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
Meyer 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 in Johannesburg
born 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 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
came to LM Radio after a
successful early radio career in Australia
Daffy After a spell as announcer on LM in the early 60s he
on to run a successful commercial radio and TV production house in
Salisbury, now Harare.
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.
started 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
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.
Wayne was 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
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.
was 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
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
from 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 settled
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.
McKay was 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
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.
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.
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 1975.
worked on LM for a
while before it became Radio 5. He moved across Radio 5 and was man of
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.