KFM: New Line-up Shuffle Ushers Whackhead Into The Family

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A fresh line-up shuffle released by KFM surprised followers with major changes and the addition of industry’s big names to the list.

The big news on the station’s Twitter handle revealed that Darren Simpson will be joining the Cape station from 3 July.

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Having hosted 947’s Breakfast Xpress for seven years and also featuring on the show for seven years before that, Darren is easily graded as one of South Africa’s most prominent commercial broadcasters.

The radio jock achieved national fame through his notorious “Whackhead” pranks. The idea has hit record sales year after year, totaling over half a million units sold. In addition, he has won numerous awards including multiple nods for Best local radio personality in the Best of Joburg Awards.

However, earlier this year, Darren left his popular breakfast show on 947 to take on the afternoon slot. This was to enable him spend more time with his family.

Notwithstanding, he’s taking up another breakfast show, but in a different station.

“This is a dream come true for me and my family. To do the breakfast show on KFM in Africa’s most beautiful city, is a once in a lifetime opportunity. I am incredibly excited,” said Darren.



While he will keep doing the Xpress Drive on 947, Darren will take over breakfast on KFM in July.

“From July, Darren will take over the KFM breakfast show between 6am and 9am, bringing his brand of fun, funny, relatable radio to listeners across the Cape – and yes, there will be a daily prank,” said Primedia in a statement.

As a result of the move, breakfast host Ryan O’Connor will be moving to the weekday work slot, from 10:00 to 13:00.

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O’Connor will be followed by Sechaba G on early afternoons, 13:00 to 16:00, while the afternoon drive will be taken over by pint-sized dynamite Carl Wastie.

Meanwhile, Rob Vember, who has hosted the afternoon drive since 2014 as well as the Coca-Cola Top40SA, will be bidding farewell to the station.

Here’s the summary of the weekday line up on KFM from 3 July, 2017;

06:00 to 09:00 – Darren Simpson

09:00 to 10:00 – What’s up @ Work (all music requests)

10:00 to 13:00 – Ryan O’Connor

13:00 to 16:00 – Sechaba G

16:00 to 19:00 – Carl Wastie

19:00 to 22:00 – Brandon Leigh

Darren will be relocating to Cape Town to be able to discharge his duties appropriately.