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Channel Africa hosted a cake cutting ceremony on the 29th of May in celebration to its 47 years of existence in the broadcast sphere. The station has achieved many successes in the past years and has grown by leaps and bounds.


The reason that makes this celebration special is that it coincides with the 50th Anniversary of the Organisation of the African Unity (OAU) now called African Union (AU). As a result, the station has channelled most of its programmes towards the centenary, also taking into account that May is considered Africa Month. “We’re using the anniversary to empower our listeners about the aims and objectives of the OAU/AU and why the transition from OAU to AU. As an African station it is important that we constantly reinvent ourselves, in order to keep up with the evolving radio trends and to be at the forefront of broadcasting. We also thrive to remain deep rooted to our mandate, to grow and to be the radio station of choice to our listeners”, said GM: Channel Africa, Mr. Solly Phetoe.


Solly further explained that the station’s pay off line The Voice of the African Renaissance means African renewal. “As Channel Africa we are there to be the voice of such campaign or process. The African Renaissance is the concept that encourages African people and nations to overcome current challenges confronting the continent and achieve cultural, scientific, and economic renewal”, he said.


SABC Head of Radio, Mr. Lesley Ntloko, commended the station for playing an important role in promoting democracy, unity and social cohesion. “I am thankful for being part of this milestone and celebration. It also befitting to announce that we are continuously engaging our various partners to ensure that we keep this channel sustainable and to see to it that it grows and is of excellent service to the African continent as a whole”, he said.


Mr. Max Bushoke, Channel Africa’s member of staff and the SABC choir provided astounding entertainment that everybody ululated and danced to. All the musical items were in African languages and people couldn’t help but showcase their cultural dances that fitted perfectly to the music.


Channel Africa is an International Public Service Radio station whose mandate is to support South Africa’s Foreign Policy enshrined in the Department of International Relations and Cooperation’s Vision and Mission. Its main role is to contribute to the development of Africa by promoting peace, democracy and good governance through the production and broadcast of innovative, dynamic and stimulating news, current affairs and informal knowledge. The station broadcasts in six languages, namely: English, Kiswahili, French, Chinyanza, Silozi and Portuguese.

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[By: Boitumelo Mmakou]


It wasn’t till I switched stations from jamming to the Stir Up, a hip-hop show on 5 FM on a Sunday night to tuning to the more politically and socially driven radio station Talk Radio 702, that it dawned me how drastically different in content, and the hosts of the shows were from each other, which for me pointed out quite clearly what could be the difference between a radio Dj, and a radio presenter.


A radio hosts such as the one I had been listening to on 5FM is more of a disc jockey because she had primarily focused on playing music, and her show was more music driven than talking. This may or may not have been the very main thing that sets the two apart however, radio presenters are set to follow scripts, with content during links. The radio presenter is one that may do a lot more talking whether through pronouncing traffic news, doing sports, or doing weather reports. Radio presenters also conduct interviews with the guests, and do more interaction with the listeners. They carry a lot more work than a radio disc jockey would do.


Often, radio presenters carry required skills in being presenters in order to present their job well. A radio presenter may also have an appropriate degree or diploma in broadcasting, or even radio production, and know how to technically run the show they do. Institutions such as Boston Media House, Rosebank College as well as Witwatersrand Radio Academy to name a few are some of the places one would acquire radio skills. They assist the presenter, in knowing how to do programming for a show, how to produce, construct material, preparing the script, improvise, and control the technical duties.


Some radio stations such as 5FM will have radio Disc Jockeys (Dj’s) as well as radio presenters, hosting shows in the same way. According to Tim Zunckel, program manager at 5FM the biggest difference between a radio Dj and radio presenter is that, a presenter would often have content, and a Dj is someone that does music, “in the old days someone that does radio would be called a radio Dj because it was a generic thing, they were a Dj, they spun a lot of music themselves in the studio, as time has moved on the need for content driven shows has made space for radio presenters, and radio personality”, says Tim.

Tim also states that there is a difference between the radio presenters and radio personalities. Radio personalities come with that x-factor of which the audience would be attracted to, and radio presenters are given content to share with the audience, with a production team behind them. “From a 5FM perspective we have radio personalities who may be called radio presenters, or radio Dj’s in publications or on TV. We do have Dj’s who are disc jockey’s or club guys, who play music and are specialists in their genre and field of music, Ms Cosmo, Euphonik and Milkshake would be a great example of people who have evolved in the music scene and have connections and contacts to host a specialized music show’’, adds Tim.


Over time some radio presenters have also become Dj’s, and that would then make them radio presenters and Dj’s. Radio Dj’s are those that would sample a mix, and play it on a show, were as a radio presenter would have more personality and content for a show, despite the fact that they are also Dj’s. Overtime radio Dj’s do build up a personality while doing a show, so those who may be listening in on a show and won’t necessarily like the music would still listen because they enjoy the radio Dj’s personality on the show.



The duties which radio presenters do, often if at all, set them apart from the radio Dj. Ms Cosmo the Dj, is a club Dj, and also a television and radio disc jockey meaning she plays a music set not only on Channel O but also for her show the Stir Up on 5FM ; “in my opinion they are different views to it all, you could be a radio presenter just because you are holding down a three hour show, but if you are purely just playing music then you are a radio Dj. My show is a specialist show, I only come in once a week, so unlike the other shows that may be weekday shows, which are more scripted and have content for each day, and may also have a music composer and have no control of the music on the show, my show plays mainly hip-hop music of which I choose, the show is about the music and getting people to be captivated by the music. People like myself and Dj Milkshake, or Euphonik are more club Dj’s who want to share our music with everyone else on radio. I do need content though, because I have to talk with the audience during the show “says Ms Cosmo. Radio Dj’s may also be presenters as well, a number of Dj’s will be music orientated on their shows, but also have a content full show, with a script.



Dj Fresh a 5FM afternoon drive time host of “The Fresh Drive”, is a radio Dj and presenter, he works with his producer to create content for each show, he may follow a script, have ad lib’s, and host guests, but also has a segment on the show which introduces music mixes done by him or other Dj’s. Radio Dj’s will often have requests to play outside of the show at clubs, parties, and other events, radio presenters do not. ”I think what the radio industry has realized is that music has evolved over time and people can source music anywhere, they wouldn’t have to listen to a radio show to hear music, that’s why now, having a show with a presenter that has personality keeps the listener tuned in”, says Tim. 




In retrospect radio Dj’s may not necessarily be of any different to radio presenters if the two are the same person. Radio Dj’s may be there for the music, but may also produce content, interact with the audience, and conduct interviews Depending on the type of radio station radio Dj’s could live apart from radio presenters, Talk radio 702 will have more presenters than radio Dj’s, however stations such as Metro FM, Y FM and 5FM will be more music and personality driven combining both radio Dj’s with radio presenter. Thus, it is not about the two against each other, but rather one becoming the other to produce greatly constructed shows with content, straight forward links, with a radio host that interacts with listeners, and plays good music throughout the show.


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The Wawela Awards taking place on Friday 28th June celebrate South African music-makers who are making a global impact. There is no doubt that Freshly Ground fits the bill. 


Afro-fusion band Freshly Ground managed to top the international iTunes charts barely a month after the release of their latest and 5th studio album Take Me To The Dance, in the USA. The US iTunes World chart, which ranks the top 10 most frequently downloaded online items including songs, albums and bands of varied music genres, ranked the band’s latest album at number one in the US. This is a massive feat for a South African group. 


The band did a tour of the USA during which the album was released. Lead vocalist Zolani Mahola says, “Our years of performing live in the States and our more recent trip on the East Coast of America contributed hugely to this milestone. Chiefly I think (this happened) because the album really showcases who we are, which is a South African band very much globally musically aware.”  The album is receiving incredible airplay in the States and the NPR (USA National Public Radio) has embraced the album. 


“SAMRO has signed reciprocal agreements with over 143 collecting societies from around the world. These agreements are a vote of confidence in our abilities to look after international music used in South Africa. It also gives our members peace of mind in the knowledge that their music can be commercially exploited in international markets with the same protection that is afforded local artists,” explains Xolani Zulu, Mechanical Rights Executive for SAMRO. 


The new album is packed with the band’s signature elements of honest lyrics and afropop guitar merged with dance club anthems such as the title song Take Me To The Dance. The wildly diverse material offers catchy, songs with layers of guitar, rich strings and multipart harmonies. Mahola says, “It feels great to have been at the top of the US World Music chart especially knowing how much music is actually out there. The fact that people heard about us, checked out the music and loved it enough to buy it is a special thing – not least of all because it’s so hard to encourage people to buy music rather than get it by other means in this modern age.” 


Freshly Ground’s collaboration with Shakira for the World Cup Soccer Tournament in 2010 helped to bring the bend to international attention, which they have now cemented with regular tours to foreign shores. 


“Music usage data from digital music providers like iTunes is analysed to compute streaming and download statistics used in royalty allocation and distribution.  Through reciprocal agreements SAMRO members have home-ground advantage no matter where in the world their music is consumed,” says Zulu. 


For bands wanting to break internationally, Mahola advises,” Get a lot of hours in. Practice makes you really good at your craft and brings you closer to your real musical identity. Keep playing and believing in yourself and what you have to offer. Work your hardest to get to where you want to be; this will lead you further than you thought you could get!”


[Source: SAMRO]



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DStv audio and radio channel number changes

Posted by radio On May - 28 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

[By DStv Online ]


MultiChoice will change the channel numbers on its audio and radio channels on DStv at midnight on Tuesday, 11 June 2013. The channels are currently in the 100 number range on the audio bouquet and will now be changed to the 800 number range. For example, DMX-Adult Contemporary which is currently channel number 101 will change to channel number 801.


The changes have been implemented to eliminate duplication with channel numbers on the video channels. The changes should not impact customers in any way as the channels will stay where they currently are located. MultiChoice recommends a decoder reboot to customers who experience any problems on the audio bouquet after this change.

Download the flyer
for your convenience, or take a look at the changes below.


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Kaya FM presents The Whispers

Posted by radio On May - 28 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

This one is for the music enthusiast and the lover of classic R&B!


Kaya FM   presents the masters of sweet talk, The Whispers, Live in concert for two nights only!


World renowned R&B/Soul group, The Whispers, are preparing for an exciting tour of South Africa with a 10 piece band performing all their hits from past to present. The Whispers have over 40 years experience in the industry with a worldwide fan base, and maintaining their vocal dominance and original members. This is the very first time that The Whispers will perform on South African soil!

Brought to you by Carnival City – Come Play


29 & 30 May 2013




Carnival City Casino, Big Top Arena


Elsburg Road, Brakpan, Gauteng, South Africa

Entry Fee:

R250 – R650

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SABC Radio Increase Audiences

Posted by radio On May - 28 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

Following SABC Radio’s exceptional performance at the recent MTN Radio Awards, and  now the portfolio has also delivered a sterling performance in the May release of the (The South African Audience Research Foundation) SAARF RAMS data which covered the period Oct 2012 – Mar 2013.


SABC’s share of all adult listening increased to a substantial 68.8%. This represents a 1.3% share increase from last year’s 67.5% and is certainly the highest share SABC Radio has achieved since the early 2000’s


10 Stations posted healthy audience increases from the previous period, 3 remained stable while the remaining 4 experienced marginal declines. Share of LSM 7-10 listening remained stable from the previous year with SABC accounting for 52% of all listening in this lucrative market segment PBS Radio collectively delivered 36.3% and PCS Radio 15.7% share in the LSM 7-10 market.


Leslie Ntloko, GE: Radio says, “The SABC has a constitutional mandate as a public service broadcaster, to encourage the development of South African expression and to play an important role in shaping the future of South Africa. With the fight for the hearts and minds of South African Audiences, SABC Radio’s healthy audience performance is commendable and needs to be maintained especially in light of the new primary market commercial players recently launched in Gauteng, Western Cape and KZN. In today’s more complex media landscape, it is important for the SABC to continue to engage with the South African audiences both to ensure that these public purposes reflect what is important to them, but also measure the SABC’s contribution in these areas”.


10 SABC Stations recorded audience gains from the previous period with Ligwalagwala FM gaining a significantly higher 213 000 listeners after a recent period of declines.  Munghana Lonene fm, Lesedi fm, RSG and Ukhozi FM also gained new listeners in various demographics. The 2 national stations SAfm and 5FM also posted healthy increases. The stable set comprises of METRO FM, Umhlobo Wenene FM, Good Hope FM, Motsweding FM and Trufm. SABC Radio in total gained 353 000 new listeners over previous period and currently reaches 26 725 000 South African adults.


[Issued by:  SABC]

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Radio and digital – a media love affair

Posted by radio On May - 27 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

Marketers who blend radio and digital into integrated campaigns can experience far stronger return on investment than if they used these channels separately.


That’s according to Ian Drummond, Mediamark Digital Sales Manager, who says that radio and online complements each other’s strengths in a manner that delivers exponential returns when they are used together. For that reason, marketers should be looking at media buys that allow them to jointly plan and strategise campaigns across broadcast and online channels.


“Though it makes sense to plan campaigns across a range of channels, our experience shows that radio and online have a particularly special relationship,” says Drummond. “They complement each other’s reach and target audiences quite nicely, and they are also mediums that many users consume at the same time.”


Radio can influence how consumers behave when they’re back online, says Drummond.


The awareness that radio drives can have a dramatic impact on an online campaign – from past campaigns we’re seen that people who have been exposed to a radio activation are up to seven times more likely to click on a banner.


Marketers should consider peak usage times for radio and online as they allocate budget – not only the times of the day when people are more likely to be listening to the radio, but also the time of the year.

For instance, general Web browsing numbers experience some drop-off when people go on leave over school and public holidays, while radio numbers remain fairly consistent. At the same time, certain Web services experience peaks over holidays – for example, many people use Skype to speak to relatives overseas over the Christmas and New Year season.


Drummond notes that another benefit of radio is that people can listen to a radio station while they browse the Internet at work or on a mobile device.

Radio gives you an often-captive audience – people listening in cars and offices – while online is an ideal platform for interacting with them. “Radio is a more passive medium, offering opportunities to send a punchy call to action messages to users, while online is a channel where they can carry out the action such as requesting more information, filling in a form or making a purchase” says Drummond.


As such, advertisers can use radio to activate online campaigns by, for example, steering customers to a website or social media presence, where they can access more information and act on an offer. With mobile channels such as mobi sites and SMSs, customers don’t even need to wait to get back to their PCs to take action.


Drummond says the implication is that marketers need to think strategically about how to pair radio and the web to maximize their spending. They need to consider factors such as how radio and digital can reinforce brand messaging, when each channel reaches users, and what type of users each addresses.


[Source: Mediamark]


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[By: Kagiso Mnisi]


The Pan African Space Station has proven to be a cut above the rest in the last three years as a free form medium for content curation. It is fundamentally a music platform that creates dialogue among musicians in the African diaspora and the rest of other pockets (space and time willing) PASS achieves this by merging well recorgnised radio formats and the grand narrative of Chimurenga publication. Founded by Ntone Edjabe in 2002, Chimurenga captures the connection between African (sub) cultures and politics on the continent and beyond. Since its inception, it has dared to challenge the world’s perception on people from the diaspora, especially the blinkered view that they are averse to any kind of advancement and critical thought. As with PASS another of the publications’ blessings is The Chronic.


This latest from Chimu people is this newspaper-majick with a gutsy approach to subjects. It has the likeness of a graph that perpetually curves from joyous to contentious and then beguiling. The front page dons alluring headlines such as Welcome To Zamrock, Land For Citizens & Homeland For Tribes, The Rise Of Pagad and the north-south international relation spar, No easy truce between Africa’s most powerful brothership : a piece written by Tolu Ogunlesi about the shaky relationship between South Africa and Nigeria.


Only Chimurenga’s Chronic can conjure newsworthy romanticism in the lateness of a Jazz musician, which they did with The night Moses Molelekwa died. The ability to evoke a close-to-heart sensibility without overlooking a story’s ‘b-side’ has always been the publications arrow head. This depth in its long form story telling even left CNN’s African Voices presenter, Nkepile Mabuse, asking Edjabe whether the publication ‘can be likened to The New Yorker’ in an interview.


Not a publication that prostrates over at the hands of a mechanised newsroom, The Chronic does not even have one. It is put together by a collective known as Chimurenga people who have insight on what is seismically changing the world as much as they do of a home brewed moonshine serving hangout in Nairobi or Gugulethu. This collective comprises of Dominique Malaquis, Stacy Hardy and other glory oozing contributors such as Sean Jacobs and Unathi Sondiyazi. These are the kind of folks that can school you on anything from Jomo Kenyatta’s declarations to how MF DOOM’s quotations of Charles Bukowski made him a mythical wonder in Hip Hop circles.


Simply put, The Chronic is a thriving example of how content can be made not to bore. It challenges the status quo of newspaper and magazine publishing. An important lesson to the industry that life is not only about the Gupta-  prefix cropping up in more than five pages of a  Sunday newspaper. Ultimately with The Chronic ‘who no know go know’. As they deservedly should. 


The Chronic is available at outlets such as Xarra book store, Constitutional Hill and some local spazas near you.


For more


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[By: Kagiso Mnisi]


In a world of convergence and relentless share of information, the radio industry has become a yarn of strands that are dependent on each other. The distinction between regional and national radio has become insignificant, all of this owed to the bottom-line which is to meet the prospects of advertisers. A case in point is the recent shake ups at stations where personalities have been crossing floors from one end to the other. Essentially stations are playing similar music and activating more or less campaigns, all on the  same turf even. The implication for both regional and national stations is that there is a swirl in a well pool to reach audiences with a disposable income.


The game has vastly changed since the days when stations like Kaya FM and YFM were ushered in as representatives of particular demographics of society. The globe has orbited slightly faster. Looking at the recent MTN Radio Awards, the gathering proved to be riddled with concurrent wavelenghths, in that the bar had been raised to an identical satisfaction regardless of geographical coverage of stations. Due to online media, stations are able to reach any pocket of the world.


The differentiating factor between stations is the crop of talent they have on board, especially personalities. The top line man or woman presenter at a particular station has to rise beyond the playlist and forge a presence that will endear listeners. As presenters hop from station to other, it is incumbent on a station hiring to do some due diligence. For instance, when it comes to presenters, Jacaranda looks at the presenter’s Facebook and twitter reach. This determines who he or she reached at their previous stations and any media exposure they might have had to get an idea of their fit and feel for the station.


Reinvention is also part of floor crossing whether the destination is regional or national. Presenters need to ‘repackage’ themselves constantly to keep careers going. An example would be of Tony Blewitt who was at 5FM and 94.7 Highveld before switching to older audiences on Classic FM. He now presents on  OFM, one of South Africa’s most successful inland regional stations.


Worn out as the expression ‘it’s a small world’  it rings true where radio is concerned. Advancements have narrowed the gap between national and regional. What has been left of this is the proverbial out-of- the-jock-booth sort of thinking by A&Rs and to strongly campaign in ways different from competitors.

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Ligwalagwala FM invades Phalaborwa

Posted by radio On May - 24 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

SABC Mpumalanga’s leading radio station Ligwalagwala FM is celebrating 31 years of broadcasting excellence by hosting a series of events around its foot print. The station will set Phalaborwa alive on May, 25 2013 in a form of a live broadcast at Mthunzi Bar Lodge & Car Wash in Lulekani township.


The listeners will witness a live broadcast of Asambe Drive Show hosted by DJ Madumane on Friday the 24th as build up to the main event on Saturday 25th of May. The Hit Parade (07h00 – 10h00), Sisonke Midday Grooves (12h00 – 14h30), The Zone (18h00 – 21h00) and Party Time Reloaded (21h00 – 00h00) will also air live from the venue.


This is going to be an intimate experience for music lovers. Vibrant DJs, AfroTellus, Madumane, Shabba and The Prince will set the decks alight.


“We are taking radio to our people particularly in far flanged areas; this is Phalaborwa’s turn to put face into the voices of their favourite presenters”. Said Mr Rio Mabunda, Ligwalagwala FM Station Manager.

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