M-Net has appointed KFM’s Ryan O’Connor as the presenter of Power Couple, the much-anticipated new reality show that will employ spectacular challenges to test the relationships of eight couples who will be living together in a luxurious villa, hoping to win a stash of cash.
The popular Cape Town radio personality, known for his wicked sense of humour, received the good news in a rather unusual way – via Jo’burg-based colleague Darren ‘Whackhead’ Simpson, who knew that Ryan was anxiously waiting to hear from the Power Couple producers after his make-or-break audition. In a prank call, Whackhead pretended to be a powerful M-Net Executive who had to decide whether Ryan would be committed to fulfilling the channel’s particularly difficult requirements for this unique show. While he was willing to get into shape with series of impossible diets, he couldn’t stomach the request to gobble down a bullfrog with the contestants.
Luckily, M-Net CEO for South Africa, Yolisa Phahle then stepped in to end his misery. “You got the gig,” she said. “We’re absolutely thrilled to welcome you to the M-Net family. We wanted a new face for this big new show and we know that some of the best television presenters come from radio.”
The prank was aired on both 947 and KFM this morning. If you haven’t heard it, go to www.mnet.tv to listen there.
According to M-Net’s Head of Publicity, Lani Lombard, the Power Couple producers were looking for a presenter with great people skills to whom both the contestants and viewers at home could relate. “As the show is all about love and taking risks, the contestants are bound to go on a roller-coaster ride of emotions and Ryan is the perfect person to guide them through this incredible journey. He’s a natural who has proved on radio that he has the ability to handle difficult situations and his wit, warm personality and amazing energy will set the scene for this fantastic, feel-good show.”
Power Couple will be broadcast on M-Net 101 from August 2015. To stay up to date with the information about this groundbreaking show go to www.mnet.tv/powercouplesa , Facebook: @PowerCoupleSA, Twitter: @PowerCoupleSA / #PowerCoupleSA, Instagram: @PowerCoupleSA / #PowerCoupleSA
More about Ryan O’Connor:
Every weekday morning, Ryan’s infectious energy and wicked sense of humour fills the homes and cars of Capetonians while they begin their days. Warm, engaging, fun and caring, he makes his audience feel part of a bigger family. Ryan was named Commercial Breakfast Show Presenter of the Year at the 2012 MTN Radio Awards, so it’s no wonder that KFM Breakfast is the biggest commercial breakfast show in the Western Cape, with an audience of over 1 million listeners in this region alone. These listeners participate in the show every morning via calls, texts, Facebook, Twitter and various other social media platforms. With almost 80 000 twitter followers and 118 000 KFM Breakfast Facebook followers, Ryan has an extensive reach to a wide variety of listeners and consumers from Cape Town all the way up to Namibia.