River FM – overflowing with fresh talent

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March 2, 2016 by Student 24/7 Blog

With just more than two months into the new academic year, RiverFM, the North-West University’s Vaal Triangle Campus (NWU Vaal), Radio Station is already scouting for new presenters, producers, and news readers.

During the week that has been the radio station was abuzz with many radio hopefuls – from all walks of the Campus community, ready to take up the microphone and strut their stuff during the first round of auditions. The station offers more than one round of auditions to ensure that it affords as many students as possible a chance to take part.


“We invited all members of the Campus community who are interested in forming part of River FM in any way, to come audition and they did not disappoint! I believe that the first round of auditions are just the proverbial tip of the ice berg, and that the second round of auditions will attract even more students. I estimate that about 300 students will take part in this round of the auditions”, says Reagan Bahetane – manager of the radio station.

Talent impacts the very heartbeat of radio station

Bahetane further asserts that what contributes to the dynamism of River FM’s programming and production is the type of talent it attracts. He furthermore explains that contrary to popular belief, the radio station is not only a fertile training ground for BA Communication students but also students from across various disciplines.

“The greater the variety of students we attract to the station, the greater is the impact of their collective creative energy,” explains Bahetane and says that the growth of the station can be attributed to the active involvement of the student community. “We still have a team of dedicated volunteers and contributors from last year, and we invite all interested students who wish to contribute their skills and talent to the station since we are always looking for new material to fill the various shows and time slots,” Bahetane says.

Bongani Mabizela (BCom Entrepreneurship and Business Management) and Chuma Sota (BA Communication), both first year students were among those who auditioned. Chuna says that being on radio has been a childhood dream of hers since it will afford her the opportunity to be involved in a platform from where she can reach a large audience. The 20 year old Capetonian also said she was confident that she would make the final cut because of her preparation.

“I was nervous at first but after a few seconds I actually felt at home”, she added.

Mabizela on the other hand says he grew up with a fondness to try new things and he intends on giving the radio industry a go. “Even though I would like to be a presenter, I would also like to get my hands dirty on the production side”, he says.

The newly selected team will now undergo training and complete an induction programme after the final screening process.

Written by: Dumile Mlambo (Marketing and Communication)

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