Hello, and welcome to my page!
Firstly: I’d love to hear from you, so please feel free to comment on my posts & engage with me on Twitter.
Who am I and what is it that I do?
1. I talk for a living.
2. I have a very wide range of interests – from news, politics, fashion, rugby, music and everything in between.
3. I enjoy finding ways of turning my interests into opportunities!
At the moment, I produce and present news and rugby, making TV for both traditional live broadcast, as well as the crazy, exciting new age of on-demand web broadcasting.
My love affair with broadcasting started when I was 18, and in the 10 years since I’ve made my way through the mill of community radio, campus radio, music TV, festivals, DJ’ing, print, commercial radio, live rugby outside broadcasts and even breakfast TV!
This latest opportunity in web based news broadcasting came my way compliments of SA’s largest Afrikaans news platform, Netwerk24. I, together with a team of dedicated multimedia journalists and with the support of a broad network of journalists accross the country now produce the first ever daily, short-format, news bulletin in Afrikaans, made exclusively for the web. For the first time in my career I get to both present the product, and have a co-producer role – which sees me curating content and making news judgments on a daily basis.
The goal of #TopStories? To update our lunchtime spike of news consumers on Netwerk24 on the developing news of the day, showingthem everything they really need to know – in only 5 minutes!
When I’m not dishing up the news, I co-host SuperSport’s rugby magazine shows: both SuperRugby (Afrikaans) and Boots & All (English). I first pitched the role I now hold on these shows back in 2012, and in 3 years I’ve fleshed out a niche big enough for other women to also join the fray: to create platforms for new media content within existing, popular rugby magazine shows & more opportunities for live viewer input.
So, basically telling stories – wether it be mine or those of others – has always been at the core of everything (worthwhile) I’ve done over the years! And as far as stories go, the one where I won a reality TV talent search, to go report on the 2011 Rugby World Cup from New Zealand, ranks right up there. I wrote a whole host of daily blogs during the two months I spent in the land of the long white cloud, and you can go back to read them here.
Besides the RWC, I’ve also had the honour of hosting Supersport’s coverage of the immensely popular Varsity Cup competition – most notably as anchor of the finals in 2012, ’13 & ’14!
But how did I get here? Besides radio, I can highly recommend a stint in breakfast TV to any aspiring presenter – there’s nothing that pushes you quite that far into exploring all the nooks and crannies of your general knowledge, your personality and your ability to seem poised and polished on minimal sleep. I spent 2 and a half years as an anchor host of kykNET‘s wildly popular breakfast show Dagbreek and you can check out some of the amazing work we did on this show here.
How do you move from radio to breakfast TV though? Well, for me that road went via music TV. I landed my first ever TV job – as co-host of MK‘s flagship live music show Studio1 – in late 2007, when the show needed a female presenter to fill model Lee-Ann Liebenberg’s shoes. At the time I was still a campus radio DJ at MFM 92.6 and on the cusp of graduating with a law degree, from the University of Stellenbosch. I graduated just in time to grab the job, moved to Joburg and I promptly enrolled for a post-graduate degree in Journalism at the University of the Witwatersrand.
After making the big move (with what I could fit into my car!), I immediately set out on my next mission: to work my way onto 5FM‘s line-up. After all, 5FM was the reason why I started working in community radio back in my school days, in the first place. I started out as the assistant music compiler for SA’s authority on youth, entertainment and music. Eventually adding programming assistant and senior music compiler to the list, before persistence paid off in 2010 when I secured a graveyard shift.
Graveyard led to my own Sunday night show “The El-ternative” in 2012, which was followed by a stint as producer and contributor on the weekend breakfast show in 2013 and eventually the executive producer of the station’s brand new drive-time offering “The Roger Goode Show” in 2014.
The demand of drive-time radio is immense though, add breakfast TV and 2 rugby shows to the mix and it probably doesn’t come as any surprise that a few tough decision had to be taken at the start of 2015 – hence the shift of focus to the web.
Besides making content for radio, TV and web, I also enjoy working as an MC on a regular basis. It all started with Oppikoppi in 2008 (SA’s equivalent of Glastonbury or Coachella) and that lead to the Red Bull Soundclash, the 2010 and 2012 South African Music Awards, the Campus Invasion Tour 2011, Kaktus Oppi Vlaktes – KKNK 2012, Pendoring Reklametoekennings (2010, 2013), the SA Rugby Player of the Year Awards (2013, 2014), Ghoema Musiektoekennings 2013, the Players’ Fund Benefit Dinner 2014, ATKV Veertjies 2014 etc.
When I’m not on a mic or someone’s screen, creating content or telling stories, I also enjoy trying to play golf, I do the the odd bit of gardening and most often you’d find me spending time with my husband Richard Maspero and our two cats (of whom I Instagram way too many pics!).