ALGOA FM presenter Wayne Hart’s passion for his job earned him a top accolade at the recent MTN Radio Awards held in Johannesburg at the weekend.
The Walmer Heights resident brought home the award in the Best Music Show category for his Algoa FM Top 30 show. He was also selected as a finalist in the categories Best Afternoon Drive Show for The Fastlane and Best Afternoon Drive Presenter.
Last year Hart, 30, was nominated as a finalist in two categories: Best Afternoon Drive Presenter and Best Afternoon Drive Show in the commercial category.
He was also nominated and accepted into Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber’s Top 40 Under 40 achievers group.
The irony is the radio personality is incredibly shy.
He said it has been one of the biggest challenges he has had to face.
However, he loves his job and always strives to be better and to improve.
“Put me in a studio with four walls and a microphone and I’m able to deliver, put me in a crowd and I break out in a sweat,” he said
Hart is one of the younger presenters at Algoa FM and is well-known for his afternoon drive show Fastlane with Lauren Mungur.
His radio career began by accident in 2000 when he met a friend who was working at CBFM (now Bay FM) at the time.
“While chatting I told him I loved radio and wanted to give it a try. Before I knew it, I was behind a microphone compiling a demo, and that’s when the magic started in my career.
“I’ve always had an interest for radio, but never thought I’d be involved (in radio),” he said.
Hart started working long hours for free “purely for the passion” until he was eventually appointed programme manager of Bay FM.
Six months later he got a call from Algoa FM, offering him a temporary position at the station as production engineer.
A year later he was employed full time and began doing weekend radio shows.
After several years he moved on to KFM in Cape Town, but returned eight months later.
“It’s a bug, a powerful bug. It bites and then you get addicted.
“I’m grateful and lucky enough to be doing something that I have a passion for.
“I couldn’t imagine working every single day doing something that I didn’t believe in or hated,” he added.