A Major Coup for HOT 102.7FM As Tara Penny Signs On as Head of News

Johannesburg, May 2022 – Breaking news! In a major scoop, Johannesburg’s newest commercial radio station – HOT 102.7FM – has bolstered its news team with the appointment of experienced journalist Tara Penny as the station’s new Head of News.

Penny has been in the radio industry for 15 years now, having started her broadcasting journey at TuksFM in Pretoria, before going on to write and present drive-time news on Radio 702 for 11 years, whilst at the same time reporting for Eyewitness News.

During that time, Penny established herself as one of South Africa’s top newsreaders, winning three SA Radio awards for ‘Best Commercial Station Newsreader’ in 2017, 2018 and 2019, to go with her ‘Gauteng Journalist of the Year’ award last year, in the opinion category.

 “Tara actually started with us on the third of May, but in the space of a couple of weeks has already made a huge impact on our news output,” says Lloyd Madurai, Managing Director of HOT 102.7FM. “She not only brings great experience to the role, but also an amazing energy and unique approach to telling radio news stories, which I think you’ll hear in our news bulletins.”

Penny likes to call herself a ‘current affairs junkie’, but says she always finds time in the day for the oddball stories that make us laugh – something she’d like to make a feature of the HOT 102.7FM approach to radio news.

“I’m thrilled to have joined the HOT 102.7 news team,” she says. “The appeal to join a young, new and exciting radio station was huge and I love the fact that Lloyd is open to different approaches to telling news stories. I’ve wanted to learn the business side of news for a while now and I’m looking forward to finding new ways to tell stories in a way that resonates with our listeners.”

Some of Penny’s ideas have already been implemented and the HOT 102.7FM audience can look forward to not only the best ‘Old Skool’ and R&B music, but a different take on radio news, with a focus on stories that are interesting, relevant, and in some instances, quirky and amazing!