Veteran SA journalist David Ò Sullivan joins Hot 91.9FM

One of South Africa`s most respected radio journalists and presenters, David Ò Sullivan, has joined the Hot 91.9 FM team in Johannesburg. 

 David Ò Sullivan
David Ò Sullivan

With a career in radio and TV spanning over 30 years, the experienced journalist will be hosting a brand new weekday show called “Joburg PM”, airing from 6.30pm to 7.30pm. The show will feature a wrap up of news, old school and R&B music, sport and business.

Sullivan will join a host of well-known DJs such as Astrid Ascar, Darren Scott, Devon Dalbock, Disi Fensham, DJ Decks, Gavin Singh, Gladys Sithole, Yvette Johnson and many others.

In a statement, the station`s Lloyd Madurai said, “We are thrilled to have David aboard, it`s a real coup for Hot 91.9 FM as David brings a wealth of experience in all aspects of radio to the station”.

Founded in November 2014, Hot 91.9 is a community station that broadcasts to Johannesburg suburbs such as Sandton, Randburg, Fourways and surrounding areas and offer known for offering listeners some of the best music around.

Sullivan studied journalism at Rhodes University in the early 1980s and did internships at the Rand Daily Mail and Capital Radio. Radio was his preferred medium and, after four years freelancing, he joined Capital Radio on a fulltime basis in 1987. He rose to the position of News Editor, covering the fall of apartheid and the release of Nelson Mandela.

During that time, he also worked as the Southern African correspondent for numerous international radio networks and radio stations including Independent Radio News in London, Voice of America and National Public Radio in the US, Macquarrie National News in Australia, and Newstalk ZB in New Zealand.

In 1991, he embarked on a short-lived law career, working for Webber Wentzel as a candidate attorney in their media law department and dealing with such clients as the Star, Pretoria News, Sowetan, BBC and Carte Blanche.

In 1995, he joined 702 where he stayed for the next 20 years. He worked in all on-air departments—news, sport and programming—and covered every significant event in South Africa, including the Mandela and Mbeki Presidencies, the 1995 Rugby World Cup, the 1996 and 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and every election since democracy came to South Africa. He also hosted the prime-time Afternoon Drive show for 11 years.

Sullivan has won numerous media awards, including two international awards for his coverage of the 1992 Bisho massacre, four SAB Sports Journalist Awards, and four MTN Radio Awards. He also consults with corporates on media training and strategy facilitates conferences, does public speaking and MCs functions.


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