Some stay because of the music. Some stay purely for the wealth, fame and free concert tickets. One however decided to turn his back on everything that he thought was wrong with the State of South African radio and decided to shoot for something new, fun, irreverent and possibly bankrupting – morally at any rate… still it was better than announcing the solid hour of music coming up on his show and that one of those tunes was a favourite from Celine Dion… the irony.
Rich Hardiman was the first employed terrestrial radio DJ in South Africa to hang-up the daily grind of FM radio and look to the internet for broadcasting freedom… oddly enough the others haven’t followed. Yet.
Hailing from Hout Bay in the Cape, but now wearing shoes, this “soutie” with 14 years of radio broadcasting legacy is now attempting to unlearn everything he once knew and do a proper radio show for a change.
He has interviewed Celine Dion while maintaining a broad smile, has chewed the fat with U2 and was the first person to tell the Western Cape that Princess Diana had died, live on radio. It’s a checkered past.
He now resides at the 2oceansVibe Compound and plans never to leave, barring a Navy SEAL’s hit to remove him.