Only hours before his contract was set to expire on Friday, Jacaranda FM announced that Rian had decided to remain at the station for another three months to allow him enough time to say goodbye to his loyal listeners.
“He (Rian) was due to leave the station at the end of the month but, in a dramatic turn of events, has been persuaded to stay on as host of The Complimentary Breakfast,” Jacaranda FM said in a statement.
The radio host first shocked fans in July last year when he announced that he planned to leave the station in a few months’ time.
Jacaranda FM revealed that they had received numerous calls from listeners asking for Rian to stay and, after considering their request, the DJ had now decided to backtrack on his earlier decision.
Rian told TshisaLIVE that he felt his decision was the right one, as he still had a few more things he hoped to achieve with the station.
“Radio is still a huge passion of mine, and a lot of work still needs to be done. I need to achieve a few more of my bucket list items, I believe that there’s still such a huge need for social upliftment activities. Naturally, also to bring you loads more fun. And… I offer apologies in advance for ticking off those in power!” Rian said.
Rian, who has been a host on the breakfast show for over five years, would not reveal what he planned to do once he finally decides to hang up his mic in July.
The station was also shy to reveal Rian’s plans for the future, but said that they were delighted with his decision to stay.
“Rian is a class act broadcaster and we at Jacaranda FM are really happy that he has decided to stay. His brand of controversial, funny and emotive content, mixed with more of the music you love, is what makes him the most popular morning show host in Gauteng,” Jacaranda FM programme manager Gavin Meiring said.
Rian joined Jacaranda in January 2012 as part of a new breakfast team line-up at the station.