Bob Mabena's World
Born West of Pretoria in 1969, Bob started his Radio career in 1989 in the then Republic of Bophuthatswana with the now defunct Radio Bop. After spending three years in the North West and having ventured into Television as well; he was recruited by Koos Radebe – Radio Metro station manager – to the national Radio station. Bob’s stint at Radio Metro brought with it more National exposure in the form of a variety of TV shows, including “Pick a Tune” and “Studio Mix”, to mention a few. While at Radio METRO, Bob raced professionally in the Group N series for Nissan South Africa.
In 1996, Mabena moved to 94.7 as a mid-morning presenter and soon thereafter, he went into management. His first experience with Kaya FM came in 1999, when he joined to be the breakfast show host and Programme Manager and later Station Manager. Mabena left On Air presenting for a Primedia Business Development Manager post at Group level for two and half years and this move would prove to be his foray into the business world.
Bob’s next move into the Executive world was with the SABC as Executive Manager of Commercial Radio stations; METRO FM, 5FM and GoodHope FM for two years. Soon after that, he was recruited by MRC Radio as Director in charge of their Radio Stations; Gagasi FM and Heart FM. The live Radio bug itched again and Mabena rejoined Kaya FM as Breakfast Host and established his Radio Consultancy – EndowMedia – at the same time. Bob hosted the 180 With Bob on Kaya FM for five years – the longest he has ever spent at any radio station.
Currently, Mabena is at MSG Afrika as station manager of POWER 98.7 and he also hosts the POWER Breakfast Show. His added responsibility is that of Group Head of Programming at MSG.
ACHIEVEMENTS & AWARDS
Best Radio Presenter ARTES AWARD 1994
Best TV Presenter ARTES AWARD 1995
SAMA Awards HIP HOP 1997
Best Breakfast Show MTN 2013
Hall of FAME induction MTN 2012