Sports producer and presenter, Technical manager and News reader are all that best describe who Nicholas Maimela commonly known as Nicol really is. Nicol has been nominated in three categories for the community radio awards that will be underway in April this year.

The categories are best newsreader, best male presenter and best sports show. This is what the man himself had to say, please enjoy.

Who is Nicol Maimela?

Nicol maimela is a brand name in itself that I am famously known as, but my actual name is Nicholas Maimela. I am a 33 year old radio personality from the dusty streets of Mohodi Ga-Manthata area under Bochum Town. I started radio in 2008 at a radio station called Mohodi Fm at the age of 21. I volunteered at the radio station for two consecutive years without getting anything and what kept me going was the love that I have for radio.

What or who inspired you to choose radio as a career?

I grew up listening to my favourite radio gurus on Thobela Fm which is one of the biggest radio stations in Limpopo. I used to listen to the likes of newsreader, Modisha Legodi, and Sports presenter Jimmy Mohlaloga who were the best at the time. The good work that these guys did made me feel encouraged and if it wasn’t for them, I don’t think I would be where I am today.

What influenced you to keep on wanting more of radio?

I was influenced to want more of radio when I started listening and I kept listening as I grew up. The love for radio developed as time progressed and I remember playing on top of trees reading news and presenting alone.

What are the challenges that you faced along the way in the radio industry?

There are many challenges in community radio stations but the biggest one is finance in terms of salaries or stipends. I remember working for two years without getting paid and that was because the radio station did not have enough money.

How do you balance between work and your studies?

Well I am furthering my studies in media as I am currently doing my Honours at the University of Limpopo, but all these things that I do are passion driven. When I wake up every morning I think about the things that I am going to do for the day and I do not even have timetables or routines.

What are the life defining moments that you have had in your radio life?

In 2011, I had the privilege of interviewing Patrice Motsepe and that was during the Motsepe games also known as the ABC. Another historical moment was when I interviewed EFF leader Julius Malema who was the ANC Youth League president at the time.

What are your plans for the future?

I have been in radio for eight years now but I am not planning to die in this field because the voice that I am selling to people on air will die someday as I grow old…. ‘he he he’…. What I want to die in is the field of law because there is no ageing in law.

How many awards do you think you will win from the community radio awards?

The one that I am sure about is the best sports show because we are three there and the second one that I am pushing for now is the best male presenter. Those are the ones that I believe and hope that I come back with.