Johannesburg - DJ Fresh is 5FM’s new breakfast show host.
The popular DJ, who hosts the station’s afternoon drive show, was announced as the replacement for Gareth Cliff who left the radio station two weeks ago.
Cliff announced via his Facebook page that he would be starting his own radio station.
Fresh – real name Thato Sikwane – will be joined by his long-standing colleagues Catherine Grenfell and Duran Collett.
Newbies include Carmen Reddy and Sol Phenduka who has recently been in the Big Brother Mzansi house and has extensive morning radio experience. The team will start officially on May 5.
DJ Roger Goode, who also hosts a show on 5FM, will take over Fresh’s spot on the afternoon drive. Goode will be joined by 5FM’s Sias du Plessis, who will anchor sport, and Vic Naidoo, who will be on news. 5FM’s newest addition, Thando Thabethe, will be on traffic.
5FM has also taken the decision to start the morning drive show at 5am – an hour earlier than before. Fresh and his team will be on air from 5am to 8am.
Fresh said he was looking forward to taking over the morning drive show. “I have always enjoyed doing morning radio and the move back to AM drive is a great opportunity to create content and entertain in a new space.”
“I am excited about the new additions to my team and guarantee the audience will be part of my journey in every aspect of the show, and PS no prisoners will be taken.”
Tim Zunckel, programme manager for 5FM, said that he had been pleased by the changes being made by 5FM.
“I am particularly excited about DJ Fresh’s move to the early part of the morning and look forward to offering the audience a varied combination of entertainment to start their day,” said Zunckel.
“With DJ Fresh leaving the PM drive slot, it creates a great opportunity for Roger Goode to inject some of his crazy antics from 4pm in the afternoon. “
Zunckel added: “Both drive time DJs are an absolute asset to 5FM. DJ Fresh and Roger Goode will redefine drive time radio and with a new time channel offering, 5FM will offer audiences across South Africa a more varied, fast-paced and appropriate listening option throughout the day.”
The radio station has also confirmed that YFM DJs Warras and Tumi Voster will be joining 5FM. The former YFM presenters will be on air from 7pm to 10pm Monday to Friday.