With his distinctive bald head, charismatic personality and easy-going demeanour, Mark Pilgrim is one of South Africa’s most recognisable radio and TV personalities. He has spent over 21 years entertaining millions of listeners on radio.
He’s also hosted many television shows over the years, including the country’s first ever reality show — Big Brother SA. Mark is a well-polished master of ceremonies, corporate deejay, as well as motivational speaker.
Simon started his broadcasting career at a community radio station before joining the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation’s Radio Three as a breakfast show presenter in 1990. In 1999, he and his wife Caren, decided to move to SA, whereupon he was appointed anchor of the sports desk on 567 CapeTalk.
He subsequently moved to East Coast Radio in Durban, and then on to 94.7 Highveld Stereo in Joburg where he became the weekend breakfast show host.
Simon Hill started his radio career down in the Cape back in 2008 after studying and majoring in radio journalism at Rhodes University. His love for sports initially saw him lean towards the more ‘active’ side of radio broadcasting, which resulted in him doing sport on shows featuring the likes of Ryan O’ Connor and John Maytham. However, a phone call from Darren Scott back in April 2009 changed all that. Soon Simon began writing and voicing numerous parodies and skits for Darren’s Just Plain Breakfast. One such skit was The Rugby Panel, which, over the years has endeared and alienated (mainly alienated) Simon to many.
In 2011 Simon swapped his ‘hey bru’ for ‘ja, china’ and made the move from Cape Town to Johannesburg to take up a full – time career in radio. The journey continued in 2012 when Simon formed part of the founding group that started Ballz Visual Radio: South Africa’s first dedicated sports – only internet radio station. It is this team that joined Hot 91.9FM in November 2014 to re-voice the South African radio landscape. These days you can hear Simon trying to find a role for himself on Joburg’s Hottest Breakfast.
Shane “The Duke” Wellington
His career in broadcasting began in 1994 when he began presenting and hosting programmes like, “Pace Magazine” on Bop TV, Countdown (SABC 3), Intertainment (ETV), and Ziwamo (SABC 3).
In 2005, he began ring announcing for boxing with SABC Sport, and continued until 2011, when he joined EFC Africa as the announcer for their globally televised MMA events. Along with a television career, Shane has also hosted several radio shows on 5FM, Solid Gold FM and Can-I Community Radio. He’s hosted numerous corporate promotions, conferences, award shows, including the 2006 FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour, as well as the opening ceremony for the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup.
Shane has acted on stage (Dreamgirls SA), in several movies (Mr Bones, Styxx, XJ-1), and in TV dramas (Strike Back, The Lab, Surviving Katrina). Currently Shane is the hexagon announcer for the Extreme Fighting Championship which is broadcast LIVE in over 100 countries worldwide. For Hot 91.9FM, Shane presents “The Weekend Party with The Duke” from 8pm – midnight on Fridays.