KFM has surprised followers with a line-up remix, including the news that Darren Simpson will be joining the Cape station from Monday, 3 July.
Simpson is one of South Africa’s most prominent commercial broadcasters, having hosted 947’s Breakfast Xpress for seven years, and featured on the breakfast show for seven years before that.
In April, he moved to the afternoon drive slot on 947 for lifestyle reasons and, in another lifestyle-motivated move, he will be fulfilling a long-term goal of relocating his family to the Cape.
From July, Simpson will take over the KFM Breakfast show between 06:00 and 09:00, bringing his brand of relatable radio to listeners across the Cape – and yes, there will be a daily prank.
Johannesburg audiences will still get their fix as the two stations are both in the Primedia Broadcasting stable, and Simpson will remain on Xpress Drive on 947, which he will broadcast from the Cape Town studios, from 16:00 to 19:00.
The move will see current breakfast host, Ryan O’Connor moving into the weekday work slot, from 10:00 to 13:00.
The weekday work slot has been a focus area for KFM, as it offers the station a chance to connect with audiences in the busy part of their day, whether they are in their cars, offices, homes, or wherever they are going about their business.
O’Connor has recently won the Best Breakfast Presenter title at the 2017 Liberty Radio Awards, becoming the only presenter to win this award twice.
O’Connor will be followed by Sechaba Gqeba on early afternoons from 13:00 to 16:00. The afternoon drive will be taken over by Carl Wastie, whose energy will drive listeners through their homeward commute. Wastie joined KFM in mid-2016 and his enthusiasm quickly made him a hit with listeners. Wastie will also host a regional chart show on Saturdays.
The station says goodbye to Rob Vember, who has hosted the afternoon drive since 2014 as well as the Coca-Cola Top40SA.
The weekday line-up from Monday, 3 July will be:
06:00 to 09:00: Darren Simpson
09:00 to 10:00: What’s up @ Work (all music requests)
10:00 to 13:00: Ryan O’Connor
13:00 to 16:00: Sechaba G
16:00 to 19:00: Carl Wastie
19:00 to 22:00: Brandon Leigh