Greg & Lucky have been named as the new afternoon drive-time show presenters on 947, with Darren Whackhead Simpson moving exclusively to Kfm breakfast.
“Darren has brought so much to 947 over the years – he is a radio professional, who has worked more than his requisite 10 000 hours to achieve his followers and his success,” said 947 station manager Ravi Naidoo.
“I’m so proud of what I have achieved at 947 – I have been able to practice my profession at the highest level in South Africa with the Breakfast Xpress,” said Simpson. “Rising to the challenge of hosting breakfast on 947 has been my greatest honour, and getting to do it all over again on Kfm is a rare and thrilling opportunity for me,” he said.
Focus on Kfm
Simpson pulled double duty for Primedia Broadcasting since July, hosting both the afternoon drive on 947 and the Kfm breakfast show. From January 2018 he will be focusing all of his energies on the latter. “Cape Town is my new home and I am beyond excited by the challenge of building a new, successful show on Kfm that listeners turn to. They deserve my full attention,” he explained.
New 947 afternoon drive time hosts
Greg & Lucky started on 947 hosting a show on Sunday nights. They then moved to week nights 7-10pm before working their way into their current midday show. “Their approach to their audience, and to delivering great content, is exciting and it’s a real honour to promote them into a drive time slot – we’re looking forward to working with them to make excellent radio in the afternoons,” said Naidoo.
An extended show for Ayanda MVP & another Beats&Work session added
After a presenter-less, request-driven Beats&Work session from 09:00 – 10:00 in the morning, Ayanda MVP will start her show as normal. However an extra hour has been added to it (10:00 – 15:00). “Ayanda MVP is proving very popular with listeners so we are excited to have an opportunity to extend her show,” said Naidoo.
Another Beats@Work session has been added between 15:00 and 16:00, before Greg & Lucky kick off afternoon drive. “This is an interesting shift for 947 but it fits in strongly with our drive to better serve our daytime audiences who have fed back that they prefer more music during office hours,” explains Naidoo.
The full weekday line up from Monday 8 January will be:
05h00 to 06h00: Alex Caige
06h00 to 09h00: Anele’s Breakfast Club
09h00 to 10h00: Beats @ Work
10h00 to 15h00: Ayanda MVP
15h00 to 16h00: Beats @ Work
16h00 to 19h00: Greg & Lucky
19h00 to 22h00: Zweli & Mantsoe
22h00 to 00h00: Mac G
Whackhead’s time at 947
Darren was with 947 for 14 years, joining in 2003, and pioneering a very successful radio prank series. His annual CDs have sold over half a million copies, with proceeds going to the 947 Hear for Life Trust. He took over the 947 morning drive-time slot in 2010 and went on to win numerous awards for both the show and campaigns featured on the show.