22.9 C
Cape Town
Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Memphis Diaries – Day 1

Published on



We’ve teamed up with our friends at Delta Airlines who have flown the Ryan O’Connor Breakfast Show team all the way to Memphis, Tennessee. With a direct flight to Atlanta followed by quick connecting flight, and we’re in the land of the delta blues.


View this post on Instagram


A post shared by Smile 90.4 FM (@smile904fm)

The Central Station Memphis

We’re staying at a hotel steeped in history with the charm of the rich music culture of Memphis. The Central Station building has stood on South Main Street in downtown Memphis for more than 100 years. Originally built for rail arrivals and departures, the South Main railway line still serves the city behind the hotel. All the rooms, the bar, and lobby are kitted out with speakers and music memorabilia with a daily playlist that gives you an authentic Memphis music experience.

Credit: The Central Station Memphis website

Southern Hospitality and Soul Food

Memphis serves as a great example for good ol’ Southern hospitality and the food is really good for the soul. Everyone has made us feel welcome and our friends at Memphis Tourism made sure we’ll experience everything there is to see in this beautiful city. Food culture is a massive attraction this side of the world and we’re on the hunt for the best BBQ in the south. But you can’t start a hunt for the best BBQ without a breakfast of champions. We visited the oldest cafe in Memphis – The Arcade Restaurant.

Teaching some Memphians about South Africa

As we take in the sights and sounds of Memphis, we also took the opportunity to test locals on what they might know about South Africa. Let’s just say that they might not have been informed about certain South African words, we were very entertained.

Phil de Lange
Phil de Lange
Phil de Lange is the producer of the Ryan O'Connor Breakfast show and has been with Smile 90.4FM since it's inception in 2013. Through his work on the breakfast show he has won two national radio awards. He has been in broadcasting for 15 years and has honed his talent at 6 different radio stations. Outside of radio he is also a podcast producer and award winning stand-up comedian.

Latest articles

“I’m proud of my mommy”: Our young listeners pulled on our heartstrings today

The Ryan O'Connor Breakfast show is Cape Town's favourite destination for families travelling to school in the mornings. We love all our youngsters and...

Tramway FC under 14 champs hoping to get to the Gothia Cup

Tramway FC is a dynamic community-based soccer club situated in Southfield, competing in the CTTFA district. Coach Harold "Potz" Johnson started a girls soccer...

Ard Matthews – singing to save our oceans

Renowned South African singer and songwriter Ard Matthews popped in to talk about his upcoming performance at Cape Open Air in Muizenberg and his...