What brought you to the Voice of the Cape?
I was asked by the first station manager, Anwar Ismail, to come on board as news editor, which I did in August 1995. By September we had a team up and running for station launch . Been around since, in various guises: station manager, senior journalist, very senior journalist, breakfast show analyst, series such as When You Hoof Beats Think of a Zebra and Angels Unveiled; newsreader, Drivetime and outside broadcasts…
What do you love most about radio?
Its immediacy, intimacy and daily freshness. Never boring. Ever.
In five words, how would you sum up your show?
Drivetime is bigger than five words! Award winning. Two Vodacoms, one MTN nomination, one Liberty Life Award Nomination. And who else has interviewed thousands of guests in over 120 different countries?
What is the one thing that you are excited about that’s coming up in 2018?
My fourth book, From the Spice Islands to Cape, the Life and Times of Tuan Guru is nearing completion, my novel, Ayman, the Accidental Sufi is half-way. My editing project on the Jawhara is published this year.
What drives you?
Are you a morning or a night person?
Like to get going early. Surf is better in the mornings.
Any pet peeves?
Over recycled guests. Plastic chairs in the studio. Mediocrity.
Embarrassing moments on air?
Can’t remember. And I don’t want to remember! Maybe Yusuf Islam (the technician, not the musical one) in the old studio passing wind so loudly it went out on air. Everyone thought it was me.
Where is the worst place you could get stuck?
Mogadishu airport toilet.
If you could talk to the President, what would you talk about?
Who says I want to talk to him?
If you could be in a movie, what character would you play?
Ayman the Accidental Sufi.