OFF-Air with Martin Bester

On 8 August, Jacaranda FM broadcast live from Pretoria High School for Girls from 06:00 to 09:00. The pupils (and some teachers) were thrilled to have the opportunity to meet Mr Bester. For those who did not get the chance to meet him in person, this article will hopefully provide some much-needed answers.

1. How long have you been in the industry?

'I have been in the industry for a very long time. During my First Year tour in 'varsity I noticed a sign on a window. They were looking for new radio presenters. I decided to sign up and believe it or not, my name was at the very top of the sign-up list. They called me for an audition, and I had a lot of fun at Campus Radio.

During my final year of studies, the regional radio station, at the time, was looking for new presenters so I gave it a try. Radio has been very good to me. It is incredibly vibrant because it's live.'

2. What does your typical day entail?

'Every day is slightly different. Some days, especially Fridays, I would finish my show and hit the road to perform shows with my band. The great thing about radio is, that it does not take up your entire day, but some days are a little busier than others.'

3. How do you manage the early mornings?

'For some people it comes naturally but for me it does not. I really have to discipline myself to go to bed early. I don't naturally wake up at four in the morning but morning radio is a privilege. You start your day with everybody. There is a vibe about morning radio that is inexplicable. Morning radio is tough, but it is worth it and it's amazing.'

4. Do you get nervous before shows?

'There are some days when the adrenaline pumps a bit harder especially if I have a big show with lots of different interviews and lots of guests. There are some days when I am a little more anxious before a show than others, but I think it's important as that's what keeps me going.'

5. Do you have any advice for anyone interested in pursuing a career in this industry?

'Patience is important. Earlier on the air, Matthew Mole said that you have to do what you want to do for the right reasons and what this means is that even if you don't get recognition that you think you deserve in the first three months, three years or even ten years, if you are doing it for the right reason you will keep going. If you are doing what you love and one day happens to be the big day that you get recognition for it, that would be a bonus. If you are doing it for the right reasons then you will always be happy. The number of fans you have, should not really matter but I know that social media would want you to believe otherwise. Your greatest moment might not be your grandest moment or the most important moment but it might just be, for example, the time when you wrote a beautiful song and someone else sings it back to you.'