A Dawn of a new chap­ter

Ra­dio be­comes Uzalo ac­tress’ new-found love

Move! - - CONTENTS - By Phaka­mani Mve­lashe

AC­TRESS Dawn King, best known by her MaNg­cobo char­ac­ter on Uzalo ,is­nowa ra­dio per­son­al­ity. She re­cently joined Vuma FM which is an IsiZulu lan­guage com­mer­cial ra­dio sta­tion based in Dur­ban, KwaZulu-Natal, as a co-host of the break­fast show.

GREAT OP­POR­TU­NITY

She is the first to ad­mit that ven­tur­ing into ra­dio was not part of her cur­rent plan but wouldn’t have left the op­por­tu­nity pass her by.

“This is my new-found love be­cause I en­joy talk­ing,” she ex­cit­edly shares. She says there’s noth­ing she doesn’t like about be­ing on ra­dio, es­pe­cially wak­ing up in the wee hours of the morn­ing.

“I can’t say I don’t like the early hours be­cause the call time is the same as on Uzalo,” she says.

Even though she has no tech­ni­cal ex­per­tise of the medium, her ad­van­tage is her voice and be­ing able to touch lives. “I just need to be be­hind the mic be­cause I can use my voice,” she gushes.

FAMILY SUP­PORT

Even though her Joburg-based hus­band and kids are not able to lis­ten to her show, Dawn says they’re so happy and proud of her achieve­ment. In a pre­vi­ous in­ter­view with Move!, Dawn ad­mit­ted that it is not easy be­ing away from her family but they un­der­stand that she has to work. She didn’t down­play her hus­band’s sup­port.

“Hav­ing a lov­ing and re­spon­si­ble hus­band is such a bless­ing,” she said. How­ever, her KZNbased rel­a­tives who are loyal lis­ten­ers of the sta­tion get to hear on ra­dio.

BROAD­EN­ING HER HORI­ZONS

Dawn wishes to one day have her own TV show.

“I would love to have a TV show. It’s one of my goals,” she shares. She says she wants a show that would put the spot­light on un­sung heroes.

“I’m pas­sion­ate about what hap­pens in so­ci­ety. I would like a show that would re­flect so­ci­ety. A lot of peo­ple go through stuff and want to hear com­fort­ing words or laugh about their trou­bles. A show that would inspire and make them want to do some­thing about their lives,” she ex­plains.

IN­FUS­ING HER CALL­ING WITH HER CRAFT

When Move! en­quired about the progress of open­ing her prac­tice, the qual­i­fied san­goma is re­luc­tant to stamp a time of when it will hap­pen.

“In its own time, it will hap­pen. I never feel like I’m never util­is­ing my call­ing. My call­ing is in­fused with the work that I do,” she ex­plains.

Uzalo star Dawn King has found a new home on ra­dio. INSET: Dawn is with her on-screen hus­band Ma­soja Msiza, who plays Nkunzi

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