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Following its success in 2015, the 2nd annual ‘Durban Summer on Smash’ draws the year 2016 to a close with a festive bang.

 

durbantourism_005The charming coastal province of KwaZulu-Natal, which has been the centre of the South African entertainment industry, is set to come alive on Saturday, 17 December 2016 with the ‘Durban Summer on Smash’ event.

 

This ‘Durban Summer on Smash’ event, promises a myriad of scintillating performances from South Africa and International’s best musicians; the likes of Ricky Rick, Babes Wodumo, Monique Bingham (USA), Ralf Gum (Germany), OkMalumKoolKat, DJ Bongz, WTF, to name a few.

 

Native Shades Entertainment team has created a fun-filled day paired with a dominant lineup done the Durban way. Event creator and organizer Ntokozo Shozi of Native Shades Entertainment says this year will be more authentic and will truly live up to its ‘SMASH’ name.

“This time around we have included the best of national and international artists. We are expecting double the number of guests to come and enjoy good music and summer fun. We have also for the very first time included Maskandi’s biggest artist, Igcokama Elisha for another smash flavour. We are looking forward to hosting music revellers in Pinetown for another EThekwini experience.”

 

Taking place on Saturday, 17th December 2016 at Lahee Park, Pinetown, Durban this affair promises the utmost summer celebration this December. It is one not to be missed!!!

 

Tickets available @Computicket

 

THE DETAILS:

 

VENUE:           Lahee Park, Pinetown, Durban

TIME:              10am ‘till Late

DATE:              17th December 2016 (Saturday)

 

PRE SOLD TICKETS

GA:                  R150

VIP:                 R350

 

AT THE GATE TICKETS

GA:                  R200

VIP:                 R400

 

Cooler boxes allowed until 4PM: R50 per cooler box.

NO BOTTLES ALLOWED

 

LINEUP: MASSIVE LINE-UP OF LOCAL & INTERNATIONAL ACTS:

 

BABES WODUMO, RICKY RICK, RALF GUM (Germany), MONIQUE BINGHAM (USA), N’DINGA GABA (USA), HEAVY K, DJ HAPPYGAL, DJ VUMAR, DJ BONGZ, OKMALUMKOOLKAT, DISTRACTION BOYZ, WTF, DJ WOBBLY, JUNIOR DE ROCKA, DJ CNDO, DJ LE SOUL, DJ FEEL, IGCOKAMA ELISHA and many more …

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SABC LAUNCHES DISABILITY 360 CAMPAIGN

Posted by radio On December - 2 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

The Public Service Broadcaster (SABC) has announced that it is taking disability to the next level with a project termed SABC Disability 360 Campaign. The Campaign aims to empower People with Disabilities by providing on-going disability related content on-air, online and on the ground (events) through SABC various platforms which will be providing the sector with information about job opportunities, training opportunities and pertinent disability content, in all 11 official languages.

 

SABC LOGOThis Campaign will allow maximum access to information by the Disability Sector in South Africa, thus ensuring that the SABC broadcasts not only compelling content but also content that empowers its audiences.  The Disability 360 Campaign further aims at creating an online “community” where people with disabilities can go and engage and access any disability related Information.

Professor Mbulaheni Maguvhe stated that “Today is a historic day for both the SABC and the disability sector. Disability has remained an afterthought for too long until this change today. The 360° approach of this project is going to change the lives of many for generations to come. And for this structure to work, we need continuous input and contribution from the disability sector.”

Iris Cupido (CEO – SABC Foundation) commented, “Being heard and respected and valued is a basic human right for all.  With the launch of the Disability 360 Campaign, we aim to ensure that this right is enjoyed by all South Africans.  ”

 

This has never been done before in such a structured manner, across all SABC platforms, making it historic for the disability sector and the SABC.  Essentially SABC is creating a “one stop shop” for disability related content, which will be carried by all SABC platforms.

 

 

Digital Information on the Campaign is as follows:

The Social Media Profiles have been created as follows:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SABCDisability360

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SABCDisability@SABCDisability

 

 

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Radio Awards – what are the judges looking for?

Posted by radio On December - 2 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

The judges will be looking at the following criteria, and the extent of their relevance, when listening to entries:

 

librawawCreativity – Marks are awarded for innovation, originality and novelty. Is the entry based on a new idea? Or does it follow the old ‘tried and trusted’ formulae?

Presentation – Marks are awarded for the way in which the piece is presented. If a presenter is used, is he/she comfortable with the subject matter? Does he/she appear knowledgeable and well-versed/well-rehearsed on the subject? For pieces without presenters (e.g. drama entries), does the entry run smoothly? Is it well scripted? Is it ‘polished and professional’?

 

Value – Does the entry achieve its objective? Does it entertain? Does it raise awareness? Does it prick the conscience? Does it hold the attention of the target audience?

 

Production – This relates to the technical side of the entry, the production process itself. Is the piece well produced? Is quality evident in the production? Are sound effects used appropriately? Is incidental music well placed and appropriate to the mood/atmosphere being conveyed? Please note that production “embellishments” on the actual entry will not gain extra marks. The judges want to experience the submission just as the listeners did.

 

Hint – In all categories, judges will be seeking to reward the contribution made by radio practitioners, rather than the input of those whose contribution would have been equally as impressive on another medium. For example, the relay of an outstanding musical performance will merit less attention than the added value an imaginative radio practitioner might have brought to such a performance.

 

The Judging Process

 

The categories are split between various judges who work independently and score each submission on its merits. The scores are entered into an online system and averaged for complete fairness. The results will be audited by a professional audit firm.

 

The categories are split between various judges for preliminary judging. In a secondary process, the scores are reviewed at a moderation workshop, at which ties are broken and winners selected.

 

Judges for the Liberty Radio Awards are selected on the basis of their relevant experience and expertise. They offer their service and expertise voluntarily. They are required to judge each entry in its entirety, subject to the entry’s conformity with the rules. Judging will be based solely on the entry submitted, in an independent and objective manner and NOT on the programmes aired throughout the year. If it isn’t in the entry, it isn’t being judged.

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Meet Julian von Plato – Digital Content Evangelist

Posted by radio On November - 24 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

With  the mantra “content is king” becoming more and more self-evident, there are still only a handful of digital innovators in South Africa who are truly pushing the boundaries of content creation as well as content distribution channels.

 

digevaFor nearly two decades, Julian von Plato has been at the forefront of developing digital strategies, content, and distribution platforms within the entertainment sector,  as well as for a host of corporates looking to play in this space.

 

Just within the last few months Julian and his team have launched an amazing array of mobile content including; PockitTV,  allsports TV,  Trace Presents, (the mobile version of Trace TV  on the MTN Play platform), Digital Lab Africa’s live-stream 3 day event from DISCOP JOHANNESBURG, the new VR-driven platform for content called VRinterview, and STAGE360, a new artist development and discovery platform with Trace  and Hunters.

 

With his extensive entertainment industry background, Julian understands that at its core, content must entertain. This insight, combined with his passion for the latest technology, has enabled him to reach the holy-grail of mobile content that few digital specialists have achieved; creating sustainable platforms for original African content that can be monetized on a global scale.

 

The team’s latest  success is the launching of PockitTV mobile offering that went live on the MTN Network on October 22nd. This platform will feature entirely bespoke content created specifically for mobile, and with an understanding of the local data constraints and limitations. Already, within in the first two months the platform has seen over 160 000 subcribers join at a subscription rate of of R1 per day.

 

PockitTV is Africa’s first mobile TV network aimed at providing consumers with an alternative video viewing experience that is able to be viewed anywhere anytime. PockitTV is hosted on SSTREAMM’s video streaming platform hosted on the backbone of SA’s mobile networks. This allows video to be streamed to consumers via African 3G/4G networks providing a rich consumer experience. PockitTV’s aim is to provide African content creators a platform to showcase their content and to monetize their content.

 

Another innovation from Julian and his team, STAGE360 offers content in multiple formats including Virtual Reality and has been rolled out alongside the BalconyTV Johannesburg platform. STAGE360 is a multi-platform providing new and up coming urban artists the opportunity to be discovered in ways they never thought possible. From live performance recordings to  virtual reality experience filmed in a full 360 degrees, viewers can navigate their viewing experience through an immersive interface that is the closest thing possible to being there in person.

 

BalconyTV is a streaming video platform that has proven to be a unique and unmatched opportunity for up and coming South African acts, providing them with a high quality live performance video screened to a global platform.  With over 400 videos produced and over 1million views, BalconyTV Johannesburg produces a new show every week – ensuring a steady stream of the latest South African music available anywhere, anytime. The team is also excited to be launching BalconyTV Cape Town in December 2016.

 

By combining a creative and passionate ability to source and produce content and a skill for harnessing the latest technology trends, Julian and his team  are quietly changing the landscape of digital content in the country.  His aims with these various innovations are clear, “I was once asked what is my aim in the industry and I always respond with  the same answer-  to put video on every mobile phone in Africa.”

 

With the various projects that Julian has developed, this aim is well within reach.

 

For more information on the various projects and platforms;

 

www.pockittv.mobi

www.sportvideos.co.za

www.balconytv.com/johannesburg

https://www.facebook.com/VRinterview/

https://www.facebook.com/stage360live/

 

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The South African Broadcasting Corporation’s (SABC) radio station METRO FM, is proud to announce the launch of the 16th METRO FM Music Awards (MMA’s). Today’s launch of the MMAs also made a call for submissions for nominees from the music industry regarding the awards.

 

Metro+FM+Music+Awards[1]The awards ceremony is scheduled to take place on Saturday, the 25th of February 2017 at the iNkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre (ICC) in Durban. This great spectacle will once again be carried live on SABC 1 with live crossings to the public viewing area in Durban.

 

The 16th edition of the Metro FM Music Awards is themed ‘What’s Next Is All That Matters,’ building onto last year’s theme, ‘Legends Don’t Stop, They Ask What’s Next’. The theme indicates that it’s not just about getting that hit song play-listed on Metro FM, it’s not about finishing off a great album and it’s not about having a great video to go with your track, but about what you do next to continue building onto your glories.

 

“We had a successful event with the 2015 Metro FM Music Awards and taking from our theme, the question is not about repetition but what matters is what’s next and what the 2016 Metro FM Music Awards will have in store. The success of the MMA15 is something of the past; we can’t keep blowing that trumpet, we have to sing a different tune in the next edition and keep growing the event and the artists involved with it’, said Ms Sibongile Mtyali, METRO FM Station Manager.”

 

In the past 15 years the MMAs categories have increased reflecting growth in the local music industry, a development that can partly be attributed to the contribution made by the awards. Once again the awards will see winners walking away a R100 000 prize money per category.

 

METRO FM celebrates talented musicians from not only from South Africa, but across the continent and we proudly support the collaborations between South African talent and the talents from the rest of the continent as a bid to form a distinctive continental sound, a kaleidoscope of cultures and creativity.

 

For METRO FM, being the Number one commercial radio station in the country means we are at the forefront of determining the local soundtrack and this will be reflected yet again at the 16th Metro FM Music Awards.

 

Visit the Metro FM website on www.metrofm.co.za  for more information and details around call for submissions and stay tuned to Metro FM for more information.

‘What’s Next Is All That Matters

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Crown Gospel Awards will be broadcast live on SABC 1

Posted by radio On November - 23 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) reaffirms its media partnership with the annual SABC Crown Gospel Music Awards. In its ninth year running, it will be taking place at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli ICC Arena in Durban on Sunday 27 November 2016 under the theme, ‘Push, Birth & New Beginnings’.

cgmacopyThe SABC Crown Gospel Music Awards will be broadcast live on SABC2 on Sunday the 27th of November 2016 from 20:00.

The SABC Crown Gospel Music Awards are a platform to salute and award excellence in the Gospel Music Industry showcasing various categories.  To date, the awards boast more than 30 categories. The winners are awarded a Crown, for their sterling contribution in the gospel music industry.

 

Mr Kaizer Kganyago, the SABC’s Spokesperson commented, “The public service broadcaster is encouraged by the continued growth of the SABC Crown Gospel Music Awards. Gospel music represents one of the most popular genres across both SABC radio and television platforms especially for SABC 1 and SABC 2’s audiences.  Therefore our association with the Crown Gospel Music Awards reflects this natural attraction”.

 

Founder and producer of the SABC Crown Gospel Awards Zanele Mbokazi stated “We have faith in our production team. Everyone involved had laid out an A-Game for this year’s edition of the Crowns.  From dancers, backing vocals, presenters, the lighting, to the stage design, it’s all coming together as we desired as awards producers”.

 

The line-up for the 2016 edition of the SABC Crown Gospel Awards include,  Khaya Mthethwa, Sipho Makhabane, Dr. Tumi, Lebo Sekgobela, Andile kaMajola, Women in Praise just to name a few.  The SABC Crown Gospel Awards has attracted the interest of Gospel artists outside South Africa through the category ‘Best of Africa’ and also through the night’s performances.

 

This coming weekend will also see, the inaugural Christian Expo Africa happening from the 26th to 27th of November at the ICC Arena. The public is invited to come walk the different exhibition stands.

The SABC will also be supporting the awards through its other various platforms including SABC Radio station uKhozi FM and other SABC TV programmes.

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Mthandeni Sibusiso Manqele popularly known as Igcokama Elisha, the most loved Maskandi artist, is releasing his brand new 16 tracks album this week titled “Amagolide”. The official release date for this long awaited album is this coming Friday, 25th November. In this album Igcokama has worked with one of the most talented Maskandi artist today, Jaiva Zimnike. Igcokama Elisha will soon be touring parts of KZN, Gauteng and other provinces to promote his new album. This is his 6th studio album since he started his solo career in 2013.

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This album’s first hit singles, “AmaTablet” and “Sidlukotini”, are already on high rotation on different radio stations nationwide and receiving a warm welcome. The chart-topping Malavisto hit maker is expected to set new records and sell more copies to reach Platinum status with this album. His albums since 2014 been selling over gold status, which is very impressive especially since he is an indipendent artist signed to his very own Record Label, IGCOKAMA Records. It is without a doubt that this album will also be well recieved by many people including our fellow brothers and sisters from the neighbouring countries, the same way they loved and enjoyed his “Xenophobia” album that featured the single of the same title. “Xenophobia” was recorded to help in stopping the 2015 Xenophobic attacks that were taking place in Durban and parts of South Africa while ensuring that this horrific act is not repeated by our people ever again. The song preached the message of peace and unity and King Goodwill Zwelithini gave it his Blessings as well.

 

The 28 year old KwaZulu-Natal born and bred hit maker from a small area called Mtubatuba, promises us that the album is not focusing on the fights within the maskandi industry but rather looking into growing his career as an artist, songwriter, delivering the best music to the Maskandi music lovers and contributing to the growth of this genre. “I’m an entertainer, I believe that I was born to heal, teach and fight social ills with my music and it’s exactly what I’m doing”, Says Manqele.

 

In this new album, Igcokama Elisha continues to brings innovation in the genre that speaks to the new generation with a sound that is inspired by what the youth in South Africa likes currently. “Maskandi is a genre that defines me & my heritage, so the fact that I’m a maskandi artist doesn’t take away the fact that I’m still young and I’m aware of what is happening around me. Young people, especially hip-hop music lovers will also enjoy this album“ he concluded. Manqele is one of the most sort after entertainers in the country and it seems through this album, he is going to be very busy this festive season and Maskandi music fans have one great album to celebrate their festive season with. Igcokama is already rehearsing his hot new stage performance to go with this hot new album! He promises his fans and promoters a hot, entertaining live performance as past of his festive performance set.

 

Igcokama Elisha is currently featured on the November issue of TRUE LOVE magazine making him the very first Maskandi artist to be featured in such an urban magazine, showing that he is already on the road to making history and changing steroetypes regarding Maskandi genre and traditional music as a whole in South Africa.

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The final Kaya FM Presents Live @ The Bassline of 2016 promises to bring out the SOUL SHINE summer vibe Jozi has been waiting for! Friday December 2nd sees the always welcome return to the Bassline stage of legendary Mamelodi based troubadour VUSI ‘The Voice’ MAHLASELA.

 

kyaKaya FM 95.9 and Bassline are proud to present this titan of African music, live on stage, bringing his unique sound and powerful live show that has created magic across the world for over three decades.  Kaya celebrates #HerSummer with premium music experiences and this show is no exception.

 

With his hugely successful global career and numerous accolades and awards, Vusi Mahlasela remains a humble man committed to his music and to his positive messages.  It is impossible not to be moved by Vusi’s unique vocal style and lyrical acoustic guitar playing.

 

Vusi has coined the SOUL SHINE concept to encapsulate this experience, and his return to the Bassline in Newtown, whilst always a special occasion, promises to set the bar even higher.  SOUL SHINE is the spread of Ubuntu through music, and as we head to the end of 2016, the time is perfect to celebrate and share some positive energy.

 

Vusi’s SOUL SHINE AFRICA MUSIC NIGHT at Bassline will not only feature all his popular tunes drawn from a songbook built over ten  albums, but the show will feature more than a few musical surprises.

 

Also featured ‪on December 2nd will be young Mamelodi based guitar prodigy Sbu Mashinini, who has quickly built a reputation as an ace player.

 

This epic evening will bring a stirring end to the Kaya Live @ Bassline series for the year.

 

Get your tickets at Webtickets now, and let your soul shine!

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Make ’em laugh and leave ’em wanting more! The Heavyweights International Comedy Show aims to do just that.

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The event is setting the stage to be one of the largest cultural events with a world class comedy appeal and roaring laughs on the 11th December 2016.

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This year’s debut international comedy show will host an eclectic mix of both local and international headliners such as the hilarious, funny and multi award winning African comedic great Ayo Makun who goes by the stage name AY from Nigeria. He is also an actor, writer, director, radio and T.V presenter. AY has also held the ranks of being named a UN peace ambassador in 2009 for his efforts for social and economic issues affecting ordinary citizens in his country.

 

The ever ludicrous, funny and fearless Gina Yashere will also lead the pack gracing South Africa for the first time. Born in London and now residing in New York, Gina broke onto the American comedy scene with her appearances on Last Comic Standing (NBC), where she made it to the final 10. She then went on to be named one of the top 10 rising talents in the Hollywood Reporter and then never went home. She is also known in the US for being the only British comedian to ever appear on the iconic Def Comedy Jam an HBO television series produced by Russell Simmons.

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The local line up includes retired lawyer and ‘Laugh Technician’ Thenjiwe who’s apparently lodged a complaint with the Knowles family claiming Beyonce is her daughter.

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The multi talented Trevor Gumbi, Tumi Stopnonsons and Nina Hastie are also bound to leave viewers in stitches. The witty and energetic Tallassmo features front and centre of the show as the MC.

 

Time: Doors open at 2pm and show starts 3pm sharp Don’t delay, Hurry!! book your tickets now from R200 at Computicket, Shoprite, Checkers and House & Home. Media Contact: Lucky Mphilo 081 574 2818 luck

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PRESENTER CATEGORIES

AFTERNOON DRIVE PRESENTER

This category is open to the any presenter who plays the starring role in hosting the Afternoon Drive show typically between 16:00 and 19:00 (but not limited to these times) on weekdays. The time channel is in substantial demand by advertisers who aim to reach mobile and economically-active individuals and the key to presentation here is to present information and entertainment in such a compelling manner as to reduce stress during rush hour.

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BREAKFAST SHOW PRESENTER

The breakfast presenter is the “flagship” presenter of any radio station, as this person not only sets the tone for the rest of the day`s broadcasting, but also sets and guides the style of the entire radio station. The presenter needs to be at the top of his/her game, and understand and be able to address the complex needs of the time-challenged morning audience with style, verve, confidence, ease and originality. The judges will look for someone who rises to this immense task, and will judge both their relationship with the audience, as well as their broadcast stamina.

 

SPORTS PRESENTER

The Sports presenter award is for a presenter who presents a sports-focused show and shows an in-depth passion for sport and an ability to translate this passion into presentation that informs, entertains and educates the listener and which adds value to the listeners’ experience.

 

TRAFFIC PRESENTER

Ask any person what their biggest gripe is, and on the list will be traffic snarl and gridlock. Commuters at all times of the day rely on up-to-date traffic information that is delivered clearly but, more importantly, interpretatively. In other words, am I being told of alternative routes and options. A good on-air traffic reporter will also reflect the mood of the moment. They need to understand our frustration behind the wheel.

 

NEWS BULLETIN READER

This category is open to any news reader working on any radio station who is responsible for delivering a news bulletin of between 90 seconds and 7 minutes in duration. While authority and believability in reading, as well as the reader’s intrinsic understanding of the bulletin and the issues that it raises will be of significant importance, the judges will also appraise pace, style, nuance and ease on the ear.

 

FIELD NEWS REPORTER

Reporting on a news story; and in particular a developing story from the “field” is a challenging task. The reporter needs to capture the scene and to then report on this in an informative and compelling manner – one which allows the listener to be “transported” to the heart of the story. In many cases these reports are filed under extremely challenging and sometimes even dangerous conditions. This category is open to any field news reporter who is responsible for delivering concise, compelling informative reports from a remote location which is normally the source of the news story and which is used in the content of a news bulletin on the station.

 

PRODUCER CATEGORIES

CONTENT PRODUCER

This category is open to the unsung heroes of radio – those people who conceptualise and sustain a block of programming during the day or night. Producers have to have an intricate knowledge of their audience and make sure the presenter is delivering accordingly. At the same time, the producer needs to have the trust and confidence of the presenter/s in order to get them to deliver their best work. Judges can instinctively hear a well-produced radio show, but they will also look at new ideas, creative sustainability, and will look for seamless continuity from one idea to another. While music and speech formats are very different, good producers, in both genres, are critical to success. The judges will determine if the show is tight and crisp. If it is, often it is due to the “silent tiller work” of a great producer and THAT person/s will be our winner!

 

NOMINATIONS

BRIGHT STAR

This is a category which will rely on brief written nominations from any Station Manager. The Candidate for this award must be 35 or younger – either on air, or behind the scenes – who is making his/her mark on the industry. The award is aimed at a person who has an intrinsic understanding and love for the medium, respects its past, but who also has great ideas about its future. The person would be someone who is a tireless worker and on whom the radio station has come to rely.

 

HALL OF FAME NOMINATION

This is a category which will rely on brief written nominations. The judges would like to consider a person who has been in the industry for over 15 years, who is either still in the business, or has retired. (The judges would also be happy to consider a posthumous award). This person/s (more than one award will be made) needs to have made an indelible mark on the industry – either on air, or in management and, ideally, who is revered and talked about by the industry. The judges would like this person to have been a strong inspiration and mentor.

 

RADIO INNOVATION AWARD

This category seeks to recognise and reward innovative, “out of the box” concepts in the form of programming and in any form of technology that serves to improve the radio industry and the radio experience for all stakeholders. This will include external organizations who innovate solutions that add value to the industry and that ultimately enhance radio’s business proposition.

 

SHOW CATEGORIES

AFTERNOON DRIVE SHOW

Although it doesn`t always 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.

 

BREAKFAST SHOW

The adage – “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.

 

BUSINESS AND FINANCE SHOW

This category is open to all radio stations that have a dedicated business show of 15 minutes or more in duration. Not only will the judges take into account how the core business demographic is catered for in terms of programming choice, but also how the subject is covered for the broader audience in terms of ease of explanation. They will be looking for “penetrating interviews” and interpretation that get to the heart of the business debate in South Africa, as well as how business is covered in terms of the empowerment and developmental economy debate.

 

 

DAYTIME SHOW

This category is open to all radio stations across all categories broadcasting typically from 09:00 to 15:00 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 the 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 daily must-have appointment with the listener. High production values are a must.

 

 

RADIO DOCUMENTARY

Radio is an excellent medium for telling stories and there are few better ways of telling a story than through a well-crafted documentary. Documentary programmes provide compelling listening and edutainment and remain imprinted on the listeners mind for a long time after listening to the programme. Masters of the documentary craft use the material at hand to evoke exceptionally powerful images in the listener`s mind, with the fabric of the story engaging the listener and keeping the listener tuned into the story to hear the conclusion. We are looking to acknowledge the best documentary programmes broadcast on radio.

 

DRAMA PROGRAMME

Radio Drama is a specialized field. This is true exploration of “theatre of the mind”. A skilful drama producer will use all the tools available to bring the drama to life and conjure up vivid images within the imagination of the listener. Utilising voices, sound effects, stereophonic separation and a great deal of craftsmanship, the producer can play on the imagination and the emotions of the listener. Judges are looking for exceptional work in this arena – work that has captured the attention of the listener and kept the listener glued to the radio. This category comprises any full-length radio drama or radio sketch.

 

MUSIC SHOW

This category is open to any show in any music-only format across any time channel. The judges will focus specifically on how the show understands and interprets the format in a manner that is entertaining, engaging and compelling and adds real value to the core listenership. Special attention will be given to show production, which would include links and special features.

 

NEWS AND ACTUALITY SHOW

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 talkshow 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.

 

NIGHT-TIME SHOW

This category is open to all radio stations across all categories broadcasting from 19:00 in the evening to 06:00 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?”

 

SPORTS SHOW

This category is open to all radio stations that have a dedicated sports programme or feature of 10 minutes or more in duration. Extended radio sports bulletins would be eligible to enter this category, as well as once-off reports. Passion and knowledge in presentation, and the ability to generate excitement for listeners will be key elements sought by the judges. Team, provincial or national partisanship would not be considered in a negative light. The judges will be looking for a show, or a bulletin, or a feature that goes beyond just the score line and the scorers – in other words, the human element, the drama, the pain and the sweat of the event, and how it`s articulated on radio.

 

WEEKEND RADIO SHOW

This is open to all shows that air over weekends. Weekend radio is often overlooked and yet it plays a vital role in the station`s overall “past 7-day” audience figures. Whilst the pace and the style of presentation can be substantially different over weekends, the judges are looking for shows that make a difference – shows with which the listener will make an appointment to listen, shows that are seen as the highlight of a listener`s weekend entertainment diet.

 

STATION AWARDS

STATION OF THE YEAR

This is the grand prix, the big kahuna, the mother of all prizes, the one staff will want to tell their mothers about and have the station logo tattooed on their bodies. We recognise four categories: commercial, community, campus and PBS station of the year. We need a detailed and comprehensive written motivation that would look at on-air success and innovation, audience growth, community outreach and that X -factor. If a brief audio presentation with key outtakes helps your cause, feel free to send us a disc. What, we ask, would give your station the right to call itself the Liberty Radio Station of the Year?

 

COMMUNITY PROJECT

A great radio station is one that understands the community it broadcasts to and the contribution it can make. This category seeks to reward radio stations that do this in a meaningful and sustained manner and whose outreach makes a genuine difference to peoples` lives. The judges would look at both ongoing and one-off events, but those that are undertaken with real heart and not by expediency.

 

MULTI CHANNEL PROMOTION AWARD

The Multi-Channel Promotion Award highlights radio’s ability to integrate new technologies to enhance the relationship between the station and its listeners. The award will recognize stations that develop- and creatively execute- campaigns that jointly feature the station’s brand and one or more of the following: vodcasts/podcasts; mobile phones; multimedia apps; electronic media; and social media/networking sites. Judges will be looking for campaigns that champion the station brand and the on-air product, whilst engaging the listeners and fostering a more intimate relationship between the station and its audience. You need to demonstrate how you have used multi-channel media platforms to encourage new listeners, increase TSL (Time Spent Listening), create on-air excitement, generate hype and broader exposure for the station and reward loyal listeners.

 

STATION IMAGING

The “sound” of a good radio station is clear, impactful and, most of all, distinct. This category looks at well-constructed, jingles, stings and stabs and how they all fit into the overall construct and personality of the station. Judges would listen carefully to the craft of packaging and would be particularly interested to hear special packaging for dedicated on-air events.

 

PROMOTIONS STUNT/EVENT

This category recognises excellence in promotions and related activities that are designed to strengthen a radio station`s own brand, and to entrench it more deeply with its audience. Conventional on-air promotions commissioned by and for regular advertisers are excluded, as the focus here is on the station`s own brand. This does not exclude the possibility that third-party brands may be involved as secondary sponsors. The promotion or event could be anything from a charity drive or sports event to a treasure hunt, etc.

 

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