Barry Ronge

Radio Personality and MC - Johannesburg
Barry Ronge


I was born in Hillbrow and raised on the West Rand. I studied to be a teacher and after 13 years of exploring Jane Austen, Shakespeare and WB Yeats with students who would far rather have been exploring new release racks at record shops and each other, I switched career to become a journalist.

My first posting was with The Star, but I moved around before finding my current home at the Sunday Times almost two decades ago. My first radio gigs were on Capital Radio and 5FM before I came home to 702. I prefer movies to books and I prefer books to people but I prefer cats to all of the above. I still live on the West Rand with many dogs, cats, birds, chameleons and DVDs in a house with a wild garden in which my privacy is the one thing I will defend with a fight.

Barry Ronge is a South African journalist, columnist, writer, broadcaster, movie reviewer and raconteur. He is arguably the country's best-known movie critic as well as one of its most widely-read (and discussed) columnists.

Barry Ronge


Ronge was born in Hillbrow, Johannesburg, and grew up on the West Rand where he attended Florida Park High School. He completed his studies at the University of the Witwatersrand, after which he began a teaching career at St. John's College, followed by a ten year stint as a lecturer in literature at the University of the Witwatersrand.

He later moved on to become a print and electronic journalist, specializing in the arts.

Ronge is probably best known for his Spit and Polish column in the Sunday Times (which has been running for more than fifteen years), his movie reviews for the same newspaper, and his Sunday evening show on Radio 702.

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