Around 6pm last night (15 March 2018), Talk Radio 702 announced on their Facebook page that long time reporter and talk show host, Stephen Grootes is calling it quits. Grootes has been at the helm at Primedia for 16 years. He started as an EWN political reporter, went on to host The Midday Report With Stephen Grootes. Late last year when renowned journalist and broadcaster, Xolani Gwala announced that he’ll be taking a break from radio to focus on his health (he announced he was diagnosed with colon cancer), Stephen was moved to the breakfast slot, taking over from Gwala, he is currently hosting the drive time slot where he’ll hang his headphone come mid April.
This announcement has sparked a lot of speculations on who could be taking over the leading talk radio’s drive time slot. Is Xolani Gwala coming back? Could Eusebius McKaiser be taking over the show? There’s a lot of those questions doing the rounds, and we’ll have to wait for Primedia to make a formal announcement on who they see fit for the second prominent slot on radio.