Vacation Work

Cue Radio – A Rhodes School of Journalism and Media Studies project

For my vacational work this year, I was part of the Cue Radio team during the National Arts Festival 2010.

The annual National Arts Festival, which takes place in Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, was packed with some of the most creative artists, musicians and performers South Africa has to offer. There was never a dull moment with the buzz of festival goers and the Soccer World Cup games happening across the country. Cue Radio was in the middle of it all, with the team producing two daily shows in English and isiXhosa, which were aired on Radio Grahamstown for the duration of the festival. We covered it all, from what to see, eat and do, to the world cup and local Grahamstown news.

I thoroughly enjoyed my experience with Cue Radio and the team. I loved the thrill of the live shows, interviewing fascinating people, producing and anchoring, the friendships I made and valuable skills I gained. An experience I will treasure.

Below are some of the packages I created for Cue Radio.

World Cup Update

Cue: With all the world cup buzz filtering into the national arts festival this year. Our reporter Annie Polak had a taste of the world cup fever while attending the match of Chilli vs Switzerland at the PE stadium yesterday afternoon. Here is what she has to say about the game, the festival and the world cup fever...


Paul Zerdin

Paul Zerdin and myself
Cue: With a winning combination of charm...impeccable comic timing and continual audience interaction, Paul Zerdin‘s show is proving to be a smash hit at this year’s festival. Paul has performed at the most recent Royal Variety Performance in the UK, and he has numerous stage and TV credits under his belt. He has mastered the art of ventriloquism and his skill will leave you in awe with uncontrollable laughter. Our reporter Annie Polak chatted to Paul yesterday to find out more about him, his show and his unique puppet characters...

Cast of 'The Tragedy of Richard the 3rd'

Cue: I’m Annie Polak and you’re listening to radio grahamstown 102.1fm…now yesterday evening I ventured down to Graeme College to watch the first show of William Shakespeare’s play The Tragedy of Richard the 3rd, Which is put on by the Really Small Theatre Company. The direction, set and lighting design is done by Fred Abrahamse, with amazing costume design by marcel meyer. The show intriguingly includes a Cast of only three actors, Darron Araujo, David Dennis and Marcel Meyer. Despite all the challenges of putting together a play of this magnitude, I believe it adds a new and rich dimension to this year’s festival. I managed to catch up with two members of the cast, David Dennis and Marcel Meyer to find out more...

Gary the Tooth Fairy - Live interview

An interview filled with laughter while discussing Gary's latest show being performing at the festival.

Gary and myself

Gavin Bonne - 'Telling Tales'

Stuart Taylor - 'Learner Husband'

Grahamstown Calling

Cue: Informal trading along High street during the National Arts Festival has become of growing concern of public health and safety over the past years. Efforts are being made by the Municipality and the Festival committee to help combat these problems. Annie Polak reports...

Dish of Day


Cue: If you need a pick me up from all those late night, head up to the monument, to “Handmade coffee’s” and simply enjoy the best cup of coffee you will ever have. It might take a while but as our reporter Annie Polak has found out, you will not be disappointed. let’s hear more about this unique blend of coffee...


Cue: Our reporter Annie Polak found something a little unusual for the dish of the day today. It is a Greek sweet pastry which will satisfy any sweet tooth. It is known as Pishies pastry with syrup or otherwise a flying saucer. Amanda Koushis from “The sweet greek” explains...

Mad Hatters Restaurant

Cue: A glass of the popular warm gluvine wine, which can be enjoyed at Mad Hatters on High street, is just what you need on that cold winter night, our reporter Annie Polak explains why she has chosen the wine to help fight back the cold in our dish of the day...

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