Popular presenter, Eusebius McKaiser hosted his final show on Radio 702 last Friday, and revealed his future plans via his Twitter account on Friday evening
The presenter, who took over from veteran broadcaster Redi Tlhabi almost three years ago, built a solid reputation as a presenter, as noted by Tlhabi when she called in on his final broadcast last Friday.
“I’m not insulting anyone, it is a fact. Often a stand-in is just someone who fills the gap. You didn’t fill the gap, you took this show and rebranded it in a way that was just so brilliant,” she praised McKaiser.
Tlhabi, however, was unhappy with how the station chose to publicise McKaiser’s exit. According to The Citizen, she called the stations press statement, “the most ungracious, ungenerous statement that she has ever seen”. Thlabi referenced the claim that McKaiser’s contract was not renewed due to repositioning on the part of the station and called that reason a lie.
Why he decided to leave
McKaiser then posted several tweets on Friday evening clarifying why he had decided not to renew his contract with the station, and dropped some hints about what he’s got planned for the future.
“A show like mine is very exacting if you take it as seriously as my predecessor @RediTlhabi did who set the gold standard for mid-morning meaning-creating radio in Mzansi,” said McKaiser who says he took his role very seriously. “The opportunity to shape and influence discourse is amazing, to hold power accountable is amazing, etc.”
Now, to tell you why I decided to not renew my talk radio contract for another few years at @Radio702 – A show like mine is very exacting if you take it as seriously as my predecessor @RediTlhabi did who set the gold standard for mid-morning meaning-creating radio in Mzansi…
— Eusebius McKaiser (@Eusebius) June 19, 2020
However, he highlighted some of the limitations of daily talk shows which don’t allow for extended research and really diving into a subject and exploring all aspects of it.
“Long form journalism requires a gestation period, going away, digging deep, some very careful detective work, and then emerging with a product that isn’t a ‘hot take’,” he said. This is the direction he will be going in in the future.
However, McKaiser says that for now he has two priorities: rest and finishing his book. He is currently working on his fourth book, entitled “Searching for Sello Duiker”. Duiker was an award-winning South African novelist who struggled with his mental health and took his own life in January 2005.
McKaiser hopes to have his book finished before Christmas, and will return to broadcasting again after it is published.
“And with that … I am taking a Twitter holiday. Be safe. And please tell the racists, white supremacists, and bigots … I WILL BE BACK!” said his final tweet.
Fans wished him well
Tlhabi tweeted her encouragement: “You are in a league of your own. My observation and experience…it is impossible for anyone to dim your light when it is something they never created in the first place. So your light will continue to shine and shine…and never burn out.”
You are in a league of your own. My observation and experience…it is impossible for anyone to dim your light when it is something they never created in the first place. So your light will continue to shine and shine…and never burn out. https://t.co/aTz9hbRh5G
— Redi Tlhabi (@RediTlhabi) June 19, 2020
Here’s what other fans had to say:
I felt sad when your show wrapped, as Redi described.. the ability of an excellent journalist and broadcaster is to move you, engage you, bring you to a point where you question yourself, your own biases and prejudices. Thank you for that, looking forward to what’s next with you
— John the Savage (@ZeenyFBaby) June 19, 2020
Im in Durban KZN and i always listened to your show during the week via streaming app in the office….. thank you for wonderful programme and very eye opening conversations🙏
— Menzy_🇿🇦 (@Menzi83356336) June 19, 2020
We certainly gonna miss your robust debates 😢👌🙏🏼 All the best @Eusebius
— Rebone Seolwana (@Rebones) June 19, 2020
You have kept me going through stress of lockdown. Looking at markets crushing, New world evolving etc Productive time 9:00 to 12:00.
Thank you for playing Nina Simone on June16 2020.
Both you and Redi are international brands . You ran your race and you have kept your faith.
— 377 ROA Capital (@377_ROA) June 19, 2020
You made it difficult for me to work between 09h00-12h00 as your show became a part of my life. For that reason, I’m happy you are gone as I can now forget about 702. You were great and you will be solely missed. All the best.
— TESTA (@sandileskhosi) June 19, 2020
Thank you for delivering and demanding excellence at all times. I’m looking forward to your book 😊. Keep well.
— mphosefatsa (@mpho_sefatsa) June 19, 2020