The award-winning HOT 102.7FM broadcasts to the greater Johannesburg area and beyond, and the station’s music format of the very best ‘Old Skool and R&B’ is complemented by a line-up of some of South Africa’s best-known and loved radio presenters – most of them legends of the industry – entertaining, amusing and compelling content, and pertinent, relevant news, sport and traffic information.
HOT 102.7FM plays a prominent role in the community through the HOT Cares non-profit charity initiative, which aims to make a meaningful difference to the lives of those in need. The station also contributes to the growth and continued success of the South African radio industry through the HOT Radio Training Academy, which provides a training programme that upskills and equips future radio industry professionals.
HOT 102.7FM is all about the music and listeners can look forward to more from the 1970s, 80s and 90s, less talking, more competitions, cash and prizes, more feel-good stories in news bulletins, and more CSI initiatives and support for charities.
The station’s flagship show – Joburg’s Hottest Breakfast – is on air weekdays from 6-9am, with Parky, Bunny, and Simon putting you in a good mood for the rest of the day and serving up a breakfast feast of fun, laughs, and the occasional tear, with just the right combination to kickstart your day.
That’s before The Big Joburg Drive team takes you home from 3-6pm, with Tony on the mic, jokes and quirky facts, sports guy Dyl delivering the dry humour and jibes (mainly aimed at Tony), and Tara bringing the sass, the news and traffic.
In between, expect a quality line-up of experienced presenters and entertaining shows, headed up by the likes of Steve Bishop, Ursula Chikane, Tony Ndoro, Shane ‘The Duke’ Wellington, Patrick Hayworth, Rob Vega, Shawny B, Carolyn Steyn, and acclaimed business journalist Nzinga Qunta.
So, set your dial to 102.7FM, or catch the best ‘Old Skool and R&B’ on DStv audio channel 822 and streaming all over on www.hot1027.co.za.
Meet The Team
The ‘spiritual compass’ of HOT 102.7FM and the owner of the biggest heart, always ready to lend an ear and bring perspective to any dilemma, this lover of sunrises and nature brings inspiration and comfort to the station’s audience through a presentation style that is warm and authentic. But don’t let the calm demeanour fool you – this is an adrenaline junkie with a love for speed and all things fast-paced! When she eventually takes her foot off the accelerator, though, Shona likes to relax by walking, gardening, reading, and just talking to people and learning – something we could all…er….learn from. That, and a bit of The Carpenters for some easy listening or Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’ and a nice plate of Moussaka – now that’s a spiritual awakening of a different kind for our Shona!
You would have to go a long way to beat the passion HOT 102.7FM’s Founder and Managing Director has for radio. That’s due to the longstanding relationship Lloyd has with the medium – a relationship extending back over 30 years to when he was a little boy growing in Durban and discovering radio for the very first time.
Little Ms ‘Zee’ brings some chill, sass and a millennial feel to HOT 102.7FM, but don’t under-estimate this former gymnast and lover of braai meat and “unbridled chats and debates about global conspiracies.” She’s a force to be reckoned with, runs her own property business, calls herself a ‘super gamer’, and loves go kart racing and learning how to roller skate. But then there’s the chill – gardening, meditation, Latin dancing “with her boo”, a bit of Sade or Eryka Badu on the wireless, and falling asleep every night watching cute animal videos! Just don’t ask her to do heights or leave a cupboard open in her company – she needs these to be closed to feel comfortable!
He just loves spinning some ‘Old Skool’ tunes and engaging in some light banter about current and past events does our Patrick, but where he really wants to be is home next to the braai, with a glass of Jack Daniels – “met ys, boet, met ys” - in his hand and some Man United football on the TV in the background. That or some Beatles – “the best band ever, by a country mile!” At least the Fab Four don’t give young Pat nightmares, which is more than you can say about United. Random fact: Pat also gets nightmares when he sleeps on his back. What’s that about? That’s why it’s best to keep him awake in front of the telly, either watching footy or playing PlayStation 5, because he is nuts about both. Anything else you want to know? Pat says he’s taking DMs….
Say the name ‘Nzinga Qunta’ and immediately you think, ‘hard-hitting business anchor’. But, whilst that may certainly be the case, there’s definitely more than meets the eye for the host of HOT Business – a carb-loving runner, yoga enthusiast and watcher of “slightly cheesy crime dramas”. Sure, she likes to take a close look at the South African economy and grill the country’s business leaders, but that doesn’t stop her from heading home after a long day, putting on some Whitney Houston, Donny Hathaway or Spice Girls, whipping up her “life-changing prawn curry”, and sitting down to write. Yes, that’s right – there are many strings to our Nzinga’s bow, including being a published author of a children’s literacy book, with more books in the pipeline! Otherwise, you’ll find her singing along to You Are My Heaven by Hathaway and Roberta Flack and exploring creative ways to solve the literacy problem in South Africa. Anyone say ‘over-achiever’?
If Simon had his way, his early mornings would be spent on the golf course and not the radio, but hey, everyone’s got to make a living somehow! And this vertically-challenged cheeky chap with the big hair likes to make his, taking the mickey out of Parky on Joburg’s Hottest Breakfast Show, in between some cynical chirping, a rather left-field take on life, and coming up with new ways to annoy his wife! Who lists that as a hobbie?? That and swinging a golf club, of course, along with eating his body weight in sushi or tucking into a lekker steak and chips! He’s proud of his Stellenbosch roots and his English has come a long way, so don’t be surprised to find him singing along to Mr. Mister’s ‘Kyrie’ or any Mike and the Mechanics track – his favourite ‘Old Skool’ band. It all adds up to quite the early morning package. Just a small one, that is……
Who’s never tried tomato sauce?? Well, apparently our cat-loving Head of News and experienced news journalist – otherwise known as ‘Dotey’ - who also hates raisins, but loves chocolate. Just don’t ask her about cigarettes, to go camping, or to re-visit Venice or Luderitz – “learnt my lesson the first time!” Otherwise, she’s a fan of the movie ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’, the journalist and author Douglas Murray, and the book ‘The Time Traveler’s Wife’. Our Tara also has quite a philosophical outlook on life and believes that “happiness is a choice, not a destination” and that “worrying only means you suffer twice”. No surprise, then, that she values her integrity, resilience and optimism, and hates it when people promise to do something, then don’t. If she’s not at home looking after her little guy, you’ll find her beavering away in the newsroom and cooking up the next great idea for the HOT 102.7FM news team.
You’ll love his silky-smooth voice on a Sunday afternoon and the relaxed vibes he puts out at the end of the week, with a show that’s all about easy listening and great tunes, whilst he keeps a beady eye on the latest sports events! That’s just the way he likes it, which, incidentally, is the name of his all-time favourite song by The S.O..S Band, and that kinda sums up our Tony – a chilled dude, a lover of sport and all things South African. But, did you know this son of Nyanga in Zimbabwe is a collector of vinyl, old school radios and stereo systems? You can obviously add ‘radio stations’, as well, with Tony finding a home at HOT 102.7FM and slotting in seamlessly. If he’s not in the studio, you’ll find this tall foody in the kitchen, taking every opportunity to whip up something delicious, including the sweet and distinctive taste of his favourite Bream fish!
As the host of The Big Joburg Drive, Tony considers it his social responsibility project to keep Dylan under control and out of trouble, but throw in Tara as another of his ‘children’ to look after, and you can see why this veteran of the South African radio scene likes to wind down his days with a large glass of red wine, ideally paired with some of his favourite French food! He’s come a long way has our Tony – literally – taking in the likes of the bright lights of the UK and Ireland, where he once broadcast his show from a caravan, next to a carpet warehouse in Waterford! No surprise, then, that he likes travelling, with Italy top of his list, and he knows his ‘Old Skool’ music backwards, making it difficult to pick out some favourites. But throw on some Doobie Brothers, crank up ‘What A Fool Believes’, and that’ll get his foot tapping.
The bringer of light and love to Joburg’s Hottest Breakfast Show, it’s well documented that our Bunny loves to sing, so don’t be surprised to hear her belting it out to any Michael McDonald, Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, or The Cure song. Or ‘With A Little Help From My Friends’ – the Joe Cocker version – and Bunny’s all-time favourite song. Behind that sunny disposition, you’ll find a wicked sense of humour and one of the catchiest laughs around, but just don’t ask her to dance - she’d rather ‘rebound’ on her trampoline, “when she has the discipline”, head out on a hike, or settle down with a good book. Otherwise, you’ll find her touching up on her general knowledge, learning a new language or two, or munching on some Middle Eastern cuisine – definitely her food of choice! That’s our Bunny – doing her best to put a smile on your dial every morning!
This well-travelled Virgo and snappy dresser is a little relieved that social media wasn’t around in his early days, saving him from “a life full of explanations” and leaving him to his music, with Simple Minds, erm, top of mind, along with Sowing the Seeds of Love from Tears for Fears. That’s the kinda stuff that gets him going, but you can also find a way to Steve’s heart with some prawn dim sum and anything containing meat and potatoes! Otherwise, you’ll find him curled up with his three Border Collies - Ringo, Sgt. Pepper and Star – or taking in the footie, as he torments himself as a long-suffering Spurs fan! Steve brings all facets of a colourful personality to a countdown show that is a racy, energetic, no-time-to-breathe three hours, where he likes to remind listeners to “remember the time”, just as Michael Jackson did. That’s because it’s a trip down memory lane like no other, with Steve adding an uncanny knack of timing and tons of energy to a show full of the magic of ‘Old Skool’ music radio.
HOT Classic with Carolyn Steyn is the most beautiful evening score after a tough day at the office, as this actress, radio host, founder of 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day, JPO board member and human rights activist brings her sophisticated, warm and welcoming elegance to your evening. It’s about unwinding and listening to jazz standards, show tunes, movie themes and classical favourites, but if that’s what’s on offer for you, how does our esteemed host blow off some steam? Would you believe, playing ping pong, putting on some k.d Lang, or once again listening to ‘Comme d’habitude (My Way)’ by Mireille Mathieu – her all-time favourite song? Otherwise, you’ll find Carolyn snuggling up with a good book, making blankets for her favourite cause, or doing her best to recreate her late Mom Yvonne Mazotti’s famous ‘Spaghetti Pomodoro’! That and indulging her passion for musical theatre, of which she has more than a passing interest!
A dryer sense of humour you’ll struggle to find, but that’s what Dylan brings to The Big Joburg Drive, dovetailing nicely with Tony and Tara, along with, obviously, delivering the day’s sports news – a long-held passion for this experienced sports journalist, who feels like he’s found his groove in radio, having dabbled in all mediums over the years and played most ball sports, with varying degrees of success. He’s a die-hard REM fan, but equally happy listening to most things from Elton John, Queen, Bruce Springsteen, and Johnny Clegg, which is what Isabella and Sophie – the apples of his eye – get to listen to on the way to school every day! He’s a proud Dad and husband, likes a cold beer and a chat, and makes a mean ‘Spag Bol’, and when he’s not needed at home, you’ll find him on the golf course or pounding the roads of Joburg!
It’s probably a good thing that Mzi has a radio show, otherwise he’d spend a lot of time talking to himself. Fortunately, he thinks he’s really great company and cracks himself up with his own jokes, which, I guess is probably a good thing for his audience, because he’s pretty cool to listen to, is this son of Lesotho. He’s also a big fan of Toto and their Georgy Porgy track, and an even bigger fan of food, with oxtail, mogudu and samp, and “spaghetti, spaghetti, spaghetti!” the dishes that get him all excited. That and switching off with some mindless YouTubing, watching movies, reading, or dining out – yes, we’re back on food. Pour him some Oros and you’ll have a friend for life, which is pretty much the sense you get if you tune in to hear Mzi getting you up in the morning or winding down your weekend. As he likes to say, “everything is going to be alright, and you’re gonna be ok!”
When you’re the person tasked with compiling and programming all the music at HOT 102.7FM, you better know your ‘Old Skool’ music, and fortunately our Shawny B does. In fact, he knows it backwards, so if you’re ever looking for a chinwag about the hits of ‘yesteryear’ or can’t remember the name of a track you used to shake a leg to in the club, then he’s your man. That’s because he’s been a professional club, corporate and mobile DJ for over 30 years and is still very active on the scene. So, if you’re throwing a milestone ‘Old Skool’ party, look no further than Shawny B! Just don’t ask him to get into an aircraft – he absolutely hates flying, even though he lists flying radio-controlled helicopters as one of his hobbies! Otherwise, you’ll find this ‘Old Skool’ music anorak trawling through his musical archives, putting on some Depeche Mode, and tucking into yet another helping of sushi. That’s Shawny B!