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Friday, August 19, 2011


Radio Al-Ansaar KZN’s only Islamic Community Radio Station: 103fm, is running another bumper month of projects and programmes until September 8.

Seasoned broadcaster Faradh Patel hits the airwaves with his Morning Drive Show, a live interactive current affairs show with local, national and international contributors. News and interviews are interspersed with traffic and weather updates and Nasheeds (Arabic word for song).

With his infectious laughter, quirky world-view and high energy levels, Patel is making waves this season with the rebranding of the Morning Drive Show: Aspirational, Inspirational, Motivational.

Pietermaritzburg-born Patel attended Woodlands Secondary School, matriculating in the mid-1990’s. While still at school he auditioned for a position on Lotus fm, joined Lotus fm whilst reading for a BA at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

“Lotus fm was excellent grounding as there is such a great balance between commercial ethos and community involvement, and it gave me a taste of the world of media,” he explained.

He then moved to Gauteng, where he pursued his dream of becoming an actor, appearing in the M-Net soap Egoli, as the character Naveen Moodley. He also appeared in various ads on TV, radio and in print as well as in a Russian television series, before joining the marketing team at Sun International. In an illustrious career within the marketing and communications and media sphere, Patel has worked on high profile events such as the launch of Saffron TV, the Sunday Times Food Show & the Sunday Times Literary Awards.

He has compèred various events, including various beauty pageants, Miss India for some years, Face of India, Mr India SA and regional Miss SA contests.

Well-travelled Patel balances his media life against the challenging task as of steering Jealousy- Exclusive Bags and Accessories in his role as its Chief Operations Officer. Radio Al-Ansaar’s Ramadaan broadcast will focus on the significance of auspicious days and nights during this important tenement of the Islamic faith. Patel encourages listeners, irrespective of their faith and beliefs to tune in. “We live in such a multicultural society that it is helpful to be aware of what is happening in our extended community and beyond,”

Catch Faradh Patel and the Morning Drive Show Team every Monday to Friday from 06h00 to 20h00 on 103fm. With audio-streaming on course, Radio Al-Ansaar may be enjoyed by listeners all over the world through the Al-Ansaar website / / Twitter: @FaradhPatel