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Off The Record With: Kriya Gangiah

The music industry would be nothing without the backing of radio so this week, we chat to Jacaranda FM presenter Kriya Gangiah. Kriya is no stranger to the entertainment industry having presented Craz-e a few years ago before moving into the radio scene. An avid music lover, Kriya chats to me about the industry, if she can spot a hit on first listen and gives tips for youngsters wanting to get into the radio industry.

For those who don’t know, how did you get into radio?

In 2007 I went to the University of Pretoria with a mission to get onto Tuks Fm, If you are going to start in radio you have to start at the best campus radio station in the country. In my first year when I was 17 I got accepted as a wannabe Radio DJ, did my training and a lot of graveyard shifts. I eventually moved my way to the lunch time show and the rest is history.

Where did your passion for the entertainment industry start?

I always seemed to love the thought of entertaining people. When I was about 6 years old I started modeling, doing fashion shows etc, all through primary school I was the tree in school plays and in high school I moved on to bigger roles and eventually directing. Radio after that just fascinated me, I fell in love with the likes of Zuraida Jardine, Nicole Fox, Gareth Cliff and Ian F and Sasha Martinengo. They became my aspiration.

You used to present Craz-e on etv as well. What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned from your time there?

The Media industry sometimes is a very cruel industry you have to really have a thick skin and always be on top of your game! Which is a really hard thing to learn while you are a teen trying to figure out your life. Also the friends I made while being a Craz-E presenter are the friends I have made for life! We are a family now.

Exactly how different is it to be a TV presenter than a radio host?

TV and radio are worlds apart, TV the viewer gets to see everything that you doing, radio not so much. You have to really have a great imagination and be able to paint really vivid picture on radio. Oh and I can show up to work in my PJ’s.

What is the best thing about working on Jacaranda FM?

Jacaranda Fm is really and truly is a family, the people are amazing, the culture is amazing, they make you feel right at home.

Hearing all the latest music on your show every weeknight, is it easier for you to spot a hit these days?

I think it really does, you can see the trends that are created by the artists and the trends that are received well by the listeners.

What is the best piece of advice you can give someone who wants to start out in radio?

I would definitely say if you can start as early as you can. Campus radio is the best place to get experience. Also make sure you get really for some very late nights and very early mornings.

You’ve been on TV and radio so far. What is the next dream for you?

At the moment I am looking at starting my own company!!! But that’s all I can tell you for now.

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