John Robbie to hang up his 702 earphones

John Robbie has announced he will be retiring from Talk Radio 702 at the end of 2016.

John Robbie. Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG – John Robbie has announced he will be retiring from Talk Radio 702 at the end of 2016.

Robbie has been with the station for more than 30 years.

The veteran radio host says, “Just as I ended my rugby career, I knew when it was time to go and informed my bosses. Thirty years at 702 has been a blast. I am proud of my contribution and proud of the station.”

Robbie has boasted about how he has never been late for a show, not once.

Terry Volkwyn, Primedia Broadcasting CEO, says, “John has been a part of the fabric of the station since 1986 and has guided audiences through some of the most tumultuous stories and changes in our recent history.”

Volkwyn has also noted that he gathered a lot of fans.

“He’s gotten into plenty of trouble and done an extensive amount of good for listeners and communities around Gauteng.”

Thabisile Mbete, 702 station manager, says, “When John first discussed his plans to retire, we were saddened by his loss to the line-up but are in an exceedingly fortunate position to have the depth of talent on our station that we do. This new line up strongly reflects South Africa. It is balanced and will take the station into the future.”

NEW LINE-UP

From 9 January 2017, current afternoon drive host, Xolani Gwala will be taking over the breakfast slot from 06:00am to 09:00am.

Redi Tlhabi, who has been with 702 in the mid-morning slot for 10 years, will take over afternoon drive from 15:00pm to 18:00pm.

Tlhabi’s current show, will be permanently hosted by Eusebius McKaiser who has been filling in for her for the past three months while she has been on maternity leave.

Another change is veteran journalist Karima Brown will be hosting Talk @ Nine on Sundays.

(Edited by Refilwe Pitjeng)