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MICHELLE CONSTANT RESIGNS FROM RADIO 2000 (article first published : 2008-04-2)

Award-winning arts and music journalist Michelle Constant has resigned from Radio 2000 after nearly two years helming the noon to three show. The highly regarded broadcaster will leave the station at the end of March.

“I loved the Lucky Packet, we covered enormous ground with the show, drawing from the amazingly diverse well of talent this country has to offer,” she says. “Art, culture and music are my absolute passion and I am looking forward to pursuing new projects relating to these. I have recently been involved in a number of projects within the media and marketing industries which I have thoroughly enjoyed and hope to spend more time in this area.”

Michelle Constant paid tribute to her producer, Monique Stander for her role in turning the Lucky Packet into the content-rich, musically diverse and highly stimulating three-hour radio outing that it quickly became after its inception in August 2006

“I must also thank the listeners who really played a big role in making the show as dynamic as it is. I’ve always been amazed at the fact that we drew such a diverse audience in terms of age and cultural background and will be sad not to engage with them through the show after the end of March.”

Constant will continue to have a presence on radio through the long-running BASA sponsored news feature Create on SAFM Midday Live.

“Create is an amazing feature which gives credibility to the arts within the framework of news, thanks to SAFM’s enormous support as well as BASA’s belief in the importance of the arts. I love radio and it’s ability to tell great audio stories and hope to find ways of continuing with this. I also look forward to continuing telling the stories that need to be told with the cultural terrain of South Africa through my writing in GQ, Wanted and Empire magazine, as well as through other projects that are in the pipeline.”

Constant has worked in the TV, radio and print media industry for over a decade. She continues to play an important role in the music industry and has been a South African Music Awards judge for the past ten years. Her career so far has afforded her the opportunity to interview a broad spread of musicians, writers, artists, sports people and politicians including the likes of Leila Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard, Mike Tyson, William Kentridge, Marlene Dumas, Breyten Breytenbach, Nadine Gordimer, David Kramer, Charlie Boorman, Brett Kebble, Fred Khumalo, Brenda Fassie, Abdullah Ibrahim, Hothouse Flowers, Gito Baloi, Lucky Dube, Zackie Achmad, Mo Sheik, George Bizos, Koto Bolofo, Muzi Kuzwayo, Tawane Kupe, Anthony Minghella, HHP, Lebo Mathosa, Sipho Hotstix, Johnny Clegg, Patricia de Lille, Serge Blanco, Gordon Igesund, Given Mkhari, Henry Rollins, Thandiswa Mazwai, Mzwakhe Mbuli, Lira, Springbok Nude Girls, and many, many more.

“I may be finishing the Lucky Packet at the end of March but I am looking forward to the various prospects that have come my way, I will certainly continue to showcase our country’s wonderful heritage,” Constant says.




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