The day started out with all the interns learning a thing or two about 5FM’s production process. The studio’s that Lybern and Willy (sound engineers) do their magic in is buried somewhere in the SABC radio park, to keep the magic safe? It’s incredible to see how the guys can take some voice talent and mix it up with effects and editing to creating all the jingles and promos that you hear on air.
We then met with Vukile, 5FM’s Programming Manager, who spoke to us about his responsibilities in contributing to the 5FM brand. I have the most respect for someone in his position. It can’t be easy deciding who goes on (and off) air because whatever decision essentially puts his head on the chopping block, and all departments (as is the case with most radio stations) revolve around what happens in his. Her also has to deal with complaints from the BCCSA, ICASA regulations, tons of administrative work, and hundreds of hopefuls chasing after him with a ‘radio demo’ (this adjusted my focus a bit when it comes to approaching anyone in his position).
The rest of my day left me waiting around the 5FM studios. My chance to shadow Jon Savage’s show had arrived and I was as exited as he was to have Shadowclub in studio. I learnt a lot from Jon but what stood out was that he lives by his own accord to do things differently, including radio. What impressed me the most was his attention to detail and dedication to creating the best content possible for his two hours on the airwaves. A great guy with such a passion for music and radio…inspiring. The guys from Shadowclub were a lot of fun and Jacques (lead singer and guitarist) put on a great studio performance.
The drive home was long but I floated through it knowing that I had just come out of the 5FM studios having watched one of my favourite radio personalities work.