Amanda Botha bied Boekkeuse aan, ‘n program oor skrywers en boeke, waarin alle genres van die jongste Afrikaanse boeke bespreek 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.
Andrew Williams is delighted to join FMR and says “I feel like a kid in a candy store being surrounded by legends of the broadcasting industry.” Andrew is drawn to work that ignites his passion. For 15 years Andrew worked in the hospitality industry where he managed various restaurants. He now works in the motor industry. He loves sport, animals, nature, baking and of course music! As a child he would “borrow” his sister’s cassette tapes and record himself hosting his own shows, seeing it come to fruition is a dream come true.
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 and is a reviewer for FMR’s Book Choice. 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.
Dave Kruger presents Matinée as well as specialist evening programmes on composers and performers. 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.
Diederick Basson presents Sunday Concert. He studied at the universities of Pretoria, Stellenbosch and North-West (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 Academic Head of the Cape Choral Academy in Stellenbosch and Chairman of the Stellenbosch Eisteddfod. He regularly performs as a soloist and accompanist.
Dirk Binneman presents Saturday Matinee and some specialist evening shows. 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 in the Longue on Saturdays. 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 Dragana’s Wonderful World in the Lounge, Composer of the Week 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 Associate-Professor (UCT); BSc(UCT,1966), FRAD. Elizabeth has hosted Invitation to the Dance since 1996. 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.
Glynis Crook presents Being Green. 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 reader and presenter. He hosts In the Mood, Matinee, Jazz Album in the Lounge and Sunday Lunch. 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, stubbornness 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.
James Gribble presents 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.
Jennifer Hart presents evening programmes on FMR. 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/Cape Diary. 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.
Jon Geidt presents evening programmes on FMR. 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 and moving sliders. His Italian pronunciation is not always 100%. He has produced two programmes on the music and rhythms associated with steam railways.
Johann Gerber presents Reflections 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 over 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 Woodland presents mostly evening programmes and hosts the broadcasts of the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra’s concerts and also delivers the pre-concert talks. 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.
Karen Miller presents Collage and the occasional Symphony at Seven. 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.”
Kechil Kirkham presents Looking Up on Wednesday at 5.30 pm. “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.
Kirsten-Lee Fernandez presents Stepping Out, bringing all the soul, jazz and funk straight to you. Her love for music stems from her childhood, influenced by her family’s impeccable taste in music. Her fondest musical memory was performing in the opera productions, Cavalleria Rusticana and I Pagliacci by Ruggero Leoncavallo / Pietro Mascagni in 2002, aged 10. She is still passionate about singing and expression through the language of music. Kirsten-Lee is excited to be a part of the FMR team and to share exceptional timeless fine music with the listeners.
Kyle Paulssen presents Collage once a month. He emigrated from the Netherlands in 2008 and now resides in Cape Town. He completed 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 specialist evening programmes and Reflections. 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 presents evening speciality programmes and Reflections. She 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 Matinee and For the Love of Opera, 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.
Marc Falconer is a previous Headmaster of King David, Linksfield and more lately, Herzlia High School. Marc has a slightly less than helpful MA in Victorian Literature and an MEd in Developmental Educational Psychology. He is currently on sabbatical undertaking a PhD on the importance of literacy in education and has started an educational consultancy – Izun Consulting – partly to deal with matric stress and wider educational and performance coaching, subject choice and career guidance (and other school related issues). Marc is the keenest of cyclists but one of the least talented ones. Whisky and coffee have, however, proven to be good consolations.
Melanie Bruce presents Reflections 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 Jazz ‘till Sunset on Saturdays. 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 the Morning Market Report and Classic Business. He is a financial journalist and broadcaster with over 16 years’ experience covering financial markets. 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.
Mike Mills hosts the Classic Breakfast, Monday to Friday. He realised that radio was his calling at the age of 14. After obtaining a BA in drama and English, he made his first foray into radio with the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation. Thereafter, despite being occasionally side-tracked into the bright lights of television with Bop TV, the fledgling M-Net and hosting the big game show Win ‘n Spin, he’s remained faithful to radio, being at 702 for 13 years, making pit-stops at SAFM and Highveld Stereo before joining Classic FM in 1997. He’s delighted to join the fabulous team at FMR and play the world’s most beautiful music.
Mzukisi Maketa presents In the Mood and Sunday Scene. He is also a sound engineer 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 Classic 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@the Movies and (once a month) Sunday Lunch. 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, Matinee, The Choral Life and Saturday Breakfast. 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.
Paige Nick is the editor of FMR’s Book Choice and Publishers’ 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 stands in, when needed, for Dragana’s Wonderful World in the Lounge. 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 Matinee and is copy editor of Opus. 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!
Penelope presents Penelope in the Lounge, In the Mood and Saturday’s Light Lunch. Penelope is a full time jazz vocalist in Cape Town and works closely with other Capetonian musicians and presenters, encouraging the support of live concerts and jazz venues in the City.
Penelope has qualifications in musical therapy, education and history.
Her love of fine music and a dream of presenting on radio brought her to FMR where she has embraced and combined her love of jazz music, art and entertainment.
Philip Todres presents Cape Diary, Sanlam Arts Round Up and reviews books for Book Choice. 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 Reflections, Great Interpreters, Composer of the Week and on Sunday evenings, A Musical Alphabet. 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.
Rodney Trudgeon presents The Classic Morning 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 was Programme Manager until 2022. 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.
Saan Mohamed presents Saturday Scene, Take Note and The FMR SA Session on Thursdays from 9 to midnight. It was in the late 1980s, 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 the Jazz Music Compiler.
Shireen Fisher presents Shireen in the Lounge. She is a journalist who works in a corporate media setting by day and freelances for a number of magazines and agencies after hours. She obtained her National Diploma and BTech Degree from CPUT and is an alumnus of the Cape Town International Jazz Festival’s Arts Journalism Program. Her broadcasting career started in community radio in 2014 and she is beyond excited to be back behind the mic, this time reconnecting with all things jazz. She dabbles in gifting and is chief provider of treats and belly rubs to a feisty Maltese called Bentley.
Stephen ‘Spling’ Aspeling
Stephen Aspeling (Spling) presents Talking Movies on 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.
Willem Bester presents Kaapse Dagboek/Cape Diary. 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.