On Air Personality

Nick Hamman

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Radio & TV host | Creative Strategist | Lecturer


Radio & TV host | Creative Strategist | Lecturer



Host: 5 Drive, Mondays to Fridays, 3 to 6 p.m.

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Instagram: @nickhammangram

Twitter: @nick_hamman


Nick Hamman joined 5FM in May 2014.

He began his career in broadcasting at MFM in Stellenbosch while studying Politics and Philosophy. After winning Best Afternoon Campus Drive Show he moved to Good Hope FM in 2013 and eventually 5FM a year later.

Nick has become synonymous with innovative radio having pioneered a 330km on air walk from Joburg to Polokwane, 5 Heritage Tours as well as a radio tour around Southern Africa. At the end of 2022, Hamman is set to take his radio audience to Antarctica. Nick is passionately South African and interested in people, cultures and ideas.


If you had to sum up yourself in 10 seconds, what would you say?

I am fascinated by life and consider myself exceptionally lucky to be able to experience the world. I take as many opportunities to experience as much of it as possible.

Where were you born and raised?

Cape Town.

In which towns have you lived and where are you living currently?

Cape Town until I was 18, Stellenbosch until 23, Joburg since then.

Which languages can you speak?

English Fluently, I can get by in Afrikaans but will likely never host a show on RSG.

What are your favourite towns or cities visited in SA and abroad?

Travel is a massive passion. Favorite places in SA: Giyani, Durban, Cape Town. Outside of South Africa: eSwatini, Lesotho and Botswana. I believe the best travel is that which I have not yet experienced.

What are your hobbies?

Playing and watching music, having conversation over beer and spending time outdoors.

What is the craziest thing you’ve done?

Walked 330km between Johannesburg and Polokwane.

Which pets do you have, if any?

Willow and Bailey – 1-year-old rescue dogs.

What’ll Google say you search for most often?

Interesting things to do in (whatever place I’m in).

5 famous people, living or not, that you would have a kuier with?

Paul McCartney, a listener of 5 Drive, my dog (using an app to talk), Christopher Hitchens and Howard Stern.

Favourite movies and / or series of all time?

School of Rock and The Office (US).

Describe your home’s interior style?

Mid-century interior with pressed ceilings, fireplaces, wooden floors and plenty of plants and sunshine.

What is your ideal holiday, described in one line?

In a place I’ve never been with people I’ve never met.

Which things would you most want to learn to do?

I always try to be more patient with people.

If you could have one superpower, what would it be?

Teleportation – to see as much of the world as possible.

Which sports, if any, do you watch?

Rugby - purely for the gees and an excuse to braai.

Which causes are you really passionate about?

Helping children, fighting poverty and education.

What are the top things on your bucket list?

Build a family. Leave the radio industry better than I found it. Write a novel. Travel as much as possible. Retire comfortably.

Which things in the world (and people) do you dislike?

People who live without passion, racists and people who harm children and animals.

Which things make the world (and people) awesome?

People who are interested in the world. Motivated, passionate and driven people who crave experiences that push their boundaries and take them out of their comfort zone.

What’s your favourite thing about your 5FM gig?

The opportunity to entertain the country. South Africa is one of the most interesting places on the planet and the chance to have a national voice is exhilarating

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