She’s one third of East Coast Radio’s breakfast show with Darren Maule and Sky Tshabalala and has proudly added a feminine touch to the morning airwaves along with ‘a hippy vibe, incense, boobs, smiles and some decent entertainment’.
After graduating from UKZN four years ago with an honours degree in isiZulu, Keri spent some time teaching Zulu as a second language while starting her radio career at Mr Price’s Red Cap Radio before moving to Cape Town’s KFM and Heart FM drive radio show. Keri found her way back home when a gig on East Coast Breakfast opened for her a last year.
“The boys needed someone to make a sandwich and add a feminine touch to the airways and I was keen!” says Keri.
Crediting her love of radio to her dad, Tony Miller who spent a great deal of time MCing events while Keri was growing up and taught her all the right mic technique tips and tricks
“Honestly radio was in my blood. I just knew from when I was a little girl that I was going to be on the ‘wireless’. I did my standard nine work experience at ECR in Overport and I was hooked!”
Thrown into the mix with ‘brothers’ Darren and Sky, Keri and her colleagues have developed a relationship which she can only describe as that of siblings.
“I am one of the boys now! They really have my back. We love each other, and we have had fights. When you work so closely with someone you really know how to push their buttons, but you also get to really, really know someone. Sky and Darren are so so different, but they really love each other and it’s beautiful to watch this unlikely friendship…. No, brotherhood. I really love them. Oh and no, Sky and I are not dating. People ask that a lot. They never ask if Darren and I are dating!” laughs Keri.
With a daily alarm at 4.30am every morning, Keri says the early mornings were a big adjustment.
“It took me about five months to get used to waking up so early. There are some days where I am suuuuuuper grumpy, but there is also something incredible about the early morning. The roads are so quiet and we have the whole office to ourselves. Plus, I get to go home by 11am. Also, the listeners in the morning are the best.”
When asked what she enjoys most about the breakfast show with Darren Maule and the team, Keri says she has an absolute blast.
“I think my favourite part is when we record parodies and the fun stuff. Also, we do a feature called ‘Heart Stuff’ that really just shows how big the heart of KZN is. To see how people’s lives can change for the better because of the love of their community just makes me believe in humanity again. This province is very special.”
With no two days being the same, Keri loves that something special happens on the radio every day, from being there for families who have been helped in times of need, to big cash winners and amazing interviews, Keri cannot choose her favourite moment on the airwaves.
When Keri isn’t on air you will find her teaching hot yoga at one of two yoga studio’s in Umhlanga, at her sister’s house playing with her two nephews or at home on Instagram with a glass of wine in hand…
GET TO KNOW KERI:
I have a ridiculous gluten and dairy intolerance making me a nightmare dinner guest.
I feel like I am a surfer at heart, but I have never ever tried surfing. And I need to. PLEASE HELP ME!
I can do a GREAT American and Australian accent.
I used to teach gumboot dancing (after studying African dance and music at UKZN).
My boyfriend, Tom, is seven years younger than me. Ooooooh!
I AM NOT VEGAN. I am flexitarian. If I eat meat I choose carefully, never pork though (I had a pet pig Buddy who is no longer with us. RIP Buddy).
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Text: Monique De Villiers-Delport | Photograph: Taryn van Rensburg | Hair and makeup: Juliet Martin of Makeup Eye | Stylist: Ty Gormley of I’m Styling | Shoot Location: The Village Table
Get It Magazine (Ballito/Umhlanga) – July 2018