Zoë Brown is the shining new star who greets early risers with a sharp and bright smile on SABC’s popular Expresso show. Every weekday morning from 6am, she’s bringing the wake-up vibes to sleepy South Africans. Brown also joins Carl Wastie and Barron Hufkie on the Kfm drive show, Flash Drive, one of the station’s most listened-to shows. Her trajectory has been impressive; she’s moved from Miss SA Teen Pageant Princess in 2007 to campus radio host at Stellenbosch University to where she is today.
“The media industry has always fascinated me,” says Brown. “I often joke when I say that I stumbled into my career by chance, but that’s more or less how I ended up on the Expresso morning show and Kfm 94.5 Flash Drive show. It was a series of small steps and listening to that voice in my head which brought me to where I am today.”
Brown’s story is as interesting as her career portfolio. She juggled life as a student and graveyard radio host for many years, finally surrendering her campus radio role at MFM 92.6 to focus more closely on her honours degree. Life, it seemed, had other plans because two months later she received a call from Kfm asking her to come in for an interview.
“I knew that being part of the Kfm team would open doors for me, so during my honours year I presented the weekend overnight shows from midnight until 4am,” she says. “I then made the decision to expand into TV, so I did a short TV presenting course after my degree and gave myself six months to get into the industry. I was told this was unrealistic, but I had my first day on TV exactly six months later.”
For Brown, her career is incredibly important and she brings a wealth of passion, focus and determination to bear on achieving her dreams. In 2019 she plans on taking her career to yet another height by completing her master’s.
Brown concludes. “I want to thank my parents for everything they’ve done. My father is my greatest role model — he is the reason I work as hard as I do — he never stopped and never gave up. One way or another he made sure I got to complete my honours degree without a student loan to my name. I hope by doing what I do, I make him proud.” — Tamsin Oxford