Amanda Botha bied Boekkeuse, ‘n program oor skrywers en boeke, elke derde Woensdag van die maand aan, waarin alle genres van die jongste Afrikaanse boeke bespreek word. Sy voer ook gereeld onderhoude met kunstenaars wat in die daaglikse Kaapse Dagboek-programme aangebied word. Sy is ‘n skrywer in eie reg van biografieë (selfs twee oor rugby) en kunsmonografieë. Sy skryf gereeld koerantartikels oor die visuele kunste. Ook is sy ‘n navorser en teksskrywer vir TV dokumentêre films en het reeds meer as ‘n honderd films op haar kerfstok. Voorheen was sy betrokke by die uitvoerende kunste – opera, ballet en toneel.
Anna Stoddard presents Anna’s Baroque Bon-Bons on Tuesday mornings at 7:15. As a teenager, Anna discovered the wonders of Monteverdi and from then on, was gripped by Baroque music. She studied music, majoring in harpsichord, at the University of the Witwatersrand and the Academie voor oude muziek, Holland. With a harpsichord in tow, she spent eight years in Zimbabwe, teaching and presenting a Baroque program on ZBC. Since 2001, Anna has lived in Cape Town and teaches music at Reddam House School, Constantia.
Beryl Eichenberger presents Cape Diary on select weekdays at 12:00. Semi-retired publicist Beryl Eichenberger is an avid arts fan and, while she treads the boards for her local community theatre, she also indulges her love of books and children’s literature through promotions and publicity. Since arriving in SA in the late 60s she has had a career spanning retail and the media and finally running her own consultancy. She has always had a love of radio and now her favourite place is at FMR. She dabbles in voice over work, painting and is mother to three demanding cats.
Brendan van Rhyn
Brendan van Rhyn presents Matinée on Mondays at 14:00. This multi award-winning actor is best known for his role as Dr. Frank ‘n Furter in The Rocky Horror Picture Show and as the MC extraordinaire at Madame Zingara, Brendan is now one of the proud owners of Gate69, South Africa’s Premier Cabaret Theatre. He is quite happy delighting audiences in his intimate new home as his alter ego, Cathy Specific and as part of The Trolley Dollies, the country’s most famous drag trio and Gate69’s resident act. Some say Brendan is living his dream … he says he’s just living his truth.
Carl Fourie presents Composer of the Week. Carl graduated from UCT with a degree in both Music and Mathematics. Currently Head of Mathematics at Elkanah House on the West Coast, he is co-authoring a textbook on Advanced Program Mathematics. Carl has been musical director for several musicals. His speciality at FMR is music written after the Second World War. He has also hosted programmes which have been researched, compiled and presented by scholars. Carl was the Cape Argus music opera reviewer for 20 years and is involved with various ministries in his local church.
Charl van Heyningen
Charl van Heyningen presents Kaapse Dagboek on select Wednesdays at 12;00. He started singing tuition with Werner Nel in matric and later studied at the Musikhochschule in Munich, Germany, under the world-renowned singing teacher, Prof. Hanno Blaschke. He performed in various oratorios and concerts and made his operatic debut at the age of 21, subsequently singing leading lyric baritone roles in operas. He recorded his first CD, Maskers, in 1998 which received a SAMA nomination. He obtained a law degree and also performed in many TV shows and musicals. He is a classical music impresario and contemporary music promoter.
Christine Weir was one of the founding members of the comedy a cappella group, Not the Midnight Mass which ran to capacity houses in South Africa for over 20 years. Scottish born Christine has an abiding love for all things Celtic – this led to the creation of her band Christine and the Kilts. By day Christine is a singing and public speaking teacher, and in 2017 she published a book about singing techniques called Shut your Trap and Sing! In 2020 she recorded a Celtic music podcast for FMR called Under the Kilt which focuses on Celtic music from all the Celtic nations of the world.
Dave Kruger presents Matinée on select Tuesdays at 13 00. He was born and schooled in Johannesburg and settled in Cape Town in 1972. In 1976 he studied at UCT for a Bachelor Degree in Music Education, with guitar as his first major and singing as a second. When time allowed, he sang in CAPAB’s opera chorus. After graduation he taught at Camps Bay High School until 2007, when he retired, and went back to UCT to do a Masters in Music. At FMR he has written and presented some of the general day-time programmes and specialist evening programmes on composers and performers.
David Hicks presents Music Among Friends and Symphony Concert. David was born in East London, went to school there and then graduated with a BSc. As a Physics and Chemistry Teacher he taught in Natal, Transvaal and in the Cape, arriving here in 1973. He has been involved with music for almost his whole life. A frustrated pianist and organist, he settled for the second row of the basses in a variety of choirs. He has travelled (mostly in Europe) and, wherever possible, by train. He now lives in a retirement complex with a Scottie – they both have similar temperaments.
Diederick Basson presents Sunday Concert. He studied at the universities of Pretoria, Stellenbosch and North-West University (Potchefstroom) and obtained a PhD degree in Church Music in 2016. In 1997 he studied with the late Prof Ewald Kooiman in Amsterdam, specialising in the performance practice of German and French Baroque organ music. He co-authored a series of textbooks, published by Oxford University Press in 2013. Diederick is the Director of Music at Somerset College, part-time lecturer at Stellenbosch University’s Music Department and Chairman of the Stellenbosch Eisteddfod. He regularly performs as soloist and accompanist.
Dirk Binneman presents Classical Carousel on Saturdays from 14:00 to 16;00. He has been a FMR presenter since 2001. Dirk’s love for classical music only really started at university, singing in choirs. This triggered a love for the voice as instrument. In Cape Town he sang in the ad hoc choir of Cape Town Opera in numerous productions, and since 2009 he is a proud member of the Cape Town Chamber Choir. He works for the Western Cape Education Department – first as a teacher and now as videographer. He lives in Walmer Estate with his partner and their pug, Lola.
Donavan Baker presents Nightbeat on Saturday nights, midnight to 02:00. The show features the best in what smooth jazz has to offer and there is also a deviation in the show where it becomes rather nostalgic and takes a trip down memory lane with some classic soul. Donavan also delves into more obscure music that he can lay his hands on. It has always been Donavan’s dream to share his music with a wider audience and with this show he regards it as a privilege to do so.
Dragana Jevtovic presents What a Wonderful World and Collage. She’s of Serbian origin, studied in Belgrade and has honours in concert and opera singing, degrees in art and philosophy. She’s sung in Yugoslavia, the USA, throughout Europe and South Africa. Music critic for radio Belgrade 202 and the Belgrade daily “Politika”. Performed at Balkanology concerts and Cape Town Yiddish Song Festival. Dragana runs a world-renowned ceramics studio and paints in oils and acrylics. Besides music, Dragana is passionate about cooking, furry animals, travel, fast sports and lively parties. Brave and curious, she is a wife, mother of two daughters and numerous dogs.
Elizabeth Triegaardt Emeritus Assoc-Prof(UCT); BSc(UCT,1966), FRAD.Elizabeth has hosted Invitation to the Dance, for 23 years. Her interest in dance music is a result of her 24-year career in ballet as a Principal Dancer and Ballet Mistress with the CAPAB Ballet Co and subsequently being the Honorary Executive Director and founder member of the CAPE TOWN CITY BALLET from 1997 to 2018. She also headed the UCT Dance Dept for 21 years. Having danced in, produced and staged all the major classics and other works by international and local choreographers, she enjoys communicating her love of dance with the FMR listeners.
Evan Milton presents Homeground, a show dedicated to two hours of the finest South African music. The programme has been running for over a decade, a testament to Fine Music Radio’s dedication to showcasing emerging, established and legendary South African jazz musicians – with an occasional nod to other genres – interspersed with interviews with local and visiting musicians. Expect a mix of music that is always South African, always fine music – and often reveals musical gems that you didn’t know existed.
Glyn Fogell presents the English News. He moved from the UK to South Africa in 1982 to continue his career in the retail world. Glyn became involved with FMR as a news reader in 2011 as the station was a favourite and fitted with his classical music background – his father was a conductor and pianist, and Glyn used to play violin and viola at high school. Now semi-retired and consulting on food labelling and bar coding, he can spend more time with FMR. Glyn also won several awards for stage sound design in amateur productions.
Glynis Crook presents Being Green on alternate Fridays. After 15 years of living in Paris, where she worked as a journalist for Radio France International, AFP, Euronews and others, Glynis Crook returned home to Cape Town in 2002. Following nine years of producing the award-winning national radio news programme the Midday Report, in 2012 she branched out as a freelance journalist, sub-editor and researcher. Since then she’s worked for Deutsche Welle, RTHK (Hong Kong), NEPAD, UNESCO, Fine Music Radio and others, including as a news writer, correspondent and sub-editor. She’s also taught a radio production seminar at UCT.
Graham McCulloch is a news presenter and hosts Jazz Album every Tuesday night, Matineé fortnightly on a Friday and Sunday Concert once a month. He earned his radio “stripes” as a bilingual radio presenter, interviewer and news reader on Radio Good Hope in the 1970s and 1980s. He learnt live radio from seasoned broadcasters, amongst whom were Percy Sieff, Nico de Kock, Peter Merrill, Patrick Kohler and Nigel Murphy. During the 1980s he free-lanced on Springbok Radio and the English and Afrikaans Services. In June 2010 he joined FMR as a news reader.
Hadley Tituss presents Cape Diary, Kaapse Dagboek, In the Mood and News. He was Theatre Manager of Artscape for 32 years and started at FMR in 2000. Born and educated in Cape Town he LOVES animals and chocolate and poetry. Hadley is very patient, but has no truck with bullies, rudeness, name-dropping snobs, stubborness and poor service. He is acutely bored with endless pontification over food, restaurants, overseas holidays, TV Shows, sports scores, fashion (even though there’s no excuse for dressing badly… after all LOOKING GOOD IS THE BEST REVENGE!) His taste in music is eclectically catholic. Hadley is a sexagenarian vegetarian.
Ineke Slabbert presents the news on FMR. Dutch-born, she was cataloguing librarian at the then Cape Technikon for many years. Ineke’s always been interested in literature, theatre and ballet and is still involved in various volunteering projects from the Two Oceans Aquarium to The Shine Literacy Project. She was the Cataloguing Librarian at the Dutch Library, Pinelands, for more than 25 years, has read audiobooks for Tape Aids for the Blind and landed at FMR quite by accident: “I heard that an Afrikaans newsreader was needed, I thought it would be a challenge. So here I’ve been since 2014.”
James Gribble presents Matinée on alternate Wednesday afternoons, Reflections when there is a fifth Sunday, and occasional evening programmes. Born in Cape Town, he matriculated at Grey College, Bloemfontein. Graduate studies in science and then divinity led to service as a Methodist minister for 43 years. As schoolboy and student he played the French horn in an amateur orchestra in Bloemfontein. Choral music is another passion, with membership of the Cape Town Male Voice Choir, the Knysna Singers and, currently, the Philharmonia Choir of Cape Town. James and his wife, Jill, have three children and five grandchildren.
James Patrick started at FMR fifteen years ago and currently presents Morning has Broken when he’s in Cape Town. Having retired from his church ministry in Cape Town, he has been working as locum minister in various Presbyterian churches in Europe. Travel – in addition to music and literature – has over the years proved an absorbing interest and did he mention that he was born and brought up in Scotland? Not that you wouldn’t know…..
Jennifer Hart presents Classical Choice on alternate Wednesday mornings. Jennifer grew up in a musical family. She obtained her UNISA Performers & Teachers Licentiates as well as the LRSM and ARCM in London. After returning to South Africa she opened a ballet school in Bellville where she has taught for more than 50 years. Jennifer is a senior examiner and Council Member of the international Cecchetti Society of classical ballet and has compiled and produced several books and CDs of music for use in the ballet class. She has seven grandchildren and enjoys her three B’s – Baby-sitting, Ballet and Broadcasting!
Johan van Lill
Johan van Lill presents Kaapse Dagboek. Johan is an award winning arts journalist and has gained a reputation for enriching the lives of listeners across South Africa with his insightful documentaries on the arts, education, spirituality and parenting. His vast oeuvre has been recognised by the South African Academy of Science and Arts, and he received a medal of honour for his contribution to this field in 2018. In 2017 he received the Silver BASA Award for Art Journalism and also won six ATKV Media awards for arts journalism. He is a passionate visual arts collector.
Johann Gerber presents Matinée on alternative Wednesdays, Reflections on the last Sunday morning of the month and various evening programmes. Born in Bloemfontein but educated in Cape Town and Stellenbosch, Johann was a legal adviser in the corporate milieu, but for the 20 years has been running a one-man business providing financial and tax services. Apart from regular attendance at concerts, operas and ballet, he enjoys good movies and travels overseas regularly to attend concerts.
John Richards presents Being Green. He worked in education, public radio and TV, and has a wide range of interests. He has been reporting for many years on green matters and sustainable lifestyles. He’s especially keen on the sciences, and has broadcast on environmental issues and related earth science topics. He’s one of those slightly mad amateur astronomers who spend time avoiding city lights and gazing up at the stars. Not all the time though – he enjoys the good things in life like music, food, wine and being with family and friends.
John Woodland presents mostly evening programmes and hosts the live broadcasts of the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra’s concerts and also delivers the pre-concert talks with Rodney Trudgeon. John has been part of Fine Music Radio for over a decade. Inspired by the diverse musical traditions of the Cape, John’s musical activities as an organist led to a passionate interest in choral music. Since 2015, John has directed his own choral group, VOX Cape Town. John’s other life is in the sciences and he is currently a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Chemistry at UCT.
Jon Geidt presents Classical Choice on alternate Wednesdays and occasional evenings. A chorister and bell ringer at Winchester cathedral, he has doodled on the piano and played the recorder. A Bruckner enthusiast, he likes choosing from the unique variety now available of interpretative performances. He doesn’t particularly admire Schoenberg, Liszt or Lully. He enjoys pushing buttons, moving sliders and CD players that work. His Italian pronunciation is not always 100%. He has produced two programmes on the music and rhythms associated with steam railways.
Karen Miller presents Collage on alternate Tuesdays and the occasional Symphony Concert. From an academic and management consultancy background, she is delighted to be able to indulge her love of classical music at FMR where she has been a presenter for more than 20 years. She has made wonderful friends but also sadly lost some Collage co-presenters: notably, the late Charles Dingley, and Wallace Molteno. “At the beginning we were a fledgling group finding our way in the world of broadcasting; now we are a technologically sophisticated outfit but with a very special human touch.”
Keanetse Mokhothu presents the Jazz Lounge on Wednesdays. She is fluent in five official South African languages (English, Afrikaans, S. Sotho, IsiZulu, Setswana). She started with radio in high school at Stellenberg High School: Stellies Radio Long Break Shows, tertiary (CPUT UniFM – breakfast & afternoon shows) and has been on FMR since 2013. She has been exposed to choral music, jazz, fusion, world music from early childhood. She has a National Diploma & BTECH in Consumer Science: Foot & Nutrition from CPUT.
Kechil Kirkham presents Looking Up on Friday at 17:15. “Space nut” is one way to describe Kechil Kirkham, who has the great fortune to work in the South African space industry in the field of astronomy. She was raised in a village on the Scottish border, and has a degree from Cambridge University in Anthropology. A few more degrees along the way and an abiding passion for the stars, brought her to Cape Town. Most people don’t associate South Africa with cutting edge science and the biggest telescopes in the world – but Kechil is here to set the record straight.
Kyle Paulssen presents Collage once a month. He emigrated from the Netherlands in 2008 and now resides in Cape Town. He is studying towards his MBChB at the University of Cape Town and is interested in general surgery and particularly the problems women experience after breast cancer treatment. He sings in and manages the choir VOX Cape Town, and is a classical music enthusiast. On air his approach to the classical genre might be described as “daring” as he likes to think out of the box for his listeners and uses themes to create a sense of unity.
Lesley Jennings presents Reflections on Sunday mornings once a month; Morning has Broken on Sundays in the absence of James Patrick and occasional specialist evening programmes. Her musical background includes piano and organ studies, but mostly singing. Founder member of St George’s Singers, True Voices, and presently VOX, she has also sung most contraltro/mezzo roles in G&S productions. Her musical hobby has taken her overseas as singer and/or tour guide on several occasions. She worked in Administration at UCT’s Physics Department for 38 years and, since retirement, teaching English as a second language, has kept her out of mischief.
Lorraine Braid presents Classical Choice on Fridays 9:00 –12:00. Reflections from 07:00 – 10:00 on the first Sunday of the month and various mid-week evening programmes. Lorraine has been a journalist since leaving school and has reported on just about everything from horseracing and wrestling to eventually the doings of politicians during an 11-year stint in the Parliamentary Press Gallery. She retired in 2002 and does freelance translating and proof reading. She loves travelling and has a passion for music. She has no musical background and she finds the research for the programmes makes it all the more fascinating.
Louise Howlett presents For the Love of Opera at 15:00 on the first Sunday of the month, featuring all the latest news and reviews of opera around the world today. She studied classical singing at the Royal College of Music. She is a versatile performer mixing classical, jazz and Broadway in unique projects. Louise wears a number of ‘hats’ off stage as well as on. A keen promoter of classical music, Louise is General Manager of the Cape Town Concert Series, Artist Liaison for La Motte Wine Estate and co-ordinates the Unplugged concert diary of classical events across Cape Town.
Lynn Baker is a newsreader and presents Jazz ‘til Sunset on Saturdays from 16:00 to 18:00. After 20-odd years in the corporate world, Lynn joined Fine Music Radio in 2002. She also did a 10-year stint at Radio CCFm as well. Lynn is also a voice artist. She was (once) actively involved in amateur theatre and was a Toastmaster for a long time. Professional highlights include being a judge for the Cape Town Business Women’s Association; the Anglo American/Sowetan Young Communicators (Regional) Awards for high schools; and the (Exclusive Books) Boeke Prize. To relax, Lynn gardens and reads.
Mark Jennings presents Classic Breakfast on Friday mornings. Radio, that special medium taking listeners on a journey of the imagination, has captivated Mark since childhood. His role as Station Manager at FMR is to help the team bring joy to listeners by playing uplifting classical music and jazz that restores the human spirit – and to inspire presenters to tell a story of positivity and optimism. Mark is also passionate about supporting community-related issues, and he encourages FMR to try and help worthy causes where possible … particularly those related to music, performance, theatre and, of course, the environment.
Mehboob Bawa presents The Love Doctor on Monday nights from 22:00 to midnight. This specialist show includes a mix of love songs with a hint of jazz and words of inspiration. With over 30 years of experience, Mehboob is an actor, writer, producer, director, MC, radio and TV presenter as well as a voice artist and inspirational speaker. Recently he and his wife, Razia, have produced their first feature film, Bhai’s Cafe, in which he plays the title role. Mehboob believes it is important to inspire others, follow one’s passion and live your best life.
Melanie Bruce presents Matinée on alternate Fridays and various evening programmes. After many years as Headmistress of Springfield Convent School in Wynberg, retirement has now brought the great joy of being able to indulge her love of music as an FMR presenter. While she doesn’t play a musical instrument, she represents that very important, essential other half of the musical world – the listeners. Apart from attending as many live musical performances as possible, Melanie enjoys travel, theatre, books, hiking and wine, as well as her rather late introduction into the world of golf.
Melissa Stephens presents Stepping Out and Jazz Lounge. She’ll take you on a journey through the musical genres of jazz, world, soul and funk so get ready for a big night out, or in. When she’s not behind the mic, she’s using her voice to sing as part of a Cape Town chamber choir, SATB, who recently toured Germany. Her love and passion for all things music and radio transfers into her day, where she grafts her craft at a Cape Town based radio station.
Michael Avery presents Classic Business. He is a financial journalist and broadcaster with 16 years’ experience covering financial markets, first with the late veteran financial columnist and publisher David Gleason, and most recently with Classic Business. Avery edits the country’s premier private equity publication, Catalyst, and was the driving force behind the SA Water, Energy & Food Forum (SAWEF). He has had forays into mass newspaper publishing with the Second Business and has a Dionysus-like affection for all things grape. Avery holds a B.A. Journalism from the University of Johannesburg.
Mzukisi Maketa presents Sound Avenue – The Feel Good Music Show, which starts at 22:00 and ends at 01:00. He presents Jazz Lounge every Tuesday evening. He is also a duty producer at FMR. After serving at Musica for a number of years, Mzukisi quit his regular job and followed his childhood dream, which led him to Fine Music Radio. He is also a chairperson of the non-profit organisation, Inkwenkwezi Foundation. Mzukisi has a varied musical taste and delights in Asian and Italian cuisine. He loves watching football and cricket.
Nic Ciro presents FMR on the Drive. He had an intuitive desire to play with vinyl albums, microphones and headphones when he was six years old. When he was in high school Nic was fortunate to interview Roger Moore, which made things a lot more serious. Years of university led to winning a 702 audition, to news reading at 5FM and to his first paid job at Capital Radio. After 15 years broadcasting at 5FM he settled in the Cape and has “worked” at Fine Music Radio for more than ten years. “It’s an absolute labour of love.”
Nick Plummer presents FMR at the Movies on Sunday evenings. A classically-trained musician, Nick’s broad and eclectic taste in music has allowed him to share his enthusiasm for music across the diverse FMR broadcast schedule. When he’s not behind the FMR microphone, he is in high demand as a voice artist and voice dubbing actor. An award-winning stage actor, he owns a wine sales company, is a devoted husband and father to two daughters, and unashamedly pursues an unrequited love affair with golf. His motto is: “Life is too short to listen to bad music or drink bad wine.”
Otto van der Walt
Otto van der Walt presents the Afrikaans news and The Choral Life on Sundays. He has a passion for choirs and choir music. He believes music – and specifically choral/group singing – bridges all divides and brings people together. He also believes that South African choirs, with their rich diversity, do not get enough recognition in South Africa, even though outside of its borders, they are rated some of the world’s best. He has made it his life mission to correct this. Oh, during the day he is an IT support guy.
Paige Nick is the editor of FMR’s Book Choice. She is an internationally awarded freelance advertising copywriter, Sunday Times columnist and bestselling author of nine novels, most of which are comedies about either sex, politics, banting or all three. She also runs The Good Book Appreciation Society, a book club on Facebook, with over 13 000 members. Paige lives in Cape Town mostly, and spends an unhealthy amount of time reading and writing.
Patric van Blerk
Patric van Blerk presents What a Wonderful World on Wednesday at 22:00. Songwriter, record producer, presenter, he co-owns Cape Town Sound recording studios in Woodstock and Cape Town – and WooWi Global distribution. Born a Beatle-baby, he has grown into loving music of every kind, notably the Great American Song Book, jazz and classical. Co-writer of song hits such as “Paradise Road”, “We Are Growing” (from Shaka Zulu) and “Charlie”. Loves music, food, politics, reading, Bulldogs – and being home. Friends and pets are a treasure.
Paul Wise presents Classical Choice at 09:00 on Monday mornings. His real-world occupation: a former English teacher and Hansard editor, now a freelance editor and translator. He is from a family of musicans and has always been fascinated by the medium of radio. Musical credentials: Grade VIII piano (by the skin of his teeth) and choirs. And playing the tuba (briefly and VERY badly) in a school band. He hopes to please the ordinary music lover, but also intrigue the expert. Every programme is a voyage of discovery for him – and an adventure in pronunciation!
Philip Todres presents Cape Diary on select Fridays. He has published the Arts + Crafts Map since 1989 and developed a broad range of special-interest map guides which can be viewed at www.mapmyway.co.za. In partnership with the City, he publishes the Cape Town Green Map, encouraging green as an informed lifestyle choice. He is inspired by living in Cape Town and being stimulated by the diversity and range of what has increasingly become a dynamic and internationally recognised cultural and design hub. FMR helps him to stay connected to the vibrant happenings that the Mother City has to offer.
Priscilla Laing presents Classical Choice on Thursdays as well as Reflections, Great Interpreters and Composer of the Week. Kenya-born Priscilla spent her early adult years travelling before ending up in Aberdeen, Scotland, working in the oil industry. Changing direction to consulting in an IT environment her corporate world took her to Singapore and Sydney, where she lived across the water from the famous opera house. Wherever she was she would to tune in to the local classical music station, her other love being books. ‘Scilla loves the research that goes into specialist programmes and getting feedback from listeners.
Richard Jewson presents Sunday Scene on Sundays at 10:00. This program celebrates the diversity of different types of popular music of the 20th century. He has spent the major part of his working life as a global chef. After some time spent in the Merchant Navy, Canada, and Europe he ended up in Namibia in 1972 working for a major corporation in a managerial capacity. He was transferred to Namaqualand in 1984 and took early retirement in 1997. He has a love of literature and theatre (plus good food and wine) and a passion for film and music.
Rick Everett presents Musical Memories on Sundays from 13:00 to 15:00. After matriculating in 1961, Rick studied Speech and Drama with Rita Maas and took a course in Journalism with Union College. In 1962 he went before the microphone for the first time, appearing in a radio play for the English Service and for the next 20 years he appeared in hundreds of radio plays and serials for both the English Service and, mostly, Springbok Radio. He wrote, compiled and presented radio shows for Springbok Radio – while acting in numerous stage and TV productions.
Rod Miller presents the Friday Jazz Lounge slots which kicks off the week-end from 18h00 – 20h00 and the very popular long-running Sunday Soul Sessions from 21:00 – 00:30. A proud Capetonian born and bred, he has been a presenter at FMR for the last 18 years. He has an interest in jazz which goes back to his early years, and a wide knowledge and love of smooth jazz, jazz funk and classic jazz in particular. He worked and presented on retail radio for a number of years, where he gained enormous on-air radio experience.
Rodney Trudgeon presents Classic Breakfast and People of Note. In a radio career spanning over 40 years, Rodney Trudgeon has sought to make classical music more accessible and more entertaining. After a short spell as a freelance flautist in the Durban Symphony Orchestra Rodney joined SABC. He moved to Classic FM in 2000 and then to FMR in 2005 where he is also Programme Manager. He was inducted into the Liberty Radio Awards Hall of Fame in 2019. He is also author of Rodney Trudgeon’s Concert Notes – A Selection of Favourite Masterpieces published by Jonathan Ball Publishers.
Rouxnette Meiring presents Kaapse Dagboek on select weekdays. Growing up in the Little Karoo she played the piano and the concert flute and matriculated with music as subject. After a B.Dram and HED at US, she spent a year in Paris to improve her French. Back in Johannesburg, she worked as TV presenter, screen writer, translator and actor. She returned to Cape Town to raise four children near a mountain and sea and completed a Master’s in Film and Media Studies (UCT), thesis in climate change communication. A PhD in Environmental Education followed in 2018 and two eco youth novels.
Saan Mohamed presents The Odyssey Saturdays from 20:00 and Thursday evening’s Jazz Lounge. It was in the late 80’s, after moving to Johannesburg, that he showed an active interest in broadcasting. In 1988 Clive Smith, on then-Radio 5, asked Saan to produce his Saturday evening show. After moving to Cape Town in 1995 Saan joined P4 Radio as a production manager and presenter in Cape Town and in Durban until 2008, when he returned to Cape Town. In 2009 he joined FMR as late night presenter of A Jazz Odyssey. In 2015 he joined FMR as Senior Music Compiler.
Sandy Munro presents Garden Chat on Saturdays at 07:45. His life in horticulture started with a formal education in ornamental horticulture. Training concentrated on traditional practices and the science behind it. But after Sandy spent more time in wild places he realised that gardening was a human pastime that deviated from nature, and he moved on. Sandy’s philosophy is that our gardens must be part of nature’s cycle, sustaining the life of plants, animals and microbial life. Gardens must not be ornaments or plants collections, but rather a productive space that benefits all.
Sheila Chisholm presents Classical Choice on Tuesday mornings. Glasgow born Sheila is, by training, a classical ballet dancer. Marriage, rearing three daughters and helping her dentist husband scaled her teaching down. Until in 1972 she was invited to join, and later head, the Ballet Department in the Department of Coloured and Rehoboth Affairs. Said Sheila “It was a seriously political situation. However, we were producing some of the top dancers, and teachers in the country and changing the lives of thousands.” In 1994, she started reviewing ballet for the Cape Times art page. In 2017 Sheila joined weekendspecial.co.za.
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Stephen ‘Spling’ Aspeling
Stephen Aspeling (Spling) presents Film Review on Friday and Saturday mornings. As a child, Spling gravitated to the magical world of cinema. Achieving academic honours at Kingswood College, he completed a B.A. at UCT with a focus on film, media and visuals. Spling continues to review, judge and consult for a host of websites, radio stations, newspapers, magazines, screening events, festivals and has made several TV appearances. Milla Jovovich wishes she thought like him, John Cleese criticised his “Holy Grail” t-shirt’s punctuation, and Spling was interviewed on BBC Radio 5 Live.
Sukuma Mkhize (also known as Sukummah) presents The New Soul on Sunday at midnight. He is a Cape Town based astrophysicist at the South African Astronomical Observatory and a DJ on the Cape Town electronic circuit. His interest in music was initiated from listening to radio stations available within the Durban metropolis where he grew up. He moved to Cape Town in 2006 to begin studies in physics and astrophysics at UCT and discovered Fine Music Radio – the classical music and jazz sections getting him through many tutorials and late night study sessions.
Sylvia Akach presents the Jazz Lounge on Mondays and Light Lunch on Saturdays. She loves being in entertainment and wants people to enjoy themselves, have fun and learn something new while listening to any of her shows. She has loved being on radio since the day she started on campus radio which made way to her other passions such as doing voice overs and being an MC. Sylvia’s other interests are social content creation, listening to podcasts, finding new music and learning new words.
Verity Hoff is the library assistant. Verity began as a teacher of English, German and Latin. Then worked several years as a research assistant on Aaron Cohen’s Encyclopedia of Women Composers. She wrote up short biographies of German and Eastern European composers. A keen amateur botanist, she was at Kirstenbosch for 15 years at the information desk and as a forest guide. Between helping in FMR’s library, Verity loves travelling to exotic destinations such as Central Asia, India and Georgia and listening to ethic music when she can. Verity has been at FMR since 2014.
Vic Hall presents Saturday Scene, the popular light jazz programme on Saturdays, from 09:00 to 12:00. Vic is so at ease behind the microphone, and has such an array of stories to tell from his days in radio, one would automatically assume that broadcasting has been his full-time occupation. But for Vic – who hails from the UK but considers Cape Town his home – the role of DJ has always been a sideline, albeit an important one. His career is in the business world of retail. “For me”, he says, “what’s important about music is the memories it evokes.”
Waldo Buckle presents Matinée on select weekdays. Waldo’s love for radio and theatre of the mind was instilled during his pre-teen years when he often got into trouble for not wanting to miss an episode of Staal Burger. His father was a news reader on Radio Algoa in Port Elizabeth during the 1960s. His love for the arts is not limited to radio. On stage appearances at Artscape include The Yeomen of the Guard, Guys and Dolls, Oklahoma!, The Mikado, My Fair Lady, The Wizard of Oz and Ruddigore. He loves travelling, Chardonnay and the love of his life, his wife Roché.
Willem Bester presents Kaapse Dagboek on select weekdays. By day, he lectures Computer Science at Stellenbosch University, at night and over weekends, he is a tenor specialising in Early Music, and a critic of the performing arts. Willem was a voice student of André Howard and Minette du Toit-Pearce, and studied choral direction with Acáma Fick. He is a member of the Cape Consort and the Cape Soloists Choir, and performed as soloist with the CPO, Camerata Tinta Barocca, and Baroque 2000. He is the only person alive who’s published in both the Lecture Notes in Computer Science and Huisgenoot.