The much anticipated day came and left a bevy of very excited and equally deserving award winners. The MTN Radio Awards 2012 were hosted on 14 April, 2012, at the Sandton Convention Centre. Radiobiz applauds the recognition of excellence in the radio industry. Here are the category winners.
Winner: John Robbie Show Talk Radio 702
This show is constantly relevant and maintains an excellent balance between controversy and entertainment.
Winner: Vuka Mzansi — UKHOZI FM
This show stood head and shoulders above competitors in its category in terms of its ability to engage with- and inform- listeners.
Winner: Blewitt for Breakfast — Mix93.8FM
This show is amusing, light-hearted, entertaining and professionally presented.
Winner: The FirstBeat — Tshwane FM
This is a new show presented by fresh talent. The judges felt that it has the potential to rival some of its commercial counterparts.
Winner: Ryan O’Connor — 94.5 Kfm
Ryan presents the breakfast show with flair, stamping his own brand of fun and his unique warm personality on the show.
Winner: Linda Sibiya — Ukhozi FM
Linda makes a difference in people’s lives though his witty, fun and enthusiastic presentation style.
Winner: Tony Blewitt — Mix 93.8FM
Tony brings fun, entertainment and easy listening to the morning commute.
Winner: Rob Forbes — TUKS FM
Rob’s style, energy, approachability and talent have seen him gain the attention and interest of commercial stations and he has now moved
on to a full-time slot on 5FM.
BUSINESS AND FINANCE PRESENTER
Winner: Bruce Whitfield — 567 Cape Talk and Talk Radio 702
Bruce has made this category his own over the past few years. His insightful interviews and his breadth of coverage of his subjects make him a
clear and worthy winner.
BUSINESS AND FINANCE SHOW
Winner — The Money Show – 567 Cape Talk and Talk Radio 702
This show has become the benchmark against which other Business and Finance Shows are measured.
Winner — Thabo Mdluli — Impact Radio 103FM
Thabo is still a relatively new and young presenter and yet he has his finger on the pulse of his community and speaks to their hearts.
Winner — Toy Story — East Coast Radio
This was a heart-warming project that brought joy to the lives of thousands of children. Judges commented that this was one that really touched them and had them reaching for their Kleenex.
Winner — Children of Heaven — Radio Islam
This was a campaign that told personal stories of special needs children in its broadcast community, highlighting their plight and raising awareness across the entire audience spectrum.
Winner — Gary Oberholzer and JD Mostert (Joint Winners)
After intense debate, the judges were unable to come up with a single winner and for the first time in the MTN Radio Awards history, gave a joint accolade to individuals. Gary Oberholzer of Talk Radio 702 for the exceptional dexterity he demonstrates in sourcing relevant guests and making sure the show is topical and always interesting. JD Mostert of Algoa FM for his ability to manage and smoothly produce a broad range of content and consistently adding value to the
Winner — Saskia Falken — Heart 104.9FM
Fun, friendly and fast paced presentation, Saskia has a very engaging manner and is easy to listen to.
Winner — Dudu Khoza — Ukhozi FM
Dudu is entertaining and engaging, but most of all she is relevant and important to her listeners.
Winner — Helen Desbois — East Rand Stereo
Helen has an inviting, friendly and entertaining presentation style.
Winner — Alex Caige — TUKS FM
Alex injects fun into his show and his enthusiasm and dedication to his show make him a worthy winner in this category.
Winner — Grant and Anele — 5FM
This show has fun, pace, wit, entertainment and above all, an X-factor that is one of the special properties of radio.
Winner — Afternoon Talk – SAfm
This show does not shy away from controversial issues and encourages listener participation and involvement.
Winner — Butterfly Corner — Radio Islam
Aimed at a young audience, this show is different in the way it engages with children.
Winner — Radio Vuka – SAfm
A daily drama programme that seeks to highlight national imperatives in an entertaining manner.
Winner: Discrimination — Radio Khwezi
A compelling insight into an important recurring issue that affects all South Africans.
Winner — Marian Nyako Lartey – OFM
Marian has an excellent approach to informing – whilst interacting with and entertaining – the listeners.
Winner — Cavall Burgess
Clear, entertaining and interesting presentation.
Winner — Take 40 SA — 94.5 Kfm and 94.7 Highveld Stereo
The Take 40 programme is professionally produced and presented. It is an excellent example of production preparation that culminates in an excellent show.
Winner — The Bollywood Billboard — Lotus FM
Presented with enthusiasm and flair, this show is a star in the Lotus FM constellation.
Winner — Jubel en Juig — Radio Pulpit
True to its community roots, this show is honest and entertaining.
Winner — Totally SA Show — TUKS FM
Campus radio has always played an important role in introducing listeners to new music and this show is even more important in that it focusses on SA Music.
NEWS AND ACTUALITY PRESENTER
Winner — David O’ Sullivan — Talk Radio 702
David O’Sullivan handles the issues of the day in a professional and engaging manner. He is always on top of the news issues and ensures that he gets relevant and insightful answers from his interviewees.
Winner — Nothile Zwane — Radio Khwezi
Nothile presented political issues with balance, fairness and integrity in the run-up to the local government elections
NEWS AND ACTUALITY PRODUCER
Winner — Glynis Crook — The Midday Report — 567 Cape Talk and Talk Radio 702
As the producer of The Midday Report, Glynis has an enviable contact book and is constantly able to source new voices for a variety of issues.
Winner — Veronica Fourie AM Live SAfm
Veronica is a producer who researches her subjects thoroughly and produces thought-provoking radio.
Winner — Ejaz Khan — Radio Islam
Ejaz is able to source content that is meaningful and of relevance to his audience.
NEWS AND ACTUALITY SHOW
Winner — The Midday Report — 567 Cape Talk and Talk Radio 702
This is a show that consistently analyses and interprets the news of the day with professionalism, speed and authority.
Winner — 50 Jarige Herdenking van Umkonto we Sizwe – RSG
This special broadcast on the history of MK was dramatic, fascinating and professionally presented.
Winner – The Big Picture Programme — Radio Islam
A compelling radio programme that reports on the big issues of the day in a professional manner.
AFTERNOON DRIVE PRESENTER
Winner — Martin Bester — Jacaranda 94.2
Martin reduces the stress of the drive home with his mixture of warmth, with and his overall professional presentation.
Winner — Ba2cada Leine — Lesedi FM
The pace and entertainment of this presentation and the way in which there are no sacred cows makes this an entertaining and
relevant show for the younger target audience.
Winner — Yusuf Moosagie — Radio Islam
Yusuf presents a variety of content and issues, keeping his audience company and ensuring that they are informed of the events of the day whilst commuting.
AFTERNOON DRIVE SHOW
Winner — The Fresh Drive – 5FM
This show is fun, entertaining and exciting and will most certainly reduce the stress of commuting.
Winner — Sekunjalo the Exclusive Drive — Ukhozi FM
This show brings together many elements of social media, news and entertainment and has a huge degree of audience involvement making it an essential daily listening experience.
Winner — The Drive Show — Bay FM
This show is highly informative to its community.
NEWS BULLETIN READER
Winner — Tessa van Staden — 567 Cape Talk
Tessa’s presentation is clear, competent and delivered with authority.
Winner — Karlien Kruger — Bok Radio
This entry won on the style, clarity and tone of the presentation
Winner — Anton Meijer — TUKS FM
Anton presents the news in a professional manner and that his clarity and delivery make him a worthy winner.
NIGHT TIME PRESENTER
Winner — Thabiso Sikwane — Kaya FM
Thabiso is professional, empathic, and welcoming and she selects topics and guests that add value to the listeners’ experience.
Winner — Ashraf Garda SAfm
Ashraf is a consummate radio professional who undertakes thorough research into his topics and provokes excellent debate amongst his listeners.
Winner — Sakha Isizwe — Radio Khwezi
This informative, entertaining and though-provoking presentation won the favour of the judges
NIGHT TIME SHOW
Winner — That Show with Rian — Jacaranda 94.2
Controversial and sometimes confrontational style makes this a clear winner.
Winner — The Weekend Fix — Lotus FM
Innovative, cutting-edge show that has increased listenership by 900% due to its entertaining music and presentation.
Winner — Sakhisizwe — Radio Khwezi
Innovative and thought-provoking radio.
Winner — Sung Intros — 94.5Kfm
The scripting, the humour and the relevance of this entry found favour with the judges.
Winner — African Renaissance – SAfm
This was part of a broader series which sought to promote and increase awareness of African issues and to promote the concept of a unified Africa.
Winner — Jingles etc — Radio Islam
This entry won favour with the judges due to the attention-to-detail and the relevance to the station’s programming and audience.
Winner — Double up — Jacaranda 94.2
This promotion increased audience retention and participation and achieved exceptional results in terms of increasing time spent listening and RAMS numbers.
Winner — Wafa Wafa — Ukhozi FM
This high energy promotion uses music and sports to keep listeners locked onto the station. It includes a high level of audience involvement and participation.
Winner — Go Green — East Rand Stereo
This promotion exceeded the station’s expectations by creating maximum visible promotion for the Station in its’ broadcast area and encouraging community participation.
Winner — 93.36 hour Marathon — PUKfm 93.6
This promotion and marathon broadcast on the station captured substantial attention amongst the target listeners and the broader connected community. It established the frequency of the station through the targeted time of the marathon.
Winner Jo Hudla — Ukhozi FM
Jo makes his commentary exciting and the game that he is calling comes alive in the eyes of his listeners.
Winner — Sias du Plessis — 5FM
This is a competitive category and Sias does excellent preparation and presents with knowledge, authority and enthusiasm.
Winner — Feroz Shaik — Lotus FM
Feroz is knowledgeable and enthusiastic and this transmits through his reports
Winner — Josie Raath — Radio Pulpit
Josie had a great ability to communicate his passion and knowledge to his listener.
Winner — Andrew Hope — UJFM 95.4
Andrew manages to get excellent content and shares this in an engaging and professional manner.
Winner — The Discovery Sports Centre — Metro FM
Metro FM through Robert Marawa have made this their own award over the past three years. Robert is a sports fanatic and the show is a fine example of his passion and enthusiasm.
Winner — The Sports Show — Phalaphala FM
This award winning presenter makes the show interesting and compelling.
Winner — Sportsfire — Radio Today 1485AM
Clear consistent presentation by a real sports enthusiast make this an excellent show.
Winner — The Sports Network — UJFM 95.4
As a comprehensive production from a small campus station, this show punches above its weight.
Winner — Kgomotso Meso — Kaya FM
Concise and straightforward traffic reports which take listener input into account. This is traffic reporting as it should be.
WEEKEND RADIO SHOW
Winner — The Epic Rhythm — Kaya FM
This show is entertaining, informative and relevant. Listeners are left wanting more.
Winner — The Bollywood Billboard — Lotus FM
A delightfully presented look at the highlights of Bollywood. Interesting and entertaining radio.
Winner — Screaming Reels — Radio Islam
This fishing programme appeals to the pastime of a large selection of the audience and is captivating. One could say that an enthusiast could get hooked on this programme.
PROGRAMME INNOVATION AWARD
Winner — Sedibeng — Thobela FM
This is an empowering, informative and interesting show that covers a variety of topics without skirting controversial issues.
PROGRAMME CONCEPT AWARD
Winner — Phat Joe Morning Show — Heart 104.9FM
DOCUMENTARY – LONG
Winner — Gangsterism — The Voice of the Cape
A brave and dramatic insight into gangs in the Western Cape.
DOCUMENTARY – SHORT
Winner — Metered Taxis — 567 Cape Talk
Whistle blowing on the metered taxi industry in the City of Cape Town.
Winner — Most Number of Votes — Ukhozi FM
Winner — Most Loyal Listeners — Radio Islam
STATION OF THE YEAR
Winner — 5 FM
Winner — Ukhozi FM
Winner — Radio Tygerberg
Winner — TUKS FM
Visit www.mtnradioawards.co.za for more information.
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