MixFM’s new look Afternoon Drive show took to the airwaves on 1 June with Steve Bishop and Elise Fish. The seasoned radio duo, known as Bish and Fish, are the only real-life couple on air in South Africa.
As a duo Bish and Fish bring a fresh new outlook to radio, sharing their life experiences with listeners who warmed to them over the past six months where they headed up the afternoon drive show on HOT919.
When asked why they moved stations Bish and Fish expressed their desire to work more closely with the community and felt that MixFM would be a better fit for their style of broadcasting and their interest in community.
Steve, affectionately known as Bish, was born in the UK where he became an International Club DJ, working major venues in Europe and the United States. His first taste of radio came on San Francisco’s KFRC, where he freelanced for its dance shows. When he immigrated to South Africa, Steve joined Capital Radio (1986) and worked his way through the ranks, hosting both the breakfast and drive shows and Top 40 Countdowns (and everything in between).
He held the post of Programme Manager when Capital Radio was closed down by the Government in 1996. He was headhunted to host the Breakfast show on AlgoaFM in Port Elizabeth (where he met Elise Fish… who became his co-host) before relocating to Johannesburg in 2000. Steve has since worked as a freelancer on Radio 2000 and 702 and launched SA Stream, the first web-streaming radio station to expat South Africans abroad. He is a well-known voice artist, featuring prominently on Supersport (as the voice of British Football) and radio and TV commercials, combining his love of motorsport and broadcasting.
Steve is a known commentator for the SA National Super Series, having travelled around South Africa commentating on national and international events, including SBK World Superbikes. He co-presents the motorcycle show, Two Wheels, alongside Dave Petersen on a Tuesday night. He still DJs along with his Retro Group DSP, hosting over 30s parties that cover music from the 80s to now.
Elise Fish is no stranger to media. Following her years studying drama through the Trinity College (London) and Rhodes University, she studied Public Relations and Human Resources. She joined BOP TV as a News Anchor in the early 80s, has conceptualised and hosted TV and radio shows and her public relations and marketing company operated in Bophuthatswana and Port Elizabeth.
Elise started her radio career at AlgoaFM, gaining a decade of experience co-hosting and producing breakfast and afternoon drive shows. She also has years of experience in a news department, editing and presenting. She hosted the Saturday Morning Sport Show, working alongside people like Kepler Wessels, and a Sunday afternoon show. She was also the Marketing Manager of the station.
Her philanthropic nature saw her spending seven days (24-hours a day) locked in a tower, from where she broadcast for 12 hours from the breakfast to the afternoon drive, driving a fundraising initiative and raising millions for various charities. Elise did this for five years and says these projects were extremely important to her.
“The Media Connection looks forward to hearing Bish and Fish on MixFM, one of the community radio stations that we represent,” says Judy Milne, CEO of The Media Connection.
“MixFM already offers its listeners and advertisers a host of talented DJs and music specialists, playing great music and providing a variety of informative shows to inspire, educate and inform its community. The addition of Bish and Fish is the cherry on the top,” she adds.