.
The 5FM Weekender5 who maintain the strong and cutting-edge music offering will see some minor show changes which include a new show for Ms Cosmo. She gets an additional show on Saturdays from 5pm – 7pm, which means that Ryan the DJ’s show 5tarting from 5cratch moves up an hour from 7pm – 10pm. The Kyle Cassim Show then follows on from 10pm – 1am.
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*Press release from 5FM.