5FM's Sasha bids emotional farewell

2012-03-30 12:20
Shaheema Barodien
Cape Town - Veteran radio DJ Sasha Martinengo has signed off his last show on 5FM on Friday.

After thanking his listeners, as well as his partner and children for their support, Sasha signed off with his trademark greeting "Ciao Ciao", and played out with his final song: Belfast Child by Simple Minds.

Fans of Sasha, who left the station after 18 years on air, took to Twitter to voice their thanks and to share their emotions during his last show.


"Emotional farewell for Sasha on 5fm. Feel like I've grown up through the ages with him around. Sure lots of people feel the same. #sasha [sic]" wrote @StyliChara.

"Wow, @F1sasha just brought me to tears! Farewell Sasha, its been a pleasure listening to your show for all these years! U are a legend!" wrote @mteefields.

"Sasha...thank you for your passion! There is only ONE like you! I'm so happy I grew up in the Sasha Era! Gonna miss u!" wrote @Reesiebabygirl.

Sasha is leaving 5FM to take on a new position at Ferrari. He has been replaced by Tuks FM DJ Rob Forbes.

Sasha's former sidekick and newsreader Kim Schulze will be joining Rob Vember, who will take over the 12:00 to 15:00 slot from Anele Mdoda and Grant Nash, who are also hosting their final 5FM show on Friday.

Anele, taking to the microphone at the start of her final 5FM show, said Sasha leaving the station felt like the final episode of the TV series Friends.

"I'm in tears not because sasha is leaving. But because he now works at ferrari. All the best @F1sasha - you lucky so and so!! [sic]" wrote @KurtisCairns on Twitter.

Sasha's final DJ Decks set has been posted online.

Listen to it here:


  • Eduard - 2012-03-30 12:44

    the old gang(late 80's and 90's DJ's) of 5fm might be right up there as the best yet....

      seanhcape - 2012-03-30 13:52

      Agree absolutely. The likes of Darren Scott & John Walland/Glen Hicks, Alex Jay, Mark Pilgrim etc. I stopped listening to the station after Randall Abrahams stuffed up that line-up. Thankfully they were available on other stations immediately after...

      Jaco - 2012-03-30 15:49

      Tony Blewitt / Brian Oxley

  • Cindy - 2012-03-30 14:33

    jealousy makes you nasty @zipho!

  • Melusi - 2012-03-30 14:37

    To all sensitive fools on this forum,please get a life!

  • robert.cerff - 2012-03-30 14:43

    I get why they rotate DJ's... you do need a fresh breath of air once in a while... but my real gripe is that they seem to bring in someone who's right out of their depth. Change is always needed, but it rarely appears to be a positive one. Good luck to Rob Forbes... he's really got his work cut out for him.

  • Donald - 2012-03-30 15:27

    well there goes the nabourhood, NO SASHA NO 5FM for me

  • Brendon - 2012-03-30 16:03

    Not sure what 5fm are upto but pretty sure mix 93.8 will be hiring some good talent...note good talent not Grant and Anele.

  • felican - 2012-03-30 16:31

    Addio non Arrivederci mio stallone preferito italiana dal via del ritorno .. Quando ho fatto si incrociano con voi al giorno SABC - era sempre una risata e buona fortuna per qualsiasi "New Venture" .. Il mio piĆ¹ vivo Addio. Grazie Sasha (Farewell not Good bye My Favourite Italian Stallion from way back.. When I did cross paths with you at SABC days - was always a laugh and Best of Luck for any "New Venture".. My fondest Addio. Thank you Sasha.)

  • cindy.beyer1 - 2012-03-30 16:37

    What an awesome mix by Sasha!! Great!!

  • George - 2012-03-30 16:41

    OK, SO I HEARD HIM SAY SOMETHING ABOUT WORKING AT FERRARI rsa ( sorry for the caps) must be nice renumeration, im sure< but he also said something anout a site , not sure , ballz.co.za...or something , all about motorsport and music only......hope he puts us local boys in tooooooo...and the off roaders.....

  • Michael - 2012-03-30 17:05

    Sasha is a legend

  • bluzulu - 2012-03-30 17:27

    What's up with the girlie name?

  • miliepit - 2012-03-30 22:05

    RIP, 5FM is dead

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