Over 200 hopeful radio announcers thronged Amakhosi Cultural Centre at 10am yesterday for a chance at landing a job becoming a DJ, talk show host, or presenter for Skyz Metro FM: Beyond the Sky – Esabantu.
Entertainment industry gurus – comedian Babongile Sikhonjwa, musician Mchezznana, Club 40-Forty resident disc jockey Sibanengi Ndebele, aka Mzoe, and DJ Mark Vusani, among others – came to try their luck.
Speaking to Southern Eye Lifestyle, Fair Talk Communications chief executive officer Qhubani Moyo said he was impressed with the turnout and auditions gave equal opportunities to all interested regardless of gender, race or creed.
“I am overwhelmed by the number of people that came forward to audition, we had to turn away some who would have to come back tomorrow. We will conduct auditions for three days – today, tomorrow and Saturday. We are happy that the bulk are young women – which is important because the station will assist in employing marginalised persons into the broadcasting industry.
“Fair Talk Communications will run Skyz Metro FM and Breeze FM in Victoria Falls,” he said.
Amakhosi director Cont Mhlanga addressed the crowd spelling out what was expected of them including deportment, voice projection, passion, diction and stylistics. He disclosed it had taken 34 years to see the radio station dream coming to fruition.
Meanwhile, upcoming Bulawayo radio station Skyz Metro FM has enlisted popular socialite and social entrepreneur Gilmore Tee Moyo to be host of leading flagship drive time show called The Gilmore Tee Vibe. The show starts on Friday September 4 this year when the station would be officially launched on frequency 100.3 FM.
The four-hour show will air every Friday from 2pm–6pm, targeting late afternoon and early evening prime time audiences. The show is expected to be fast paced and entertaining for that highly coveted time slot under executive producer Sonny Jermain who has had over 10 years of experience with local and international radio productions.
An excited Moyo said: “You have no idea what this means, I am really excited to have this opportunity after waiting for so long to hit airwaves. It’s going to be witty and fun.”
Fair Talk Communications has held meetings with writers, publishers, studio owners, current affairs gurus and news producers as precursor to the Bulawayo auditions. Victoria Falls’ Breeze FM will audition on April 26 and 27.