In this interview the Gabz FM morning news reader Kutlwano Mosime takes Voice reporter Daniel Kenosi into the life and times of a news reader.
Q. Please introduce yourself to our readers.
I thought you knew me.
Q. I do but the key word in my question is readers.
I am Kutlwano Tina Mosime. Kutlwano is just a rural girl from Kanye.
A young woman who has nothing special about her except that she is special in her own capacity just like everyone else is.
That’s the unique Kutlwano that you see today and oh!
I have a very lovely sister. I am the first born.
Q. Please take us into your upbringing.
I had a very excellent upbringing.
If anything is to go wrong in my life I would have only myself to blame and not my parents because they did their best to mould me into the woman that I am today.
I did my primary to senior secondary school in Lobatse and thereafter I tried varsity, left and never went back.
Q. Why did you attempt varsity. What went wrong?
I wasn’t fulfilled. So there was no fulfilment coming out of it so I just felt I was wasting my time with something I really didn’t enjoy.
On the day that I decided to trash my varsity books I came straight here to hunt for a job.
Q. Which year was that?
It was in 2007 I guess, because I have been with Gabz FM for over five years now.
Q. What was your parents reaction when you decided to quit school?
I had a very strict upbringing like I said before and you can imagine having strict parents so I just quietly withdrew from school without informing them and they only learnt after two weeks when I was I already with Gabz FM news desk that I had quit school.
When my mother discovered that, I just told her that there was no way I was going back to school because I had no interest.
Q. What were you studying and which university was that?
I was doing film and television production at Limkokwing University.
I was part of the second intake if I remember well.
Before that I had worked with Botswana Premier League office as an administrator assistant.
Q. You were studying something related to your current profession.
I don’t understand how you lost interest.
Mmm! When I got to Limkokwing I ….. Ok! I am going to be frank with your readers out there that Limko adverts are the ones that enticed me into enrolling with them.
They had a tagline which read, creativity has no boundaries and when I got there I started doing things my own way because I knew that with their university there were no boundaries as long as you were creative but that’s not how it really was so I decided to pull out because I felt limited and closed in a box.
Q. Does that mean you were a stubborn student?
I wasn’t stubborn Dan; I just argued my points which we did not agree on with most of my lecturers
Q. How did you land the job at Gabz FM?
I started off here as a translator.
I was translating English bulletins to Setswana. I was a freelance journalist and eventually I started standing in for full time Gabz FM presenters and news reporters.
Back then when I started I had no idea of what was happening in the news world so I decided not to keep myself to the office only and that’s when I started gathering news from the field just to appreciate the hard work that is put in behind the stories that you hear on radio as end product.
I did that for about four years before Yarona FM snatched me.
It’s very challenging because I wake up early in the morning to come prepare news for you.
At times what blocks my mind is a question of what to use as my morning headline and wondering as to whether it will capture my audience attention.
It’s so fortunate that I have a backing team that helps me build up the whole bulletin.
Going on air is one last thing that is so nerve wrecking and you have to be consistent.
Q. How did it feel the first day your boss instructed you to go on air?
I remember that day like yesterday.
My assignment editor Tswelelo Mogotsi just told me to remember that over a million people were listening to me and he threw me into the deep end but I survived.
Its nerve wrecking like I said and you never get used to going on air no matter how experienced you are.
Q. Have you ever failed to connect with the news script whilst on air?
It happens a lot of times.
It may be partly caused by the fact that I would have not had much time to revise the bulletin script or I maybe reading a badly written story.
Q. Badly written! Is your editor that bad?
I never said anything about my editor
Q. How does a badly written story pass through the editor?
There are those times I find myself alone in the studio and have to deal with stories from across the country and act as an editor so it becomes a burden for me.
When the bulletin is complete, my editors always ensure that we have smooth bulletins.
Q. What motivated your move to Yarona FM before rejoining Gabz FM?
They offered me something better (Laughs). It was an opportunity to grow.
I was part of their morning show and was the presenter of their current affairs programme something that sharpened my interviewing skills.
Q. Yarona and Gabz FM differ very much. How did you manage to fit in?
I didn’t have to do anything to fit in the youthful radio station despite the fact that I was used to old contemporary radio station. I just remained myself and all went well and besides I was still doing news so news is news.
Q. What’s your take on the media industry compared to the time when you arrived?
The industry has grown and it grows each and every day. We used to have very few newspapers but now they are countless.
We have upcoming and energetic reporters who are giving us a run for our money like you.
So it’s now a serious dog eat dog industry.
Q. Do you ever get too much attention from men when you are out there?
It’s very rare to get people recognizing me from my voice.
It’s never easy to match the voice you hear on radio and the one you hear in conversation.
Q. Is it because you fake your accent when you are on radio?
We don’t fake accents. You have worked on radio before and you know very well what I am talking about. There is great comfort that comes with not being recognized by radio listeners because I am a private person.
Q. I understand you do volunteer work. Please share with us.
I do a lot of volunteer work but I must admit that I am so in love with sports and having worked under Botswana Premier League before, I have developed interest in all sporting codes. I am now a volunteer in over five different sporting codes committees.
I am also involved in the anti tobacco network.
Q. How do you deal with the newsroom headache?
I love travelling so when I am not busy I just travel as a way of beating the newsroom headache.
I have been to almost all SADC countries.
Q. Is there anything you think Botswana Tourism Organization can learn from the countries you have been to?
I just think we are on the right track and all BTO needs to do is sell their products to Batswana.
Q. We thank you for your time Ms Mosime. What are you up to this weekend?
I am learning how to play cricket so I will be out there throwing and catching balls.