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Posted by radio On April - 18 - 2012 Comments Off on 2012 MTN RADIO AWARDS ANNOUNCES WINNERS


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.



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.



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.




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




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.




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.




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.




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.



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.




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




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.




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.



Winner — Sedibeng — Thobela FM

This is an empowering, informative and interesting show that covers a variety of topics without skirting controversial issues.



Winner — Phat Joe Morning Show — Heart 104.9FM



Winner — Gangsterism — The Voice of the Cape

A brave and dramatic insight into gangs in the Western Cape.



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




Winner — 5 FM



Winner — Ukhozi FM



Winner — Radio Tygerberg



Winner — TUKS FM

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SABC Scoops ‘Em Up!

Posted by radio On April - 18 - 2012 Comments Off on SABC Scoops ‘Em Up!


The South African Broadcasting Corporation’s (SABC) can proudly raise its pennon in celebration as the broadcasters’ radio stations have done extremely well.  The broadcaster managed to rake in over 20 accolades at the MTN Radio Awards, which were held in Sandton on Saturday the 14th of April.

Excellence must be applauded and celebrated. The SABC radio stations proved to be the crème de la crème of an arguably competitive radio industry by emerging as top performers in the previous financial year, which was between April 2011 and March 2012. The top radio stations were namely; Ukhozi FM, 5FM and SAfm as these three stations scooped up various awards. Of the three top contenders, Ukhozi FM proved its tenacity by pocketing 9 well deserved awards including the coveted Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) Station of the Year award.

5FM managed to bag the Commercial Station of the Year award, as well as walking away with 4 awards. Also on par, SAfm claimed five 5 awards and sealed that it is the station of choice when it comes to credible information by winning the News and Information Leader award.

Metro FM, Thobela FM, RSG, and Lesedi FM each walked away with an award, and Phalaphala, Lotus FM, and Chanel Africa each pocketed 2 awards. SABC Acting Head of Radio, Lesley Ntloko is appreciative that there is a platform which acknowledges excellence in broadcasting, because indeed, hard work pays off. He is quoted saying: “these awards are most valued by the SABC, especially the Station of the Year awards, which are voted for by the listeners. It becomes meaningful to note that the SABC still by far, heeds the call to inform, educate and entertain the South African audience. These awards are a testament to the hard work and dedication of all the SABC Radio stations.


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MTN Radio Awards Countdown Begins!

Posted by radio On April - 13 - 2012 2 COMMENTS


There is officially less than a week to go, and the countdown to the long-awaited MTN Radio Awards 2012, which will be hosted on 14 April, 2012, at the Sandton Convention Centre is in full effect.

The station categories have been divided into 4 main categories, namely; Commercial, PBS (Public Broadcasting Station), Community,  and Campus. Radiobiz brings you a synchronized package of the show-business report.



Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and if your first meal does not set your day off to a good start, then you should revise your diet, in this case- what you are listening to. The saying “if a station is not in profit by 9 a.m., then it never will be” makes this particular award one of the most important. The judges will be looking for a show that captures the energy and essence of its target market both geographically and demographically. Morning radio can often sound the same in many markets, so the judges will look for style, content and presentation that is original, creative, exciting and enticing.  Morning radio is often about team-broadcasting, and judges will, therefore, pay special attention to how the team blends together and plays off one another. The best morning radio, while often tightly packed and pre-produced, can be a meaningful vehicle for advertisers.

The contenders for this coveted category go to:

COMMERCIAL -5FM / 94.7 Highveld Stereo / 567 Cape Talk / Good Hope FM / KFM / Kaya FM / Talk Radio 702
PBS – Phalaphala FM / Ukhozi FM / Umhlobo Wenene FM
COMMUNITY – East Rand Stereo / Impact 103FM / Mix 93.8FM / Radio Islam / Tygerberg FM



This category is open to all radio stations that have a bona fide news and actuality programme comprising original news and current affairs of fifteen minutes in duration or more, and broadcast at any time of the day or night.  This excludes hourly news bulletins. The category would also be open to a broader talk show that covers current affairs. The show will be assessed on the way in which stories and issues are handled in terms of presentation, immediacy style and objectivity.
COMMERCIAL – 567 Cape Talk / Kaya FM / OFM / Talk Radio 702 X 2
COMMUNITY – Radio Islam (The Big Picture Programme, Al Masaa Afternoon Drive and Sabaahul Muslim) / Radio Pulpit (Josie Raath) / KQFM (KQ Talk)
PBS – RSG / SAfm (Andries Tatane and United Nations)



This category is open to all shows broadcast on all radio stations across the time channels that typically are not defined as either Breakfast time, or as Afternoon Drive time (e.g. between 09:00 and 16:00) during weekdays and over weekends. The show will be assessed on how well it understands the unique needs of the time channel and programmes accordingly, and judges will be looking for freshness in presentation, and how uniquely each broadcast hour is used.  Consideration will also be given to whether advertisers have got value for money, and whether the show deserves the accolade of being a regular essential appointment with the listener. High production values are a must.

The contenders for this category are:

COMMERCIAL – Alex Jay Show (94.7 Highveld Stereo) / Grant and Anele (5FM) / Lunch with Ayanda (Good Hope FM) / The Jenny Crwys Williams Show (Talk Radio 702) / The Midday Report (567 Cape Talk) / The Redi Thlabi Show (Talk Radio 702)
PBS – Ashraf Garda (SAfm) / Sedibeng (Thobela FM) / The Real Deal (Trufm)
COMMUNITY – Aboo Bakr Dawjee & Sulaimaan Ravat (Radio Islam) / Helen Desbois (East Rand Stereo) / Sameera Buccas (Radio Islam) / Saskia V (Mix 93.8FM)

Although it doesn’t pull the same audience numbers as Breakfast, afternoon drive is critical to the station’s mix on air and plays a significant role to the overall Time Spent Listening (TSL) and cumulative audience figures. The pace of the show is critical with a substantial volume of news and information having to be incorporated into the mix. Getting this show right requires a skilful mix of the ingredients that will keep the listener locked to the station and provide that mix of information, and entertainment that shortens the ride home and reduces the stress of rush-hour traffic.

The contenders for this Category are:

COMMERCIAL – 5FM / 567 Cape Talk / 94.7 Highveld Stereo / Algoa FM / East Coast Radio / Good Hope FM / Jacaranda 94.2 / Kaya FM / Talk Radio 702 /
PBS – Lesedi FM / Phalaphala FM / Ukhozi FM / Umhlobo Wenene
COMMUNITY – Bay FM / Mix 93.8FM / Radio Islam



This category is open to all radio stations across all categories broadcasting from 19:00 to 05:00 in the morning, weekdays and over weekends. Night-time broadcasting typically requires a change of pace and mood and the show must reflect this.  Judges will also look at how the show best addresses the needs of the audience, as well as excellence in presentation and production. Given that night-time radio audiences tend to dwindle as it gets later, judges will be asking one key question:  “What compels me to stay with this show?”

The contenders are:

COMMERCIAL – 5FM / 94.2 Jacaranda / 94.7 Highveld Stereo / Good Hope FM / Kaya FM / Talk Radio 702 and 567 Cape Talk
PBS – Lotus FM / SAfm (Chiawelo and Andries Tatane)
COMMUNITY – Radio Khwezi / Radio Islam / Radio Pulpit / RadioRiverside


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Ligwalagwala FM Turns 30

Posted by radio On March - 23 - 2012 3 COMMENTS

The isiSwati broadcast radio station reaches its milestone on 31 March, 2012. Ligwalagwala FM celebrates its 30th birthday with a line up of 30 artists. To usher in their big birthday, Ligwalagwala FM plans to put into action some new and exciting innovations. It is on good authority that a new presenter from a popular commercial radio station will be joining the station family. In addition to that, a promising young presenter will add to the unveiling of the new station changes; all of which will be revealed on 1 April, 2012.

The event will take place in Nelspruit, at the Mbombela Staduim with a variety of entertainers who will keep the energy of the day upbeat. Part of the list of entertainers includes the likes of Rebecca, Sifiso Ncwane, Sipho Makhabane, Chillax, Shota, Bouga Luv, Shisa boy, Nativz Squad, Madumane, Shabba, Dj Afro amongst many others. There is no entrance fee; however attendees will need to provide a pass. Further details will be released closer to the date by the radio station on the frequency 92.5 FM.


  • Ligwalagwala FM has an average daily audience of 916 000.
  • Ligwalagwala fm listeners are progressive and brand-conscious.
  • It primarily targets the age bracket between 25-49 years.
  • Ligwalagwala Fm listeners are concentrated in the Mpumalanga, Gauteng regions, and spill over to Swaziland and Maputo.
  • The station offers a perfect mix of news, music, current affairs, talk show, education, sport, weather and traffic.
  •  The music offering includes Jazz, African traditional music, R&B, Kwaito, House and Gospel.






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MTN Radio Awards

Posted by radio On March - 17 - 2012 4 COMMENTS


The excitement is palpable as there is officially less than a month to go until MTN hosts the annual Radio Awards gala banquet.

Contrary to popular belief, radio is still the dominant mass-medium in Africa, with the widest geographical reach and the highest audiences compared with television (TV), newspapers and other information and communication technologies (ICTs). According to Western Cape Primedia Broadcasting manager, Karl Gostner,” [radio] has the ability to have instant interaction and reaction on any topic or issue. [It] has a feedback channel that allows for the quick flow of information”.

With that said, the MTN Radio Awards are to honour this great medium as well as to “promote and recognise excellence in radio, with the objective of ensuring that radio remains one of South Africa’s foremost media choices”. The judging panel was announced by MTN Radio Awards Chairman, Rich Mkhondo and MTN Radio Awards CEO, Lance Rothschild. The panel will select the category winners using a set guideline to eliminate any possibilities of bias. Jeremy Maggs (Founder MTN Radio Awards), David Mashabela (Radio Presenter and Consultant), and Koos Radebe (Former Station Manager of Metro FM) form part of the list of confirmed judges.

The Gala Banquet will be held at the Sandton Convention Centre on 14th April. To enhance the festivities, the event will be followed by an after party. Join Radiobiz, as we will be counting down the days to the big day by follow up articles on anticipated category winners, accompanied by industry opinions.

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SA Music Awards Nominees Revealed

Posted by radio On March - 14 - 2012 248 COMMENTS

South African musicians waited with baited breath as the 18th Annual Music Awards revealed their list of nominees the morning of March 8, 2012. The announcement, which was made at the Turbine Hall, in Johannesburg’s Newtown District, set the music and media industry on high anticipation of the upcoming event.

The prestigious occasion will take part on April 29, 30 at Sun City in North West. Randall Abrahams, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MTN SAMA, and Serame Taukobong, Chief Marketing Officer (CMO), approved the big revelation which was announced by veteran South African musicians. These were namely; Loyiso Bala, HHP, Kabelo Mabalane, Solly Mahlangu, Kurt Darren, Ziyon Hamilton (Liquideep), Matshediso Mholo (Malaika), Greg Carlin (Zebra & Giraffe), Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabuse and Lira.

There are 29 categories in which South African musicians who have excelled in the past year are recognized and acknowledged. Some of the most coveted awards, amongst others fall under the category ‘Record of The Year’, ‘Album of The Year’ and ‘Best Artist of The Year’. Dominating the nominations for 2012 was Zahara, who managed to secure herself seven nominations in the respective categories. MiCasa, and Zakwe also stood out, each securing five nominations in the respective categories.


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SA Music Awards Return to Sun City

Posted by radio On March - 7 - 2012 19 COMMENTS

One of the most anticipated events on the social calendar has to be the MTN  sponsored 18th Annual South African Music Awards (SAMA). This year, the glamorous occasion will be held at Sun City on 29 and 30 April 2012. The nominees for the respective categories are set to be announced Thursday, 8 March 2012.

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