After over 30 years of service, veteran presenter John Robbie, 61, has decided to retire from 702 at the end of this year.
A statement posted on talk radio station 702’s website confirmed the retirement of the popular host.
Primedia Broadcasting CEO Terry Volkwyn on Thursday said;
“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.”
“He’s gathered legions of fans‚ gotten into plenty of trouble and done an extensive amount of good for listeners and communities around Gauteng. He has become a part of hundreds of thousands of Gautengers’ daily lives and we are all going to miss him.”
Similarly, Robbie who is very comfortable with the work he has put in during his thirty years in the radio station said;
“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. It is one of the most transformed businesses in SA and has a massive role to play going forward.
“In 30 years‚ many on the morning show‚ I was never late once. Good luck to my dear colleagues and friends who are listeners and advertisers and to my family who have shared the journey. It has been a privilege to serve.”
Following the retirement, a lot of reshuffling has been done on the radio station.
Consequently, afternoon drive show host Xolani Gwala will take over the reins from John Robbie while Redi Tlhabi will take over Gwala’s afternoon slot. Eusebius McKaiser‚ who has been filling in for Tlhabi while she went on maternity leave‚ will now be a permanent fixture.