5FM to 'evolve' without Sasha

2012-02-08 10:53
Johannesburg – 5FM has said that the departure of veteran DJ Sasha Martinengo at the end of March comes as part of "an annual line-up change" and that the station needs to "evolve and change as our listeners do".

Martinengo, also known as the "The Italian Stallion", announced on Twitter on Wednesday that he will be leaving the station after 17 years in the radio business.

In a statement later released by 5FM, station manager Aisha Mohamed explained the move to part ways with Martinengo: "Line-up changes are an unfortunate part of the radio landscape. Every year 5FM, along with the SABC's 17 other radio properties, evaluate their on-air line-up for the year ahead."

The statement goes on to praise Sasha's "incredible work ethic" and his "dedication" to his listeners.

On-air partner

Martinengo's on-air partner Kim Schulze, tweeted that 5FM "will announce it's new lineup once it's finalised, this will probably be closer to the end of March".

Schulze also confirmed that Martinengo's departure will affect her position, saying that "I love Sasha, but we aren't conjoined. There'll be changes for me too, can't confirm yet".

A Twitter user jokingly responded to Shulze, who have shared the 09:00-12:00 spot with Martinengo for three years, saying: "Sad news: radio's top father/daughter team parting ways. Best of luck to at Metro, and at RSG. "

Martinengo took to his 5FM DJ page to thank fans: "Working at 5FM hasn't just been a job, it's been my life. I'd like to think I have entertained my listeners over the years. I have had a brilliant time and will miss my 5FM family. Thank you for all the years of fun and support."


  • Kevin - 2012-02-08 11:14

    YAY.... stoked, Did not like Sasha at all... In Person and on Radio

      Chantelle - 2012-02-08 12:48

      sounds like he wouldnt have liked you either... you probably listen to grant and anele.

      The-third - 2012-02-08 12:48

      oh brother. luckily you don't hold on to anything for long...

      Arthur - 2012-02-08 15:32

      Thank a million %FM for making my day...now we dont have to listen about the stupid sport of Formula 1 anymore from this boring DJ. I am sure he got off on pics of Michael Schumacher!!

      Jack - 2012-02-08 17:18

      whatever - Sasha, make the move to Cape Town! I hope KFM can offer you a job!

      shaun.cousins1 - 2012-02-08 19:43

      you sound like a follower of grant and annele show , they seem to attract the below average intellectual

      Joe - 2012-02-09 00:22

      I'm not a Sasha fan, but he was still better than the rest of the bad bunch. The only DJs left are those with an IQ that matches the 5fm demographic - stupid 15 year-olds! Well "evolved", SABC!

      Idont - 2012-02-09 08:56

      well Kevin, so far 284 people dissagree with you :)

      John - 2012-02-16 17:02

      I'm very amused by all these comments (by white people I'm guessing) that 5fm is "going black". Sorry to remind you but almost 80% of the country is black...Do you have a problem with that? Just waiting for the comments....can't wait....

  • Shamier - 2012-02-08 11:16

    Awesome news, petrolheads the country over believe his about as smart as a soup crouton.

      Arthur - 2012-02-09 06:39

      Serge was boring and his music sucked...thats why he got layed off. He is so old school and needs to go and get a job at a fitment station selling insurance contracts for tyres.

  • Annette - 2012-02-08 11:43

    I was just saying to my daughter that there are so few Dj"s where they sound so comfortable. I am sorry I think Sasha and kim are great combination as with Grant and Anelli, Gareth and his girls and Fresh. The ladies on Gareths show are individually are great as well. Sometimes on the week ends they have peeps who do not sound comfortable on radio. I am sorry big mistake getting rid of that combo.

      Bryan - 2012-02-08 19:37

      I never really gave much thought to Sasha, possibly because I only listen to the radio during my drive to work and my drive back home. However, this I have noticed. 94.7 breakfast drive, a complete disaster without Jeremy Mansfield. Wackhead and Sam are just not that lucrative of a duo. The only reason I listen to them is because I cannot stand the way Gareth Cliff treats people, inside his studio and out. He has a snotty pompous attitude. My drive back home is a different story, DJ fresh is awesome! Not only is he comfortable but very entertaining. He treats people superbly and he genuinely makes me laugh. Some useful advice to 5Fm. Get rid of Grant and Anele. Look after good presenters like Sasha and give Mr Cliff an attitude adjustment.

  • morneoosthuizen - 2012-02-08 11:55

    Rather dump Grant and Anelli. God those 2 are are thick as sh1t. Most annoying show on the Radio.

  • heathering - 2012-02-08 12:00

    Have nothing against Sasha as a person, just have always found his show extremely dull. I listen to Gareth Cliff, turn off the radio for 3 hours then turn back on for Grant and Anele.

      Bryan - 2012-02-08 19:54

      I bet you one of those annoying callers. "Hi Gareth!!!!!!!!! I just want to say. You are so hot hey!!!! When you coming to News Cafe for a party. Tehehe"

  • Comrade - 2012-02-08 12:43

    B E E .... 5FM to become another SABC failure

      GrootWitHaai - 2012-02-08 13:56

      The accents are 5FM are getting harder and harder to understand. Give it five more years and 5FM will be just another Metro.

      Anthony - 2012-02-08 14:27

      5 fm has alredy become a SancBC failure. Its alredy another metro. they have alienated the non black population for years. 94.7 is going the same way. no more room for WYTI unless you love Kwaito. the options for whitie are nil. the squeeze is on.

      John - 2012-02-08 16:58

      Once again... South Africans love to bring up the race issue...

      wesleywt - 2012-02-08 17:16

      So Comrade wants white people only.

  • asaish.singh - 2012-02-08 12:50

    This is sad, Sasha had such a good playlist on his show. Why not axe Grant and Anele!!! Most annoying show on air with two thick heads!

  • Christopher - 2012-02-08 13:07

    Grow Balls 5FM and play decent music....Here is a spot for this station to attract a bigger following with "good" music....Good music!!! Not the same crappy pop sh*t you play over and over again.

      brendonml - 2012-02-08 14:20

      @ Andrew im also from PE, gave up on radio many years ago, there is NOTHING if you actually know what music is. Radio 2000 was decent until they employed dj's a few years back.

      Rodney - 2012-02-08 17:39

      if u dont like it then go take a nap u paw paw or change the station..5fm has evolved to cater for everyone

      Christopher - 2012-02-09 12:10

      @Rodney AKA dip sh*t..Yes 5fm has evolved and catered for everyone that is clueless in the music industry...It's commercial crap . "evolved to cater for everyone"...hahahaha...ok what about punk rock, what about alternative music, what about Heavy metal what about reggae, blues, jazz...... The list goes on and on...So you see...5FM has not evolved!

  • Keith.R25 - 2012-02-08 13:15

    I've been listening to Sasha for more than ten years back when Ian F was still around. Kim and Sasha really had a great show. Will miss it

  • Graham - 2012-02-08 13:20

    Couldn't they rather get rid of KB???? What a pain!

      Wayne - 2012-02-08 17:26

      Hallelujah!! Honestly, when I hear he is the DJ for a specific show,I run. Rather listen to a Chinese karaoke station. He has got to be the most irritating DJ in the world!

  • shawn.pretorius1 - 2012-02-08 13:23

    Hopefully Poppy does not take over from him!

  • shawn.pretorius1 - 2012-02-08 13:35

    As long as Poppy does not replace him!

  • adeline.richards - 2012-02-08 13:45

    This is very sad. Even though I don't listen to 5FM anymore because of the music they play, I am still sad to see a legend go. I grew up to the sounds of Sasha Martinengo and Ian F (and others) and I always get a little bit sad when one of my old favourites go.

  • Dee - 2012-02-08 14:16

    Very sad that Sasha is leaving. Please please do not let KB or Poppy or even Thomas take over. I won't be listening then. Fresh is my favourite, I must say in case this becomes racial again.

      Rodney - 2012-02-08 17:41

      u are making it a race issue u idiot ..go play the grown ups are debating

  • Rudolph - 2012-02-08 16:19

    5FM are deliberately marketing for ages - 8-23. DJ's have to move to stations marketing for ages their own age, it's not a bad thing. Sasha may well end up with stations like Highveld Stereo or Jacaranda (if in Gauteng area). Can't believe Ian F has left so long ago already too. Man these guys were freakin awesome.

  • shawnholten - 2012-02-08 16:36

    Yes 5FM axe all the real talented DJ's in this country...like you have over all the years...besides Fresh there is nothing else worth listening to...maybe next year you'll axe him too. Sad

  • mark.myburgh - 2012-02-08 17:00

    well done 5fm for proving your a bunch of twats!!!!

  • ernest.gouws - 2012-02-08 18:32

    Can Highveld get a wake up call please... Get rid of that stupid morning show. Simpson you are good for pranks, not an ANCHOR, Sam you sound more and more like a People Magazine sponsored Kugirl.

  • Bee2205 - 2012-02-08 19:18

    Mix FM.... 93.9! It's the DJ graveyard and it's brilliant...

  • stevefortuin - 2012-02-08 20:22

    I'm glad to hear this news. While I do think that Sasha is one of the 5fm stalwarts, I don't recall one aspect of his show that I will miss.

  • Dave - 2012-02-08 20:32

    Mmmm station changes, don't we as listens have a say in this?? Oh well better get the ipod tuned up...

  • Dean - 2012-02-08 20:39

    It's really sad to see Sasha go! One of the good DJ's at Five! Good luck on your ventures Sasha!!

  • craig.levey - 2012-02-09 00:06

    So Fresh finally succeeded in getting rid of Sasha. I'm clearly getting too old for the rest of these clowns. Gareth is just too painful. I'll listen to 702.

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  • Mano Ghioules - 2012-02-09 01:03

    Pity they didn't rather axe Grant and Anelle...All they'd need is a pick axe and someone to swiftly strike them down. Then they should go to their playlist, press ctrl alt delete and ask anyone else how to run a decent radio station. Keep DJ Fresh though.

  • Spotty - 2012-02-09 03:46

    Who are 5FM's so-called target audience ? My experience shows people with a radio providing background 'noise' to camoflage other noise, but not really listening at all. As for content, I stopped listening to 5FM, Jacaranda and 94.7 more than 10 years back, since they were playing garbage, and huge amounts of advertising. Now, ocasionally, I might listen to 702's news. Thank heavens for MP3 players and internet sources.

  • Dale - 2012-02-09 05:31

    thats sucks....best show on radio five!!

  • Michael Kleber - 2012-02-09 07:00

    When u join 5 you know when you hit a certain age you outa there , just hope Thomas gets to that age soon

  • hannesw1 - 2012-02-09 07:23

    Sad to see (hear) him go. Take note Gareth Cliff, you are also getting older and will also be declared obsolete...What a great day that would be!

  • Mickeynelster - 2012-02-09 08:50

    I would rather see Grant and Annele leave. Surely their ratings are worse?

  • Jeannette - 2012-02-09 09:13

    Haha these comments really make me laugh. Do people not realise there is a dial on their radio that allows them to change to other stations?

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