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YFM’s recently appointed Programming Manager, Tshepo Pule, revealed bold new changes to the stations line-up, effective from April 01, with a brand new afternoon drive show, and new DJ personalities for the 2015-2016 programming year.

Tshepo Pule is a proud alumni of YFM’s internship programme – Y Academy, and he was part of the first intake of students in 2007. Y Academy has been producing great radio talent since its inception. Pule’s trajectory is testament to the programme’s success, he has moved from student, to DJ, to trainer, to Programing Manager in a relatively short space of time.  

YFM’s consistent commitment to talent development has paved the way for young authentic talent to lead the station, and confidently rule the airwaves. YFM is raising the bar again with its carefully handpicked selection of talent spearheading the next generation of radio.

The new afternoon drive show will be anchored by Thulisa Kanzi who will host the show with his edgy and quirky style of radio, alongside popular co-host Khutso Theledi. Thulisa Kanzi is a Y Academy graduate who has risen through the ranks, and has gained a popular following on his show ‘First base’. “Thulisa Kanzi is a fresh and exciting new radio talent” commented YFM Programming Manager Tshepo Pule. “His style of radio is raw and edgy, he will bring a much needed disruption to the afternoon drive space, and to the radio landscape in general” said Pule. YFM has always gone against traditional choices and has always embraced the unexpected.

This year the station introduces a diverse group of talented individuals who all uniquely resonate with the Y brand, and its listenership. One of SA’s hottest hip hop DJ / Producers Lesego ‘Speedsta’ Nkaiseng, etv’s Club 808 host Cyprian Ndlovu, and Khanyi Mbau, who needs no introduction, will all be joining the YFM family and will each host their own shows, kicking off from April 01. “Cyprian Ndlovu and Lesego ‘Speedsta’ Nkaiseng are both dynamic young men making waves in the entertainment industry, they are exactly the kind of young achievers that fit the profile of our station”, commented YFM Programming Manager Pule. “Khanyi Mbau is all about real talk and has never been afraid to confront issues in a bold and transparent way” added Pule. “Each of these talented individuals has built a profile in their respective fields, a platform on radio is a natural progression, and I believe that they will bring unique and refreshing perspectives to the radio audience”, concluded Pule.   

Once again the station has not looked to other commercial radio stations to recruit talent.

New voices on Y, handpicked from campus radio that typify the YFM brand, include Lesego Ngapo who will join Lusanda ‘Lusky’ Nkohla to host a new 18h00 – 21h00 weekday show. Boitumelo ‘Melo’ Maoka will take over weekend breakfast, and Xolani ‘Xtreme’ Mthombeni will host weekends 09h00 – 12h00. Rising star Ayanda ‘MVP’ Mdluli will now host weekdays 10h00 – 12h00.

The Breakfast show will remain the same with popular hosts Bryce ‘Ankletap’ Clarke and co-host Mantose ‘Pout’ Tstasi. Fun loving DJ Sabby remains in the 12h00 – 15h00 timeslot.

The station bids a fond farewell to Zama Dube, Cliff ‘Mulo’ Hlongwane and Samantha ‘Sammy Sosa’ Lehoko and wishes them well in their future endeavours.

“YFM’s 2015 line up is a perfect combination of the best and sexiest young radio talent, sprinkled with seasoned personalities. We have a very successful formula that ensures that our station will always remain leaders of the game” concluded Pule.

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