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YFM's DJ Fresh moves to 5FM

5FM radio has confirmed that YFM's DJ Fresh will join the station as part of its new 2006 line-up in July. Fresh confirmed that his contract to present the breakfast show on Gauteng youth station YFM expires at the end of June 2006 and he has no plan to renew.
The station refused to confirm, however, which slot Fresh will fill on the 5FM line-up: afternoon (likely) or morning, as Gareth Cliff is rumoured to be moving from the afternoon drive time slot to take over Mark Gillman's breakfast show. Gillman announced last week that he would be departing the morning slot, but would want to continue at 5FM in some other capacity.

John Langford, Station Manager at 5FM comments: "We've been systematically positioning 5FM for three years now in order to establish ourselves as the obvious choice for cosmopolitan, 20-something South Africans."

Commented Fresh: "I am excited about being part of the start of a new 5FM era. I grew up listening to the then Radio 5 and Capital. Capital is no more - so, naturally... See you July 3rd!"

"The Big Dawg" - as Thato "Fresh" Sikwane is known to those close to him - hails from Gaborone, Botswana. He spread his grooves at YFM for over 8 years, where he was responsible for making the breakfast show one of the most popular morning slots in SA. Fresh has also established various scholarships, in association with tertiary institutions such as RAU, Boston Media House and Monash University, to assist youth from all walks of life to realize their dreams. He has become legendary for the unorthodox methods he's used to raise funds for charities such as the Cancer Association and People Opposing Women Abuse. Fresh is also well known for various compilation and house mix-albums.

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Comment
Anonymous
Hola Fresh!!!-
Fresh is the best DJ - good catch for 5!!!
Posted on 13 Feb 2006 14:00
Notorious
So Fresh so Clean-
Wow great news, now finally the guys in da Mutha City can tune into some Fresh Flava's.....nice choice 5fm. Good luck Fresh!!!!!!!Catch you on CPT AIRWAVES SHORTLY!!!!!
Posted on 13 Feb 2006 15:56
Anonymous
Please Fresh talk less than Gareth and play more music...-
if you are indeed going to be on the afternoon drive. And good luck to those who will wake up to Gareth's endless talking and phone calls and very min music!
Posted on 13 Feb 2006 16:27
kenny
koula for breakfast-
A FRESH OF BREATH AIR FINALLY FOR 5FM, NOW KOULA FOR BREAKFAST!!!
Posted on 13 Feb 2006 16:48
angeline
hope he realises it won't b the same 4 him without his team!!!!!!-
hope he realises it won't b the same 4 him without his team!!!!!!
Posted on 14 Feb 2006 07:53
Japie
Funny-
Funny how all the SABC critics like Fresh and Phat Joe end up at the SABC. I've never been a fan but i'm glad to see the brother representing us
Posted on 14 Feb 2006 08:10
Music Fan
Fresh brings so flava to 5FM-
Just got the definition of House 2 disc mixed by fresh and it's sh!t hot. I like Fresh's demenor and perspective. Put Gareth Cliff on the Graveyard shift, he's such a dork! Well played 5FM!
Posted on 14 Feb 2006 08:28
Lulama
Will miss you-
Fresh,I'm sooo.. sad you're leaving the Y family. But understand that everyone has to grow. Love u and all the best.
Posted on 14 Feb 2006 09:08
Buda Mxo
What a loss!!-
I vehemently believe that this is pernicious for YFM and a total loss for the station and its listerners. One can only hope that his serendipitous move was not advent of blasphemous management change and recent challenges at YFM. I also hope that 5fm is not on one of its demagogic stunts to lure black listeners (purchasing power lies with them)for advertising purposes and are not using Fresh for that purpose.As for Fresh, I certainly wish that this wont lead to the demise of his well built career and urges him to be prudent in his long walk to freedom. His radio-savvy will guarantee unremitting support from us.
Posted on 14 Feb 2006 09:26
Just a radio listener
trying to sneak it past the public-
i give props where props are due, the problem is that many have forgotten that fresh has done this before! he said he was moving to 5fm and changed his mind & backed out. that's why it's so low key, he doesn't want the public to realise he is still playing the same game, threating to go to 5fm, but holding out for more money. i will personally wait and see, because i had respect for fresh, and love 5fm & couldn't wait for him to come join the team. we will see if it actually happens this time, so fresh are you going stick to your word? or is this just a game for money! he has the right to try and get paid as much as he can, but he of all people should understand how loyal fans are. we were excited before about you joining 5fm, is there any point know in getting excited, we won't hold our breathe! i need to see it first hand, well hear him first.
Posted on 14 Feb 2006 09:53
Anonymous
HELL YEAH!-
KOULA 4 BREAKFAST FRESH 4 DRIVE GARETH 2 HIT THE ROAD
Posted on 14 Feb 2006 10:15
Roger
seaside-
I have recently moves to Durbs from Joburg. The one thing I miss the most down here is the absense of YFM!!!! I really wish it was national. East Coast Radio is pathetic and is so far behind where radio journalism is. It is still sitting in the 80s and the music matches this. It's almost as bad as Jeremy's show on 94.7fm. South Africa needs a national radio station that caters for the new south african youth!! Bring it on fresh, at least we can heat you in Durbs whilst we are parking off on the beach!!
Posted on 14 Feb 2006 10:18
Teboho
What a Marketing Switch-
I like Y-Fm, and I believe people like Fresh have contributed immensely for its growth. Now 5-Fm will definitely get us (His million fans) by bringing him on board. It will be nice and congratulations 5 for the 'Big Dogg' Marketing.!-
Posted on 14 Feb 2006 10:39
Staarr
Is white South Africa ready to go black?-
Talk about one for the books. I never thought it would happen in my life time, a black jock holding down drive at 5fm. John and crew must really want to shake off the 5fm of old and all its remnants. This is the bravest move in the radio business since 5fm decided to drop rock music along with rockheads. Whether this will pay off, we will have to wait and see. One thing is for sure though, John and crew must have thought long and hard about this decision. Its either going to come back to haunt them or it will go down as thee move that turned a station around for the better. One question though, Is white South Africa ready to go black?
Posted on 14 Feb 2006 10:42
Lebo
Can't imagine my morning without you -
You were like morning 'fix'....will miss you Dawg. You know I'm your biggest fan. I hope 5fm puts you in a slot that we can actually listen to. You are the King of radio! big up!
Posted on 14 Feb 2006 10:43
Lebo
Cant Wait-
Listening to 5fm the whole day at work, bringing on board a loud dj like fresh,,, nice move. sad loss to the yfm crew.
Posted on 14 Feb 2006 10:54
Anonymous
And then Buda MXO what's up with the jargon?????-
yo yo
Posted on 14 Feb 2006 16:28
limited
fresh now national... thats a great step forward-
rock on!
Posted on 14 Feb 2006 18:23
kenny
koula for breakfast (part 2)-
ALL THOSE WHO WANT KOULA FOR BREAKFAST MUST REPLY TO THIS AND IF WE GET AT LEAST 50 PEOPLE, THEN WE CAN HOLD A TOYI-TOYI TO THE SABC THAT KOULA BE GIVEN THE BREAKFAST SLOT
Posted on 14 Feb 2006 19:10
L.M
Rock On Fresh Man-
I would like to congratulate Fresh for moving up in the biz. I must say that it is quite sad for me as His fan on 99.2 but life goes on. I'm not sure if I will be following him to 5 though. I must say that Mark Gilman's move was a wise one, He decided to quit, while he was still ahead....(that's what he problably thought). Good Shot 5fm, It's 6-love to Bondo and His cronies, let's see how he recovers from this one. Good Luck With Your New Emloyers Fresh.
Posted on 15 Feb 2006 03:23
Tso
Big Up to the Big Dawg-
Its sad but, I don't mind the move as long as he keep the sounds & giving us his yearly-doze of House Flava. Big Up Senganga!!
Posted on 15 Feb 2006 11:52
Anonymous
KOULA FOR BREAKFAST-
IM IN
Posted on 15 Feb 2006 13:13
sefateng
move on!-
big up, this will give your co-host thato the opportunity to grow on his own!!!! he is good at what he does, it's just that it's time to let go....it's not gonna b the same
Posted on 15 Feb 2006 15:27
Prudence
Good Luck-
Sometimes we forget that people have to move on with life, so Big Fresh good luck with the future. hope that you will find what you are looking for.
Posted on 16 Feb 2006 11:46
Tshepo
Right Move Wrong Station-
Fresh should have joined Metrofm
Posted on 16 Feb 2006 13:45
Anonymous
STOP DREAMING!-
We are two so far, Kenny and myself. Idiotic piece of shit
Posted on 17 Feb 2006 10:56
japie
Phat Joe for Y-
Phat Joe must come back to Y and bring back the good old days
Posted on 17 Feb 2006 12:18
Avid listener
Fresh move-
As an avid radio listener,i would firstly congratulate Fresh on his impending move.Well done bro.As for the choice of station,i think certain people are still clinging onto the memory of a certain MIDAS TOUCH.Fresh,in my humble opinion,will definitely fill his boots and take things to the next dimension.Finally,i think that anyone who really loves radio for what it is,must surely realise that Fresh leaving Y,means that someone else gets a short at Y,and also Fresh himself has to raise his game.Either way,it cant be bad. Hamba kahle. Dan.
Posted on 19 Feb 2006 14:10
UMickey
Sold Out-
Hi fresh,congrats on the move but i feel you've sold out.Does this mean that 5FM sets the standards that all other stations are judged by,or is it simply the grass looking greener on the otherside.What ever you say YFM,its your loss.The challenge hear is for Yfm to set those high standards whatever they may be in order to attract and retain good personnel,i hope this is part of their (not too long now) strategy.
Posted on 19 Feb 2006 19:16
sasa
VUSI AND T -BOZE dump METRO FM-
Rumors are that BAD Boy T is taking over Vusi'slot and Eddie Zondi is taking over T Boze slot,at METRO FM.
Posted on 20 Feb 2006 14:38
KEITH
Big ups Fresh! Great move..-
BIG UPS MY MAN!!!! GREENER PASTURES! YOUR AGE IS OLDER THAN YFM, THEREFORE YOU HAVE TO GROW AS A DJ AS WELL..GOOD LUCK BRO!
Posted on 20 Feb 2006 18:44
samke
Fresh to 5fm-
Yfm will never b da same without u my man. Bad move though.
Posted on 21 Feb 2006 12:57
me
me -
please Koulas friend stop trying to get her the breakfast she is not good enough , if you can get two million people to toyi toyi maybe it will happen but wait 5fm does not have 2 million listeners
Posted on 21 Feb 2006 18:42
Sbuda
Fan 4 Life, Keep Rocking De AIR-WAVES "FRESH"-
As much as I am "A big fan" of the Notorious Big Dawg, I wish he didn't leave Y-FM. But if that's what the man wants I'll support him all the way. Y-FM will never be the same again!!!!
Posted on 22 Feb 2006 11:33
Anonymous
Who's Koula?-
Who the hell is Koula?
Posted on 22 Feb 2006 12:39
mandy
ZURAIDA IS BAAAAAAAAAAD-
I know djs at campus radio that are better than Zuraida please please %FM fire her , she si losing you listenership , please she is so bad
Posted on 22 Feb 2006 12:44
LOOKS
DJ FRESH'S MOVE-
5 fm is the future of radio in S.A, Good move thato- u sure do rock ! Just one thing though, Macfarlane was miles ahead when he left for 5 fm a loooong time ago: askees y fm u suck after all!
Posted on 26 Feb 2006 11:25
sometimes
looks-
Y sux? OTLANYELA SON!!!!
Posted on 28 Feb 2006 10:30
mandy
kiss my ass -
who`s ass am i kissing , ZEE is bad and tell you what she is leaving 5fm , and when you officially find out , tell your Zee fans you heard it here first ,she is bad , bottom line
Posted on 28 Feb 2006 21:52
Dude
HOUSE-
as long as there's house im happy
Posted on 2 Mar 2006 15:25
Lebo
big up!!-
I always been a great fan of Fresh, his move to 5fm is super great. so Fresh expect more listeners on your new slot @ 5fm. Fresh move from yfm has long been overdue, yfm is going down the drain and its sad but thats what happens when u have poor management. SO BIG UP TO DJ FRESH!!!!!!
Posted on 3 Mar 2006 09:29
Robyn
Mandy, I salute you sista!!!-
Bravo! i am sooo with you on that comment!
Posted on 3 Mar 2006 16:27
looks
Dj Fresh's move.-
For those that do not accept that others may have a diffirent view- too bad. I can think of a hundred reasons why Y "sux" Fresh in the morning was the only reason why people tolerated the station. Now that he is leaving, I for one WILL NOT be tuning in.BIG UP, FRESH- U WILL ROCK 5 F.M (for a change!)
Posted on 3 Mar 2006 18:24
Seipati
AM I THE ONLY SECOND PERSON WHO HAS READ BUDA MXOs COMMENTS?-
The brotha is covered. Maybe the whole thing is a demagogic stunt. Who knows? I hope it won't lead you to the demise of your well built career. Remember to be prudent in your "Long Walk To Freedom"". I can't stop laughing! He's so funny! I wonder "ke monna mang"?
Posted on 5 Mar 2006 21:22
sometimes
looks-
Gees. Talk about kissing ass. He is married..u do know that right!!!!
Posted on 6 Mar 2006 07:54
sometimes
buda mxo-
what?????
Posted on 6 Mar 2006 07:57
Tamsyn
NO GARETH IN THE MORNING EVER!!-
PLEASE PUT FRESH ON IN THE MORNINGS!! He is the king of breakfast shows. There is nothing better than listening to his warm hearty laugh first thing in the morning...Gareth will just put us all in a bad mood on the way to work!! He is way to negative for a breakfast show..
Posted on 7 Mar 2006 08:52
bunny boo
OH NO-
Yet another black presenter on 5, just what we need....NOT...come on people...what is happening to this country....its going to rot
Posted on 7 Mar 2006 14:30
Tlapi
No 1 Gillman supporter-
No matter who takes the morning slot on 5 they will never be as good as the man himself. And Fresh what does he know about rock or pop music?
Posted on 15 Mar 2006 16:08
ernie
Kenny has no life-
Koula, common mate she stinks...she gets irritated all the time, she does not even know how to use the cross-fader correctly. Please Kenny get a life
Posted on 23 Mar 2006 17:07
Killar
Big up!!!-
Fundisa izingamla how to think outside the white box!!
Posted on 3 Apr 2006 08:37
Don Jon 411
Oh Yeeah-
You know what this means.....i am only going to listen to Y in the morning for the Sake of Thato & only Thato....i wish they had paired him with AK though...... Fresh ...i am a fan 4 life... Aha Aha Aha
Posted on 5 Apr 2006 13:55
M'RAPPER4SURE
WHERE ARE U GOING?-
i stopped listening to Y when fresh left, coz Thato,Mcfarlane & Pabi dont have cred,they just make noise,no sense of authourity, when fresh spoke I listened(thato was funny then). move 2 5fm,i suppose the devil($$$) made him do it. i never listened to 5fm but when fresh moved i gave it a chance,but he sounded very uncomfortable & trying too hard to please.. in the process losing himself. he doesnt laugh out loud anymore,cant make jokes 'bout black people no more, no more Kasiology.. hmm.. shame.. no more telling callers-"o stupid'i" boss. he cant even say one word in sotho/tswana/rotten Zulu.. i wonder if im still gonna buy the house flava cd's. but hey, tsela tshweu. PS:IM NOT PLANNING ON LISTENING ANYTIME SOON.
Posted on 4 Aug 2006 18:37

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