SHE’S well spoken, oozes confidence, and sure knows a thing or two about cars! YFM’s Khutso Theledi continues to soar in the male-dominated radio industry and has now being trusted with the famous weekly 12h00 -15h00 slot. We chat to her about her journey in radio, passion for cars, AND growing up in Mpumalanga.
When did your journey in radio begin?
It started during my first year at Boston Media House. The principal told me that they were looking for female voice over artists for their ads and that I fit the description. I did the voice over and it played on YFM and two days later Mo Flava called and asked me to come to Y with my demo – I couldn’t believe it… I came through and they told me that I’m starting the next day. I never planned to be on radio; I actually wanted to be an air hostess! The love really started when I joined the breakfast show – Flava In The Morning.
What do you love the most about being on radio?
It’s the best escape I could possibly have in a day; the three hours I spend on radio are the best. I love the fact that there’s always someone that’s listening to me. I grew up feeling like I wasn’t listened to a lot.
Congratulations on your new show. How are you finding the transition from a weekend slot to a weekly?
It’s been the biggest rush of my life. Every single day I get to speak behind that mic, I get very nervous because I’m not taking this slot for granted. It’s been challenging understanding the listener from a weekend show as opposed to a weekend one.
Please share with us some of your fondest memories about growing up in Mpumalanga?
My family was there for me. I remember being teased and called names in primary school for having bad teeth. I thank my mother for sacrificing and getting me braces. That was the happiest day of my life. When people saw that I was doing something about it they stopped teasing me.
AND here did your passion for cars begin?
My mom was a car addict – every year she’d get a new car. But when my dad passed away he left behind his 325i Gusheshe. I was taken to school in that car every single day. We had a driver who taught me how to love the car and how to treat it and told me to never spin it. I was always fascinated by fast and luxurious cars; I’d always grown up around them.
Since your family driver told you to never spin cars, where did you learn to spin?
When I was still on Mo Flava’s show, a guy called Pule called in and asked Mo to come and join him to spin in Soweto. I tagged along and learnt how to spin that same day.
So, a good car collection is not complete without these three cars…
- 325i Gusheshe
- 450SL Mercedes Benz
- An Aston Martin Vanquish
Where do you see yourself in the next 3 years?
I see myself on national radio, having my own television show, opening a spinning school for young black women and driving my dream car – the BMW M4.
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