Sasha Martinengo to leave 5FM

2012-02-08 08:37
Johannesburg – DJ and television presenter Sasha Martinengo announced on Twitter on Wednesday that he will be leaving radio station 5FM at the end of March.

Martinengo, who joined 5FM in 1994, tweeted the following: "Wow, I am overwhelmed by the support. Thank you so much. It is true. I will be leaving 5fm at the end of March."

He also tweeted: "I will still be on Supersport for Absolute F1."

Good luck

Martinenego currently hosts the weekday 09:00-12:00 show, celebrated his 5 000th show on radio in November last year.

Twitter has since been abuzz with people sending messages of good luck and paying tribute to the iconic radio DJ.

Rock FM presenter Sergio De Oliveira tweeted: "so sad to hear about you leaving 5FM, I am a really big fan of your work, all the best in this new chapter of your life :)"

He also announced plans to continue his career as a writer for Prestige Magazine, F1Racing, The Cape Times and The Star.

An official press release from 5FM is due later on Wednesday morning.


  • Christopher - 2012-02-08 08:55

    They better not get another Grant and Anele...please NO!!

      Willie - 2012-02-08 10:13

      You took the words right out of my mouth......and I'm not quoting Meatloaf!!

      Dean - 2012-02-08 10:14

      Do you think he'll reveal DJ Decks' identity???

      Xzaviera - 2012-02-08 10:15

      I wish I could double thumbs up that comment, Christopher

      richard.hipkin - 2012-02-08 10:16

      @Dean, I hope not..

      brendonml - 2012-02-08 12:37

      I stopped listening to 5 the day they took Barney Simon off the air.

      ronald.stilianou - 2012-02-08 13:08

      I stopped listening the first day I heard that incredibly dumb and ill informed poppy thing.

      GrootWitHaai - 2012-02-08 13:59

      The best part of 5FM is Gareth. Say what you like, he's very funny and intelligent. The moment he goes off the station becomes Metro.

      CapeChappy - 2012-02-08 15:36

      My thoughts exactly Christopher - those 2 are the most annoying DJ's on radio. The only time of the day I change channels.

  • Silvana - 2012-02-08 09:00


  • Kevin - 2012-02-08 09:08

    So sad, Sasha was relevant and his show always informative. @5fm seems to be in a spot of poo if they've let Sasha go and keep the likes of the Grant & Anele show??? There's no comparison if you ask me.

  • saxor - 2012-02-08 09:20

    He is Joining Top Gear

      herculesjansenvanvuuren - 2012-02-08 09:37

      @saxor. Now that will be awesome!

      Lawrence - 2012-02-08 11:57

      He's going to be the next Stig

  • Seja - 2012-02-08 09:34

    ... It is really time for him to move on! he's been at 5FM for ages! ... one needs to move on in order to grow in life.

  • Schalk - 2012-02-08 09:35

    Last of the old guard, sad day. On the bright side coming to some local gauteng broadcaster soon shasha martinego, further spelling a very gloomy future for 5FM.

  • The-third - 2012-02-08 09:43

    Pity. man is the stuff but 5FM's platform is probably too youth orientated for him. Means he will move somewhere where higher LSM listeners prefer to go. Good for Highveld and Co, I am willing to bet.

      richard.hipkin - 2012-02-08 10:17

      Highveld? Sis, miff radio station. Like East Coast, they both suck.

      The-third - 2012-02-08 11:09

      Yeah but it happens chief. See how many 4FM DJs go to Primedia.

  • collinml - 2012-02-08 09:54

    i hear he is joining Darren Scott @ Ballz internet radio.Its a new venture

  • - 2012-02-08 09:59

    What is happening to 5FM? Sasha is a legend! But then again, I've always believed that he belongs on or close to a racetrack! He should start a TopGear SA program!

  • Tyrone Gavin Fester - 2012-02-08 10:03

    Uhmmmmmm.......really now...... Finally!

  • renejupp - 2012-02-08 10:18

    End of an era

  • Barker - 2012-02-08 10:22

    Now is the time for Duran Collet

  • Mouldy - 2012-02-08 10:33

    I like the guy and he knows his stuff around F1. Don't listen to 5FM though, teenie bopper station.

      simonpetermurrell - 2012-02-09 18:26

      Think Graham Duxbury should present F1 on SuperSport as he knows a lot more than the guys on Absolute F1!

  • Bianca - 2012-02-08 10:34

    He should join all the other ex 5fm DJ's on mix fm 93.8, best radio station around... And Derek the Bandit also there now!!!! A Top Gear SA would not be such a bad idea me thinks.....

  • Shaun Robinson - 2012-02-08 10:43

    Comrade, look, now way, a chip on your shoulder...

  • Bianca - 2012-02-08 10:44

    Good, now he can join all the other ex 5fm DJ's on mix fm 93.8, where Derek the Bandit and Tony Blewitt and a host of other brilliant guys have gone.... A Top Gear SA would also not be such a bad idea me thinks....

      Darron - 2012-02-08 11:00

      do u know if that station is available in cape town???

  • grantdutoit - 2012-02-08 10:54

    I think it may be time for a new radio station to start as 5FM was pretty much the only one worth listening to and all the best DJs have left.

  • Darron - 2012-02-08 10:58

    i wish sasha would take grant and anele with him... farewell sash... enjoyed you on air... last of the oldschool radio 5 guys... sad day for radio, 5fm is just not the same no more

  • sharon.louis - 2012-02-08 11:03

    Good luck to you Sasha !!!! You will be missed, especially your "reasons for feeling good" and your "almost impossible quiz" ! Whenever you are not on the radio, maybe you are sick or away, and they put this specific lady on in your place, I just want to scream. She sounds like a little school kid, your presence is missed even more. Hope you get to do something that is your passion, like presenting your own Motor show! Sharon

  • Bianca - 2012-02-08 11:10

    @Darron, no, the Station is only in Jogurg and is a Community Radio Station at the mo, here in Midrand... but, it is attracting all the oldies of Radio and therefore the best music is being played throughout the day!!!

  • Fanie - 2012-02-08 11:17


  • sodesode - 2012-02-08 12:38

    That's sad, ever since i've listened to 5FM he's been there:( Eish, mara life! And yes, Grand & Anele suck, so 5 shouldn't consider such individuals to fill in Sasha's spot. Hey, maybe now they can bring Koula back. I think she was so underrated at 5.

  • Paula - 2012-02-08 13:19

    I would suggest rather throw Cliffie over the Cliff and keep the rather unbiased Sasha on your payroll...Goodluck Sash

  • Melanie - 2012-02-08 13:31

    give his spot to Fresh ASWELL!! fresh would probably object

  • Silvana - 2012-02-08 13:51

    When I read the article this morning my comment was 'Yawn", because there is no meat to the article. So Sasha has resigned. So what, it's his choice. If the article had mentioned what he was going to do, apart from his existing career as a writer, I would have found the article interesting. I have now just received an SMS from Sasha Martinengo and I quote: "Sasha Martinengo to you: tired granny? (Reply MUTE to stop convo. Info:http"//" @Sasha and his buddies on here. I was always a big fan of yours. You are a brilliant DJ, on and off radio. However, your reaction has kind of soured my opinion of you. You are obviously damn touchy and take things too personally. Even if my comment was directed at you, which it wasn't, a true professional takes praise and criticism with equal grace. Godd luck for your future

      John - 2012-02-08 15:55

      hahahah! I also got a facebook inbox he said "Thanks for the positive comment" ? Is he is sitting on here reading comments about him? Nothing better to do? Refreshing every 5 seconds? oh my gosh my rep, what are people gonna think. Before I though he was a boring guy who taked about f1 24/7 but ok some people like him and im happy for them. now after your comment also I can only laugh. Carefull of the Sasha mafia! please guys life is too short not to laugh and take things so seriosely. #keepitreal #callitlikeitis - I hope you recieve an appology @Silvana.

      richardjcw - 2012-02-08 16:03

      OMG! perhaps this should make the news? "Sasha Martinego stalks and harasses internet users" If you cant take criticism don't try and be famous". I used to like Sasha until I read this.....Perhaps he should post a reply?

      sasha.martinengo1 - 2012-03-05 20:17

      many thanks for the encouragement. i didn't resign btw, i was told that i don't fit into their future strategy

  • Shaun - 2012-02-08 17:57

    I never heard of this man, good riddens now someone else can have his job. - Cheers

      sasha.martinengo1 - 2012-03-05 20:18


  • Elona - 2012-02-09 16:34

    Between Gareth and DJ Fresh we had a breath of fresh air in Sasha cos all you have is Grant and Anele. Oh boy, well done 5FM you are driving more listeners away. Shew, will have to listen to Eastcoast.....exciting times....yeah right....

  • amanda.a.visser - 2012-02-10 10:56

    so sorry to see you going. will miss your F1 report and your gig between 9 and 12. no more happy mornings for me. go well and all the best for your future.

  • lisa.ncetani - 2012-02-10 12:19

    This is such sad! I feel a loss for 5FM. I will miss listening to your show and hearing your voice. All the best for the future Sasha.

  • madeleine.evans1 - 2012-02-10 13:19

    I think it is shocking and very sad, when a person of his calibre has to leave due to annual springclean!!!!!!!!!!

  • lauren.delange1 - 2012-03-09 14:04

    Arg, Sasha and Fresh are the only decent DJ's on the station. My weekday mornings just wont be the same. :(

  • chuenes - 2012-03-27 09:41


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