Chris Jordan Media All-Star Radio Mentorship 2021

Chris Jordan Media All-Star Radio Mentorship 2021

2021 sees the first year of a first in South Africa. 

Chris Jordan Media will bring broadcasting veterans together that will reach out to mentor 3 immaculately talented rising stars.

Chris said, “I got tired of waiting for stations around the country to step up and take full mentorship roles for our next generation of broadcasting practitioners.  So, I made some calls, interviewed some candidates, and made this initiative happen.  The radio industry is small in South Africa, but, it is also like a “clique”, which pushes away the growth of new talent  

We look at a lot of commercial stations who should be running training slots for well skilled community broadcasters, but instead automate those slots?

It makes no sense.  Whatever the semantics may be.

With this initiative, we want to mentor rising stars in all aspects of being greater than just a voice behind a mic.  From brand identity, to social media presence to content creation, to voice training, to community giveback  – we are going to give these girls the whole package.  And they will over the next build solid infrastructures of presence and industry offerings that are going to rival the best in upcoming new talent”

This 12 month mentorship will allow the 3 rising stars to have access to the insights and guidance from the following:

Broadcasting “All-Stars”

Chris Jordan

Chris Jordan is an experienced media practitioner.  Spending 20 years in the media industry, he has worked for commercial hit radio station 947, produced for international entertainment conglomerate Ryan Seacrest, presented on Harlem, New York’s SARFM, and managed at retail station Yebo Radio, and managed the conception of South African LGBTQ+ Online station GaySARadio.  He also runs his own media training company, Chris Jordan Media, which has serviced stations like SMU FM, Alex FM, Lesotho’s MXXL FM, MCRS FM, and Pheli FM. Training aspiring media professionals for the past 10 years at Boston Media House, Chris also published his academic textbook “A Word on Radio ” and audiobook “Radio 1 on 1: 25 of the Most Asked Questions in Radio Broadcasting. For more information, visit

Chris has also been an entertainment journalist/presenter on eTV’s Morning Live for 4 years.

Chris also moonlight’s in the Corporate Training arena. Having a BSc in Computer Science and BComm (Hons) in Informatics, he has diversified training experience from ICT skills to being a Google accredited specialist in G-Suite, Google Cloud Platform, and in Applied Digital Platform Skills, to high end and SETA Accreditation training in Project Management, Corporate Communication, and Leadership skills.

Facebook : @Chris Christou Jordan

Twitter: @chrisj_papag

Instagram: @Chrisjordanmedia

Catherine Grenfell

Catherine joined 5FM as a producer in 2001 following several years in the live arena (she studied lighting, sound and stage management). She has worked with Mark Gillman, DJ Fresh and Warrick Stock (the Shady Lurker) as a producer on their shows as well as doingTraffic. She also had her own Live show on 5FM, with a live band and live studio audience.

In 2016, Catherine decided to leave 5FM and start a new adventure, freelancing as a radio and field producer and social media content director. Catherine was also involved as the Program Manager and Presenter on a new internet radio station called The Eye. Catherine was also a lecturer at Boston Media House for 5 years, where she taught Radio Theory. Teaching has become a huge passion in Catherine’s life and it is very important that she shares her knowledge and helps pave the way for new talent. Catherine started as Head Producer at Audio Militia in 2018 (An all-encompassing Music Agency) and has found her happy place with this amazing team. 

Over the years, Catherine has had an extensive interviewing track record (from Piet Botha to Zachie Achmad, Kwesta, AKA, Charlize Theron, Pieter Dirk Uys, Pink, Arctic Monkeys, Violent Femmes, 3 Doors Down, Groove Armada, Staind, Metallica, Korn, Muse, Chris Cornell, Kaiser Chiefs, 30 seconds To Mars, Good Charlotte, and many more). 

Her love of great music, both South African and international, has given her the opportunity to travel to different music festivals around South Africa and the World. Catherine has extended her love of music to DJ’ing and plays a wide variety of genres from Rock, Deep House, Electro House, Pop, Kwaito and Amapiano. Catherine has MC’d many festivals and corporate events, including SAMA’s, Oppikoppi, Mieliepop. Rocking The Daisies, Synergy, Lush Festival as well as School graduations and the IAB 2018 Digital Summit.

Catherine has been a judge for The South African Music Awards for the past 8 years. Alongside her music, Catherine’s adventurous spirit has seen her undertake many escapades, all in the name of great radio. This adventurous rock chick has bungee jumped off the world’s highest bungee bridge, shark-cage dived, abseiled and driven in an off road rally car.

On a more serious note, Catherine’s charity involvement is something she feels as passionate about as the music. As a mother, she’s no stranger to the challenges facing contemporary society and she has been involved in many charity initiatives. She climbed to the top of Kilimanjaro for a charity organization called The Lonely Road Foundation. 

She has ridden the Cape Argus Pick ‘n Pay Cycle Challenge twice, the first time for a close friend (Natalie’s Circle Of Love) and in 2013 for The Pink Drive. She has also swum the Midmar Mile 2013 with her son for The Pink Drive. She has a lot more charity work coming up for this year and hopes to change and influence people for the greater good. 

Catherine is also an Ambassador for The Children’s Radio Foundation and WWF SASSI. Catherine has also recently become involved in Operation Smile, which is an organization she holds very dear to her heart and wants to use her platform to make a difference in people’s lives.




Vusi Alphaa

Born Vusimuzi Shaun Mapeta in Venda, Limpopo Province. Vusi Alphaa is a South African Radio personality; Hip-Hop artist who is currently with Capricorn FM: Limpopo’s Hottest frequency hosting The Saturday breakfast 6-10am; The Morning Grind mon-fri 3-6am. Vusi Is also the new host of the Newly formed Limpopo TV community channel; he hosts a music show: Amplified summer nights on Friday nights at 10pm.

Vusi is also the founder of the independent record label Dope Drip Record; he is a Boston Media House alumni, with a diploma in media practices majoring in Radio. 

Vusi started his radio career in 2017 at New Vision Radio: where he hosted numerous radio shows, later joining 1912 online radio in the same year. He then joined a community radio station Vhembe FM in Thohoyandou in 2018 before venturing into commercial radio. Besides being on radio Vusi is a music performer; he has released singles such as #Chakalaka which is a hip-hop song that went Viral; trended number 1 on Twitter, also being covered by News24 as they wrote an article about 5 Positive things that the video.

Twitter: @vusialphaa

Instagram: @vusialphaa

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Michelle Ayden

Michelle Ayden is 1.55m of Cool!

Born in 1979, she is of new age vintage. 

She graduated BA Drama Hons Cum Laude from University of Pretoria in 2003, so she is smart as well as talented! She has done a plethora of coursework to keep up to date with international trends in the industry. 

She’s done work for Coca cola, Telenet, 7delaan , JoziH and Kyknet as an actress . In 2007 she was cast as the controversial Maggie Rossouw on the popular MNET soap Egoli. She also got an awesome opportunity to be part of District 9. That locally shot international film produced by Peter Jackson. Nominated for a  for Best Picture at The Academy Awards 2010!

She’s done many voice overs, recorded a children‘s series onto audio disc and deejayed as a presenter on TUKSFM alongside big names like Chris Jordan and  Anele back in the day. 

On stage she has done Shakespeare, Chekov, Strindberg, Pinter, Miller, Simon, Beckett and more. 

She has starred in SABC 3 Sketch comedy series, SKETCH YOU LATER, 3 seasons of Thandeka’s Diary, Ayeye and other great shows over a two decade career. 

She has appeared as a guest on many talk shows on television and radio. 

She now focuses more on coaching talent and her absolute passion is sharing knowledge and skills.

Instagram: @mishmerizer

FB Page: @missayden

Kenzy Mohapi

Kenzy Mohapi is a vibrant & talented media professional and entrepreneur who has had a successful 14 year long career.

She is a multiple award winning public speaker, award winning Liberty Radio Awards radio presenter, talented MC and creative media entrepreneur, and was also included in Mail & Guardian’s prestigious Top 200 list 2019.

Kenzy is the owner of Content Creation company, ROAR – Republic Of African Rockstars. An MC for different kinds of events over the years from corporate events to facilitating workshops. MC for Shoprite Christmas conference, Old Mutual business invitationals, IMC 2010 World Cup gala,  Sunday Times GenNext 2019 moderator and the SAB Entrepreneur Awards to name a few. EXPERIENCED MASTER OF CEREMONIES Corporate events, activations, facilitator, winner of the Liberty Radio Awards winning radio host, ‘Best Commercial Radio Weekend Show’ 2019. 

The Liberty Radio Awards ‘Bright Star’ award 2017.

Kenzy has had a successful radio career behind the mic since the age of 18, having worked at TuksFM, OFM, CapricornFM, and is currently playing her trade at JacarandaFM. 

Kenzy has also curated the music programming for three commercial radio stations. Kenzy is currently a radio host and music compiler at JacarandaFM

Instagram: @kenzymohapi

Twitter: @kenzymohapi

Rising Stars

Zinhle Geluk


Zinhle is from Gauteng Joburg. She was born on 5 January 1998. She went to Alberton Primary school, where her love for speaking and the arts was born. She participated in the school’s eisteddford every year. At church she would participate in doing readings and act in plays such as Passion of Christ and casual event plays. In high school she joined public speaking tackling various topics. 

She is currently completing her Bachelor of Social Science in Politics and Economics at UCT. When she began her university journey she began MCing at various res events. In 2019 she joined the UCT radio where she received training guarded by the excellent station manager Natilie. 

She began doing graveyard shifts shows, later that year moved to prime time talk such as being co-host at Talk @12 and Music brunch show. She also joined the content production where she produced for various other shows. Zinhle also has a bug for writing in 2019 she joined varsity news and wrote thought provoking and informative opinion and feature articles, especially during the 2020 lockdown. 

She also has a love for leadership 2019 she was the only independent candidate who gained the most votes for the UCT SRC, having had prior experience with student leadership where her fellow colleagues describe her as an exceptional force who puts her all in what she does. 

She is friendly, funny, direct and a humble human-being with a love for people. She is also hard-working, ambitious with the drive to thrive.  

Her dream is to be an internationally acclaimed broadcaster, media personality and businesswoman and lead through mentoring others and who knows maybe running a station one-day. 

Theri Morulane


Lovely model & radio personality with an enthusiasm to give listeners an entertaining experience. With over two years experience in radio, my skill-set includes vibrant voice acting, content creation, announcing programme line ups & presenting music. Beyond my passionate persona is my great ability to make use of media and audio mixing consoles. Not only am I swift in learning to operate media mixing technology but I creatively produce on Adobe audio systems & Logic ProX music editing software.

Besides being behind the cameras and the creativity of the mic, is my intellect. I’m a 2x degree holder in psychology plus anthropology & also diligently pursuing my interest in business & financial markets in my role as a top Relationship Associate at an award-winning Forex broker. Last but definitely not least. Campaigning for women empowerment and actively giving back to my community continues to be my greatest priority!

Instagram: woke_queen

Facebook: Ithereng Morulane

Mamokete Sehoole


Mamokete has been in the corporate governance sector for over a decade. She studied a short course in radio presenting with Boston Media House. She was a producer for Doughboy Productions. She has spent two years volunteering in Ghana at Sweet Melodies FM as a media officer and voice over artist. She is a poet and an actress. She has acted in a number of theatre productions. She is also an entrepreneur.

Instagram: mamokete_sehoole

Facebook: Mamokete Sehoole

Rising-Stars Workshop March 2021

So we are off to a great start. All the rising stars have met with their mentors and explored the growth of social media strategies, branding, copywriting, voice over exercises and brainstorming podcast series’.

In my sessions, we focused specifically on social media strategies, brand identity, and podcast conceptualization – and I want to share some general tips with you on these particular areas.

The “Face” of Your Business

For all intents and purposes, your brand’s logo is the “face” of your business. But that face should do more than just look cool or interesting — a logo’s contribution to brand identity is associative, too. It tells the public that [this image] means [the name of your company].

Credibility and Trust

Having a brand identity doesn’t just make your product more memorable; it makes your brand more authoritative in the marketplace. A brand that establishes a face, and maintains that face consistently over time, develops credibility among its competitors and trust among its customers.

Advertising Impressions

A brand identity is a template for everything you would include on an advertisement for your business — whether that ad is in print, online, or a preroll commercial on YouTube. A brand with a face and industry credibility is well prepared to promote itself and make impressions on potential buyers.

Your Company’s Mission

When you create an identity for your brand, you’re giving it something to stand for. That, in turn, gives your company a purpose. We all know companies have mission statements, right? Well, you can’t have one without first giving your brand an identity.

Generating New Customers and Delighting Existing Ones

A brand identity — one with a face, trust, and a mission — attracts people who agree with what your brand has to offer. But once these people become customers, that same brand identity gives them a sense of belonging. A good product generates customers, but a good brand generates advocates.

If you want your business to become a well-known and beloved brand name, it’s going to take some work. The following steps will help you build a brand identity. They are simple steps; implementing them, however, is another story.

  1. Research your audience, value proposition, and competition.
  2. Design the logo and a template for it.
  3. Integrate language you can use to connect, advertise, and embody on social media.
  4. Know what to avoid.
  5. Monitor your brand to maintain its brand identity.

Social Media Strategy

The easiest “Cheat Sheet” for developing a social media strategy is to literally go on Pinterest and search for template calendars for each medium. They look like this.

These “high traffic” guides will be helpful in when to schedule posts across your platforms

Some beginners tips:

  • If you are able (financially) – invest in a landing page, like this very one here. Social media will provide daily dynamic content, while you have a clean, professional reflection of your brand, and your work.
  • Devote your time posting with purpose, and regularly. You are creating a habitual nature for potential followers. So if you dedicate to one well-produced, slick YouTube video a month (and that’s what you can manage) – commit, and do it.
  • Drop hashtags on Facebook. In fact, only focus on heavy rich content that you can share with your followers.
  • A maximum of 4 hashtags works on Twitter and Instagram. 2 that are trending and 2 that are your own.
  • Focus on ONLY image rich or IG TV content like teasers to an interview, or a short inspirational connection with your audience. Make it entertaining to watch or again, with pictures, snap with integrity, and purpose to a story worth a thousand words.
  • Polls work nicely on Twitter as pre-production for heavy content that might on a landing page. You can test where your followers are in an opinion or mindset. If you’re going to retweet – make sure to add your two cents in, and give again, purpose to the post.
  • And lastly, RESPOND to post comments, especially if you asked for an audience engagement. One, it’s professional. Two, it’s common courtesy to receive, then give. And thirdly, it acknowledges each follower as human being, and will have them coming back for more.

Bookmark this page to see all the growing efforts of our Rising Stars, Panel discussions with our All-Stars, and a true 1st for South African radio.

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