Standing In For The Best T On Radio

by | May 19, 2014 | Lifestyle | 9 comments

In 1994, during my final year of university, I decided that I wanted to try my hand at radio. I duly signed up to participate in campus radio and, on my first time on air, where I was to read out updates on election results, I stumbled over a random number so badly that they had to switch to music. For some reason, in that moment, I didn’t know how to say ‘a hundred and x thousand’… That was the last time I ever tried radio. About ten years later, spending time with Thabo “T-Bose” Mokwele when he was on Metro FM, I toyed with this idea of getting into radio properly again. Thabo was to help me record a demo but, somehow, I never got round to it. And, to be honest, the thought of being a radio producer appealed to the writer-content person-lover of random information in me more than being on air.

Even when I started being interviewed on radio, I used to do the thing that you should never do – plan the conversation down to ‘when I get asked this question, I’ll give this prepared answer’. It never worked when chatting up a young lady so I have no idea why I thought it would work in this instance. I started to enjoy interviews a lot more when I planned less and had more confidence in my views.

Just over two weeks ago, I get a random phone call from the same Thabo Mokwele, now of Kaya FM, to find out if I would be willing to guest host his show Best T In The City, while he takes a bit of a holiday. This is a show with an extremely loyal listenership. For some reason I say yes.

As to how I did? Below is a podcast of the full show.

A huge thank you to his producer Claire Mawisa for holding my hand through the process, schooling me on radio, how it works, and helping me a link at a time. And a thank you to Shane Ngwenya who was great company and handled the desk, which looks complicated.

Since I’ve done the show, I have read the comments sparingly. Putting oneself out there in the public sphere can be brutal on the ego and plant serious self-doubt.



  1. Nkuli Jacobs

    I actually tuned in on that Monday- I thoroughly enjoyed the show…

    Maybe you should consider getting back into radio?

  2. carly

    You should be on radio more often! #justsaying

  3. Buthayna Ibrahim

    You were right not to read comments. It’s interesting that even high profile, successful people experience self-doubt. As a trainee teacher who’s having serious confidence issues, that last line rung true with me.

    I loved the show, and got to hear some songs from back in the day. Thanks for that.

  4. Kojo Baffoe

    Thanks Buthayna, I reckon if one stops doubting and questioning, one should stop. It was very much outside my comfort zone. Thank you for the comment.

  5. Kojo Baffoe

    Thank you Nkuli. I do recognise that you can never please everyone. It is something I am considering.

  6. Mac-Jordan

    kojo, You did well standing in for Thabo Mokwele. You should consider doing radio despite your nervousness. Nice playlist + poem.

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About Kojo Baffoe

Of Ghanaian/German heritage, raised in Lesotho and currently based in Johannesburg, South Africa, Kojo is the proverbial slashie, the professional ‘jack of all trades.’ He is an entrepreneur, writer, facilitator, content architect, former men’s magazine editor and speaker. He has a Bachelor of Commerce (1994) with majors in Economics, Marketing and Business Administration from the former the University of Natal (Durban), now University of KwaZulu-Natal.

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