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East Coast Radio DJ Profile 
The Breakfast Stack presenter Darren Maule 
DARREN Maule is an accomplished actor, stand-up comedian, MC and more recently a radio personality, having become The Breakfast Stack presenter for East Coast Radio’s week day morning slot.

Moving to the East Coast fulfils a life-long dream to live by the sea and there are moments when, glancing out his Ballito apartment window, his breath is stolen by the sheer beauty of the view.

Yet, his move into radio was both serendipitous and out-of-the-blue. Darren’s versatility means he has played serious television and film roles, chaired game shows, performed in national and international advertising campaigns and made people laugh until their sides ached, but radio was an unchartered territory that had been swirling around in his mind for a few weeks.

When East Coast Radio programming manager Naveen Singh phoned him to DJ, he accepted believing incorrectly he would begin with midnight shows that slotted perfectly into his entertainment-based life. However, in securing the station’s flagship slot, Darren gives credit to ECR for “seeing something in me I had not recognised”.

“That call came at a time when I was open to change, philosophical or life-changing, and every morning is an opportunity to capitalise on that change. Radio provides a refreshing performance energy vastly different from my other experiences,” says Darren.

Darren’s day starts long before the 6am Breakfast Stack and often ends 15 hours later given his myriad of commitments.

Whenever he has any functions closer to the city centre – and if he wants to stay on the right side of the law - the Suncoast Hotel and Towers has become his hotel of choice, because he recognises that one beer and one tequila puts him over the legal driving blood-alcohol limit.

“I can phone the hotel at any time for assistance with a room, but more importantly, they value me as a customer by knowing my history and have a takeaway breakfast prepared by 4:30am. That is invaluable,” he says.

Three months since launching on radio, Darren believes he “is eventually getting it”. It is a medium in which you need to believe in the craft and your ability, but you soon learn to take all criticism professionally, not personally. In stand-up comedy, he always has control as he has the microphone, but in radio the feedback is personal as the audience is emotionally invested into the medium.

“Every show has lovers who endorse your views or discussions; haters who criticise personally and about 12% of contributors who can move along the discussion. Radio is an interaction with the community and they take it personally,” he says.

Consequently, Darren believes there will always be a place for radio regardless of the world’s progress. Radio is “the theatre of the mind and there is nothing that can compare with the mind”. It is also constantly relevant, immediate and when used correctly, the other voice in society.

When Darren is not entertaining others, his downtime involves watching television or playstation and travelling to Johannesburg to visit MacKenzie-Bella, his daughter whose age he can state in years, months, weeks and days (3, 2, 1 and 6 at the time of the interview).

He is also fiercely competitive - his next challenge to Damon Beard is go-karting  after he had accepted a gym challenge from his fellow DJ, only to discover Damon had more than 20 years experience behind him when they began.

“If I were an animal, it would be a polar bear, because if he decides your number is up, you cannot escape. The juxtaposition of its understated power is to be revered,” Darren concludes.
About Suncoast Casino & Entertainment World, Durban

Influenced by the Art Deco style of Miami South Beach, Suncoast Casino and Entertainment World is Kwa-Zulu Natal’s leading gamer-tainment destination. It boasts unparalleled atmosphere from its location on Durban’s stretch of palm-lined beaches known as the Golden Mile and is within walking distance of the new Moses Mabhida Stadium built for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. 

 SUNCOAST is the largest casino in Durban at over 7000m2, with coinless SMART technology, 1330 slot machines, 50 gaming tables, and an exclusive Salon Prive called 77 Ocean Drive for higher limit slots and tables.

SUNCOAST’s leisure, dining and retail options include 18 restaurants and fast food outlets, over 20 retailers, a grassed SUNDeck and Boardwalk leading onto the Indian Ocean, a kids’ entertainment arcade, the 8-screen Nu Metro cinema complex and the SUNCOAST Zone theatre facility.

The SUNCOAST Durban complex also includes 5-star conference and eventing service plus superior accommodation at the sea-facing Suncoast Hotel & Towers, with its Balinese-style spa and stylish Riviera Restaurant.

Suncoast Casino and Entertainment World, Durban, is owned by Tsogo Sun Gaming. 



East Coast Radio broadcasts live from SUNCOAST on Weekends
+27 31 328 3000