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Top EC radio presenters picked to power Joburg

Date Released: Tue, 4 June 2013 09:59 +0200

New Gauteng station plans to go big and will target big names.

FIVE renowned Eastern Cape radio personalities are set to join a new Gauteng-based talk station that promises to give 702 Talk Radio a run for its money.

A source known to the Daily Dispatch has confirmed that Asanda Magaqa, Eusebius McKaiser, Siki Mgabadeli and former Algoa FM couple, Mio and Queenie Khondleka will join Power FM.

Owned by media mogul Given Mkhari’s company MSG Afrika Investment Holdings, Power FM is set to hit Gauteng’s airwaves on June 18.

Other stakeholders include Ndalo Media and African Women Chartered Accountants Investment Holdings.

Speaking to the Daily Dispatch yesterday, the source said the new presenters were not allowed to reveal their involvement with the station until the official launch tomorrow.

Early this year, there were rumours that former 702 presenter McKaiser would join the station.

McKaiser, a political analyst, studied law and philosophy at Rhodes and Oxford universities. He hosted a weekly politics and morality talk show on 702, and presented Interface on SABC3.

When contacted yesterday for comment, McKaiser would neither deny nor confirm the report.

“All questions should be referred to the station. Tomorrow they will have an official launch,” he said.

Magaqa, who started off as an anchor for SABC radio current affairs show, Laphu’imkhwezi on Umhlobo Wenene FM, would also not comment.

“While I am incredibly excited about the developments in my career – particularly in radio, which has always been my first love – I’m unfortunately not in a position to confirm or deny anything as far as Power FM is concerned,” she said.

Magaqa was an anchor on Asikhulume/ Let’s Talk between 2007 and 2008. She presented SAFM’s Weekend PM Live from 2009 to 2011.

She also worked as a specialist producer for the award-winning SABC investigative show, Special Assignment.

In April this year, Algoa FM confirmed that couple Mio and Queenie Khondleka were leaving the station to join Power FM.

The site claimed that Mio would become Power FM’s music manager.

“The challenge of being part of the team that starts a new radio station is very appealing to me. Music is my other passion and serving as music manager is something I am really looking forward to, especially considering that Johannesburg is known as the hub of media,” Mio said.

Another Eastern Cape-brewed product is former Rhodes University student Siki Mgabadeli.

Mgabadeli is well-known for cohosting SABC3’s weekly Business programme Africa Inc, with Nikiwe Bikitsha, and the voice of Morning Talk with Siki the weekday morning show on SAFM.

The station is expected to announce its new team at the official launch tomorrow.

By POLISWA PLAATJIE

Source: Daily Dispatch

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