Meet Sasha Martinengo
Sasha Martinengo is a 28-year Radio and Television veteran of South African broadcasting.
A radio and club DJ; television sports presenter; MC; vlogger and very definitely a family man, Sasha can be considered the Everyman of today.
Ever since he can remember social activities and conversations were about racing, which became an intricate part of his life. And his destiny!
Born and bred in Johannesburg, he matriculated at Hyde Park High, and studied for an IMM diploma at Technikon Witwatersrand in between running his own business, a mobile disco. His official introduction to the music and broadcast industry was when he joined Virgin Records as a product manager and PR – a move that would soon open the doors for him to achieve his greatest goals and follow his childhood dreams.
Armed with experience and a head for business, in 1994 Sasha was offered a position as a DJ on 5FM. He started off on the 1-4 am slot, climbing his way up to where he is today. In November 2011, Sasha celebrated 5000 shows on 5FM, a feat not achieved by any other DJ.
His soaring radio career has helped position him as the ‘Formula One’ guy and exposed him to a national and international racing audience. His breakthrough moment was when he hosted the first-ever Formula One Radio show in South Africa on 5FM – with a dream team of guests such as Nigel Mansell, Eddie Jordan, Jarno Trulli, Jean Alesi, Giancarlo Fisichella and more.
With a profound knowledge and understanding for Motorsport and in particular Formula One, Sasha joined the Supersport team as their presenter of the Formula One racing series for a period of 17 years, also leading him to present and commentate on the GTC Circuit racing series.
He has had the luck and great opportunity to meet and work with some of the world’s top racing champions.
Sasha was also chosen to host MPH which became Top Gear Live and Top Gear Festival with Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May. The shows were presented in South Africa over a period of 7 years and Sasha was part of every show. Sasha was also the first person to do a bungee jump out of a car in South Africa during one of the series.
Over the years, Sasha has DJ’d at clubs and exclusive events across South Africa and in the UK. He is the proud recipient of a SAMA (South African Music Awards) ; he has been voted People Magazines Radio Personality of the year and was the first DJ in South Africa to have an official website and email address.
Besides DJ’ing and being a brilliant MC, Sasha loves being a guest speaker and motivating people through his talk on Attitude.