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Byron Oliver David, was born and raised in Chatsworth, Durban, in one of the more poorer, drug ridden communities in South Africa, where very rarely do people rise from the ash.   

He has always taken a keen interest in the Media and followed his dream after school (Kharwastan Secondary School 2004).

After three years of study at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, he achieved his Bachelor of Arts Degree majoring in Media and English. All the while, he had just one intention which was to land a spot, any spot on radio.

That training paved the way for a career in radio.

He applied for a freelance position at the SABC. The application was successful and thereafter he was asked to temporarily host a show called Youth Crossfire on LotusFM, which he had hosted successfully for three months.

 

Thereafter Byron landed a spot on the breakfast show as producer. He  relished the opportunity of being on breakfast radio and inched  closer to his dream of hosting a breakfast show.

He produced the show for seven months until management decided to use his skills as a traffic reporter which he did from October 2010 until May 2011, also doing reports on the station’s afternoon drive for three months.

 

When the show’s host was away for a month, station management entrusted Byron with the show, often juggling between hosting and reporting on traffic.

In May 2011, management decided to reward Byron with the breakfast show called the Morning Rush.

Byron and his team kept listeners entertained for ten months which reflected positively on the listenership. The team was officially the youngest crew on Morning Radio in the country.

 

The difference between Byron and other radio presenters,  is that he’s young, fresh and always ready to speak his mind. He has modeled his shows on the ever so popular Gareth Cliff and his breakfast team since he’s always listened to him from a young age.

Just tune into Byron on Lotus FM and you will get a snippet of that, along  with his own twist and flavor of course.

 

Byron made radio history by being the youngest radio presenter on Breakfast Radio in the country at the tender age of 23, a seemingly impossible goal, that Byron had set for himself long before he even landed that first spot on-air.

 In April 2012, Byron took a break from prime time radio in order to pursue a career outside radio, but still hosted a night time show on the station between 8 to 10pm.

 

In September of the same year, Byron was scouted by Good Hope FM in Cape Town, where he would be brought in as Programme Compiler.

After some time he decided to move back to LotusFM, where he was welcomed back with open arms.

Byron is now the presenter of Desi Drive, which is the stations afternoon drive. He holds this position with the hunger and passion for media still rooted deep inside him.

Some of Byron’s highlights include live interviews with SA rock band Prime Circle, SA comedians Trevor Noah, Loyiso Gola, Krijay Govender, Leeanda Reddy and SA Idol Runner up Lloyd Cele just to mention a few. He’s also been one of the finalists for the Best PBS Afternoon Drive Presenter award at the MTN Radio Awards in 2013. He was also the Brand Ambassador for JEEP clothing in 2014.

 

Byron has also done MC work for weddings, birthdays and retail stores such as Builders Express Amanzimtoti. He’s also done work at the ABH fair where he kept audiences entertained with lots of fun and games.

 

There are two charities that’s close to Byron’s heart: SPCA purely because of his love for animals, especially dogs (at one stage he owned 3 pet dogs) and Chatsworth Child Welfare because he knows the plight of children in the suburb and loves to help out where possible.

 

 

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