#SABC: A revival is stirring at Lotus FM, fresh from scooping 8 nomination nods at the Liberty Radio Awards, the PBS radio station has announced a new line-up.
The station’s DJ’s have over the past few days been hinting at changes at the station that will see a major overhaul of the programming line-up.
Our sources within the station have attributed the success that the station is experiencing has come after the ‘removal of negative employees at the station.’
Here’s what to expect come next week on the airwaves of Lotus FM
The new line-up is described as ‘a blend of trusted, seasoned radio presenters’ that will shift into the core time slots during the weekday.
The ‘Breakfast Express‘ team anchored by O’Neil Nair, Shaastra Nagesar & produced by Yashika Ramautar will continue unchanged. The trio has managed to find the right mix serving up a breakfast show that has tipped the listenership figures in the right direction.
The major change to timing is that the ‘Breakfast Express’ will air from 6AM to 9AM as of 01 June 2019. The 6AM change allows the show to compete with the likes of other regional stations like East Coast Radio.
Newsbreak Lotus FM remains 6-7 AM until the wrap-up of the South African national elections and then will move to 5AM to 6AM on 01 June 2019.
‘Life and Style‘ with Zakia Ahmed airs from 9AM to 12PM and then ‘Mr. Bollywood’ – Varshan Sookhun – tunes in with the midday show ‘Lunch Break’ between 12H00 & 15H00.
Newsbreak Lotus FM will still have their usual thirty-minute afternoon news show bringing you current affairs, world news and the best of SABC news.
Another big change expected is with award-winning radio journalist, producer, Maya Jagjivan teams up with former late night DJ Lloyd Paul to present the afternoon show titled ‘Official Drive’ between 15H00 to 18H00.
The bubbly traffic girl slash former ‘Life and Style’ RJ; Krsna Priya Dasa will present the call-in show on weekend mornings 9AM -12AM. A brand new weekend sporting show will have Byron David busy on Saturday & Sunday between 15H00 to 18H00.
Attempts to foil progress at station continue
Lotus FM staffers were made to sign confidentiality agreements pending the announcement of the line-up but this has not stopped some staffers from stirring up controversy.
Some staffers at the station – that have been identified – are leaking information out to former employees in attempts to derail the strides being made to revive the Lotus FM brand.
Acting station manager, Mr. Dhanraj Ajodapersad said, “Line-up and time changes has to be affected in order to ensure the right presenters were allocated to the correct time-slots that will not only bring out their full potential but also give Lotus FM the competitive advantage that will help bring the brand back to where it rightly belongs. We are committed to ensuring Lotus FM enjoys positive growth.”