Capricorn FM turns 9
Radio talk show host Thabiso Kotane is one of the longest serving members at Limpopo’s Capricorn FM.
The station is celebrating its 9 year this month and Kotane has been around from day one. SowetanLIVE caught up with the host as he reflected on the station and his own personal growth.
Kotane took a chance to work at a fledgling station after a call from the chairman Given Mkhari.
He left his job as a senior producer at SAFM and moved to Limpopo. The Soweto born host stated that he was very skeptical about it as he had never been to Limpopo before, once there of course everything changed.
He recalls his fondest memories of his time so far at the station is when one of his readers called in for help and received assistance within a week.
The woman who was unemployed with children, wanted to give up on life but through the help of listeners, was employed within a week. She also called in to thank everybody. Another memory is when the station built a house for a destitute family.
“The other event is when we went to a village called Kwa Mphahlele as a station. We went to hand over a house, to a family. The family was living in a small shack there was about maybe14/ 15 of them. We built them a decent house, with bedrooms and a sitting room. It was the first time in their lives that they spent a night in a proper house.”
Kotane believes that the stations greatest achievement is in how they develop their employees. Especially since most of the people they employ are from rural areas, or have little experience. Kotane believes by developing these people the station contributes to empowering the community.
He mentions that his show has taught him a lot of things about himself and his listeners.
“My show taught me that I am an emotional person, and I need to tone it down. It has taught me that I’m not as smart as I thought I was. It has taught me that it is little things that matter in people’s lives.”
He also said that working as a radio talk show host has shown him that the closer you bring yourself to people’s issues, the more popular you become. As this shows them that you understand and will champion them.
Kotane who describes himself as a “A proud father, avid reader and passionate broadcaster “believes that a good radio host should be well informed. He also imparted some advice to aspiring radio talk show hosts.
“If you want to do, if you really want to do it you can.”
In celebration of its birthday month, Capricorn FM is giving away hampers and cash worth over R200 000.00.
Rofhiwa “Tholi B” Bologo, the Station Manager had this to say about the stations milestone.
“I spent the first 8 and a half years as a fan and a proud Limpopo native hoping to be part of the magic one day, and the station never let me down. Capricorn FM has done extremely well, and I intend to help the station reach even greater heights. Happy 9th birthday, the top is calling”