On Air Personality
Shawny B is a radio personality and a commercial club DJ. He currently hosts the Radio 2000’s Top 30 Countdown on Saturdays from 12-3pm.
Shawn Bickerton or Shawny B as he is known as in the entertainment industry, from a very early age had a love for music. He enjoyed playing music and used to imitate the radio presenters on the radio to his friends and family. It wasn’t long before his friends and family caught on that this is where his true passion was.
He started his career in music as a mobile DJ and played for free at house parties, school discos etc. Eventually he started getting paid to do something he absolutely loved. He then moved on to working at some of the most prestigious nightclubs to date after his school career and has become one of South Africa’s most popular commercial club DJ’s. He has played in over 140 nightclubs nationwide and has shared the decks with some of the biggest names in the music industry, the likes of Paul van Dyk, Funkstar De Luxe, DJ Dimitri, Charles Webster and many more. His mixes have been played on some of the big commercial stations as well as online radio stations. He has mixed three dance albums, namely, Chasers (Gallo Records), Sutra Vol 2 (Elevate Music) and Explode Vol 3 (F Records).
Shwany B has become a favorite with SA’s local celebs as well as international celebrities and has played at events which hosted the likes of Dr Robert Rey (Dr 90210), Celebrity Chef Gordon Ramsey, Sir Richard Branson, David Hasslehof, Caprice, Tyra Banks, Lennox Lewis. Some of the many local events he has played at include the Marie Claire Birthday Bash, Big Brother Eviction Parties, Cleo Magazine Launch, People Magazine Crystal Awards, The South African Sports Awards and many other prestigious events.
The radio bug then started biting and Shawny B then decided that he wanted to fulfill his childhood passion of wanting to become a radio presenter. He completed a radio broadcast course at On Cue Communications and had the pleasure of being coached by broadcasting legend Tony Blewitt. After completing the course, he did freelance stints at Pick n Pay Radio to get an idea of retail radio as part of gathering experience. He then moved onto a community radio station called CAN-I FM 98.7 and assisted in doing overnight shows with Kevin Oberstein who had a show called the Community Talent Showcase. He also had the opportunity to work on Rand Show Radio which broadcasted internally at the Rand Show at Nasrec. He did this for four years consecutively.
During this time, Shawny B was sending demo CD’s to the various radio stations and was not getting any positive response due to the competitive environment and industry that it was. Eventually he got an opportunity at the country’s very first Telco owned radio station called Yebo Radio now called Vodacom Radio situated at Vodacom World in Midrand where he has worked for the past six years doing the breakfast show. During 2011 he got the opportunity to work for 94.7 Highveld Stereo where he was doing overnight slots.
After a period of time he decided that he needed to spread his wings an explore other venues and found himself a weekend day time slot on Radio 2000 where he currently hosts the Radio 2000 Top 30 Countdown on Saturdays from 12h00 to 15h00 and Sundays on a show called The Weekend Jukebox at the same time. He has become very popular with his black listeners on Radio 2000 and has been named Shonisani (White Venda Boy).
. House Mix Fridays – 21:00 – midnight
· Saturday Top 30 – midday to 3pm
· Sunday mid morning breakfast – 9am - midday
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