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The radio awards were HOT!

About a year ago I was so disillusioned with radio I decided to quit the industry. And then I was told  about a new station opening up in Johannesburg called Hot 919 FM. It wasn't a station run by these big corporates. It was a small independent station, a station starting with virtually no big backing. When I heard who was joining the team though I felt something inside me which I hadn't felt in a long time... excitement and passion.

The jocks joining the station were the people I both worked with years before and also admired to much as deejays I listened to as a youngster. This station was small, but what a powerful team. And with that, I dusted off my headphones (well actually my retirement was so short they never had time to gather dust) and got back on air.

It's always great to be recognised as a serious player at the 2015 Radio Awards, but we all knew the cards were stacked against us as we only went on air at the end of November and entries for the Radio Awards were closed at the end of December.

So what a great night this past Saturday when just 5 months in, this small independent radio station walked away with 5 Radio Awards, including Best Breakfast Show, Best Breakfast Presenter, Best News Reader, Best Sports presenter and my award, Best Weekend Radio Show!

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It was also a night to relive the magical memories of the old 5FM with Alex Jay and Cleone Cassidy:

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And one of my favourite ever Afternoon Drive presenters from the old 5fm days, Tony Murrell:

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My good friend Barney Simon on Jacaranda FM knocked it out the park winning so many awards, including the same as me with Best Weekend Radio Show (he won in the Commercial category and I won in the Community category). Here we are backstage:

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The team at Hot919FM have all been around the block. We've all had immense success and all fallen in our careers. Having been in the trenches there are no egos at play and we celebrated not only our victories, but that of our fellow radio jocks at other stations too. When Jacaranda FM won Radio Station of the Year, I think the Hot team got up and applauded almost as quickly as the Jacaranda team themselves.

What a great night. And thank you to all the "hotties" who support Hot 919fm!








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