Started his Radio career in 1989 in the then Republic of Bophuthatswana with the now defunct Radio Bop. After spending three years in the North West and having ventured into Television as well; he was recruited by Koos Radebe – Radio Metro station manager – to the national Radio station. Bob’s stint at Radio Metro brought with it more National exposure in the form of a variety of TV shows, including “Pick a Tune” and “Studio Mix”, to mention a few. While at Radio METRO, Bob raced professionally in the Group N series for Nisan South Africa.
In 1996, Mabena moved to Highveld 94.7 as a mid-morning presenter and soon thereafter, he went into management. His first experience with Kaya FM came in 1999, when he joined to be the breakfast show host and Programme Manager and later Station Manager. Mabena left On Air presenting, when he went back to Primedia for a Business Development Manager post at Group level for two and half years and this move would prove to be his foray into the corporate world.
Bob’s next move into the Executive world was with the SABC as Executive Manager of Commercial Radio stations; METRO FM, 5FM and GoodHope FM for two years. Soon after that, he was recruited by MRC Radio as Director in charge of Gagasi FM and Heart FM. The live Radio bug bit again and Mabena rejoined Kaya FM as Breakfast Host for five years until early 2017. He also established his Radio Consultancy- Endow Media - at the same time. In May 2017, Mabena was recruited by MSG Group to head programming of their radio stations. Added to his new responsibilities is his other role as station manager of Power98.7 and host of the POWER Breakfast Show
ACHIEVEMENTS & AWARDS
Best Radio Presenter ARTES AWARD 1994
Best TV Presenter ARTES 1995
SAMA Awards Hip Hop 1997
Best Breakfast Show MTN 2013
Hall of FAME induction MTN 2012