Central SA goes on ‘Joy Ride’ with OFM

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Presenters of The Joy Ride, Nico van der Westhuizen and Mienke van Rooyen, which will be on air on weekdays from 16:00 until 19:00, with JayBee Makhalemele (producer). PHOTO: HEIDRE MALGAS

OFM Central South Africa listeners can be sure that their afternoons will never be the same after the radio station’s changes to its afternoon show, now called The Joy Ride. The ‘new’ show has been in place for about three weeks to date.

The show, like its name, promises listeners nothing but good music, real life experiences and a space where listeners can laugh and unwind after a busy day. This new show combines some dynamic radio and entertainment personalities with fresh ideas that will keep listeners entertained like never before.

Listeners can now tune in weekdays, from 16:00 until 19:00, to interact with Nico van der Westhuizen, Mienke van Rooyen, Natasja Jacobs, who broadcasts from Johannesburg, and JayBee Makhalemele behind the scenes.

According to Van der Westhuizen, one of their main aims is to ensure that by the time their listeners reach their destinations, they have a smile on their face. He explained that because of the different ages of the presenters individuals are sure to get a different perspective on the various topics to be discussed as the show provides something for people from different ages.

“We are bringing a totally different, new approach and most importantly, something our listeners can relate to.” When asked what has stood out the most since the show kicked off on air, Van der Westhuizen explained that it’s how interactive and loyal their listeners are.

Van Rooyen told Bloemfontein Courant they are looking to be a platform where listeners can interact and stay up to date while having fun. She also echoed Van der Westhuizen’s feeling that The Joy Ride is a place where listeners will come to reenergize.

The team agreed that regardless of how long they have been doing it, when the red ‘on air’ button goes on, there is always a bit of nervousness in the air, which for them is merely a sign of how passionate they are about their jobs and how they always strive to ensure that their next time on air is always better than the previous one.

Sazly Hartzenberg
sazly@centralmediagroup.co.za