Alan Khan, charismatic and revered radio personality and Senior Director of Corporate Affairs at the Durban University of Technology has made history in South Africa’s broadcast media industry by being inducted into the prestigious MTN South African Radio Hall of Fame.
Khan was recently honoured for making an indelible mark on the industry and for being inspiring and a mentor to others in broadcast journalism.
Established in 2010, the MTN South African Radio Awards strives to recognise the very best of South Africa’s on-air and behind the scenes radio talent. The awards aim to ensure that radio talent in all areas receives due recognition.
Khan’s induction took place at the sixth annual MTN South African Radio Awards, at Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg.
Khan’s career in radio began 25 years ago when he was a Chiropractic student at Technikon Natal. After a stint on campus radio, he went on to climb the management ladder as the former CEO of Jacaranda FM and Deputy Managing Director of East Coast Radio. In the early 1990’s, he started freelancing as a radio DJ and sports presenter at Capital Radio 604 whilst still a student in Durban. Prior to joining the SABC’s Lotus FM in October 2013 as the current host of the engaging up-tempo talk show Walk the Talk, Khan worked at three radio stations. He also worked in television, where he was co-hosting am2day breakfast TV, which was a daily national television show on SABC 2.
Khan is a journalist by profession and is married to sociologist, Dr Mariam Seedat Khan. Together, they have two sons, Nasser who is 16 and Ameer who is 13.
“I was very humbled by this accolade from my peers in broadcasting,” said Khan. “It was unexpected but something that I will cherish for the rest of my life,” he said.
Khan has worked with many talented people and has interviewed personalities such as President Nelson Mandela, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Stevie Wonder, Steffi Graf, Sir Alex Ferguson, Janet Jackson, Cliff Richard, Phil Collins, George Benson, Kenny G, Sachin Tendulkar, Jonty Rhodes, Sir Richard Branson, Elton John, Bryan Adams, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Ela Gandhi, Sam Ramsamy and Rodriguez amongst many others.
He thanked the DUT family for their love and support and “for giving him the space to still pursue his dreams of being on air.” Khan added that, “As a former DUT Alumni Silver Tusk award recipient, I am very proud of my link to our university and the significant role that it has played in making me the man I am today. To be honest, I’ve never done something with the hope of receiving an award and to get accolades. If that happens, then it’s a bonus. I’ve always wanted to be happy, to be in a position that makes a positive contribution to my life and to those around me. Ultimately, if I can give my sons a great start in life, continue to be good and to do good, if I can manage to remain healthy and happy, if I can continue to keep my wife happy and interested and if I can make my parents and mother in law proud, then mission accomplished,” he said.
Professor Ahmed Bawa, DUT Vice-Chancellor and Principal, said DUT is proud of Khan’s achievement, which is, said Prof Bawa, an indication of how highly respected he (Khan) is a media personality. “His contribution to radio goes back decades and DUT is very proud to have him as a member if its family. We are fortunate to have him head up the Division of Corporate Affairs. His creativity and innovation add tremendously to the well being of the institution,” said Prof Bawa.
– Waheeda Peters
Pictured: Alan Khan