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!
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.
Actor, playwright, and voice artist, Peter spent 28 years with the Performing Arts Council Transvaal / State Theatre, before turning to freelance work in 2000. Since then, he has done a variety of unusual and interesting things, including filming a television commercial in Tokyo, writing scripts for motor car launches; and lots of television work both in front of and behind the cameras, working on a number of drama series, comedy programmes, and daily soaps. Peter joined Classic 1027 as a presenter in 2017.
Over 20 years, Award-winning Businesswoman, Broadcaster & Singer, Buli G has had a career in radio and television in the Eastern Cape (Algoa FM) and Gauteng (94.7, SABC2 & SABC3). She has also held roles as an international Communications Executive (Africa/Asia).
As a performer, she has travelled internationally as part of various vocal groups as well as the NMU Choir and has performed as a soloist with The Eastern Cape Philharmonic Orchestra, toured the local festival circuit (KKNK & NAF), as well as penned music for a Johannesburg Film Commission funded project which toured internationally. She has held a seat on the Board of The PE Opera House for the past 5 years is a prolific public Speaker and final year Theology and Ministry student who founded The Hope Files (a Media Ministry
State of our Nation is a radioshow on Classic 102.7 for the thinking South African. Each week we evaluate our progress toward becoming a great nation along a different dimension. We address 12 broad categories, and ask, “What is the state of our …. “ Governance, Society, Citizens, Industry, Infrastructure, Education, Employment, Recreation, Relationships, Healthcare and Nutrition. Within each of these broad categories, we address more specific topics on the show.
The discussion is reflective in nature and non-confrontational; it seeks to explore how we are doing as a nation along these different dimensions, and what can be done to improve.
The discussion in moderated by Athol Williams, a respected academic, social philosopher and nation-building activist. Athol is a Senior Lecturer at UCT, Chairman of Read to Rise and award-winning author of 12 books. www.atholwilliams.com
After each show, Athol will write an article that reflects upon the discussion.