CapeTalk Celebrating 20 years
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1997: Brett Hilton-Barber remembers CapeTalk's first morning on air

This October, CapeTalk is celebrating its 20th birthday by reliving some of the most impactful stories of the past twenty years, as told by some of our favourite personalities.

It's 20 years since CapeTalk went on air for the very first time!

To celebrate some of the exciting moments since the inception of the station, Kieno Kammies speaks to CapeTalk's very first progamme manager Brett Hilton-Barber who was part of the station launch team in 1997.

Hilton-Barber spoke of challenges they faced trying to set up the station and what it was like hiring the 'talent' like now veteran presenter John Maytham.

My anxiety levels still rise when we get to the top of the hour and the news is late.

Brett Hilton-Barber, Former progamme manager of CapeTalk

The original CapeTalk news team, three are still on air. Bruce Whitfield (second from left), Charlotte Kilbane (EWN News Editor, 5th from right standing) and John Maytham (1st News Editor, 2nd from right)

It was a challenging but very exciting environment to put together a team...it was very different generation as to the one that is now and a very different kind radio.

Brett Hilton-Barber, Former progamme manager of CapeTalk

I remember the heart stopping moment at 6am on the morning of October 14th 1997 when the test signal went to live radio and we finally done it.

Brett Hilton-Barber, Former progamme manager of CapeTalk

Take a look at the video with Brett Hilton-Barber below:


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