Radio DJ glad to be back home

WELCOME RETURN: DJ Slyso is back with Umhlobo Wenene FM in Port Elizabeth. Picture: BRIAN WITBOOI
WELCOME RETURN: DJ Slyso is back with Umhlobo Wenene FM in Port Elizabeth. Picture: BRIAN WITBOOI

RADIO personality DJ Slyso has rejoined Umhlobo Wenene FM (UWFM) in Port Elizabeth after a hiatus following a fallout with management in 2010.

The 41-year-old DJ, whose name is Sizwe Saliso, left the country’s second biggest radio station after complaints that listenership numbers for his breakfast show at the time were dropping.

“It was painful to hear that because I was with the station for seven years,” he said yesterday.

“However I just had to accept their decision and move on with my life. Anyway that is all a thing of the past as I am now back with the station doing what I love doing most,”

Slyso has a new show – Iqonga la batsha (The platform for the youth) – which will air from 7pm to 10pm on Fridays and from 6pm till 10pm on Saturdays.

“The shows will not be just about music. We have features like the fashion police where I will invite people like [Port Elizabeth designer] Laduma Ngxokolo to give advice. I will also have talks about entrepreneurship in which I will feature young business people and feature technology experts on the use of social media,” he said.

“It will be an ‘edutainment’ show as we don’t want to isolate other people.

“As a result I will fuse old music with the latest music.”

The KwaMagxaki presenter, who spent time with Algoa FM, said he had matured since leaving UWFM and felt he had a lot to offer, especially when it came to business.

“At the time I was toying with the idea of starting my own business. I felt restricted at Algoa and I left. That is when I started doing business seminars with my partner, Zintle Madikizela.

“We moved to Durban and I was doing voice-overs and calling on radio stations. I got a call from Umhlobo Wenene and I had to grab the opportunity with both hands.”

UWFM marketing manager Faith Mtyida said Slyso was taking over slots previously presented by Pastor Nozewu, who also does the breakfast show with Putco Mafani and Mluleki Coach Ntsabo.

“Pastor asked to be relieved and only focus on his breakfast show as he has a lot on his plate,” Mtyida said.

Station manager Phumzile Mnci said Slyso was chosen from a host of people who submitted demos. – Yoliswa Sobuwa


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