John Carvalho, the radiohead


John Carvalho’s passion for radio developed long before he even left high school, so it’s no wonder he achieved so much in the industry.

“I started radio at high school and always wanted to do anything that involved radio,” he said.

One day a commercial radio station asked John if he could cover a cycling tour as the person who was going to do it fell sick. Ceasing the opportunity with both hands, he gladly did so, which in turn secured him a job offer.

Radio Mozambique
By lucianf from Bucharest, Romania (Radio Moçambique) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
After school, he joined the army for three and a half years where he did the radio gig part-time, thereafter he was free to join the radio full-time again where he held a position at Producoes 1001, which he describes as Mozambique’s equivalent to KFM.

What fascinated John was the fact that they would cover events while on the road.

“We did these events with a car that was provided and it was so much fun. This was never done in Mozambique, it created a big impact in radio, we had to do something different,” he said.

When John came to South Africa in 1974, someone discovered that he had been involved in the radio industry back in Mozambique. This had given John the opportunity to rub shoulders with the Portuguese consulate who asked him to MC a Portuguese event at the Portuguese Club.

In Johannesburg, John was involved with the Portuguese radio and even had the opportunity to do Portuguese television for two years when he was up there.

“I did 80-90 shows in one year,” he said.

“When I came to Cape Town, I did a few shows but it’s more relaxed because there’s not as much things like as in Johannesburg,” he continued.

Looking to the future, John has a dream of starting a Portuguese radio station in Cape Town.

“People want to listen to a radio station in their language, we are looking at the idea next year,” he said.

Chilton Mellem
Editor, With a National Diploma in Journalism from CPUT and experience as a newspaper reporter, Chilton shares Dino’s passion for the Portuguese community in South Africa.