Budding radio personality’s career takes off at Motheo FM
By Freestate On 15 Jul, 2013 At 02:18 PM | Categorized As Weekender | With 0 Comments

budding radio personality's career takes off at motheo fmFor a person who one day wants to become a teacher Dikeledi Mageseni (DM)’s career in radio has taken off rather smoothly. Now the newly appointed acting head of news at Motheo FM says she will focus on her day job and hopefully become a popular radio personality in the country. Free State Times (FST) reporter Mamello Mokoena this week caught up with the young ambitious Mageseni to find out what makes her tick.

 FST: First, tell us a bit about yourself?

 DM: I am a 22-year-old mother of one, born and bred in dusty Botshabelo. I started my primary schooling at  Ditholwana and then proceeded to do my secondary schooling at Thato Secondary School in Botshabelo. In my matric year my family moved to Bloemfontein and I therefore had to complete my final year of high school at Kagisho Comprehensive School. After my matric I enrolled at Motheo FET College where I obtained a Diploma in Public Relations. I also have a certificate in Radio production obtained from Bush Radio in Cape Town.

 FST: How did the Bush Radio certificate come about?

 DM: In 2011 Motheo FM sent me on a radio course to Bush radio in Cape Town. I completed the course and obtained my certificate.

 FST: So, when did your journey into radio begin?

 DM: It all started 2010 when my sister told me about auditions being held at Motheo FM. She was the one who actually planted the radio seed in my mind. So I went for the auditions and I was hired instantly.

 FST: Is radio your first love?

DM: No, radio is not really my first love. I have always loved teaching and will one day follow my dream but for now I am in radio and have fallen in love with it.

 FST: What are your responsibilities at the station?

 DM: I initially started off as a newsreader and was recently appointed as acting head of the news. So basically I assign reporters to gather news, arrange, compile and do the editing of news before they can be aired. I also, among other things, oversee the overall management of the newsroom as well as manage performance of the news team.

 FST: What else do you do besides radio?

 DM: I do a lot of translations for Voice of Wits (VOW FM) in Johannesburg. But when I knock off family comes first.

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

 DM: The fact that I get to know the news before everyone else and having to do follow-ups on big stories is a thrill for me. Having to make a difference in my community is also something that I hold dear and do to the best of my ability.

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

 DM: I would love to see a lot of growth where I am (Motheo FM) but I would also love to establish my own advertising agency in the near future. I also plan to enrol at Wits University for a degree in media studies.


Five things people don’t know about you:

□ I would love to become a teacher.

□ I am self centred.

□ I am a control freak.

□ I love big cars such as the BMW X6.

□ I watch sports to admire the bodies of the players.

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