Mhlobo Wenene and TruFM shuffle line-up ahead of new radio calendar

Lusanda Mbane will co-host 123 Pholaz with Amaza Ntshanga weekdays from 1pm to 3pm. PICTURE: FACEBOOK

The beginning of the radio year on April 1 is when many radio stations change their schedules.

Loyiso Bala, the business manager at Mhlobo Wenene FM, modified the station’s programming on Wednesday.

Although Bala did not change the popular weekday shows from BEE to UWFM Drive, he did pair Lusanda Mbane with Amaza Ntshanga on 123 Pholaz. This means that Mbane will co-present this program with Ntshanga on weekdays between 1pm and 3pm.

Mbane began working for Mhlobo Wenene in April of last year as the co-host of the Saturday breakfast program, Vuka Mzantsi.

Mbane was changed following the cancellation of this Saturday program, which Bala replaced with the Maskandi program, Lavuth’ iBhayi. This Gudla Bangi program will now run every Saturday from 7am to 10am.

Moreover, Bala has shifted the start time of the Islamic religion show from Sunday to 4:30am on Friday, while the book reading program, Ufundo Lwencwadi, will now begin every Monday through Thursday at 10pm.

According to Bala, this allows Muslim listeners to coincide this program with their daily prayer.

Bala also announced that UWFM Top 20 with Lucky Matyolweni will now be broadcast from 11am to 1pm, followed by a new program called Ezezolo hosted by Elvis Mali till 3pm on Saturday.

“This program will focus on classic hits,” said Mhlobo Wenene’s Business Manager.

The show uNcuthu loMculo weJazz with Dumza Maswana will now follow Ziyolisayo beginning at 1pm on Sundays, while the show Iikwayala Eziphambili with Thembela Booi will be at 10pm, after the revival program, Imvuselelo.

Also, during the weekend, Umhlobo Wenene FM added new talent. Sisa Maxakana, a seasoned radio host, will host Ezolimo on Saturday from 4:30am to 5am, and Okuhle Kezile will join Lavuth’ iBhayi as a sports presenter.

In addition, starting at 5am on Sunday, Pastor Akhona Gxamza from Peddie will be one of the contributors to Inkolo Nengqiqo.

Furthermore, a new team will be assigned to manage the station’s digital media, including a team that will produce monthly thematic documentaries, according to Bala.

Changes to TruFM’s programming were also announced on Tuesday by the manager of these two Eastern Cape stations.

He confirmed that the weekday schedule remained unchanged. Yanga Mayor Jaca, a native of Peddie, will host the night-time program After Hours from 10pm to 1am, while Dee Lukes Ngantweni, who has been hosting After Hours, will host the Sunday program Urban Exchange from 12pm to 3pm.

Ntombozuko Balintulo, the winner of TruFM’s truTalent competition, will broadcast on Saturdays and Sundays from 12pm to 3am, and Simo Zokwana will present The Avenue on Saturdays.

TruFM, according to Bala, will be the largest youth station in the Eastern Cape.

TruFM expanded from 177,000 to 286,000 listeners last year.