Makhanda radio star in the making

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Thursday, 6th October 2022

Sinazo Kos, a Rhodes University Journalism and Media Studies student, said it’s not easy breaking into the country’s media industry, but it's not going to define her future to make it as a radio star.

Kos, who we recently spotted in one of Makana Tourism's documentaries on Makhanda, has made it to the top 18 finalists for the truTalent Competition. This TruFM competition is out to find the best radio jock in the radio presenting and DJ categories.

Kos was one of 786 applicants from nine different towns across the Eastern Cape. "I have always been passionate about broadcasting and went as far as pursuing a Journalism and Media Studies degree," she said, adding that if she had to win one of the coveted spots on TruFM, she would choose a type of show where she could engage with people. "I would love to do a lifestyle show because it’s the one that puts me in sync with the people the most."

The road to establishing herself in the broadcasting industry, whether on TV or radio, has been exciting but also challenging. "Opportunities are not as many in the province of the Eastern Cape. That is the number one barrier I have faced. Should there have been more opportunities, I believe I would have broken into the industry already," said Kos.

This go-getter is currently in her fourth year at Rhodes University. She said that she is happy that she chose to study in Makhanda because of how relatively small and intimate it is. "How everything is easily accessible and how people know each other and therefore root for and uplift each other, even in times like this, where I have entered this competition and am getting so much support from everyone."

Kos has appealed to the whole Makana community to back her in realising her dream of becoming the next Eastern Cape radio star. All you need to do is simply: SMS Radio 02 to 39721. A lucky listener who has voted the most in either of the categories will receive a cash prize of R5000.

The truTalent competition winner will receive R10 000 in cash and be absorbed into the trufm line-up to host a show in the developmental slot, where they will learn all about presenting for up to a period of a year. In the DJ category, the winner will receive R10 000 in cash and have an opportunity to be a resident DJ on one of the station’s lifestyle shows.

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