Davies station manager and
managing director was born in Southport England on 4 August 1914, Prior
to joining LM Radio in 1947, he worked for Radio Normandy before World
War 2, and then for British Forces Broadcasting during WW2. David was
the first ever commercial radio announcer in Africa and became known as
Mr LM Radio. He was a highly professional broadcaster
and was responsible for training and developing many announcers who went
on to become top radio men in South Africa and abroad. He died of cancer
in the UK on 17 Jan 1974 aged 59. More about
David Davies >>
was a colleague of David Davies in the Middle East. At the end of the war
he returned to England to resume his studies. However he had caught the
"microphone bug" so when the opportunity came up for a job on
the English staff at LM Radio he jumped at the opportunity. He was the second
English speaking announcer on LM Radio.
one of the original Radio Clube staff members, received huge fan mail from
Portuguese and English speakers alike. It is her voice which beamed out
over the air on the hour every hour in Portuguese and English with the station
identification."Aqui Portugal Mocambique fala-vos O Radio
Clube em Lourenco Marques transmitindo em ondas curtas e medias".
Dona Emilia was also responsible for the vast record library until her death
Lynch an Australian, joined LM Radio in 1950. Though
in his early twenties when he joined LM, he had considerable experience
as an announcer on Station 2SM in Sydney. He was a part time songwriter
and enjoyed working in the theatre.
joined LM Radio as a programme compiler in 1949
and within a year had been trained and was working as an announcer. At that
time Henry was the youngest announcer. Henry was born Henry Rawston, in
Mozambique of British-South African parents. In the early 1960s he
joined Springbok Radio in Johannesburg as a programme compiler and later
joined the SABC's Radio RSA as an announcer. He died of cancer in the 1980s
was the first English speaking woman announcer
on LM Radio. She was just 18 years old when she joined the announcing staff.
She had wanted to study radiology but shortly after leaving school she became
fascinated by the idea of broadcasting and joined the staff of LM Radio.
Her background in drama and pantomime stood Valerie in good stead. She was
responsible for the Hospital's and Children's programme. She left in 1953
to get married. Her programmes were taken over by Evelyn Martin.
eleven years broadcasting experience in New Zealand when he joined the LM
staff in early 1950. His experience was very varied because it ranged from
straight broadcasting to production, acting, compering and outside broadcasting.
Gordon hosted the Magic Carpet programme which transported the listener
to various countries around the world and played music from those countries.
Australian born joined the staff of LM in February 1951. Became David Davies
right hand man and worked on the station until 1966. Best known for his
daily programme "Teen Beat" which incorporated "Dial a Tune".
Rob was responsible for the Johannesburg studios of LM. At one time or another
also presented many other programmes, including "Your LM Hit Parade",
"Wish you were here" and "Special Occasion". Rob has
remained active in South African broadcasting until his retirement in September
2005. He was responsible for programme management at Radio SR and Radio
702 and has probably trained more announcers than anyone else in South Africa.
an LM announcer in the 1950s went on to present programmes on Springbok
Radio before moving to the UK. His 'on air' catchphrase was 'This is Mrs
Raphael's little boy Stanley....'
Martin was the longest serving announcer on LM
Radio. Born of Portuguese parents in Johannesburg, she joined the station
in 1950 as a programme compiler and within a short time had been roped in
to record Afrikaans announcements. When Valerie Meyer left in 1953 to get
married, Evie took over the children's Lucky Dip and Birthday greetings
and Hospital programmes. She worked on LM until she was evacuated to Johannesburg
after the occupation of the Radio Clube studios in 1974. Evie presented
just about every programme at one time or another. After leaving LM she
worked on Springbok Radio and Radio Highveld. She is now retired and lives
Leslie Smulian, in England on 11 April 1916, moved to South Africa with
his parents in 1938. After serving in the 2nd Battalion Transvaal Scottish
in the 2nd World War he worked selling commercial property for JH Isaacs.
He had trained as an estate agent in London with Samuel Messener. He also
worked as a salesman selling Gestetner copy machines. However, even though
he was a first class salesman, he never did really settle down selling and
in March 1952 he joined Lourenco Marques Radio as an announcer. He took
to the air waves like a duck to water and became one of the most popular
LM announcers. In 1958 he was offered a post with the Federal Broadcasting
Corporation in Salisbury, Rhodesia (now Harare, Zimbabwe). When commercial
radio began in 1959, Leslie was the first morning announcer on the new commercial
service. He remained with the Rhodesian Broadcasting Corporation until he
retired from radio in 1976. The Rhodesian prime minister Mr Roy Walensky
was heard to say that second to himself, Leslie was the most popular figure
in Rhodesia. He was certainly the most well known broadcaster. His
catchphrase was 'Your little ray of sunshine'. Leslie died in 1978.
||Ken Shaw worked at Lourenco Marques
Radio in 1952/53.
||Don Burdett known as the golden
haired boy because of his golden blonde hair. He is thought to have worked
with David Davies either in the middle east or in Europe before WWII. Don
was with LM Radio for a while in 1956/57. From there he moved to Rhodesia
where he worked at the Federal Broadcasting Corporation in Salisbury.
||Barry O'Donoghue. Barry
worked as an announcer on Springbok Radio in the 1950s and later did a stint
with Radio Luxembourg in Europe. He joined the LM staff for a short period
in the late 1960s as Barry O'Dee and in the early 1970s was an announcer
with Swazi Music Radio.He died in Johannesburg in the late 70s.
a young Australian joined LM in the mid fifties. His name was actually Allan
Martin, however David Davies said that there could not be two people with
the surname "Martin" (the other was Evelyn Martin); he was renamed
to LM Radio after a successful early radio career in Australia
a spell as announcer on LM in the early 60s he
on to run a successful commercial radio and TV production house in Salisbury,
actor and initially worked in Radio and theatre in Canada. He was seduced
by the warmth of South Africa and moved to Johannesburg in the mid 50s where
he worked in the paper industry. He worked part time for the SABC English
service and presented a programme of music with melody. He successfully
obtained a job on LM in Lourenco Marques and loved the Mediterranean lifestyle.
He had to cut short his contract when his father fell ill back in England.
Colin continued broadcasting and worked on the BBC local radio station in
Nottingham where he lives. Though officially retired, Colin still does the
odd bit of free lance broadcasting and is also in demand as a public speaker.
his career as an entertainer on cruise liners which frequented Lourenco
Marques. It was during one of these visits to Lourenco Marques on board
the ship SS Karanja in 1955 that Paul was offered an announcer's job. Besides
being an announcer, Paul is also an accomplished musician and
in 1961 he recorded a record album entitled "Give me Love". The
title song reached number 6 on the LM Charts in Sept 1961 and stayed on
the charts for 11 weeks. This was closely followed by "Lonely"
from the same album which reached number 10 and spent 9 weeks in the charts.
Paul rejoined LM Radio and was the first ever "All Night Jock"
in Africa when LM went "all day and all night" from 1 March 1964.
Some of the programmes which Paul hosted on LM Radio include "Records
of the week", "Special Occasion", "In the Mood"
and "Music through the night". Paul
was one of the first announcers on Manx Radio on the Isle of Man where he
was seconded to help launch and then train the disc jockeys. When he returned
to South Africa he managed the LM Radio owned Discotheque in Hillbrow and
for many years ran the record division of Dions stores. He is now retired
and lives near Durban.
was born in rural
Natal and started his broadcasting career on the SABC English Service in
Durban. He then went on to join LM Radio in Lourenco Marques. He later moved
back to the South Africa where his voice became synonymous with the SABC
all night radio show, Radio Orion. He was also one of the founding staff
announcers on Radio Highveld in 1964. In recent years he appeared on the
Johannesburg community station, Radio Today.
born in Johannesburg in about 1941and was the presenter of "Special
Occasion" with Evie Martin and George Wayne's Sunday Afternoon Show.
He started his broadcasting career as a technical assistant at Springbok
Radio before joining LM Radio as an announcer. He left LM in 1964 and moved
to Australia where he first worked for a rural radio station in Sale, Victoria,
then 2WG in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales and eventually the rock station
2SM in Sydney. In later years he joined the non-commercial Australian Broadcasting
Commission's youth station 2JJ (Later 2JJJ) in Sydney where he was regarded
as an expert in new popular music. He died in Sydney in the early 1990s.
born in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada and
listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the world's fastest sports commentator.
Gerry began his broadcasting career as an Ice Hockey commentator on the
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. During World War 2 he was a CBC war correspondent
from London for which he was awarded an MBE. In 1944 and 1945 he compered
a number of Expeditionary Forces variety and music programmes. Gerry worked
on Radio Luxembourg in the mid 50s before moving to the island of Bermuda
where he was involved in the management of one of the local television stations.
From there he went to Salisbury, Rhodesia (now Harare, Zimbabwe) where he
worked for the Independent Television Company which was owned and operated
by Richard Meyer's group and a sister to LM Radio. In 1962 Gerry moved to
LM Radio to replace Rob Vickers who had moved to Johannesburg. When LM Radio
closed, Gerry was one of several Radio Clube employees who were absorbed
by the SABC and he became a music programme compiler on Springbok Radio.
He died in Johannesburg in 1978.
||Al Willox presented
an programme aimed at Afrikaans speaking listeners in the breakfast slot
just after Bessie van Vuuren. He was also the compere of a live LM road
show which took place a Babsfontein.
||Bessie van Vuuren the
popular early morning presenter of the programme "In Ligte Luim"
which aired daily at 5am.
||Dana Niehaus and Marie Tjaden
presented the Dana and Marie show.
born in Springs on 21 January 1946 and educated in George and Margate.He
was the youngest ever announcer aged 17 when he joined LM Radio in 1964.
He later worked for Swazi Music Radio, Radio 5, Springbok Radio's Radio
Record Club and then the SABC English service where he wooed listeners from
his imaginary 'rock pool' in Durban on the Open House programme. Together
with Michael Meyer he created the English Service radio show "Take
a Chance". It was on this show that the multi-voiced Darryl developed
characters like Miems Meiring, Oom Gert and Wouter Marais, some based on
members of his own family. He died tragically young in Johannesburg on 21
March 1982 after a long battle with alcoholism.
in Krugersdorp on 24 September 1941 and grew up in Klerksdorp. He worked
in a soap factory and at the Germiston Advocate newspaper prior to passing
an audition with LM's Gerry Wilmot having been turned down the previous
year by Rob Vickers. John moved back to Jo'burg as programme manager in
1969. He left LM in 1970 and worked variously for Swazi Music Radio, Springbok
Radio, Capital Radio 604 Transkei and Radio 5. His most significant move
was to Radio 702 in October 1981where he became the most popular voice
on the air. He left 702 in the early 90s but went back to join Gary Edwards
who had been the station's programme manager to co-present the John and
Gary talk show. John finally retired from 702 in the late 90s but is still
much in demand as a public speaker. He lives in Johannesburg.
born in Durban on 5 May 1945 and his first radio job was as a technical
assistant with SABC. He joined LM Radio in August 1966 and was a popular
announcer in the late 60s. Gary left LM in 1969 to work for Radio 6PR in
Perth, Australia, but soon returned to his native South Africa where he
worked on SABC Radio RSA and in 1972 Swazi Music Radio. From there he joined
the new SABC Television service as a journalist and newscaster. In 1977
he returned to radio joining the SABC English Service. In 1980 he became
the news editor of Capital Radio 604. In 1981 he moved to Radio 702 where
he stayed until 1996 when he became programme director of Highveld 94.7
after its takeover from SABC by Primedia, owners of 702. Gary also did a
stint at Cape Talk, 702's sister station in Cape Town before retiring to
Sussex in England.
Florida near Johannesburg, was probably LM Radio's only university graduate!
After being educated in SA and France she became an air hostess with South
African Airways. Lorna was a natural linguist, fluent in English, Afrikaans,
French, Spanish and Portuguese and was discovered by David Davies when he
heard her voice making in-flight announcements. She rapidly became a popular
voice on the air. Lorna was an adventurous girl and eventually went off
to hike around South America. She later lived in Barcelona where she taught
English before returning to South Africa where she eventually married and
joined LM in the
mid 60s and stayed for 2½ years. Though a very popular voice on LM, David's
heart lay elsewhere; composing and recording songs and music. David returned
to Johannesburg to take a PR job with Teal records and to present his own
radio show on Springbok Radio - the 4.30 Special which eventually became
the David Gresham Show which aired from 4 - 6 pm Monday to Friday. A few
years later he took over the SA Top 20 (the Official South African Hit Parade)
on Friday nights and SA Hits Of The Week every Saturday at 5.00pm. David
presented Variety Show on test TV in 1976 and was the first ever DJ with
a Pop TV show "POP SHOP" which he presented for two years. A few
years later he moved on to EASY BEAT on TV for another two years. He was
the longest running presenter of the official SA Top 20 Hits ... 21 years
in all. In 1972 David set up his own record company which remains one of
the leading independent record companies in SA.
worked for LM in Lourenco Marques for a short period in 1966. However he
never really settled down in the Lourenco Marques lifestyle and moved back
to South Africa where he worked as a back-room boy for the SABC. He subsequently
left broadcasting and has pursued a career in mechanical engineering.
Musk LM Radio's London correspondent. Chris recorded
a weekly broadcast called "Hotline from London" which brought
the latest record releases and news together with interviews with the stars.
After the close of LM, Chris continued to send the latest releases in the
UK to Radio 5. Chris was also a broadcaster on Radio Manx which was a sister
station to LM Radio and the first commercial radio station on British soil.
born in NSW, Australia. After a successful broadcasting career in Sydney
he came to South Africa in the early 1950s and became one of the top names
on Springbok Radio. He moved to LM Radio in 1964 to help boost flagging
listenership caused by the increasing popularity of the SABC regional services
which broadcast on FM. In 1968, after a spectacular fall-out with David
Davies, he became the morning presenter on SABC English Service and later
re-joined Springbok Radio presenting the afternoon 'Real McKay show'. When
702 started in Johannesburg in 1980, Clarke was the first breakfast show
presenter, a post he held until John Berks joined the station and took over
the slot in October 1981. Clarke ended his radio career as producer and
presenter of the then South West African Broadcasting Corporation's morning
radio news programme. He died in Windhoek.
from Florida, near Johannesburg, was
known as Good Guy Glen. He worked at LM from 1968 to 1971 when he
left to set up a business with his father-in-law. For a time in the early
1980s he also worked as traffic reporter for Radio 702 in Johannesburg.
He now owns a hardware and home improvement business in Durban.
Beer was born in 1947, and started
school in Durban. His family then moved to Johannesburg where he studied
to become a teacher. He was auditioned by LM Radio's newly appointed programme
manager in Johannesburg, John Berksand became a popular broadcaster with
LM from1968 and then moved to Radio 5 when LM closed. He subsequently worked
on Radio Highveld and later became programme manager for SABC Radio Port
Natal in Durban, a station which subsequently became East Coast Radio. From
there he joined SATOUR, the South African Tourist organization and was based
in Buenos Aires and London. He later joined MNet Television in Johannesburg
but has since left broadcasting.
born on 10 October 1947 in Hengelo in the Netherlands, but grew up in Kroonstad
in the Free State. He was fluent in English, Afrikaans and Dutch and joined
LM where he was known as 'your tall groover' from 1969 until the station
closed in 1975. Later he joined Dions stores in Johannesburg where he worked
with Paul Nel in the record division. He then decided to return to Holland
where he worked for a long time as a presenter with Radio Nederland Wereldomroep
English Service in Hilversum, while at the same time acting as the SABC's
correspondent in Holland. He came back to South Africa in the early 1980s
and joined Radio RSA (then, the SABC's international service) as a journalist
and presenter with the Dutch Service. He was also South African correspondent
for several Dutch radio stations. He died in Johannesburg in 1994.
born in Randfontein on 26 April 1948. He joined LM Radio in 1970. 'Lanky
Franky', as he became known, was a constant voice on LM until he joined
Swazi Music Radio in 1973. In 1980 he became one of the first voices on
the newly established Channel 702 (which later became Radio 702). He continued
as presenter and music manager until he left the station in 1996. He retired
to Durban but died shortly afterwards.
Hoffman was one of the young deejays who worked
on LM from the early 70s and then moved over to Swazi Music Radio. He also
worked on Radio 5.
From there he moved to Radio Algoa in Port Elizabeth and has since left
West worked at LM from early 70s until the station
closed in 1975. He left radio for a calling into ministry and studied to
be a Pastor. Today he pastors large congregation.
over as programme manager when John Berks left LM Radio in 1970. He had
been an announcer some years previously and also opened the company's LM
Discotheque at the Beach Hotel in Durban in the early 1960s. In later years
Bob worked behind the scenes at Radio 5. He died in the 1980s.
joined LM Radio
in June 1969 as a nineteen year-old for his very first on-air opportunity.
Radio, and especially LM Radio was very exotic in those days and “personality”
on air still mattered. It was the time of all the greats of SA Radio:
Douglas Laws, David Davies, Darryl Jooste, John Berks...there are too many
to mention. He had the honour of learning his craft from these
wonderful, inspirational characters”. Leon was the first DJ in South
Africa to introduce Progressive Rock Bands to the listening public.
Bands like Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Pink Floyd, and Led Zeppelin caused
quite a stir with station management at the time as the order of the day
was pop music. This would lead to certain amount of success later
on at Swazi Music Radio with the programme “Innovations” He
left LM in 1970 to continue his career on SMR as their first locally employed
DJ and eventually moved to England, worked there for 15 years and returned
to South Africa in 1989 to pursue a full time career in voice-over work.
||Malcolm Gooding worked
on the station in the last year from 1974 to October 1975. He was one of
the announcers who moved over to Radio 5 when it launched on 13 October
||John Novik worked
on LM Radio in Lourenco Marques and then joined Radio 5 when LM Radio closed
on 12 October 1975. He was known as the man of many voices. John did several
stints on community radio in Johannesburg in the early 1990s. He subsequently
retired from radio to persue voice-over work. John died in Johannesburg
||Peter De Nobrega grew
up in Johannesburg and from a young age wanted to be on the radio. He pursued
his passion and worked at the Wits Campus radio station. His dream was finally
realised when he successfully auditioned for LM. Peter worked on the station
in LM from early 70s when he made the closing station announcement from
Lourenco Marques in October 1975. The very next day saw Peter pick up the
reigns at Radio 5 in Johannesburg where he continued a very successful career.
Peter subsequently went on to become the head of programming at Radio Jacaranda,
a post he held until the station was acquired by new owners in 2005. He
lives in Johannesburg and contributes a weekly Sunday night music show on
the newly re-launched LM Radio. see: www.lmradio.net.
||Nick Megens was
born in Windhoek, Namibia. Nick started broadcasting at LM Radio in Mozambique
on Night Beat, the 01.00 – 05.00. He went on to present the LM Get
up and Go show until LM Radio closed down on the 12th October 1975. Nick,
together with John Novik and the Station Manager, Gerry Wilmot kept the
station on the air 24 hours a day for a period of ten days when the Radio
Clube in Lourenco Marques was besieged on the 7th September 1974. When LM
Radio closed down Nick was the first DJ on Radio 5 with the Breakfast Show.
He later moved to Holland where he worked for Radio Netherlands, World Broadcasting
Service. After returning to South Africa in 1978 he joined Capital Radio
604. Nick left the radio industry and worked in Marketing Positions for
various National companies before setting up his own company in 1995. Nick
joined the re-launched LM Radio two months after it was re-launched in December
2009 by the owner Mr. Chris Turner. Listen to Nick weekday mornings from
6 to 10am on LM Radio. see: www.lmradio.net