Tuks FM is the campus radio station and us at PDBY thought our readers might one to get to know the people behind the voices we tune in to hear. On that note, meet Moorosi “MO” Nakedi, a presenter on the Tuks FM Lunch Show, PDBY interviewed MO to get the inside scoop on working at a student radio station.
What is it like working for a radio station? Is it something that you always wanted to do?
Working for a radio station is different every day. I always thought it would be just fun but more often than not, it is enlightening and eye opening. From interactions with the listener and also my fellow colleagues. It is also a place where we exercise our “creative muscles” without even trying hard which is always pleasing [in its] self. For me it has become a channel to inspire and entertain someone else.
Are there any misconceptions about radio stations or working at one?
I think people often put radio personalities on a pedestal thinking that they are perfect people or have things all figured out since all we do is TALK and give opinions and sometimes advice. However, I believe we at Tuks FM manage to shy away from that narrative by producing content that is authentic and relatable to our listener. We bring our baggage to the airwaves on a daily.
What is your favourite memory from working at Tuks FM?
My favourite memory has to be when I interviewed the rapper K.O, it was an opportunity I never expected, and I learnt a lot during that interview.
What would you like to see change in the South African radio industry?
There is a belief that radio has lost its charm due to innovative technologies of the current age. That is what needs to become different. Instead, people have to remember that radio is such a powerful brain exercise, one that requires minimal effort from the listener. It allows everyone to use their imagination to complete the pictures we paint without any form of visual aid but strictly through sound and descriptions. Proving that we paint millions of pictures in millions of heads every day with just one story.
How would you explain your music taste?
Personally, I like everything that makes me act out of the ordinary. From the trap that makes me feel untouchable, to the yanos that makes me forget I actually have zero rhythm and the indie that gets me in my feelings.
Is there any behind the scenes knowledge your listeners should know?
A “radio voice” is really not a thing, we just make use of quality microphones. All that matters is that you have something to say that is worth listening to by someone else. It’s all about being able to connect to another human out there [that] you cannot see, through the use of words.
Who is a South African artist / musician that people should check out?[There are] two people that come to mind. I’ve been really impressed by the sounds of Elaine and Indigo Stella. They both have very interesting flows in their respective lanes.
What advice would you give someone interested in working at Tuks FM?
You have to go in with an open mind, as much as it is a radio station, it’s a radio station where you are given an opportunity to LEARN, so take advantage of that.
What are five songs you are listening to right now?
Elaine- You’re the one
Because it has a chilled vibe.
Sun-El Musician & Ami Faku- Into Ingawe[This is] a song that has a very strong message that could resonate with a lot of young people right now.
Tones & I- Dance Monkey
This song gives everyone a reason to act silly.
The Notorious B.I.G & Lil Kim- Get money
The 90s Hip Hop wave is one that I wish I could’ve lived in and this is one of the songs that make me feel that way every time I hear it which is why it’s one of my [all] time favourites.
Semi Tee- Labantwana Ama Uber
It’s a song that everyone loves, and when I listen to it I just can’t help but try to imagine how much fun it must’ve been to make that record because it sure is a lot of fun to dance to.
Here is where you can find Mo on social media:
@mo-nakedi on Twitter and Instagram
Photo: @mo-nakedi (Instagram)