Women at the Heart of radio

Women at the Heart of radio

Radio has traditionally been a male dominated industry, but over the last few years female presenters/DJ’s have been making waves, holding their own. The industry comes with its own set of challenges as with any other career, but the women of Heart FM make it seem so effortless, with some juggling other full time jobs and even motherhood.

Suga, host of the biggest afternoon drive show in the metropole, #Drive326, started her radio career in 1997 and paved the way for many a female DJ in the country. She was the first female DJ in South Africa to host a breakfast show and the first woman in Cape Town to host a primetime weekday show on commercial radio. This of course did not come without a lot of sacrifice.

Irma G, is well known for keeping audiences company on #Nightshift from Monday to Thursday, 10pm to 2pm, and brings some soul to your Sunday’s with #SoundsofSunday between 2pm and 6pm. The multi-talented presenter has been in the radio industry for almost two decades, is an accomplished MC and has shared the stage with many an A-list celebrity, including the likes of P Diddy and Alicia Keys. Outside of her radio career she is a well-known club DJ playing gigs across the country.

Tracey Lange joined Heart FM in February this year and is best known for her infectious energy and boisterous laugh. She has been in the radio industry for eight years. Lange is quite the media and TV personality and in the last two years was voted as Cosmopolitan’s Awesome Women and one of SA’s Top It Girls by Elle Magazine. In addition to her radio career, Tracey presents the Afrikaans lifestyle TV show ‘Bravo!’.

Meghan Hector is the quintessential girl next door. The young talent started her on-air career at Heart FM in 2011 after discovering her love for the medium after a stint on campus radio. Meghan is obsessed with local music and outside of her radio career she manages various local artists. She also holds a Bachelor Degree in Social Sciences: Philosophy and Politics.

Jo-dee Butler is the latest talent to join the Heart FM family. Born and bred in Cape Town this outgoing sport fanatic has the ability to captivate any audience with her bubbly personality and enthusiasm. Outside of her radio career Butler is also an aspiring actress and has landed numerous local and international commercials and even a stint on American TV series ‘Homeland’. For the self-proclaimed old soul and music trivia nerd once the opportunity to get behind the mic arose, her love for radio was ignited.

In celebration of Women’s Month, the ladies of Heart FM will be hosting 640 female listeners at the ‘Women At Heart’ event taking place at the Lookout at the V&A Waterfront on Saturday, August 29. As Heart FM fans have come to expect from ‘Women At Heart’, everyone will be putting a little effort into making sure they’re glamorous. In fact, we’ll be at the Captain’s Table – which also means you can expect our chefs to go a bit overboard in their quest to impress. The on board entertainment for ‘Women At Heart’ will stay a secret until the day. But we’ve scoured the seven seas to bring you top quality performances with a unique twist.

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