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Monday, 01 March 2010

CPUT students lend their voices to Good Hope FM campus DJ search


Popular regional radio station Good Hope FM recently visited CPUT as part of their search to find a ‘Radio DJ Champ 2010’.

CPUT students were encouraged to come and audition for the position of Radio DJ Champ, which includes a year-long contract to co-host a radio show with Ebrahiem Inglis, better known to listeners as ‘Ebi I’.

The competition auditions, which drew many students’ attention and were well attended, kicked off on 18 and 19 February 2010 at the Bellville Campus and concluded on 15 and 22 February 2010 at the Cape Town Campus.

Criteria for entrants included them having a broad general knowledge, a radio-friendly voice; being able to articulate, having a sense a humour, being able to take a stand, expressing a personal opinion and being able to defend and share their own views.

A major draw-card for the large crowds was renowned breakfast DJ Nigel Pierce and his colleague DJ Ready D, who acted as Good Hope FM judges.

On the first day of auditions, entrants participated in an open mic session. Judges then chose selected students who returned on day two to test their ad-libbing ability.

Journalism student Graeme Rauberheimer won the auditions for the Bellville campus and Nosipho Tisani, a Public Relations Management student, came first at the Cape Town auditions.

The comments from the judges were that they chose Rauberheimer for his natural appeal behind the microphone. Tisani was selected for her exuberance, clear voice and originality.

The Good Hope FM team visited the University of Cape Town, Stellenbosch University and the University of the Western Cape during the two-week long competition which concluded on 26 February 2010.

All finalists will attend a series of workshops in March, where they will acquire radio presenting skills and receive individual voice coaching as part of the development programme.

The finalists from each campus will get an opportunity to co-host a show with Ebi I before the judges choose an overall winner.

By Thando J. Moiloa

Photo: CPUT Students attend the Cape Town Campus leg of the Good Hope FM Radio DJ Champ 2010 competition.

Written by CPUT News

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