2012 MTN Radio Awards Hall of Fame Inductees
Boxing commentator, Dumile Mateza, began his broadcasting career back in a time when sport commentating was seen as an art. Prevalently known as a ‘controversial character’, Mateza has always been verbal and outspoken about various South African sports matters. He was appointed to become a member on the Boxing SA (BSA) board in August 2011 and is currently the MD of Dumile Mateza and Associates, a corporation with extensive experience in broadcasting, sport management and marketing, as well as sponsorship and broadcast rights.
Peter De Nobrega
Peter De Nobrega grew up in Johannesburg and from a young age always knew that radio was his calling. De Nobrega began his radio career at Wits Campus radio station and then went on to further his radio career at Africa’s first private commercial radio station, the original LM Radio station in Mozambique until 1975 and then returned to South Africa as one of the founding DJs of Radio 5 in Johannesburg, where he continued a very successful career. De Nobrega later went on to become the head of programming at Radio Jacaranda, a post he held until the station was acquired by new owners in 2005. He has worked in various roles as presenter, programme director and music manager; and today runs PdN Consulting, a successful consulting business in the radio broadcasting industry.
Having begun his career in 1988 presenting afternoon and breakfast shows, as well as a music video show for Bop TV, Bob Mabena has become a household name within the South African media industry being actively involved in radio for 20 years. Mabena joined Metro FM in 1992 presenting morning and afternoon drives and in 1996 joined Primedia at Highveld Stereo, where he later went on to become the music manager of 94.7. He later joined SABC as the Director of Strategy for Commercial Services in radio and TV. Mabena is currently the host of the breakfast show on Kaya FM and the MD of Endow Media, a radio group that owns and operates two coastal radio stations, Gagasi 99.5 in Kwa-Zulu Natal and Heart FM in the Western Cape. Mabena holds various accolades, including an ARTES Award for Best TV and Radio presenter in South Africa and a SAMA (Rap Artist of the year) for his Hip Hop album with Doctor Khumalo.
Cyril Bongani Mchunu, known to his loving fans as ‘Kansas City’, joined Radio Zulu (now Ukhozi FM) in 1972 where he went on to become the ‘Dj King’ of that station and together with his charisma and communication skills, Mchunu found himself in the position of programme compiler. By 1975, Akulalwa, the ‘party time programme’, was launched, transforming Mchunu into a radio icon. His career then shot to stardom with the Saturday Evening Top 20 and a phone-in show, titled Zakhala Izingcingo, on Sundays. Mchunu’s television debut co-hosting Ngomgqibelo/Kamokibelo was no less successful and in 1990 he won an Artes for Best Presenter. Mchunu will forever be remembered as an extraordinarily captivating personality and a genuine people’s person who aided in making Radio Zulu the most popular station in South Africa.
“If it ain’t fun it ain’t happening”, this is the guiding principle that has propelled Stan Katz through an extraordinary career spanning over three decades. Katz’s long and rewarding career in broadcasting began at the age of 23 where he managed to talk himself into a job at Swazi Radio as Administrative Assistant to the Company Secretary. It was as CEO of Primedia Broadcasting that Katz turned around 94.7 Highveld Stereo and at the same time oversaw the establishment of 567 Cape Talk. In 1995 the broadcasting legend was nominated Marketing Man of the Year by the Institute of Marketing Management and in 1999 he led a consortium that bought Kaya FM. Katz has addressed audiences around the world, including business schools and corporations. But it’s not all business, which, according to him is a game anyway and the way to win is not about changing the rules, but about changing the game. “It’s about life and humour, which, when all is said and done, is the philosophy of the unbeaten.”
Cocky Two Bull Tlhotlhalemaje
Born Cocky Poohopedi Tlhotlhalemaje, Cocky Two-Bull was a jazz musician and broadcaster, who in 1980 became the first black African to be on Channel 702, then regarded as a white radio station, today known as Talk Radio 702. Tlhotlhalemaje helped to break down the barriers that existed between the different ethnic youth groups in South Africa at that time. With his gift of the ‘African American gab’ and slang, Two Bull established himself as a credible media personality within the South African broadcasting industry. Following his visit to the US in the early 1980s, Tlhotlhalemaje translated his Tswana name to English (Two Bull), for the benefit of the Americans who could not pronounce it. Two Bull passed away in March this year. Radio 702 Station Manager, Pheladi Gwangwa says, “He [was] a real legend. We’ve really lost a soldier.”
Veteran radio personality Robin Alexander, famed for his line “brrright eyed and bushy tailed”, was born in rural Natal and began his broadcasting profession on the SABC English Service in Durban. He then went on to join LM Radio in Lourenco Marques and later moved back to South Africa where his voice became synonymous with the SABC all night radio show, Radio Orion. Alexander was also one of the founding staff announcers on Radio Highveld in 1964. Before passing away at the age of 73, he had appeared on the Johannesburg community station, Radio Today.
Dan Setshedi, known as Oom Dan by sports scribers, broadcasters and the general sports loving public, was formerly a teacher before he turned to broadcasting. He began his career at Radio Bantu, today known as Motsweding FM, and in 2006, sat on the panel for the SAB Sports Journalist Awards. Setshedi established himself as an award-winning TV sports presenter and football commentator with his trademark voice; from the time when commentating was an art, where he painted pictures with words.
Lindiwe Ntuli started working for Ukhozi FM (then Radio Bantu) in 1971 as a freelancer (part time announcer). Before that she was a regular radio drama artist in the station. Ntuli was a female freelancer with a unique style of presentation and was a darling of listeners of all age groups. Her presentation of Sikhulekile Ekhaya programme was a pleasure to listen to and her listenership was always on the increase. She was also an outstanding and versatile radio drama actress who could portrait various moods with ease. Ntuli won various Radio Artes Awards that was a radio competition for SABC radio stations and she became very popular with her role as a drama artist on Isikhumba Sebhubesi radio drama. The theatre of the mind was part of her life and that was the reason her listenership was always on the increase.
Martin Rattle was one of the three driving forces behind the collective dream that is Capital Radio 604, South Africa’s first independent broadcaster launched on 26 December in 1979, that was to instil entrepreneurial skills among the aspiring business class in the (then) first Bantustan of Transkei.