"YFM has been a phenomenal and groundbreaking urban radio station making history, leading edge, setting trends, laying new rules on creative expressivities and launching the country's most popular and often-imitated DJ icons," said Bondo Ntuli, YFM's Programme Manager. "We have engaged with our audiences and have also conducted rigorous research. From this we believe that we have put together a dynamic new on-air new team and sound that will resonate with our listeners."
The new line up will feature well-established DJ's and in true YFM tradition the hottest new DJ talent.
The ever-popular 06h00 - 09h00 breakfast slot will now be presented by the vibey and energetic Pabi Moloi with co-presenters MacFarlane and Thato. The 15h00 - 18h00 afternoon drive will be in the capable hands of 'seasoned' Chilli M.
The new primetime slots will be complemented by familiar voices in new spaces; youth icons Unathi and Rudeboy Paul will now present their own shows between 09h00 - 12h00 and 12h00 - 15h00, respectively. The effervescent AK and eclectic Lee will team up and host the 18h00 - 21h00 slot. Lady Cleo will keep listeners company in the later evening slot. Household names Oskido, Nutty Nys, Dre, Shabba and Adil will continue to rock the weekends.
Young new voices that are also set to tantalise audiences include; funky Moeti, sexy "bold and beautiful" Phuti and Bridget, "all true man" Amon, sexy comic Trevor, soulful Khwezi, the spunky Mpho and party man Tumi.
YFM was the first to present the offbeat, trendy and diverse musical possibility in the country. Through this it has established itself as a radio station that truly represents the spirit and energy of the young and young at heart.
From its inception YFM has provided the soundtrack to the post-democracy youth in South Africa, mirroring experiences that range from street kasi style - to the new bling generation.
"It's been an incredible journey and we thought long and hard about retaining the sincerity and integrity that is the essence of YFM," said Bondo Ntuli. "But also about capturing the imagination of today's youth in the same celebrative way that we did at the genesis moment on the station. There is an existing YFM generation and an upcoming YFM generation and we have every intention to connect and inspire with what we do best."
YFM represents dynamic members of our new youth generation and it's sexy, blazing hot and coming your way!
Monday - Thursday
00h00 - 03h00: Moeti
03h00 - 06h00: Bridget
06h00 - 09h00: Pabi, Thato, MacFarlane
09h00 - 12h00: Unathi
12h00 - 15h00: Rudeboy Paul
15h00 - 18h00: Chilli M
18h00 - 21h00: AK and Lee
21h00 - 24h00: Cleo
21h00 - 22h00: Nutty Nys
22h00 - 24h00: Tumi
00h00 - 03h00: Thabi
03h00 - 06h00: Trevor
06h00 - 09h00: Phuti
09h00 - 12h00: Adil
12h00 - 15h00: Dre
15h00 - 18h00: Shabba
18h00 - 21h00: Oscar
21h00 - 24h00: Tumi
00h00 - 03h00: Thabi
03h00 - 06h00: Trevor
06h00 - 09h00: Phuti
09h00 - 12h00: Adil
12h00 - 15h00: Mpho
15h00 - 18h00: Amon
18h00 - 21h00: Kwezi
21h00 - 24h00: Cleo
YFM DJ Profiles
Born Mvulane Mnisi in Katlehong on the East Rand, Rude Boy Paul is one of YFM's hottest properties and has been with the station since inception in 1997. Rudeboy resonates with energy, fun, and a positive consciousness. The talented poet was the editor of the award winning afro-chic Y Mag for two years and handed over to fellow YFM DJ and co-host of Harambe Leslie "Lee" Kasumba when editorship rotated in 2004.
Rudeboy Paul has established himself as a sought after promoter of events with a strong cultural twist with run by his company, Rudeboy Paul Productions.
Born and bred in Johannesburg is Pabi Moloi who will be co-hosting the "Y-d Awake Breakfast show" with Macfarlane and Thato. Pabi shares her sentiments about radio being a personal and expressive medium and as good as a best friend.
Breaking boundaries, making new rules and being happy and fulfilled are Pabi's definitions of success. Her most important thing is looking after herself, because she believes that will determine what she will give to the people around her.
Shonisani 'Shabba' Muleya was born February 13, 1975 in Makwarela, Venda, Northern Province. He acquired the name Shabba after he sported the same haircut as Ragga artist, Shabba Ranks.
Shabba takes centre stage on the weekend, with his 'AshifaShabba on Saturdays. Shabba's show is all about hit music and as a very popular comedian he brings a healthy dose of humour to his show.
Ashifashabba productions, Shabba's production company has to-date released Shabba's comedy CD's and The Kwaito Invasion mixed by DJ Jerry.
Unathi Nkayi had a dream entry into broadcasting. In Johannesburg for a prolonged period of time for the first time, looking for a job after graduating from Rhodes University, she beat hundreds of hopefuls to the post and landed her first TV presenting job with Castle Loud in 2001.
After shining as a fill in presenter for a DJ who was away, Unathi scored her own show.
Unathi is a mother, a talented DJ and is an established and acclaimed recording artist.
Vukani "ChilliM" Masinga returns to YFM after 6 years with broad knowledge of the industry, filled with experience and renewed energy to make sure afternoon drive is blazing hot.
Thato was born in 1979 at Baragwanath Hospital. He spent most of his childhood on the streets of Meadowlands, Orlando & Diepkloof where he gained the valuable street smarts that come in handy in many situations life throws at us.
Thato's plans for the future are to 'take over the world by any means necessary and may you listen to his voice until you don't have a choice. GP's masses know that this youngster means what he says.
Born in Welkom in the Free State is 25-year-old Macfarlane Moleli. He will be co-hosting the "Y-d Awake Breakfast show" with Pabi Moloi and Thato. Macfarlane has always been a very talkative person; he finds radio the perfect place to express himself. He emphasizes that YFM is an exciting radio station and stands for something that he strongly believes in and that is the youth!
To Macfarlane success means being totally happy with himself, his surroundings, and being able to give himself to society. Family means a lot to him as well as those who are dear to him.
Azaria Khehla 'AK' Tshabalala was born in Pretoria in 1976. He went to various schools in Pretoria and the North West area and attended the then Technikon Northern Transvaal (TNT- Now Technikon Northern Gauteng) in 1995 after Matriculating. TNT was the catalyst for what would be a successful radio career for Tshabalala. During his tenure at the institution, he held various positions at Radio TNT and in 1997, when YFM was launched, Tshabalala was part of the new line-up.
There is never a dull moment when AK is all over your radio.
Adil More was born in Soweto and educated in Mmabatho in the North West Province. It was in Mmabatho where his love for music overwhelmed him. After High School, he trained with the Bophuthatswana Broadcasting Corporation and landed an on air slot on Radio Bop. When YFM came into being in 1997, More was excited about this young, vibrant station and through hard work joined the family at the beginning of 1999.
Things have changed and he has progressed with the times. More's knack for communicating with his audience in a casual, yet informative manner and clever links, have secured him a loyal audience.
Dreshni 'Dre' Pillay joined YFM in 2001. She came to the station with a wealth of broadcasting experience behind her. With two diploma's from Boston Media House - cost and Management & media studies, Dre's future in broadcasting was set.
When the opportunity beckoned for her at YFM 99.2, she grasped it with both arms and was the much loved co-host and producer of DK@Y (9-1pm weekdays) a mid morning show she co - hosted with the late Fana 'Khabzela' Khaba. Khabzela died from an Aids-related disease in January 2004.
Dre plays funky sounds that will just make you wanna get up and dance... Dre's show has entertainment information that you need to have and options for your lifestyle.
Dre got married in May 2005 and is also the recipient of the Best Female Dj in the Kellogg's Star in You Awards in association with Rand Water.
By the late 80's Oscar Mdlongwa's hands were full of meat rather than music because he was running a Boerewors stand outside famed Hillbrow nightclub Razzmatazz. At around 4am he'd go in and get down to some house sounds.
In 1997, when YFM 99.2 was launched, Oskido was part of this dynamic group of people who would go on to create radio history. He is still with the station, hosting the popular Saturday evening dance music slot, Oskido's Church. Oskido's contribution on air has inspired many up and coming DJs and musicians and more and more listeners are glued to their radios, awaiting blessings from the almighty Oskido.
Listeners of Church Grooves can expect to hear new house beats, classic house and anything Oskido considers as 'rocking".
Oskido has acclaimed CD's under his belt under the name "Oskido's Church Grooves" and is also a member of the duo- BOP (Brothers of Peace) with Bruce Sebitlo.
This larger than life personality has been described as the Godfather or originator of Kwaito and is regularly asked to comment on issues around Music and Youth Culture.
On Cleo's show listeners will hear positive sounds of music that talks to the soul. She engages you in thought provoking topics to make sure you keep it locked to GP's blazing slow jams.
21-year-old Moeti Tsiki was born and bred in Dube, Soweto. Mo joined the airwaves because he believes radio is a powerful medium, which everyone can listen to. He emphasizes that radio can be used in a positive way to better the lives of the listeners.
He believes success is not about money; it's about being fulfilled in every aspect of one's life, which reflects a balanced life. Family and friends are the most important things in Mo's life! Join Mo for GP's Hottest Midnight Session.
This multi-talented 22-year-old hails from Johannesburg. Trevor Noah is very passionate about making a mark in the entertainment industry; he describes himself as a DJ, television presenter, actor and comedian. He recently took part in the "Blacks Only Comedy Show". Stand up comedy is one of his fortes.
He would like to be recognized in the entertainment industry and make a contribution in other people's lives. All of his relationships in general whether be family, friends or business acquaintances mean a lot to him. Saturday and Sunday mornings will never be the same again with "Noah's Ark".
From Ga-Rankuwa in the North West Amon Mokoena serenading the YFM listeners with his show. Amon has always dreamt of being on radio; inspired by his father Nick Thabo Mokwena, who was a DJ for Tswana radio station. His father would take him to the studio to acquaint him with the technical aspect of DJ-ing.
Amon is proud to be associated with one of the best urban radio stations and has big plans for radio and will extend his passion for radio and music into other endeavours. His family and happiness are the most important things in his life.
Born in Lesotho is 29-year-old Tumisang Mochekele. Tumi is driven by challenges and that's one of the reasons he has chosen to be part of YFM. He explains that YFM keeps on coming up with innovative ideas to make radio exciting and interesting! Tumi's other passion is flying; he is currently training to acquire his pilot license.
He believes success is endless - it's waking up each day and becoming a different person to who you were yesterday and helping others succeed. His relationship with His Creator and his health are the most important thing in his life.
25-year-old Khwezi Magwaza was born and bred in Pietermaritzburg. Khwezi believes in grabbing all opportunities that come her way and that is how she ended up in radio. She studied journalism and that's where her passion for media emanates.
She feels privileged to be doing something that she loves and at the same time getting paid for it! Her definition of success is to reach the pinnacle of her career, to be respected for what she does and make a good living. Friends, family and being happy are what puts a smile on her face! Tune in for "The Global Soul with Kwezi".
24-year-old Mpeo Thabi Makape was born in Lesotho. She has chosen radio because she feels it's a non-judgmental medium, she likes the fact that people can listen to you without seeing what you look like. She enjoys sharing her opinions with other people.
Thabi's definition of success is being happy with yourself and what you have achieved. She would like to be one of the prominent female DJs in the radio industry, travel more, and own a company. Her son is the most important person in her life! Tune in for "Maverick Lounge with Thabi"
25-year-old Bridget Masinga was born and bred in Durban. She is well known for her flourishing modelling career and was also one of the runner-ups for Miss SA 2002/3. Her passion for radio grew a while after she took part in the Miss SA pageant and was exposed to the media environment. Following this experience she was motivated to pursue a career in radio.
Bridget explains that success is relative. It is measured by how happy you are at any given time. At the end of the day 'it's the laughter we shall remember whenever we remember the way we were'. Her family and their happiness is what are important to her.
21-year-old Phuthi Khomo is from Pretoria and multi-talented. Phuthi comes from a modelling background; she was crowned Miss SA Teen and she is one of the actresses in Egoli. Phuthi chose radio to fulfil her longing to broaden her wings and discover her other talents in the entertainment industry.
Phuthi explains that success shouldn't be measured according to other people's success. She defines success as the fulfilment of knowing that you've given your 100% best into something. She values family and the Creator who has given her all the blessings she has.