It's one of the most coveted slots on any radio station. Thando Thabethe (31) will be doing the afternoon slot on 947, a year after she left her last radio job.
She's officially taking over as the drive time host weekdays from 3pm to 7pm.
This comes after the radio station parted ways with Dj Fresh and Dj Euphonik.
Thando joined 5FM in 2014 and officially took over the afternoon drive slot in 2017 with the ‘Thabooty drive’.
It took a lot of work to become the first black woman to host a drive-time show on 5FM. She started her radio career at the age of 18 at UJFM in 2008 as a newsreader. Three years on, she was on youth station Yfm. Two years later she read traffic news on The Roger Goode Show on 5FM. In 2014 she landed her own segment, The Thando Thabooty Show, a day-time slot, before stepping up to The Thabooty Drive that year.
Her star continued to rise, until her radio career ended, she told Drum in a 2020 interview. It’s unfortunate how things turned out, she says. “I needed to do it for myself and I am very proud of myself for it.”
Thando’s radio exit was unexpected. She had fans shook when she made the announcement on Twitter in April last year. “And so . . . I’ve dropped the mic after 6 years at 5 and 11 years on radio! This is it. I’ve decided to focus on other spheres in my life . . . Thank you to everyone who listened to my show, I’m nothing without you,” she tweeted.
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Now, a year later, the actress excitingly announced her return to the airwaves.
“I am really excited to be returning to radio and to have been approached by Joburg’s coolest frequency, 947, is just fantastic," she said in a statement.
"I have always loved radio as a medium to genuinely connect with people through music and conversation. I believe music is a true leveller, bringing people together in a place and time that is about what they are hearing and how it makes them feel.
"I can’t wait to get behind the mic and contribute to our audience’s listening experience,” she said.
She will be replacing DJ Fresh on the show.
Thando took to social media on Monday morning to share the news along with a promo video.
“It’s HAPPENING!!! I’m OFFICIALLY driving you home!!! I’m so excited to join the @947joburg team!!! #947DriveWithThando” she captioned the video.
947 drive with Thando Thabethe will begin on the 23rd of March from and she will be joined by Alex Caige as a co-host.
Thando’s learnt a lot in her 12 years in the industry. “My destiny lies in my own hands, and everything happens as it should. I want to be remembered for doing the unthinkable,” she told Drum previously.