This year has certainly been a crazy one and it’s only the 23rd of February. My life has gone through so many changes, that I shouldn’t be surprised it’s gone through yet another one.
I received news yesterday that there is going to be a big change to 94.7 Highveld Stereo.
I have been on 94.7 Highveld Stereo for 8 years and I’ve been on the Afternoon Drive show for 7 years. It’s been quite incredible when I look back over the years… I started off with being fortunate enough to work with Alex Jay who inspired me originally to be on radio. It’s something that will always be seen as a highlight. When Alex was moved to 9am-1pm, I continued on the Drive show with different anchors like: Brad Brown, Patrick Hayworth, Jeremy Harris and Revin John who were all great in their own ways. Over 18 months ago, a permanent announcement was made that Mark Pilgrim would be presenting the Drive show. Another great highlight.
Mark and I have made quite the team – The Baldy and Bailz show – and I have been blessed to work with someone as professional, fun and entertaining. I have learned so much from him and his incredible knowledge and I’m happy that we’re not just work colleagues, we’re good friends.
Yesterday Mark and I received the news that our contracts will not be renewed as there is a new change happening to the station. Anele Mdoda from 5fm is going to be moving across to 94.7 Highveld Stereo to take over the Aftenoon Drive Show.
Mark Pilgrim will continue to present the very popular KIA Take 40 SA countdown on Saturdays.
Mark and I will be doing the show until the end of March.
The news broke last night and with social media in place my phone exploded. Twitter exploded,
Facebook exploded and my phone did not stop with messages and phone calls.
I am very sad to be leaving and I’d be lying if I didn’t say I was heart sore. 94.7 Highveld stereo has been my home for years. I started off as a fresh, green 21 year old and 8 years later I have grown, learned, honed my skills and grown even more passionate for broadcasting.
Change is always scary but it’s always inevitable. They say that when one door closes, another door (or more) opens and I am looking forward to the new adventures and opportunities that will come my way.
I’d like to wish Anele the best of luck with the Drive. Look after it girl…it’s been my baby for years and I’ve been proud of it.
I’d like to thank everyone for all their support over the years. I cannot tell you how much I appreciate it. I have read every email, every tweet, Facebook message received and so on over the years (and tried to respond to every one.)
This isn’t the end… it’s just onto the next part of the journey in an industry I am so passionate about.