The Big Change of radio waves

Date:03 March 2018 - By: Tshifhiwa Mukwevho

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A resident of Valdezia near Elim, Victor Shiburi, loved radio so much that he wanted to bring a change that would let his name resonate in the industry by creating a solid relationship between presenter and listeners.

When he was given an opportunity to audition for the Giyani Community Radio (GCR FM), he seized it and went on air by the name of “Big Change”!

“I used to listen to the legendary radio personality Jimmy De Scratcher from when he was working at Radio Thohoyandou before it merged with Phalaphala FM,” he said. “I’ve been a radio junky since I was a little boy, because I would listen to the radio DJs and record them on devices so that I could imitate them after the show. Even during class while I was in Grades 8 and 10, I found myself imitating the DJs on radio, to the delight of my fellow pupils.”

He first hosted a show called The Vibe, which was more of a musical platform featuring the house, hip-hop and kwaito genres. It aired on Fridays at 22:00. He also hosted a business show, Weekend Sensations, on Saturday afternoons at 16:00. “It featured interviews with  businesspeople, and it was more of a talk show,” he said.

In 2015, he was deployed to present the morning drive show known to GCR FM's listeners as Big Zone BBZ. “I co-hosted the show with Nhlamulo "Punch" Ndhambi, who is a talented lady,” he said. “I find it so good and benefiting to work with Punch.”

He said the love and passion for radio kept him going. Even when he is not on air, he will be yearning to get to the radio and visualise his listeners smiling as he speaks and cracks jokes.

“You could take me on when I am on stage during gigs, when I grab the microphone, you would feel that the house changes immediately because that is what I am driving at, wanting to see people happy,” he said. “Seeing people having a good time, enjoying themselves, and providing quality entertainment, that’s what I always strive to achieve.”

He attended Nkhensa Primary School and matriculated in 2009 at Rivubye Secondary School. He then obtained a media diploma from Kundani Media College in Louis Trichardt.

Big Change is available on Facebook.

Big Change and his co-host, Punch. Photo supplied.


Big Change. Photo supplied.


By: Tshifhiwa Mukwevho

Tshifhiwa Given Mukwevho was born in 1984 in Madombidzha village, not far from Louis Trichardt in the Limpopo Province. After submitting articles for roughly a year for Limpopo Mirror's youth supplement, Makoya, he started writing for the main newspaper. He is a prolific writer who published his first book, titled A Traumatic Revenge in 2011. It focusses on life on the street and how to survive amidst poverty. His second book titled The Violent Gestures of Life was published in 2014.