4 January 2019
Napoleon ‘Napstar’ Nyanhi
AUDITIONS for the Radio Presenter Masterclass, an experiential learning programme, will begin tomorrow at the Zimbabwe College of Music.
The programme, which comprises of a series of workshops set to equip aspiring radio presenters with the requisite skills to fit into any radio station in Zimbabwe, is set to start progress this week.
A brain child of Ginger Apple Group, the initiative is in partnership with Zimpapers, AB Communications, ZBC and the Media Connection with ZLG being the title sponsor.
Founder and director of the programme Napoleon ‘Napstar’ Nyanhi said they were ready for auditions.
“Auditions start tomorrow (today) on January 4 to 5 at the Zimbabwe College of Music.
“At least 20 candidates will be chosen to complete a six-month course in radio presenting and producing with an exposure to 11 local and four South African radio stations.
“The 20 students a will have an opportunity to travel to Mzansi and meet Your Idols,” said Nyanhi.
“We are looking for people that have the basic talent, passion and drive for radio and 20 candidates will be chosen and taken through six months of intensive training involving in-class workshops, assignments, remote mentoring, and in-studio practical lessons.
“They will have a rare opportunity to be treated by seasoned broadcasters including Tilda, Steve Vickers, TK, and the resident DJ Master Napstar.
“The interns will have the best opportunity to be at biggest radio stations including Power FM, Star FM, ZiFM Stereo, Radio Zimbabwe, Capitalk FM, Diamond FM, Classic 263, Hevoi FM, Nyaminyami FM, 98.4 Midlands FM, National FM.”
According to Nyanhi, the audition fee is in any form of payment.
“Audition fee is $10 while $600 for the Master Class six month course and any form of payment is accepted.
“The reason why we are having auditions is because any course is supposed to have entry requirements so the two entry requirements for radio MasterClass are 5 O’ levels and basic radio talent.”
However, the programme which received boost from the Ministry of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services represented by the permanent secretary Nick Magwana during its launch last year, has started.
The programme is aimed at unearthing the best raw talent in Zimbabwe.
It also seeks to provide practical teaching for graduate trainees and it addresses a gap that exists in the broadcasting industry and for the first instalment we are specifically looking at Radio Presentation and Production.