Always a step ahead, Nick Hamman is passionate about doing radio that’s stimulating, exciting and engaging with content that appeals to South Africans who are educated, young at heart and positive about South Africa.
Nick is is deeply passionate about questions concerning human nature and expression. Throughout his life, Nick has always been actively involved in the arts and has a pension for communities and ideas that don’t typically find expression within the mainstream. Nick uses his platforms to dig deeper into life’s burning questions, creating spotlights for people with interesting voices who deserve to be heard. He creates networks between people who share these common interests.
Tell us a bit about yourself and what your average day looks like.
I’ve been in media and the arts professionally for the last 10 years, but have had a passion for it my entire life. I am currently the head of strategy for the Marketing Agency Becaleb and am the host of both 5Drive on 5FM as well as The Insider SA on S3. Most days for me start around 6am by checking emails and catching up on work.
From 9am I check in with my company and have meetings till around 12. From here I sneak on a run and have lunch. After that it’s time to prepare for and then host my radio show. Evenings are mostly filled with my television work which takes me up till around 9 or 10 at night.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received?
Keep kicking the ball in the direction you want it to go.
How did your journey in the radio and music industry begin?
After a year of trying to study a BComm at Stellenbosch University, because I thought it was the only way to make a success of myself, I ended up in a space where I felt I’d lost all my passions for art and creativity. In a desperate search to reclaim those loves I joined the campus radio station and never looked back.
What is your biggest career highlight so far?
Being privileged to have one of the final interviews with Johnny Clegg. I admire him greatly and I’ll always cherish the time we spent talking to each other.
What projects are you currently working on?
My biggest ongoing project involves finding 5 Matric students to send to Antarctica for a once in a lifetime opportunity to see one of the least explored parts of our planet in the hopes of inspiring them to be conscious about the importance of sustainable living.
How do you think we can grow the creative industry and bring African content to the world?
The world has never been more interested in creativity coming from our continent than they are right now. What’s important for us is that we use this interest to build bridges that will be long-lasting. We need to use the excitement that is out there to solidify ourselves as members of the global creative community.
There are many ways for us to grow, but something that is incredibly important is to encourage us as Africans to support one another. We need to believe in ourselves and celebrate our strengths if we expect the world to do the same. There is definitely a need for us to foster a culture of support for each other. Everyone can have a role to play in this. Buy African products and consume African content and share it with your networks.
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