MASERU — Top radio personality, Rated R, has quit People’s Choice (PC) FM radio station after an eight-year spell as host of the popular Anything Goes show. The show ran from Mondays to Thursdays between 12 and 3pm. Relebohile Mafatle, popularly known as Rated R, also hosted PC FM’s Urban Top 40 hits countdown every Friday between 6 and 9pm.
His last show was on Friday.
Mafatle told Xpress People it was time to grow. “It was time to move on,” he said. “Working for PC FM has been a great journey but I found it hard to manage my media company and be a full-time employee at the same time.” He added: “I was required to work from 8am-5pm so I didn’t have time to focus on my business.” Mafatle said he is also enrolling at Intec College to pursue a course in radio broadcasting. “I only hold a certificate in computer programming so it was time to grow and expand my horizons,” he said.
Mafatle joined PC FM in 2004 and has been hosting Anything Goes ever since. “It has been a wonderful journey and I have learned that to be a good radio presenter, one has to be willing to learn, be creative and always be informative in an entertaining manner and I have decided to further my studies in radio broadcasting because although I am quitting, I am still in love with the medium,” he said. Mafatle also hosts a television programme on Lesotho TV called Urban Jamz.
“Among other things, I am quitting radio to focus more on my TV show and I promise fireworks in the next coming months. I realised that it has the potential to blossom and being the best show on local TV,” he said.
The Moshoeshoe II-born radio star who started broadcasting on Joy FM in 2000 said adjusting to the style of PC wasn’t easy at first because “I had to host a show using the English language only and it wasn’t easy at all but with time I got comfortable and have been killing it until I decided to leave”, he said. “I am going to miss my listeners the most because they always knew how to make my day. Their appreciation towards my show always gave me hope and passion to continue bringing vibe.”
He said the biggest challenge facing the local radio industry is lack of passion.
“We see unqualified individuals who don’t have the passion for radio but they push to be behind the microphone just
to be famous and that is killing the industry. “Our local presenters need training and they need to know why they are on radio instead of doing it for the fame,” Mafatle said. He added that there is no bad blood between him and the PC FM management.
“I have enjoyed working at PC FM and the management has been very supportive throughout and I am very happy that I am leaving with a happy heart.”
The single father of two, a boy, 9, and a girl, 8, told XpressPeople he has big plans in the pipeline. “All I can say is radio is addictive but TV is my focal point, so viewers should keep an eye for bigger and greater things. I may have left radio but I am still an entertainer,” he said. The station manager at PC FM, Kholu Qhobela, told XpressPeople that Rated R will be sorely missed. “He was a dedicated and self-motivated person and it was a very rewarding experience working with him.”
She added: “We are going to miss him, but I think the listeners are going to miss him more.”
Qhobela said they are going to introduce a person who is as dedicated but one that would bring a new vibe to the airwaves.