Lindy Hibbard, a household name in the Western Cape, is celebrating 13 years in the radio industry. Born and raised in Durbanville, Cape Town, she co-hosts Smile Breakfast with Bobby Brown and Lindy Hibbard on Smile 90.4FM every weekday 06h00 am to 09h00 am. When not on radio, the energetic radio personality is also a voice-over artist, emcee, guest speaker, Ambassador of Hope for the Sunflower Fund, as well as a self-professed fitness fanatic and animal lover. A born achiever we hope she’s an inspiration for us all as we start a brand-new year.
When did you discover your love for radio?
When I was about ten years old, I got a pink radio / cassette player. It was my pride and joy! I listened to the radio every day and remember thinking to myself that the presenters sounded like they were having so much fun. It was there and then that I decided I was going to study radio broadcasting when I finished school. While completing my BA at UCT I got my first radio gig on UCT radio. It was exhilarating, and I immediately knew that this was what I was supposed to do.
What is your favourite part of the job?
I have the opportunity to offer people light and happiness in their day and it’s something I’ll never take for granted.
When not on air, how do you spend your time?
I’m also a voice artist, so I spend quite a bit of time in studio doing voice overs for TV shows and radio ads. I also enjoy cooking and exercising and spending time with friends and family which is a big priority for me.
What do you love most about Summer in Cape Town?
Watching the sun rise from the top of Signal Hill and watching the sun set from Clifton 4th Beach.
How do you stay in such great shape?
It’s important for me to keep my mind, body and soul healthy, so you’ll find me either doing a yoga class or a high intensity workout at F45 Camps Bay or experimenting with healthy recipes in the kitchen.
What cause is closest to your heart?
Some blood diseases like leukaemia, bone marrow failure or sickle-cell anaemia need to be treated with a bone marrow transplant. Sadly, the odds of finding a donor is 1 in 100 000. I work with the amazing team at The Sunflower Fund to raise awareness about the importance of becoming a blood stem cell donor and giving the gift of hope. Registering as a donor is one of the most important things I’ve ever done.
What has been your proudest career achievement?
Co-hosting Smile Breakfast on Smile 90.4FM. The last four years have been an absolute dream come true and I’m so grateful to wake up every day and do a job I love.
What advice do you have for aspiring female entrepreneurs?
Be patient while working on your skill set. Don’t belittle your small achievements. Be your biggest brand ambassador and remember that everything happens at the time it’s meant to.
Would you consider a career in TV?