After conceptualising a profitable tv present and concurrently launching a joint YouTube account for it, Relebogile Mabotja has made her return to radio and her viewers appears to take pleasure in listening to her simply as a lot as she enjoys doing her job.
Relebogile initially joined the Primedia staff in 2017 and hosted the Early Breakfast present till 2019. Thereafter, she did a quick stint at Metro FM earlier than parting methods with the station to give attention to her different work as an actress, tv producer, host and occasion MC.
After a one-on-one interview with her instantly after her first present on 702 on Monday, 22 November, it’s simple to know her ardour for the leisure business. This is one thing she traces again to her dad and mom’ love for speak radio and music.
Watch as Relebogile Mabotja particulars her return to 702
“My dad and mom used to hearken to 702 on a regular basis of their automobiles. They beloved speak radio and I’ve very distinct reminiscences of driving house from college within the Brooklyn, Hatfield space in Pretoria all the best way to Soshanguve which is fairly a drive and 702 taking part in within the automobile and we’d be like ‘change mama, change!’ and she or he could be like ‘it’s essential to know what’s taking place within the news!’ and she or he’d flip the amount up and be like ‘ you see! The president says…’” reminisces the host.
For her, what stands out is her dad and mom’ love for the conversational aspect of staying knowledgeable and the way she believes planted the seed that blossomed inside her.
In the early days of her profession in radio, Relebogile says she drew up a long-term profession plan which listed her becoming a member of 702 in some unspecified time in the future in her profession however as luck would have it, 702 is the place she started her work in radio.
Upon reflection, Relebogile believes she manifested her return to 702 as a result of a month previous to her return, she had indicated her longing to return to radio to her supervisor.
She mentioned that all the opposite provides for work that she had obtained throughout that time simply didn’t really feel proper.
“I mentioned to my supervisor ‘it’s time, I don’t know the way, I don’t know when however I must return to radio’, so when the decision got here, I used to be like ‘huh! it is time’ and the timing couldn’t be extra good,” she mentioned.
After an virtually two-year hiatus from radio, Relebogile was naturally nervous forward of her first present however says the nerves light away with every passing section which is both measured in 15 – 30 minute intervals.
“The present went a lot better than I anticipated! I truthfully thought I might be forgetting to inform the time, I might stumble over my very own Twitter deal with or get the cellphone numbers incorrect however I really nonetheless know the cellphone quantity by reminiscence.”
‘Unpacked With Relebogile’
Before the chance to return to radio offered itself, the broadcaster remembers lacking the speak format of entertaining and long-form storytelling which led to her deciding to launch a podcast.
That idea for a podcast snowballed into what she then hoped could be a YouTube channel.
“At the time, it was lockdown, quite a lot of reveals and issues had been placed on maintain and I spoke to the folks I work with. I used to be like ‘hear, I don’t have money however do you guys wish to come and assist me put collectively a present?’”
“Everyone I known as was like ‘cool, I’m recreation.’ We actually arrange in my home and I used to be wish to them ‘guys, the hope is that we’ll go online and somebody will choose up the present and it’ll do nice and we’ll get a sponsor and do all this stuff!’”
After filming the primary episode, Relebogile and her staff have been so pleased with what they’d executed that they pitched it to tv channels.
Thanks to her observe document as each a producer and a number in addition to the standard of her product, SABC3 known as precisely a day earlier than her YouTube channel was set to go reside. Upon securing her deal, Relebogile highlighted the significance of getting a YouTube channel to accompany her present and the channel agreed to let her develop it. Now, every video she uploads amasses tens of 1000’s of views.
It’s protected to say that conversation is Relebogile’s niche.
Catch Relebogile Mabotja on 702 each afternoon between 1 pm and 3pm.