Maele keeps Motheo live ’n lively
By Freestate On 11 Jul, 2013 At 01:32 PM | Categorized As Weekender | With 0 Comments

ON any given day station manager Gontse Maele (GM) has 35 radio presenters, about eight shows per day and several news bulletins to manage. Not only does he have to be in the loop about everything that is said and done at Motheo FM, he also has to ensure that there is swift transition from show to show. Free State Times (FST) reporter Mamello Mokoena this week caught up with Maele to find out how he ensures that everything at the station weaves together. Exerpts:

FST: First, tell us a bit about yourself?

GM: I am a 40-year-old married father of four children, three girls and one boy. I was raised in a very Christian family by my mother – my parents are divorced. I was born in Bloemfontein, attended primary school at Monyatsi and completed my matric at Ikaelelo. After school I started reading for a human resources diploma at the then Vista University. But I realised my interests were not in HR so at the end of my last exam I made a decision to not go back.

FST: When did your journey into radio begin?

GM: My involvement in radio started in the 80s, when I was acting in radio Tswana dramas . . . then I became the head of news after going for a newsroom course. I later got appointed as a programmes manager in 2008 and elevated to station manager here at Motheo FM. Radio has always been my first love, always.

FST: What are your responsibilities at the station?

GM: I am responsible for overall station management, implementing the vision of the board and managing a staff complement of 35 presenters. I have to ensure the station is on air everyday and that everything runs as smoothly as possible.

FST: What else do you do besides radio?

GM: Besides Motheo FM, I am a family man who gives full attention to my family affairs without disruptions.

FST: What’s your favourite thing about your job?

GM: The fact that I can interact with people, help disadvantaged people who come to the station and tell me about their challenges ranging from not having houses, burnt shacks to being unable to bury relatives due to lack of funds. I normally help by contacting the municipality or relevant government officials to get assistance. And they do get assistance.

FST: Where do you see yourself about in five years?

GM: In five years time I see myself as part of a big media consortium but I can’t divulge now.

Five things people don’t know about you:

? When hurt I cry.
? I don’t hold grudges.
? I am overprotective when it comes to women and children.
? I have a very tough personality.
? I don’t stay angry for long.

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