CapeTalk Turns 20

CapeTalk is having the biggest throwback on it's 20th Birthday with its #WeekendBreakfast Special. CapeTalk host Africa Melane spoke to a range of guests who shared their memories over the past 20 years. Former guests included journalists, sports commentators, employees and even the CEO of Primedia.

You would have heard a lot of Gavin Rich over the past 20 years. As a sports journalist, Rich made a lot of appearances on the station to talk about sports. He shares his favourite rugby memory on CapeTalk.

Full audio with Gavin Rich below...

Another guest on the #WeekendBreakfast with Africa Melane was former CapeTalk journalist, Nikiwe Bikitsha. Her name was synonymous with news during her time at the station. Bikitsha was an intern at CapeTalk in the 90s, this served as a launch pad for a stellar career in journalism. As one of the countries leading radio and television personalities, she shares her thoughts on the stations birthday.

I couldn't possibly miss this you know. It's such a special and significant moment, 20 years of CapeTalk. Congratulations! I mean it was the beginning of my journalism career.

Nikiwe Bikitsha, Former CapeTalk Journalist

Full audio with Nikiwe Bikitsha below...

The CEO of Primedia, Omar Essack joined the celebration by sharing his thoughts on the station. Even though he felt intimidated by the big personalities on the show. Essack was not shy to mention the importance of Cape Talk Radio in the community.

It's been an incredible experience hearing so many fans and of course people who have been part of Cape Talks history.

Omar Essack, CEO of Primedia

Full audio with Omar Essack below...

There are a few names in this country, synonymous with sound, probing journalism and Marianne Merten is one of them. She put her considerable skills to work for CapeTalk when the station was in its infancy. She joined the #WeekendBreakfast Special to reminisce about the good old days.

Happy 20th Birthday to CapeTalk. I remember I was there when the station went on air. All the way back in 1997.

Marianne Merten, Former CapeTalk Journalist

Full audio with Marianne Merten below...

Another guest on Cape Talk that shared their favourite past times was the man known as the voice out of Africa. A person who sheds light on what is happening on our continent. Africa Melane refers to him as JJ but we known him as Jean-Jacques Cornish.

I have been blessed with the task of wondering around our continent.

Jean-Jacques Cornish, Africa Correspondent

Even though he encountered hope and despair, Jean-Jacques Cornish highlights that it has been a life filled with memories and experiences.

Full audio with Jean-Jacques Cornish below...

The 14th of October 2017 marks 20 years since CapeTalk first aired. John Maytham was one of the first voices on Cape Talk. He joins the conversation as he talks about his first experience on air.

We'd rehearse. The studio had been built. Everything had been prepped. We'd check all the technicalities. We knew that our news bulletin would work. We knew we had sports bulletin. We knew that the parts of the program that we were in charge of would work. Most of the time... What we didn't was whether anybody would be listening.

John Maytham, Former CapeTalk Host

Full audio with John Maytham below...

The General Manager for Primedia Broadcasting in Cape Town, Trish Taylor spoke about a special family bond that the station has.

It's certainly wonderful to be part of a very special talk radio station like CapeTalk, that certainly epitomizes Cape Town and the huge influence, that this station has from helping single individuals to vast communities in their time of need.

Trish Taylor, General Manager for Primedia

Full audio with Trish Taylor below...

Celebrate with Cape Talk and join the conversation on social media #CapeTalk20. Twitter: @CapeTalk Facebook: @CapeTalk


This article first appeared on 702 : CapeTalk Turns 20


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