Meet the cool cats behind OFM’s quirky afternoon drive show, weekdays, 15:00 – 18:00.
Born in the lovely mining town of Randfontein on 9 February 1984, Nico van der Westhuizen started his first school day in Port Elizabeth before moving to Cape Town. At the age of 12, his family relocated to Bloemfontein and he has called the City of Roses home ever since.
Another proud alumnus of the University of the Free State (UFS), Nico also met his wife Yolandi at Kovsies and the two are proud parents to a beautiful baby daughter.
Nico already started experimenting with radio as a child, making news and weather recordings on his tape recorder at home. From this he graduated to DJ-ing at garage parties and once he enrolled at UFS, he got involved with campus radio station KovsieFM.
Once he hit the airwaves Nico was scouted by OFM and did a brief stint in the evening and on the OFM top 40. After that he hung up his headphones, put on his corporate shoes and was involved with various projects for OFM and Central Media Group. The last seven being spent in the digital realm at Digital Platforms.
What most attracts him to the medium is the immediacy, something that always keeps you on your toes and alert. Also, radio allows one to tap into listeners experiences on a one-to-one level. Furthermore, Nico loves being able to tell stories, sharing his own experiences, relating on different levels, and creating a special bond with listeners.
Although one could easily mistake Nico as the good time party guy, there is more than meets the eye. In his down time he loves researching history and is admittedly a bit of a Stars Wars nerd. He also has a soft spot for the elderly and loves helping them when and where he can.
His favourite quote: “If you can’t be good, be good at it!”
Where did she come from? Brains, beauty and business savvy?! Known regionally as an actor, model and Miss Free State SA 2016, Mienke van Rooyen now lends her bubbly personality to the afternoon drive show.
They say ‘overnight success’ takes at least ten years, or this case about ten months...
Mienke joined the OFM activations team in 2018. Soon after, her crossings caught the ear of then General Manager, Nick Efstathiou, who encouraged her to pursue on-air presenting. Intense off-air training with regard to all things radio commenced alongside various dummy shows and snoop sessions.
By October, Mienke was deemed ready to become part of the afternoon drive team as a host and traffic presenter. Since then, she has been forced out of her comfort zone multiple times. Being the youngest presenter by far on air at OFM currently, meant that what most other presenters could learn at either community or campus radio stations, she had to get a grasp of very quickly. Which she evidently did, as she was awarded a Bright Star award by the South African Radio Awards in 2020.
Born in Bloemfontein on 27 March 1996, her love and passion for the entertainment and media industry was ignited at the young age of seven when she competed in her fist public speaking contest.
Then, at the age of 18, after her trip to a talent showcase in the USA and after declining a New York Film academy scholarship, she fell in love with South Africa’s talent and potential all over again.
During her four years at the University of the Free State, Mienke explored various avenues in order to secure a future in the entertainment industry. By winning various beauty pageant titles including Miss Free State and an international title, she founded her own beauty pageant, Mr and Ms Campus, aimed at enhancing student lives by tackling various social issues in our country.
Mienke believes radio holds the potential to fulfil the role of a best friend, an older sibling, a parent or even sometimes that enemy you just cannot seem to get rid of. This is all due to the value and trust listeners place on and in the station and the presenters’ opinions and general conversations.
What Mienke enjoys best about radio is the role it plays in the minds of listeners; constantly shifting, depending on their needs that have to be satisfied on a specific day.
Her favourite quote: “If you want to know where you are going to be five years from now, look at the people you surround yourself with today.”
Although one would not think it, Mienke enjoys alone time cuddled up with a book or watching series. Those that can keep quite, may join (sic)!
The new voice of afternoon sport, Aaron Masemola, was born on 10 January 1996 and raised in Pretoria North. After high school he went on to study at the University of Pretoria, and is currently completing his studies (BSc Mathematical Statistics) with Unisa.
Aaron’s radio journey started at Tuks FM when he joined the advisory board in February 2018. In May he joined the marketing and made the switch to becoming a presenter in September. He joined the What's the Vibe News Show as an economics content producer and presenter and also the What's the Vibe Sports Show as a Sports Presenter on Thursdays at 13:00. Furthermore, he produced and presented the Sports Recap show on Sundays at 20:00 and joined the Tuks FM news department as a sports news reader.
Aaron’s favourite thing about radio is that it gives you the incredible ability to connect with your listener in a way that is truly authentic. And, it is this authenticity that also shines through when listening to Aaron.
In his down time he loves spending time with his family attending live sports events and also reading as well as DJ-ing. He is also passionate about teaching others, especial young students, about leadership skills and the skill of public speaking.
His favourite quote is from Dr Martin Luther King Jr: “If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as a Michael Angelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, 'Here lived a great street sweeper, who did his job well”.
Pulling the strings behind the scenes JayBee Makhalemele was born on 26 February 1989 in Bethlehem, and moved to Harrismith in 2003 where he matriculated at Harrismith High School in 2007. Thereafter, it was on to the University of the Free State and later WITS Business School, where he also obtained a qualification in 2015.
His journey with radio started at campus radio station, KovsieFM, where he presented. He later became the marketing manager and also music compiler. OFM listeners might remember Jaybee as Martin van der Merwe’s ‘guinea pig’ when he worked as an intern on Siesta in 2013/14. He left OFM to work in television at the end of 2014, but returned to his first love four years later and is currently also the programme manager at KovsieFM.
When he’s not behind the mic, making arrangements or producing, Jaybee likes to unwind in the great outdoors, and enjoys camping and fishing. Furthermore, he is a fitness fanatic, who is also a gamer that loves getting ‘random tattoos’. So you can always expect the unexpected when it comes to this gentleman.
Jaybee’s favourite thing about radio is that you can be someone’s companion and friend.
His favourite quote: “Smile and wave”.