By Humairaa Mayet
An important step is to start young; to find that true love for radio and broadcasting. – Tashreeq Truebody
Wednesday’s #TributeToMuslimBroadcastersSA segment featured Tashreeq Truebody of Radio 786.
Entering the media world at the tender age of 13, Truebody has grown from strength to strength. He recalled his earliest days in the industry when his father encouraged him to attend the Radio 786 open day, where he developed an affinity for the job. Between his jobs at Radio 786 and Bush Radio, his love for broadcasting and journalism was cultivated.
Truebody has interviewed many iconic personalities – most notably Jacob Zuma, Cyril Ramaphosa, and Julius Malema.
He reflected upon his winning of the National Vodacom Journalist award and expressed how much the story which won him the award meant to him.
Many challenges are faced by community radio stations, and – working with the National Community Radio Forum – Truebody hopes to combat these. Challenges faced include signal distribution fares, maintenance, the training and retaining of staff, and the ever-rising costs of research and production.
The #TributeToMuslimBroadcastersSA segment on Salaamedia is an exclusive Ramadan broadcast on our platform, inspired by the life and times of the late Ebrahim Gangat who was well known for his broadcasting talent.
Listen to the full discussion here: