Relebogile Mabotja on being called rude on air: “It’s part of the job”
Relebogile Mabotja (PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES/GALLO IMAGES)
South African actress and radio personality, Relebogile
Mabotja recently celebrated her 50th show on Metro FM’s Fresh
Breakfast. When her arrival on the show was announced, the former Rhythm City
Move! how excited she was for the challenge and was looking forward to
growing in the radio industry.
"While I enjoy being playful and fun, my more serious
side will get to shine as I also take on the new role of reading the news. I
welcome this new challenge with an open mind, and I look forward to growing
with the team, the station, and its listeners,” she said.
In just 10 weeks, Relebogile says she’s grown and has loved
the experience of being on the show:
Speaking exclusively to Move!, the bubbly Relebogile told
us, “It feels humbling, to be honest. I’m doing things I never dreamed I would
do or thought I could.” And even though she enjoys it, she insists the nerves
never go away.
“I definitely still get nervous, that it will not end as
long as I care about what I do. And the most satisfying thing about it all, is
the power radio has and being able to change people’s lives for the better in
the different ways we do – with the support of the listeners.”
“The biggest lesson I’ve learned so far is as soon as you’ve
made the mistake and acknowledged it, move on – don’t linger on it. Learn and
do better next time.” She says.
The one thing she still hasn’t gotten used to is all the
automatic ads, as well as the system from a technical point of view.
Not everything has been smooth sailing for her though, a
tweep recently criticised Relebogile for cutting off listeners who call into
the show. They called her her ‘rude’.
“If u gona cut callers off like that then why are u inviting
us into ur conversations?!! That was very rude how u cut off that caller simply
coz u personally dd nt agree with hm..” the Twitter user said.
Relebogile responded to the tweep by saying, “Are you
offering to come here and do our schedule and running order? I’d be happy to
hear your thoughts on when we should play everything, how long callers should
be given time on air, while we play ads, read messages, reply tweets...Teach
“Cutting people off is never kind. No one likes to do it,
especially when they are expressing themselves. However, live broadcasts run on
a clock. I will always strive to strike the right balance of being time keeper
while being cognisant of guests and callers who don’t know our clocks. It’s
part of the job,” she told us.
The radio industry is clearly not an easy industry to be in,
but for everyone who dreams of being part of it, she has some advice:
“Be ready for a tough, challenging road with curve balls. That’s
live broadcast. Be really passionate about it so it’s all worth it because at
any give moment, not everyone will like what you do and how you do it.”