Radio and TV personality, Sports Journalist, entrepreneur and motivational speaker, Brad Brown has shown time and again that drive and persistence – and a healthy dose of cheek – can help you to make your dreams come true.
Currently a sports anchor for Eyewitness News, covering four radio stations and a sports journalist for Supersport Blitz, Brad started out on campus and then community radio. A turning point came when he auditioned for 94.7 Highveld Stereo’s Hot Jocks talent competition, and didn’t make it through the first round but instead of going home, he got back into the queue to try again eventually finishing second in the competition! After working his fair share of graveyard shifts he started featuring on the station’s main line up, eventually hosting the afternoon drive. Brad also has a successful eye for business, find out more about what he is working on here.
In a similar show of sheer dedication and commitment, Brad has lost over 50kgs in the past few years and gone from overweight couch potato to multiple finisher of both the Ironman triathlon and Comrades Marathon. Not content with just making up the numbers Brad has put in hours of blood, sweat and tears and has become a fairly competitive triathlete. Not only has he been selected to represent Central Gauteng in the sport at the standard distance where he finished 15th in his age group and he also recently finished 11th in his age group at the South African long course championships in the half Ironman distance.
Brad was born in and spent the first 13 years of his life in Virginia in the Free State. Attending Lakeview Primary School and a keen sportsman (although admittedly not very good) Brad had a pretty normal childhood. His high school years were spent at Krugersdorp High School where he developed his serious love of music. Brad recalls how his radio was constantly on in his room and he remembers listening to the likes of Martin Bailey, Tony Blewitt and Alex Jay. He always had it in the back of his mind that it would be ‘cool’ to be on radio but never really took it seriously as a career option. Little did he know then what he would be doing many years later.
Brad matriculated in 1994 and wasn’t sure what he wanted to do with the rest of his life. At that point a degree in architecture was on the cards at UPE. Not being one hundred percent sure if that is what he wanted to do Brad decided to take a gap year. Which turned into 3. In those 3 years Brad travelled extensively and finally returned to South Africa to study. Even though he still wasn’t sure what he wanted to do regarding a career.
The Start of a Radio Career
Brad obtained a diploma in travel & tourism from Damelin in 1997 and in 1998 registered at RAU to study teaching. It was while he was at RAU that he had the opportunity to audition for RAU Radio at the end of 1998. It was here that his love affair with radio started. He hosted various shows on the campus radio station including later on becoming the head DJ in charge of hiring and training new jocks. He also went on to become the deputy station manager before his time at RAU was up. While at RAU in early 2000 Brad was given an opportunity to co-host the afternoon drive on a west rand based community radio station called Horison Stereo. Brad co-hosted for 6 months and when the anchor jock left Brad was offered the show which he made his own and hosted for two and a half years thereafter. The next step in Brad’s radio career was into retail radio. Brad joined Adsat in 2001 and was an integral part of the Radio Pick n Pay and Hypermarket Radio line up for the next 5 years.
In November 2002 Brad stood in a massive line of people to have a chance of auditioning to become 94.7 Highveld Stereo’s Hot Jock for 2002. Brad auditioned and didn’t make it through the preliminary round and decided to try again. He got back into line and waited for his turn again. Second time round Brad made it through the preliminary judging and went on to win that region and book his place in the final. Brad did not win but he took the opportunity of getting his foot in the door to push for an audition show which finally he got in February the following year. The rest, as they say, is history.
As a voice over artist, Brad has featured in many radio and television productions over the years. Clients that he has done work for include Hollard Insurance, Vodacom, McDonalds, Budget Insurance, Puegot, Sony Ericsson and Land Rover.
Brad is also a more than capable emcee having hosted various functions from corporate golf days to black tie dinners, product launches to introducing international performers on stage in front of 20 000 people.
Brad is also an accomplished club DJ having played at some of Joburg and Durban’s hottest nightspots over the years. Clubs he has played in include The Roxy Rythm Bar, Chillers, Morgan’s Cat, Bourbon Street, Tovey’s and Night Fever.