Darren Simpson: 947 Bids Farewell To ‘Whackhead’ After 14 Years

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Fourteen years after Darren Simpson joined 947, he has announced that he will be leaving the station in December, to enable him concentrate on KFM 94.5 breakfast show in the Cape.

The radio jock has been hosting both the afternoon drive on 947 and the KFM breakfast show since July. However, he has decided that from January 2018 he will no longer be on 947 but will be focusing his time on the Cape and entrenching KFM breakfast in this region.

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“I’m so proud of what I have achieved at 947 – I have been able to practice my profession at the highest level in South Africa with the Breakfast Xpress. Rising to the challenge of the hosting breakfast on 947 has been my greatest honour, and getting to do it all over again on KFM in the Cape is a rare and thrilling opportunity for me.” said Darren Simpson.

Darren joined 947 in 2003, as ‘Whackhead’ and pioneered one of the most successful radio prank series in the world. His annual CDs have sold over half a million copies, with proceeds going to the 947 Hear for Life Trust.

“Darren has brought so much to 947 over the years – from being the fall guy who we could always rely on to do crazy things that would make the audience laugh, to his pranks, which are truly world class, and ultimately as a radio professional, who has worked more than his requisite 10 000 hours to achieve his followers and his success,” said 947 station manager Ravi Naidoo.



But now, it’s time to explore the horizon.

“I have loved the last six months getting to know the Cape – it has invigorated my love for radio. Cape Town is my new home and I am beyond excited by the challenge of building a new, successful show on KFM that listeners turn to, and they deserve my full attention.”

In addition to his contribution to Hear for Life, Darren has made quite a number of life-changing interventions through the station, some of which include sending Baby Calum to Boston, a radiothon which won a Liberty Radio Award, and ticking off the items on a terminally ill young man’s bucket list in the weeks leading up to his death.

In appreciation for the good work he has been doing, Darren Simpson has won the Best of Joburg Radio Personality of the Year award a lot of times, and his show, the Breakfast Xpress took top honours for Breakfast Radio Show of the Year.

“Darren has brought so much to 947 over the years – from being the fall guy who we could always rely on to do crazy things that would make the audience laugh, to his pranks, which are truly world-class, and ultimately
as a radio professional, who has worked more than his requisite 10 000 hours to achieve his followers and his success,” said 947 station manager Ravi Naidoo.

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Greg and Lucky will be taking over the drive time slot from January 2018.

The full weekday line-up on 947 from Monday 8 January will be:

05:00 to 06:00: Alex Caige
06:00 to 09:00: Anele’s Breakfast Club
09:00 to 10:00: Beats @ Work
10:00 to 15:00: Ayanda MVP
15:00 to 16:00: Beats @ Work
16:00 to 19:00: Greg & Lucky
19:00 to 22:00: Zweli & Mantsoe
22:00 to 00:00: Mac G