Fairland welcomes its very own radio station, Fairland Radio.

Fairland Radio took to the internet airwaves on the 3rd of June this year heralding the first in a series of local internet stations to be launched by startup 9 Block Radio.

On air from 6 AM to 9 AM, Monday to Friday, the breakfast show is presented by radio veteran Jon Gericke. “The content will be sourced from the area and we have featured our inaugural advertisers as well as an inside look at the local CPF.”

“Internet radio and podcasts are already the radio of the future and being able to deliver both live and on-demand content to a neighbourhood for the neighbourhood is the reason for starting Fairland Radio,” explains Jon who adds with a grin that radio is his passion and this is what he has always wanted to do.

Jon has been in radio in one form or another since he was a student in KwaZulu Natal where he started on campus radio before being hired by the then Radio Port Natal (now ECR). Since then Jon has worked with various community radio stations both on air and as a consultant and can still be found on air at SAfm on a Saturday night and as a sports bulletin presenter for SABC Sport.

9 Block Radio is a partnership between Jon Gericke and Mornay Caroto who together bring different expertise to the business. Mornay who will be responsible in part for the advertising sales and running the business end of the channel, says that they will be looking to local area businesses but will also extend their approach to advertisers outside the area who have services and products to offer the residents of Fairland.

Fairland Radio can be found online at http://bit.ly/FairlandRadio and is easy to stream the breakfast show live on your computer, tablet or phone or you can listen to the podcasts on demand on the website http://9blockradio.co.za/podcasts/ or simply enjoy the music during the rest of the day.

Live from My Airbnb Bedroom

Live from My Airbnb Bedroom

The radio show is not my only job. I also do video and social media work for companies who want me to help tell their stories. This Tuesday was one of those days. A large company asked us to film their recycling plant in Hilton and Midmar.

So off on a plane, I flew to Pietermaritzburg Airport. It has 2 doors, an in and an out. It is not a big airport. The plane has to make a U-turn at the end of the runway to make its way back to the place it parks. Then a man pushed a staircase under the door of the plane, at an angle to make it more fun to disembark, then you walk through a room to the parking. No mess – no fuss.

I drove to Hilton and checked into my Airbnb.

I wake up for the Fairland Radio Breakfast show at 5:30 am. The room had no desk or table on which to work, so I put my laptop on my lap, the sound desk on the bedside table, the microphone on my tummy and I presented a radio show.

Modern technology is amazing that I am able to present a worldwide radio show from my bed, under the duvet with a hot cup of coffee next to me. Any station manager around the world would be a nervous wreck now thinking of a cup of coffee open next to the sound desk, but I like to live dangerously.

Is it a good idea to do a radio show from your bed? YES!

Did I do it well? Well, that’s up to you. Did you enjoy the show? I hope so.

I would post a picture of me doing my thing in the bed but I was wearing only pyjama bottoms and I am brave but I am not stupid. So no topless Jon pictures. For now!


Counting down the hours

Counting down the hours

Final touches are being made to the playlist, interviews are being edited and the last reverb is echoing on the station IDs. Welcome to the final hours ahead of the launch of a brand new radio station.

3 months of planning, 2 months of testing and tweaking and a month hitting the virtual pavements and Fairland Radio will launch on Monday with Jon Gericke taking the hot seat and bringing you three hours of music, chats and information you can actually use.

Traffic will be local, the weather you need and news you can use, are the order of the day.

But this station will be nothing without you. We need your input.

Please find us on Facebook, Twitter and via WhatsApp on 082 891 1657.
It’s a true first for South African radio and we want to make the station what you want to hear. so get typing, sharing and dialling now.

We hope to hear from you at 6 am on Monday morning.

Real Relationships – What’s Your Brand Story?

Kelebogile Makhafola, the Rain Queen of Maruapula Brand shares her insights with us on why a Brand needs to have an essence, what that says about your brand and how that creates the relationship you have with your customers and how they will treat you as a brand.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/maruapulabrand
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/maruapulabrand/
FB: https://www.facebook.com/maruapulabrand


Follow me on social media:


My Reply to Eusebius’ “Feeling At Home”

By Jon Gericke

It’s time for me to start sharing some opinions.

This morning, 16 March 2018, 702 presenter, writer, author, and man who uses big words, Eusebius McKaiser started his open line as he does just after the news at 9 am. I missed the very beginning of the show and as probably tuned in from around 9:15 am and Eusebius was on a little monologue about certain people not “feeling at home”. This feeling, according to the presenter, was the uncomfortable feeling “certain individuals” get when they are not comfortable at work, at a pub or at any public space. He spoke about how those individuals are experiencing something new as they have always been able to mix with their own kind, be comfortable when they were on public transport or at work.  Eusebius then became very serious and reminded these people that that was what other people have experienced all their life – cut to an advert break.

Now note that at no point did the presenter refer to race, sex or religion in his monologue but he did mention that he was a black man and he is often heard saying that he is a gay man.

It has to be inferred that he is referring to white people who are no longer comfortable at work, at the pub or other public space because now there are people of other races in that space. Eusebius’ assertion that people must accept “not feeling at home” was what started to gnaw at my mind.

It’s a common argument that is used:
Because I had it bad, you need to have it bad too.
Because I was spanked as a kid, I need to spank my kids too.
Because I am a vegetarian, you need to give up meat too.

This argument is a poor one, at best.

Eusebius then later in his show, started discussing how, as a black man, he can be a liberal. How can a liberal be happy or demand that a certain group of people, in 2018, must feel like they have no home because that was the way it was almost a quarter of a century ago?

To me, a liberal, and anyone with a sense of decency.  should realise that someone is uncomfortable and bring them into the fold, int the family, int the home, so to speak.

Using Eusebius logic, should men make women not feel at home in the workplace? No, as men, we need to make women feel at home at the office, somewhere safe, with no harassment.
Using Eusebius’ logic, is it okay to make a gay man feel unwelcome? No, because it has nothing to do with you if he is gay or not and it would simply be wrong, as a human being,  to do so.

So why is okay, Eusebius,  if a new group of people do not feel at home?

This is petty revenge and is certainly not a liberal thing to do.

Now I know, if you bother to reply, will use lovely big words to justify your argument, you have a much bigger vocabulary than I do, but it’s not the words that irritated me, it was the thought that you were happy that there are people who are uncomfortable going to work. You might well argue that the point of your argument was to develop a debate, if that was all, then well done. You have me debating.

Short Fine Legs – Anand Vasu on Indian Seam, Kohli’s Captaincy and Spicy Wickets

Dan is joined by the esteemed Indian journalist Anand Vasu to get his thoughts on the first Test at Newlands and how the Indian side is shaping up ahead of the trial by fire at Centurion.

Why are spinning tracks considered poor? Can India match South Africa when it comes to fast bowling? Why is Virat Kohli angry all the time?

Answers to these questions and more.


Short Fine Legs – India Preview with Telford Vice

Dan is back after indulging way too much over the festive period so he’s called in some help to kick off 2018 in style.

There are few better cricket brains in the country than Telford Vice and it doesn’t hurt that he’s also a fantastic human. Dan rung him up to get the lowdown on the first Test against India, what to expect from the Newlands pitch and how menacing the South African attack really is.

Real Health Plus – The Chef Who Fed Google (& Steve Jobs)

Charlie Ayers is best known as, “the chef who fed Google”, a title and job he won in a 1999 cook-off. He was judged by the company’s then 40 employees. It was a last minute entry and in this podcast, he explains how he attained the X Factor. Charlie also had the privilege of feeding Steve Jobs breakfast every morning in the years preceding his death. He shares this experience with us and the nuggets he learned along the way, including a why a free food model in corporate is possibly a great solution to our rising obesity crisis in SA. I interviewed Charlie at the BCX Disrupt Summit where he was one of the speakers. This was his bio according to the summit website:  

By the time Charlie Ayers left Google in 2005, his team of five chefs and 150 employees were serving 4,000 lunches and dinners a day at the company’s headquarters in Mountain View, CA. Ayers was the guy who started serving free, gourmet meals to Googlers and after six years with Google, he did the same for other tech companies. He was hired by places like Facebook and Youtube to do similar programs. At the same time, Charlie opened Calafia Café & Market-A-Go in Palo Alto, CA. His concept epitomizes the idea that “being green” is good for the producer, consumer, environment and local community. A former private chef and (still) personal chef to the Grateful Dead, Charlie continues to consult for startup companies, cater private events and coordinate food service and backstage catering teams at open-air music festivals. Charlie has published a cookbook, Food 2.0: Secrets from the Chef that Fed Google, that exemplifies his culinary vision. In May 2014 Charlie received an honorary doctorate degree from his alma mater, Johnson & Wales University for his contributions to the culinary arts. He brings this same pioneering spirit to his work with the Chowbotics team, ensuring that Chowbotics robots produce delicious food that is good for the people they serve and the world around them.



 This episode was brought to you the BCX Disrupt Summit, https://bcxdisrupt.com


Hangout With Heather – Interview with Darcy Oake from The Illusionists and loads of shows…

It’s getting festive here in Jozi, and Heather is feeling the Christmas Spirit/s this week on #HangoutWithHeather – your must listen to podcast for the latest details on whats happening in and around Johannesburg.

The show features an exclusive one on one interview with the international master of mystery – Grand Illusionist Darcy Oake, who leads the team of illusionists heading to SA in February. From amazing tricks, levitation, archery, disappearing acts and more – this is one show, and interview you do not want to miss! #ItsAnIllusion

Much excitement as the @ImperialIceStars twirl in to town, Heather shares about the highly anticipated Cinderella on Ice show now on at The Teatro @Montecasino as well as encouraging those looking for some fun family entertainment to book their tickets for both #RockTheCity – Rock of Ages now on at The Lyric @GoldReefCity, as well as #Pinocchio running until end December @JoburgTheatre.

Big congrats to our brand new Miss South Africa, Ade van Heerden, stepping in to fill the shoes of Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, who just last week took home the coveted #MissUniverse title.

This is your chance to WIN one of the stunning @NominationItaly bracelets that Heather is always going on about. She has one, valued at R2,200 up for grabs – listen in for what you need to do to enter!

Find out more and stay in touch with Heather on her blog or via social media…

T: heatherlhook
F: www.facebook.com/heatherlhook
I: heatherlouisehook
W: www.heatherhook.com


Real Relationships – Not your usual Barber shop

Tom Chapman is an inspirational barber who has set up his own men’s mental health awareness and suicide prevention movement, named The Lions Barber Collective. He is turning barbershops into safe spaces for men using the opportunity of a regular haircut to start conversations around mental health. Tom organises a professionally run training programme teaching barbers to recognize and listen to clients about the challenges they are facing – he has been awarded a ‘Point of Light’ Award by Prime Minister Theresa May in recognition of the impact his initiative is having.

Click here to find out more information about the Mancave Mastermind program, a 6-month personal growth and development program for men ultimately helping them to become a better person, partner and leader. The next group that kicks off on 18 Jan 2018 and has been a life-changing program for the men that have attended to date.


You can follow me here: