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Lotus FM provides the gift of Mobility

Posted by radio On April - 9 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

In celebration of Lotus FM’s 30th Birthday day, the station will be giving away 30 wheel chairs to 30 physically disabled listeners, whilst creating awareness of the needs, difficulties and abilities of people living with physical disabilities.


This initiative is sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, which is set to improve the lives of those who are handicap in our community by providing mobility.


Alvin Pillay Station Manager of LotusFM said, “We are a brand that is all about its community, its listeners and families.  Our mandate is to serve the community by resourcing and developing individuals who are less fortunate. These new wheel chairs will give those in need a new lease on life”.  This wheelchair project is designed to improve employment, independence, health and educational and economic opportunities for people living with physical disabilities.


If you are in need of a wheelchair please fill in an application form which can be found at LotusFM offices (100 KE Masinga Road Durban) or go to for more information. Applications close on the 30th April 2013.

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Radio according to Alan Khan

Posted by radio On April - 9 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

[By: Kgomotso Moncho]


Alan Khan is a well known name in radio circles. But more than that, Khan is a reputable media personality, as well as an academic. He is now the Senior Director of Corporate Affairs at the Durban University of Technology and is included in the judging panel of the MTN Radio Awards. He is a former CEO of Jacaranda 94.2; former deputy MD of East Coast Radio and a presenter of the weekday morning show there, called Big Breakfast. His career started at TNT Radio back in 1990. He joined Capital Radio 604 in 1993 and worked there until the station’s last day of broadcast on November 26, 1996. On television Khan presented Powerboating on Supersport in the 90s and co- hosted Am2day, a daily morning national TV show on SABC2. He has written for The Post in Durban as a sports columnist. In 2008 he gave a presentation at the third Annual African Media & Broadcast Congress of his paper on The Future of Radio in a Digital World: Is The Internet an Extinction Level Event For Radio? He always has radio on his mind. He speaks to Radiobiz about that and more.



What has your experience in radio revealed to you about the SA radio industry?  


The South African radio industry is in an interesting position. Whilst the regulator has licensed new commercial broadcasters, the big private media owners still dominate the landscape. This has resulted in shared content with common programming and news strategies and two or three sales houses that control radio advertising. These are not necessarily all negative concepts however, as technology and access to technology improves in South Africa, radio will have to evolve and the way we play the game will need to change.



Are you still actively involved in radio? 

Unfortunately not. After two decades in the industry, I needed a change and wanted to relocate back home to Durban. However, as Senior Director of Corporate Affairs at the Durban University of Technology, I’m often interviewed by radio stations in KZN and I still get excited every time I’m on air. I am now also a client and it’s been interesting sitting on the other side of the table, especially since I have some knowledge of what the media owners and broadcasters are trying to sell. My involvement as a judge in the MTN South African Radio Awards also keeps me close to the medium that I still love.



What does being involved in the MTN Radio Awards do for you? 

Personally, being a member of the judging panel allows me to play a positive role in acknowledging outstanding talent, great ideas, superb storytelling and broadcast innovation. It also gives me the opportunity to track new talent which is being nurtured on campus and community radio. The commercial radio industry will be reliant on this new talent to be original, to be innovative and to ply a significant role to ensure that radio remains relevant to a changing audience with new behaviours.


What observations have you made from the judging?

 I have been impressed by some of the talent on campus and community radio. If they are allowed to flourish and maintain their originality, then many have a successful future ahead. Then again, I have been left a little disappointed by the radio promotions and competitions. Many of these are copies or extensions of concepts from Australia, England or the USA. It would be good to see more original ideas coming through. I would love to see the audience becoming “the stars of the show!”


Which categories do you enjoy? 

 I always go to the campus and community categories first. Then, being a former breakfast and afternoon drive presenter, I’m keen to assess those entries, followed by radio promotions and news/talk/current affairs. I think that it is fantastic that the MTN South African Radio Awards also recognize Hall of Famers and Brightstars. 



How do you think radio is faring in the digital world today? 

They once said that video would kill the radio star! Well, VHS is dead but radio is still here! My gut feel is that the digital revolution will not be an extinction level event for radio. Certainly, it brings new challenges and increases the options for the audience but if radio can remain relevant to its market, continue to deliver local, original, fun and entertaining content, it will still have a fighting chance. South Africa has had unique developments. We are still waiting for the digital signal migration to materialize and once television goes digital, radio should be next, however, that could be some years away. At the end of the day, it’s all about the audience and if radio cannot retain and grow target markets, then there could be trouble ahead. You are already seeing media owners diversify from pure broadcasting. Many have invested in digital platforms, not just for content needs but for revenue generation too. In my opinion, the next 10 years will be a vital phase in the radio evolution.



Do you think there are areas local radio could improve on? 

Yes. I think presenters must be excellent storytellers. The art of delivering a good story in 30 seconds is disappearing. There should also be a renewed focus on original, fun and innovative promotions and concepts. Radio talent should be actively and consistently promoted. There has to be higher profiles for our leading on air talent in South Africa. It’s not just about the station brand. Then, I honestly believe that radio is about connecting people. Let’s be honest, it was one of the first forms of social media. I also love the fact that so many radio stations have a social conscious. The outstanding projects that take place around the country are a credit to the industry. Whether it be blankets, toys, teddy bears, food parcels, schools, rhinos or awareness in the fight against domestic violence, rape and child abuse, radio does its bit. The industry really has the ability to change people’s lives for good! 



It’s often said that the media cannot tell you what to think, but what to think about. What is the sole role of radio to you? 

Someone once said that “people don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care.” It’s all about the people! From the audience, to the presenter, the sales executive to the client, the programme manager to the marketing experts. Radio must connect with the consumer and for that to happen, radio needs to have intimate knowledge of their audience. And with that knowledge, radio can start making the relevant connections to satisfy their consumer’s needs. Radio must remember that what people want and what people need is not always the same thing!



What makes good radio? 

Radio has to compete in the battle of the attention economy. As it faces the challenges of a world in evolution, a digital environment and a changing audience – radio has to be relevant, be local, be original, be fun and connect with the consumer. Radio must focus on connecting people. But one thing is certain, increased competition coupled with a changing digital world is forcing radio to up its game and evolve, which can’t be a bad thing.




Anything you’d like to add?  

I would like to congratulate all the winners at the 2013 MTN South African Radio Awards. I am also proud of the Hall of Fame and Brightstar recipients. I would also like to thank Lance, Taryn, Michelle, Jeremy and the entire team at the MTN South African Radio Awards for their passion, commitment, dedication and support of South African radio.



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Matona Sakupwanya on judging radio

Posted by radio On April - 8 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

[By: Kgomotso Moncho]


When it comes to women in radio who have become influential in their work, Matona Sakupwanya is right up there with the rest. But she is not one to let gender define or influence how she works. She much prefers to see herself as an individual passionate about the radio medium.


Known for being station manager of Metro FM from 2006 to 2011, a period during which the station grew exponentially, Matona’s extensive experience in radio has seen her come through the ranks in sales and marketing, before heading up one of South Africa’s biggest commercial radio stations.


After leaving Metro she was appointed General Manager at Primedia Unlimited, heading up a division called Mallworx. She is now General Manger at Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB) and is judging the MTN Radio Awards for the first time this year.


Her work at RAB sees her promoting the medium she is passionate about as a primary advertising platform. This is done by improving the level of familiarity and favourability towards radio and enhancing its perception as an effective advertising tool, as well as developing and maintaining relationships within the advertising and marketing industries.


Her vision is to continue to champion the cause of radio by educating and guiding marketers and agencies in the effective use of the medium, thereby growing radio’s revenue share in SA. What she loves about radio is its immediacy, flexibility and ability to move with the ever evolving media landscape. But here’s what she finds exciting about radio right now. “The right station with the right message and the right frequency will yield good returns. Also, as digital media grows, radio is brilliantly positioned as it is the medium that synergises best with digital platforms. Radio compliments the way people are using social media and radio promotions and campaigns can create great content which can be leveraged in social media. All of this takes the client’s message further,” she says.


She feels the growth of the MTN Radio Awards is an indicator of the growth of radio and that its recognition of achievements and talent within the entire broadcast radio industry can only be a good thing for our industry. Having headed up the largest commercial radio station in the country and the second largest in listenership has given her a well-rounded view and capacity to gauge what works and what doesn’t and this, she says, helps her in her judging responsibilities.


“What I personally look for are presenters and shows as well as content that grab attention. This by no means infers being ‘loud’ but rather speaks to content that kept me listening or wanting to hear more. I enjoyed all the categories I judged, but must say that judging Programming Innovation was very exciting,” Matona says. According to her what makes good radio is programming that is in-touch and reflective of its listeners and on-air personalities that are knowledgeable & entertaining.


Talking about her observations from her many years of experience and what the radio industry has revealed to her, Matona says, “Radio is a powerful medium in our country.  It still reaches more than 80% of the population across all LSM groups. It excels at reaching just about everyone – It’s quite frankly the medium for all South Africans. Although this might be the case, the industry hasn’t yet embraced the medium to its full capabilities and this is evident in the revenue figures. This shows that there is a lot of work for us to do to change the latter.”  

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[By: Kgomotso Moncho]


5FM has a quota of 30% local music but has specific shows intended strictly for local content with shows such as Live to the Power of 5 / (live)5 featuring local artists performing live.  


But according to musician and radio producer, Zarcia Zacheus, this is still not enough. “When one looks at how many local artists are producing really amazing work and compare that with the percentage of local music that is played on our radio stations then it makes you realise that the percentage of local music played is still too low. However, when tackling the debate on how much local music is played on our radio stations one should bear in mind that these conditions (local to international music ratios) are outlined in the licensing conditions and radio stations are then obliged to fulfil these conditions,” she says.


She goes on to say that in recent years the quality of music produced has increased tremendously yet airplay on radio does not reflect that. “So, I think that the “quantity but quality” reason was good at first, but has to a certain extent become a lame excuse used by stations that are reluctant to schedule local music. In an ideal world radio stations would still be conscious of the fact that we are part of a global village and also remain conscious of the responsibility that we have – the telling of our local stories and the scheduling of local music,” Zacheus adds.


Mothusi Thusi, A&R Assistant at Universal Music and band member of The Fridge, says there has been a slight increase in local music content on radio, but it hasn’t been monumental. He emphasizes that international music still dominates. His band The Fridge is one of many groups that are doing amazing things in the live music scene, but may never make it onto radio.   


Respected composer, singer songwriter and musician, Concord Nkabinde, acknowledges the willingness from radio stations to increase the percentage of local music played, but feels there is still room for improvement. His take is that there’s a need to find ways not only to increase the quota but to also monitor and enforce more local music content across the board.


“The issue of low local musical content, particularly on radio, is not an issue of musical taste but a lack of vision and understanding on the part of those in key positions. They do not seem to see how crucial it is to protect and nurture the ‘conscience’ of a nation through the arts. In a world with so many loud & contradicting voices, we need to be constantly reminding ourselves of who we are and how special that is.


It doesn’t help that people who make decisions on radio’s musical content are often “celebrities” who are known for ‘loving’ music but may have little or no insight and understanding of music itself and the power music carries towards building a nation that takes pride in itself. It also does not help that advertisers’ funding is what sustains radio stations and they therefore dictate the content,” he says.


Nkabinde also points out that more exposure and awareness of local music to locals has great potential on general music industry growth as well as the growth of the live music circuit with more active music venues and even increased music sales. “The idea is not to just increase the percentage of local content on radio but we also need a strong political will and a focused business vision that will speak to a true commitment to developing the consciousness of our people,” he says in conclusion.


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[Issued by: 94.7 Highveld Stereo]


Exciting line-up changes have been announced by commercial broadcaster, 94.7 Highveld Stereo. Promising more entertainment and listener interaction, the new shows incorporate a fitting mix of programming for the diverse audience.


As from Monday the 1st of April, 2013, the popular 22h00- 01h00 weekday slot was hosted by Alex Caige. This show will be simulcast between 94.7 Highveld Stereo in Johannesburg and 94.5 KFM in Cape Town, and will reflect the happenings and energy around both cities. Alex will be taking over the reins from the current Ryan Seacrest show. Known for his enthusiastic and fearless nature, Alex has fast become one of the most talked about prodigies in the entertainment industry. Joining campus radio station, TUKS FM in 2008, Alex immediately started making waves with his unique presenting style and infectious energy.


Winning Best Campus Daytime Presenter at the 2012 MTN Radio Awards, Alex has recently been listed as a finalist for his campus breakfast show, Bang Bang Breakfast, and for his Sunday breakfast show on 94.7 Highveld Stereo, in this year’s upcoming awards show. These nominations among others are indeed testament to the enormous talent and abilities that Alex holds.


In 2012, Alex Caige joined 94.7 Highveld Stereo as an overnight presenter, while learning the technical controlling aspect of the Breakfast Xpress alongside Darren Simpson, Sam Cowen and Vin Deysel, before taking over the reins of the Sunday Breakfast show.  It’s extremely exciting to be taking on this new show, which will be broadcast across two cities and two stations. Listeners can expect lots of fun and exciting content!? said an elated Alex. MacGyver Mukwevho, widely known as MacG, cut his teeth in the broadcast world in 2000 as a presenter to popular kids TV show, Craze. After deciding to pursue his radio career, MacG has successfully hosted a variety of shows on one of Johannesburg’s biggest youth stations, YFM.


In 2011, Mac G moved to Gauteng based radio station 94.7 Highveld Stereo and currently hosts a show called 94 Hits in a Row on Saturday nights from 18h00-midnight and the Sunday evening show between 18h00-21h00. MacG is known for heating up dance floors with house and dance music at the biggest events around South Africa. His successes have landed him the opportunity to tour Africa with MTV Base’s Club MTV Base, performing in both Angola and Mozambique.


From the 1st April, MacG started hosting the Early Morning Breakfast Show every weekday between 04h00-06h00. Expected to feature light-hearted entertainment, MacG’s natural talent and on air skills have certainly faired him well for the role ahead. 94.7 Highveld Stereo is committed to growing young talent and honing their skills and abilities. said Programme Manager, Ravi Naidoo. You can follow Alex Caige (@AlexCaige), MacG (@Mac_G) and 94.7 Highveld Stereo (947Highveld) on Twitter for further updates.

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Sizwe Zako, Dr. Thomas Chauke and the late Johannes Kerkorrel (Ralph John Rabie); legendary musical icons who have left indelible marks across multiple music genres over the decades, will receive the MTN SAMA 19 Lifetime Achievement Award sponsored by Amstel which comes with a cash prize of R15 000 at the 19th Annual MTN South African Music Awards (MTN SAMA 19) at the Sun City Superbowl.


“Sizwe Zako, Dr. Thomas Chauke and Ralph John Rabie (posthumously) are irreplaceable pillars in South African music and their significant contributions to the arts can never be underestimated and they are truly deserving of this honour”, said MTN SAMA CEO Nhlanhla Sibisi. These three very talented recipients showcased their music to the whole world and proved to be amongst the most successful musical exports that South Africa has ever produced.


“As Amstel we believe in taking time for the things that really matter, and for those artists who have taken their time and achieved the pinnacle of success in music there is only one award, the MTN SAMA Lifetime Achievement Award which brings this belief to life. All three worthy recipients have shown that when you love what you do, and you take your time to be the best you can be, greatness in inevitable,” Lizeanne Kronk, Brand Manager Amstel Lager.


Johannes Kerkorrel (Ralph John Rabie) is a posthumous recipient of the award and was a prominent icon of the alternative Afrikaans music scene. He was a significant player in the vibrant cultural movement that sprung up during the 1980’s as popular resistance to apartheid gathered momentum. Johannes Kerkorrel was a true African in every sense of the word. He promoted the concept of a rainbow nation even before the term was coined. He wrote songs that made you realise that you had certain emotions that you never knew you had and encapsulated a true South Africaness.


Johannes Kerkorrel passed away at the age of 42, on 12 November 2002. The country that had alternately loved and loathed, repelled and inspired him, celebrated his life in a wave of tributes. Sizwe Zako is a household name throughout the Southern African region. His obsession is to continue making great music and, in the process, unearth a galaxy of musicians whose fortunes are changed for the better.


The array of superstars that have benefited from his well-crafted designs and innovations as a keyboard player, a composer, a producer, owner of a studio with the best technology and a record company, include the late Vuyo Mokoena, Ebony, Pastor Khaya Mayedwa, Rebecca Malope and Peter Mokoena. These are not the only artists that have confirmed Zako as a genius. Of course, there are many others.


If anybody can be accredited with harnessing the genre of gospel music in Mzansi – which has exploded like showers of blessings – it is Sizwe Zako. For what seems like a lifetime Dr. Thomas Chauke na Shinyori Sisters have been in the forefront of Shangaan/Tsonga music. In a career spanning over 32 years, Thomas Chauke has released over 30 albums under his flagship: Shimatsatsa meaning ‘a beautiful woman’ which has earned him cumulative sales in excess of two million and more South African Music Awards in the Tsonga Traditional category than any other musician.


Born in Salema Village, Limpopo; Thomas Chauke releases a new album annually which every time goes on to reach Gold, Platinum or Double Platinum status. When it comes to Tsonga Traditional music, there is no-one who can match Thomas Chauke’s gift and achievements. Thomas has added his unique voice to a music genre that is beloved in his home region of Limpopo Province.


Sizwe Zako, Dr. Thomas Chauke and Ralph John Rabie will be honoured during the MTN SAMA 19 ceremony on Friday 10 May 2013 at Sun City’s Royal Ballroom which will be broadcast by SABC 1 at a later stage.

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Comfortable Turn At The First Avenue

Posted by radio On April - 4 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

[By: Kagiso Mnisi]


Consider a show that amalgamates one of the personalities to first ever dare play a local hip hop song on national radio. The first to command mass appeal in the youth of his generation from the days of Bop radio and then continue on a more grandiose scale at Metro FM throughout the rest of his career. But then the alchemy just would not measure up if he was not joined by a former  Y-generation star whose run at the regional youth station was representative of the urban bohemia of the early 2000s. Now that is a perfect dose to liven up the dreariest of mornings. 


In bluntness it means that most listeners’ eye cracks are being wiped by Glen Lewis and Unathi Msengana on Metro FM’s breakfast show, The First Avenue, if those calibrations are gotten right. No longer up-starts of years gone by, the two now give a show aimed at the young at heart and career ladder climbing young professionals alike.


Just as any show garnered for a difference in opinion as the two have constantly displayed, a buffer to smooth things out is well needed. This comes byway of the composed Melanie Bala who has evolved plentifold from her 90s stint as a starry eyed host of the music show Studio Mix. Bala acts as mediator and resident news breaker on the show, which if considering market and format, she trumps even some of the trusted voices in news delivery and verification active in the medium.


Glen Lewis’ presence at Metro FM has been a journey of twist and turns, the personality however boasts a tenure that most can only dream of in the radio space. His musical sensibility also reached a zenith whilst being part of the Metro team with the release of various house compilations and a season long appearance on local soapie Muvhango. His role as a lead figure in The First Avenue has marked remnants similar to his route on radio; this is seen in the steady (and now admirable) appeal to the station’s audience which SA Advertising Research Foundation found that it significantly contributed to the overall 5,9million listenership. Not having peaked on the MTN Radio awards roster makes for an interesting debate as to whether the shows needs a of trophy validation to prove that it is doing something right. The answer would be a stark no; The First Avenue plays by rules that apply to a self-fostered attitude.


Teams of three on morning drive shows are a mere song but an addition of another makes them a gospel to abide by during troubled early hours. The forth element in the show comes in the form of sports presenter, Sizwe Mabena who has to hold the stations flag high when competing with other commentators about developing matters on the field.


However the main anchors have had their own fair share of woes career wise, it is a notably remembered lore that Glen Lewis exchanged airwave blows with DJ Fresh during the latter’s YFM era. Their spat was a wave of giggle worthy parodies about each other on who has the bragging rights to alpha maledom when behind the mic. But like two warring rappers would bob and weave against each other through heated slander in the public eye, nobody knows the beginning and end of what is genuinely personal or gimmick for sake upping ratings. In Unathi’s case, a refusal to host a show on Women’s day at the command of her then station manager, Bondo Ntuli, at YFM was laid bare on tabloid pages.



The First Avenue has put the two in a stasis of rejuvenation with the evocation that there is no longer nothing to lose (for now). The show’s features have a healthy mix of structured tone, charisma and where needs be a purposefully whimsical value add for the listeners. A feature such as ‘Today In History’, is one that has been pummeled to death on radio shows across the board, in the wake of the fun fair that is The First Avenue, it is greased with light conversation drivers such an announcement by the team a few odd shows ago that a particular day was commemorated as a ‘No Gossip Day.’ That is the precise dosage that has kept ears listening, one with palatable chemistry. It may have been a slip and slide career for the main anchors but their latest formula renders them comfortable and with no immediate contender depriving them of glorious sleep at night. For in the morning all those who have come full circle are going one way, straight to The First Avenue.


The First Avenue comes alive every morning on weekdays from 06:00 – 09:00

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Eusebius MacKaiser, the new doyen

Posted by radio On April - 4 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

[By: Kagiso Mnisi]


Brainy is the new sexy! You would expect a glossy to splash such a puffy headline when speculating trends. Maybe even have a cover-style smile of Rhodes and Oxford educated Eusebius Mckaiser on it to give the story mileage. Mackaiser is best known for his Talk At Nine show on 702 where he has put many a guest to cerebral task with his questions. His nomination for news and actuality presenter (commercial radio) at the MTN radio awards comes at a ripe time concurrent to his best seller, A Bantu In My Bathroom, at reputable book stores. The book gives his insight into race, sexuality and other uncomfortable issues in this here land.



Talk At Nine is for those night owls who would rather give TV a wide berth to listen into relevant topics affecting the country. As a slave to philosophy, Eusebius bolsters reasoning in the show’s make up for an analytical and at times contentious experience. This same gusto made him all the more likeable to a ‘thinking’ television audience when he presented Interface on SABC 3. His departure from the show had many lingering questions one being whether he was too much of a hot potato for the national broadcaster. His way of clearing the air via was that “the SABC wanted to pay me a mere R4 000 monthly wages, that is R1000 per show as producer/presenter. So I had no choice but to resign.” Beyond the money aspect an incident of a cabinet minister and NPA spokesperson report to the SABC that Mckaiser ‘disrespected’ them after an on air grill, gave presenter credibility to peers. What else is a commentator to do if not hold power to account?


As a bibliophile, Mackaiser’s show has a feature known as The Literature Corner where he invites guests to chat about literary work. During one of these he once had Bongani Madondo to talks about a mutual respect and love they both have for late author Sello K. Duiker. The parallels in this are that Duiker was a Rhodes scholar just as MacKaiser and long time ‘literary sparring partner’ to Madondo. Eusebius Mackaiser’s appreciation for literature extends beyond the cosmetic into a realm of genuine involvement such as giving talks about its significance for the development of a nation.


Not one to be cagey about self-awareness, he has in many media appearances voiced that he is part of an educated middle class and as journalist Karima Brown said, “a champion” of it. The local media space seldomly or frankly never has personalities who are able to position themselves as brainyacks who can still party. If his tweeter timeline is anything to write home about, the man does exactly that with references to popular material, when taking not giving his followers the general political dose he excels in.


As a contender to John Perlman and David O’ Sullivan for the MTN Radio Awards, the new brainy is making enough noises to clinch himself a title. He is in so many ways ‘the guy to keep an eye on’ and a first to the local media space. Face it!



A day after this story was conceived, Eusebius Mackaiser announced that he will no longer be part of 702 and will join the soon to be launched Power fm SA



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[By: Kgomotso Moncho]


There used to be a time when there was something called: South African Music Week. This was a campaign that had local radio stations playing more South African music than usual. This was seen by many as a disgrace that local music was allocated a week of celebration in its own country.


The South African Music Week does not exist any more, but the debate about whether there’s enough local music content being played on South African radio, is still ongoing. On the one hand you have artists complaining that they’re not getting airplay and on the other the radio industry continues to defend itself against these complaints, with some saying radio is doing far more than it’s been given credit for.


In the middle of this seems to be an un-nurtured relationship between radio and music industry professionals; the argument on whether South African artists produce the quality and quantity of music required for radio airplay and a discussion on whether or not radio stations meet the differing  local music quotas stipulated in their licenses by Icasa. And then there are the questions: what do the listeners really want; does radio inform what they want, inherently influencing what they have come to want? What about heritage restoration? Does that in any way inform the reason behind putting local music on radio?


Over the last few years there has been a moderate increase in the amount of local music being played on radio. This has been influenced by a number of things. Community radio station Tuks FM has always been about playing local first and has made a name for itself for putting local rock bands on the map. Marketing Executive at Tuks FM, Tony Graham says, “Our licence says that we have to play a minimum of 40% local music. That’s never been a problem for us and we always play way more than that.”


Radio 2000 is one of a few radio stations playing relatively more local music. “As a facility based PBS station our local content quota is 60% local music,” says the station’s programmes manager, Siyanda Fikelepi.


With the ongoing emergence of good contemporary artists such as Zonke and Lulu Dikana, Zahara, Maleh, Lira, Kabomo, Afrotraction, Toya Delazy and others, radio stations have had to put their quality music on air.


House music has become very popular in the country, making South Africa one of the biggest markets of the genre and local artists and producers have taken advantage of this. Producers who used to just compile international house hits are now taking to producing original music. This has given rise more local house music productions with the likes of Mi Casa taking things further by adding a live element. 


Adil More who presents the Metro FM Experience, a chart show on Saturday afternoons, says his show is a window into what the Metro FM sound is about. “Close to 60 to 70% of the music in the chart show is national music. The best part about this is that many of the artists on the chart go on to be nominated in the Metro FM Music Awards,” he says.


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The finalists in the Station of the Year, the My Station Awards, and the various nomination categories for the 4th Annual MTN Radio Awards have been announced. Chairman of the MTN Radio Awards, Rich Mkhondo says: “The overall quality of entries and the strength of the nominations made our task of selecting the finalists extremely tough. I am sure that there will be huge celebrations when the winners are announced at the Gala Dinner on 13th April.”


MTN Radio Awards CEO, Lance Rothschild says: “There were some extremely interesting revelations in the My Station voting category, the category where listeners vote via SMS for their favourite station. We received many exceptional nominations for the Hall of Fame and for The Bright Stars. I am confident that the most deserving of the nominees have been selected and will be recognized, and acknowledged in this year’s MTN Radio Awards.”


“I am really looking forward to acknowledging all the winners at the MTN Radio Awards,” says Serame Taukobong, Chief Marketing Officer of MTN SA. “We are proud of our sponsorship of these awards as I believe that these awards benefit the entire industry, and most importantly, they benefit radio listeners.”


The Gala Banquet will take place at the Sandton Convention Centre on Saturday 13th April.



The Finalists


Hall of Fame:


  • Jeremy Mansfield – Retired Breakfast Show Host
  • Khotso Nkhatho – Executive Producer of Drama at Lesedi FM
  • David Ramekosi – Radio Pulpit Producer and Presenter
  • Saffee Siddiqui – (deceased) Presenter on Lotus FM
  • Zwelakhe Sisulu – (deceased) Former CEO of the SABC
  • Terry Volkwyn – CEO Primedia Broadcasting




  • Seema Diahnan – East Coast Radio
  • Nick Efstathiou – OFM
  • Tshepo Makhubela – VOW FM
  • Rayhaanah Omar – Radio Islam
  • Nonala Tose – Umhlobo Wenene FM


Lifetime Achiever


  • To be announced on 13 April 2013 at the gala event


My Station Award – Most Votes


Ligwalagwala FM Motsweding FM Radio Tygerberg Ukhozi FM uMhlobo Wenene FM


My Station Award – Most Loyal Listeners


LENZ FM Mix 93.8 FM Radio Islam Radio Pretoria Tuks FM


Station of the Year – Campus


MFM 92.6 PUK fm 93.6 Tuks FM    


Station of the Year – Community


Impact Radio 103 FM Radio Khwezi Radio Islam Radio Tygerberg  


Station of the Year – PBS


Lotus FM Munghana Lonene FM SAfm Ukhozi FM uMhlobo Wenene FM


Station of the Year – Commercial


567 Cape Talk 5FM East Coast Radio Kaya FM 95.9 Talk Radio 702







Source: MTN Radio Awards

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Heart FM closes its doors to lend a helping hand

As Youth Month kicks off, Heart FM will be paying homage to the youth of the Western Cape with its 16 […]

RSG wins again at Afrikaans media awards

Last Friday, the annual ATKV (Afrikaanse Taal en Kultuur Vereniging) media awards were presented at the stylish Katy’s Palace Bar […]

Heart FM brings a known voice to Mid-Morning Show

 Heart FM makes a change to its mid-morning show that’s certain to be well received. The station is moving one of Cape […]

SAfm announces new line-up

SAfm remains a radio station with the largest footprint in South Africa, and it is important to refresh, strengthen and […]