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Radio presenter, Sports commentator, TV analyst, RSG sports presenter and talk show producer Jody Hendricks is living a dream that started at age 14. He heard Mark Gilman on radio and decided he too wanted to be on air. “I knew I’d be on radio one day — I just didn’t know how,” he says.
Hendricks has won three SA Sports media awards the past two years and was nominated for Sport Presenter of the year at the 2017 Liberty Radio Awards. He was also named one of South Africa’s top 200 young South Africans for 2015; an annual project run by Mail and Guardian through which they identify young South Africans who play a vital role in South Africa’s future.
Hendricks pursued a journalism qualification at the Cape Town University of Technology (CPUT), graduating in 2005. During his time as a student, he received his first radio show at MFM 92.6 community radio in Stellenbosch. Despite her initial reservations, his grandmother was the first listener to tune in to his show.
His journey to RSG, where he now produces the morning news and current affairs show, was not always an easy one. After graduating, Hendricks worked as an editorial assistant and later a staff writer at Men’s Health magazine. In 2009 he became part of a Rotary Exchange programme that took him to Germany for a month of travel and job exposure that significantly broadened his horizons. Back in South Africa, Hendricks worked as a freelancer, landing a temporary position writing for Fifa ahead of the 2010 World Cup. He later moved to Cape Talk radio, where he worked as a producer for two years.
His move to RSG’s studios in Johannesburg was in 2013, where he started as a sports reporter and analyst. This opportunity allowed him to rapidly expand his portfolio. “Now I have opportunities to work in all the areas I love — radio, sports, music and current affairs. It’s been a long road, but I’m exactly where I always wanted to be”, says Hendricks.
“I want to use my career and the platform that I have at my disposal to be a voice to the voiceless and to continue to make a positive difference to our country. I don’t believe in awards but I believe in rewards and this for me is a reward for my hard work. Sometimes the greatest thing to come out of all your hard work is not what you get for it, but what you become for it.”