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Line-up changes at Power FM

Posted by radio On February - 24 - 2017

As it enters its fourth year of broadcast, Gauteng-based commercial talk radio station, POWER 98.7 will refresh its on-air line up effective 1 March 2017.


TT takes over from Lawrence

Thabiso “TT” Tema who has been the host of POWER Drive since its inception will move into POWER Breakfast on weekdays from 06h00 to 09h00. Thabo Mdluli, who joined the station as a music presenter and later moved to the midnight talk show POWER Zone, will take over POWER Drive, weekdays 15h00 to 17h00. Lawrence Tlhabane, who presented the breakfast show will move into a stand-in role.


The station officially welcomes Joanne Joseph who will take on the daily Current Affairs show, POWER Update, weekdays between midday and 13h00. Joseph is not new to the station, having stood in for Jeremy Maggs in the past.



POWER 98.7 has been known for unearthing talent in the radio broadcast medium. This time around, Power 98.7 is proud to introduce Ayabonga Cawe, an economist and renowned commentator on socio-economic developments in South Africa. He joins the station as the new host of POWER Hour, which will now air from 17h00 to 18h00 Monday to Thursday. The station also announced the time channel swap between POWER Hour and POWER Business. Andile Khumalo remains on POWER Business, which will now air from 18h00 to 19h00 every Monday to Thursday.


Another new development is the introduction of well-known sport journalist and commentator, Kwena Moabelo who will present POWER Zone, previously hosted by Thabo Mdluli from midnight to 03h00.


Enearthing new talent

As part of its line up refreshment, the station is introducing four-hour time slots for its weekend programming. POWER listeners will now wake up to AK Tshabalala who takes on the 06h00 to 10h00 slot on Saturdays and Sundays. The weekend line-up also comes with a host of new and young talent mostly from community radio stations, including AB Da Costa on Fridays and Saturdays from 22h00 to 02h00; Becky Motumo and Mputla Mpya from 02h00 to 06h00 on Saturday and Sunday mornings respectively.



POWER 98.7 Head of Programing, Ferdinand Mabalane says, “The changes are a reflection of the evolving needs of the station’s growing audience. We welcome the new voices to the station and thank all talent who have contributed to our growth”. Mabalane takes particular pride in the station’s track record of providing a platform to talent who had no previous talk radio experience prior to joining POWER98.7 and have now grown into household talk radio names. These include Iman Rappetti, Aphelele Somi, Andile Khumalo, JJ Tabane, Masechaba Ndlovu and Thabo Mdluli, to mention a few.


The rest of the line-up remains the same and is tabled below:

Day Show Slot Presenter
Monday to Friday POWER Breakfast 06h00 – 09h00 Thabiso TT Tema
  POWER Talk 09h00 – 12h00 Iman Rappetti
POWER Update 12h00 – 13h00 Joanne Joseph
POWER Lunch 13h00 – 15h00 Aphelele Somi
POWER Drive 15h00 – 17h00 Thabo Mdluli
Monday to Thursday POWER Hour 17h00 – 18h00 Ayabonga Cawe
POWER Business 18h00 – 19h00 Andile Khumalo
POWER Life 19h00 – 21h00 Masechaba Ndlovu
Sunday to Thursday POWER Perspective 21h00 – 00h00 JJ Tabane
Monday to Friday POWER Zone 00h00 – 03h00 Kwena Moabelo
POWER Up 03h00 – 06h00 Sebenzile Nkambule
Fridays POWER SportExtra 17h00 – 18h00 Thabiso Mosia
Friday POWER Weekend 18h00 – 22h00 Pete Radali
Friday into Saturday POWER Lounge 22h00 – 02h00 AB Da Costa
Saturday POWER Grooves 02h00 – 06h00 Becky Motumo
POWER Weekend Breakfast 06h00 – 10h00 AK Tshabalala
POWER Experience 10h00 – 14h00 Mesia Gumede
POWER Fix 14h00 – 18h00 Pabi Moloi
POWER Weekend 18h00 – 22h00 Mputla Mpya
Saturday into Sunday POWER Lounge 22h00 – 02h00 AB Da Costa
Sunday POWER Grooves 02h00 – 06h00 Mpumi Mlambo
POWER Weekend Breakfast 06h00 – 10h00 AK Tshabalala
POWER Experience 10h00 – 14h00 Mesia Gumede
POWER Fix 14h00 – 18h00 Pabi Moloi
Soul POWER 18h00 – 21h00 Ursula Chikane


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