DJ Vem­ber brings his sounds home

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - GOODFUN - WENDYL MARTIN

ROB VEM­BER has come home. And he’s brought a national ra­dio show and three dogs with him. The 5FM DJ, who spent five years in Joburg at the SABC mu­sic sta­tion, re­turns to the Mother City with his early af­ter­noon slot.

The last time 5FM had a per­ma­nent show in Cape Town was 11 years ago, when Alex Jay was on air. Since then, all its shows have been broad­cast from Auck­land Park.

Since May, Vem­ber has been broad­cast­ing with a sea view – from the cor­po­ra­tion’s stu­dios in Sea Point, in a space he hopes will soon be up­graded.

The 28-year-old be­gan his broad­cast­ing ca­reer at the train­ing ground of much of the coun­try’s on-air tal­ent – Rhodes Mu­sic Ra­dio in Gra­ham­stown.

Vem­ber spoke to the The Good Week­end this week, shed­ding light on his as­cent up the ra­dio lad­der.

Vem­ber was born in Mitchells Plain and grew up in Athlone and Bel­lville. He ma­tric­u­lated from Kas­selsvlei High School.

“I was a loner,” he says. “Af­ter school hours, I would chan­nel-hop be­tween ra­dio sta­tions, pre­tend­ing to be a DJ.”

At the time, he felt be­ing a DJ was an ideal job: it paid well and was fun.

He made the cut for cam­pus ra­dio when he got to Rhodes, start­ing with the grave­yard shift and even­tu­ally mak­ing his way to the break­fast show in his third year.

PIC­TURE: TRACEY ADAMS

MAK­ING HIS­TORY: 5FM’s Rob Vem­ber hopes to boost his Cape Town lis­ten­er­ship by giv­ing his show a strong lo­cal flavour.

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