The Fine Music Radio Team
Victoria Cawood – Station Manager
I served my broadcasting apprenticeship at FMR under Leslie McKenzie for 8 years, being appointed Station Manager upon his retirement. I eschew the microphone and prefer to perform my administrative and bureaucratic functions in the shadows. The spotlight should be always on the wonderful FMR team (staff and volunteers) who create and broadcast the “FMR sound.”
Rodney Trudgeon – Programme Manager
Waking up to his delightful and professional presentation style and thorough enjoyment that he brings to broadcasting classical music is something that Capetonians will not want to miss – the perfect start to the day.
As a name long associated with classical music broadcasting in South Africa, his radio career has spanned some 25 years and he has sought to make classical music more accessible and more entertaining to the diverse cultures that make up South Africa’s listening audience.
Victoria Cawood, station manager of Fine Music Radio, said ‘Having been able to entice Rodney onto the FMR team is a fillip for the station’.
Debbie Hadley – Sales and Marketing Manager
I have such a passion for dance and I am very fortunate to say I have had a great career in the arts as a dancer, singer and choreographer. I am still involved in the dance and theatre scene whilst teaching modern dance in the evenings, but my interest in graphic design has pushed me to take a course and further my design skills, which have helped me express my creativity.
With my love for classical and jazz music behind me I intend to work hard bringing in as much advertising to the station while marketing Fine Music Radio using my graphic design skills.
I am honoured to be working for such a fantastic radio station.
Ida Durie – Financial Officer
Ever since moving to Cape Town, I’ve been a fan of FMR and listened to it on my way to and from work. After several years of teaching high school, I was recruited to work in the finance department of a manufacturing company. In addition to a passion for finances, I have loved music ever since my older brother taught me to read notes and I am a classically trained pianist. I look forward to an enjoyable career at FMR.
Ewan Inglis – Studio Manager
I started working at FMR as a sound engineer quite a while ago whilst studying law at UWC as a part-time student, and would therefore like to use both these skills in the Entertainment Law arena in the future. I am also a classically trained percussionist (which may explain my inability to sit still for too long) but I prefer listening to and playing Jazz. As a proud Capetonian, I cannot resist a braai and being outdoors, and I love visiting places I’ve never been to before.
Mawande Lobi – Production Engineer
Mawande Lobi started at Fine Music Radio as a weekend Duty Producer and because of his talent and impressive work ethic very quickly became part of the permanent FMR team.
Mawande is largely responsible for a lot of what you hear on air, from produced ads to Rodney Trudgeon’s People of Note as well as being Lindsay Williams’ sound engineer and co-producer.
Off air Mawande’s work can be heard on the Fine Business Radio podcasts.
Wesley Lewies – Operations Co-ordinator
Originally from Johannesburg I came to Cape Town in my early 20s for what should have been three months and, like a lot of people who visit this city, never left. I was sucked into a lifestyle of mountain exploration, rock climbing and the kind of adventure that wouldn’t have been possible in my previous flat, featureless home.
I started at Fine Music Radio on the first of March 2004, not knowing anything about community radio or classical music, and in the last ten years I’d like to think I’ve learned much about both. I’ve witnessed the growth of our little radio station, it ups and downs, and am always amazed by our achievements – long may they continue.
Pamela Atkins – Reception and Administration
I’ve been working at FMR for about 11 years. I love listening to all kinds of music, it’s my way of escaping into my own little space. I may not play any type of sport but really enjoy watching most kinds of sport, especially cricket, which is quite funny because I’ve attempted playing it before and ended up with a black eye. I never tried it again.
So, from answering calls and finding presenters to do shows from our glass office in the Artscape building to catching the sun while watching cricket on a weekend, that’s simply just me!
Rebecca Baatjes – Intern
Having grown up listening to Fine Music Radio I feel fortunate to be part of the FMR team, first as a part time duty producer / sound engineer and now as the station intern. In only six months here I have learnt so much, from marketing to (my favourite) being the “behind-the-scenes button-pusher” or even just getting to know where the some of the best cafés are on the Foreshore.
Classical music has dominated most of my life. Prior to working at FMR and post listening to FMR as a child, I graduated with a BMus from Stellenbosch Conservatoire and this rare gem of a radio station is therefore the perfect place to start.
David Juta – Office Service Assistant
David has worked for Artscape Centre for some 40 years as an Office Service Assistant. When FMR moved to Artscape some 12 years ago David agreed, with Artscape’s blessing, to widen his office service duties to include FMR. He is a integral part of the FMR core administration team.