Kutlwano describes his upbringing as “blessed with the magic of music”. Born into a family of professional and amateur musicians, classical music radio fascinated him as early as the 1980s. Kutlwano is himself an esteemed musician and he brings a wealth of experience and knowledge of the performing arts to the More Music Breakfast.
Upto July 2018, Yvette was the credible voice of News on Hot919fm, presenting alongside radio veterans like Mark Pilgrim, Kevin Savage, Ian F and Darren Scott.Equally comfortable as newsreader and presenter, YJ, as her friends affectionately call her, started in radio in 2000. She’s earned her stripes as a copywriter, producer, voice artist and programme manager.
It was Casey Kasem, the legendary American broadcaster, that first got Deano interested in radio. “I was struck by the way in which he treated the music as something that he and the listener could enjoy together. That’s what appeals to me most – a shared enjoyment centered around classical music. ”Before presenting Classic Drive, Deano presented Classic Breakfast for 6 years. Deano enjoys documentaries, data analysis, jazz guitar and Cuban music.
Michael Avery is a financial journalist and broadcaster with over a decade’s experience covering financial markets. First, with the late veteran financial columnist and publisher David Gleason, and most recently his daily business show, Classic Business, broadcast on Classic 1027. His wooden spoon stirs up debate in the studio and he’s equally at home using it in his kitchen as an avid foody. Classic Business focuses on Law, Sustainability, Entrepreneurship, Small Business Development and much more.
With a BA (HONS) graduate in Dramatic Art in 1981 (Wits), Carolyn moved to the U.S for 10 years, where she studied at the Beverly Hills Playhouse under acting guru, Milton Katselas along with fellow students, Kate Hudson, Giovanni Ribisi to name a few. Carolyn is also the founder of 67 blankets; an initiative used for rehabilitation and skills development which enables those incarcerated to integrate within broader society, knitting in the name of the greatest prisoner of them all – Nelson Mandela.
South Africa has many People of Note, and many also visit our shores. In this three-hour show which is broadcast on a Sunday from 18h00 to 21h00, we look in-depth at the career and life of notable / influential people, and people who contribute to make our lives richer and more interesting…they could be business people, politicians, philanthropists, artists……in fact anyone who has a story to tell!
With no particular interest in radio initially, Penny stumbled into a broadcasting career as a presenter at Impact Radio in 2013 and went on to win Community Presenter of the year in 2015 at the South African Radio Awards (now known as The Liberty Radio Awards).Since then Penny has gained a great love for radio and believes that radio broadcasting is still one of the most significant and relevant forms of communication and has a desire to make a difference in peoples lives through this platform.
Anne is a familiar name in the arts and entertainment industry – she is a multi-camera television director, producer and television consultant and has considerable experience in front of the camera and microphone too.
Television directing career highlights include Opening & Closing Ceremonies All Africa Games, Paul Simon In South Africa, Miss World, Jean Michel Jarre At The Lost City, Aida – Operama and South Africa 2000 Millennium Broadcast. She has been the recipient of two Artes awards, two Star Tonight awards and an NTVA Award, in addition to nine other award nominations.
Shireen began her professional career presenting set works and life skills to school pupils of all ages. During this time she worked for PACT (Performing Arts Council of the Transvaal). Because she was always around the theatre, she got jobs in some mainstream productions, among others ‘The Taming of the Shrew’, ‘Aladdin’, ‘Sleeping Beauty’ and ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat’.
She works extensively as a voice artist, and also presents business training, for which she holds a level1First Aid certificate.
Claire Mawisa’s career in media started at 14 year old, when she started modelling, was catapulted in to the spotlight when, at the age of 15, she won the prestigious Cosmopolitan Model of the Year 1994.
The opportunity meant she travelled exotic destinations for her work assignments and graced many magazine covers. Claire has hosted various television shows across several channels, has built up an extensive radio career both on and off the microphone at stations such as YFM, Metro FM, Radio 2000 and Kaya FM.
Michael Porter played the cello as a member of the East Rand Youth Orchestra for many years in his youth, and has always had a love for classical music. Although Michael chose to make a career in television production and broadcast, Classic 1027 continues to keep him connected to the music. To balance the intensity of the world of media, Michael is a dedicated yoga practitioner and teacher. If he’s not making television, in the radio studio or finding his zen on his yoga mat, he’ll likely be doing something outside in the sunshine. Michael has a passion for South African travel and loves to get in touch with nature while hiking or adventuring in the bush.
After a brief spell at CAPAB, he joined PACT in 1972. Joined the PACT Youth Company as performer and later writer-director, taking over as head of PACT Play from Alwyn Swart in 1988 Gradually moved into management, eventually becoming the Head of Drama at PACT .In 2000 he left PACT to become a freelance actor, voice artist and dramatist.Peter was the Administrative head of Drama at the State Theatre, 2006.
Prime-time Radio and TV broadcaster in the Eastern Cape and Gauteng, Buli G is a Communications Executive and a creative industries professional. She was acknowledged as one of Mail & Guardian's Top 200 Young South Africans for 2011 and is a Tomorrow’s Leader Award winner at CEO Magazine’s: SA’s Most Influential Women in Business and Government Awards for 2010/11 in the category Telecommunications, Media, TV, Radio & Press. She made the inaugural Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber's Top 40 under 40 in 2011 and in June 2013 was awarded the Regional Business Achiever Award in the corporate category by the Business Women's Association.
With 20 years experience in the media world, she has over 500+ speaking and MC engagements and is a performing artist who has travelled internationally and performed across genres. She has written for an EC regional Avusa Publication and penned music for a NICRO/Johannesburg Film Commission funded film project which toured the International festival circuit and voiced prominent campaigns for clients like Johnson and Johnson and Coega Development Corporation and UNESCO.
Buli is also active as a seasoned corporate MC and entertainer. Her clientele ranges from top African corporates, International royalty and Fortune 500 companies. She sits on the Board of Trustees for various Humanitarian Organisations as well as the city Boards of the PE Opera House & Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism.