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5 Years; 5 Towns; 5 Celebrations!

Posted by radio On April - 2 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

[Issued by: Trufm]

 

TruFM is celebrating its fifth year of existence on 2 April 2013. Like any other 5 year old they plan to be loud and proud about this exciting time. “Trufm is turning five and there are a number of reasons that call for serious celebrations. The station has increased its listener base from 246 000 to 299 000. The team at the station has worked hard to make sure that when the station celebrates its fifth birthday, we also celebrate the growth in listenership. The 2nd of April is a very important date for the station and we invite you to join the celebration and make sure that you listen for great giveaways.” said Thobeka Buswana, trufm Station Manager.

 

The station is running a trufan competition where listeners are requested to send their photos doing something with or for the station which proves that they truly are a fan of trufm, a trufan. Five fans will be called live on-air throughout the day on Tuesday 2 April and awarded with prizes for their undying loyalty towards the station. The five fans will also be VIP guests at the station celebrations.

 

The five celebrations will be a combination of three outside broadcasts and two events. The three OBs will be in Emazizini (12th) Mdantsane (13th) and Phumlani (26th). The broadcasts will be an opportunity for the station to give back to the communities that have supported trufm through this five year journey. Five families in need will be identified through an on-air campaign and awarded with grocery vouchers. The trufm broadcast area is fairly rural with listener needs ranging from education to jobs as well as basic home necessities. Groceries were identified as a way that the station can assist with this campaign.

 

The two events will be held in Queenstown (20th) and King Williams Town (27th). The station will have a Queenstown takeover where trufm will be seen broadcasting at different venues from the 18th as a build up to the main event which will be at the Indoor Sports Centre on the 20th. On the 27th the station will conclude its birthday month with an event at King Williams Town’s Botanical Gardens. Local artists are encouraged to contact Busi Mbatsha at the station for an opportunity to showcase their talent at both the Queenstown and King Williams Town events on 20 and 27 April respectively. The two days promise to be fun filled with many performances; prizes and interactions with the station’s presenters that the listeners love so much.

 

“It is very important for the station to go out and interact with the listeners we speak to on a daily basis and value so much. We want to share this exciting time with the people who make us who we are as a station. The station truly is nothing without its listeners.” Commented Sbongi Ngcobo, the Marketing Manager of Trufm.
The station encourages everyone to come out and have fun as we celebrate 5 years of broadcasting like no one else.

 
Keep it locked to 89.9 – 104.1fm for more details.

 

 

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South African International Music Mobility Fund

Call For Proposals

The South African International Music Mobility Fund (SAIMMF) is a joint one-year funding programme established by the SAMRO Foundation and the British Council. The SAIMMF offers opportunities for professional musicians and music industry professionals in South Africa to build links with artists, organisations and/or music professionals in neighbouring SADC countries and the UK. The programme is designed to support musicians and music professionals with an established practice in South Africa, but who have carried out little or no work internationally. 

 

The fund is designed to help musicians and music industry professionals build on already established domestic success and develop connections, markets and audiences in South Africa’s neighbouring countries and UK for their work.

 

The programme is open to individuals and organizations: 

who have received recognition for their work in South Africa

who do not have extensive international experience

whose work will benefit from launching better international networks –either musically/creatively or in terms of developing an audience for their work

who can demonstrate an interest in their work from an overseas partner or host.    

 

How much money can you ask for?

You may request up to ZAR 40,000. This amount must not exceed 80% of the total costs of the project. In exceptional cases, the grant may cover the entire eligible costs of the project if this is deemed essential to carry it out. If that is the case, the applicant must justify the request for full financing in the grant application form.

 

Who may request the grants?

Grants for individuals are available to: musicians, managers, promoters, producers, agents, groups (one member will need to take the lead and have the main responsibility for managing the application and any grant). All people participating in the project must be over 18 years old.      

                                                                                          

Grants for organisations are available to: music organisations and businesses (both for profit and non-profit), record labels, agencies, forums, associations, partnerships, local, regional and national organisations, groups of organisations (one will need to take the lead and have the main responsibility for managing the application and any grant).

 

For more information and how to apply please visit:

http://www.samrofoundation.org.za or alternatively http://www.britishcouncil.org.za/south-african-international-music-mobility-fund

 

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Zandile Nzalo talks radio

Posted by radio On April - 2 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

[By Kgomotso Moncho]

 

The name Zandile Nzalo may conjure up different descriptions from different people.  Although, the common thread may be the respect she commands in her stride. Those who’ve been in her presence will recognise the grace and poise with which she conducts herself.

 

This grace and poise seems to flow over into her fierce business acumen in the communications sector. But many will know and remember Zandile Nzalo for being part of the Radio Bop (Bophuthatswana) generation of broadcasters who may well have laid the foundation for the young black talent we now see across the English broadcasting landscape.

 

She is in there with the likes of Nothemba Madumo and Kgomotso Moeketsi and she is also included in the judging panel of the MTN Radio Awards.   With over 20 years experience in the media, Nzalo has worked as a producer and presenter for numerous broadcasters including SABC Radio and TV, Radio Bop, Bop TV, 702 Talk Radio and MNet.

 

She is currently the founder and managing director of Zanenza Communications, a business she established in August 2002. The company specializes in strategy development, public relations, event management and radio and television production.

 

Her business portfolio includes her having been General Manager of the MNet’s Channel O; Media director for LoveLife; CEO for the Association for Communications and Advertising and Acting CEO at the Indalo Yethu Trust.

 

She serves on a number of boards including the Council of the University of Johannesburg; the Gauteng Film Commission and Bokamoso Investment Trust. This is the third year she is judging in the MTN Radio Awards. And she sees this as an opportunity to gauge how radio is growing in this country.

 

“The MTN Radio Awards play an important role as they encourage new talent and help in the development of new talent. You can only get better when you’re recognised for what you do. Similarly this leads to the growth of the industry as advertisers see and recognise the power of radio and its wider reach,” says Nzalo.

In her observations of radio broadcasting, she feels a lot is not being done to give broadcasters extensive training. She speaks in her capacity as a product of Radio Bop, which was the training ground for many of the veteran black broadcasters in English led stations now.

“I remember I was given six to eight weeks of technical training alone, this before we got to on air training. That is how serious Radio Bop was about skilling their presenters. It’s a travesty these days that young people are not given the same kind of training. It is up to radio station managers to cultivate talent and an all rounded broadcaster, one who can conduct an interview intelligently and apply their mind,” she says.

 

Her experience allows her to practice her freedom of choice. She is able to decide in two minutes whether she’s taken in by a presenter or not, and she can switch to another station if she feels. The fact that she has these choices is what she loves about radio in South Africa. It is broad and diverse. She appreciates new talent and rates Siki Mgabadeli as one of the broadcasters she enjoys.

 

Although the MTN Radio Awards adjudicating process works with specialized criteria, Nzalo also gets to use her personal discretion. “Content is very important, as well as how a show is prepared. I have judged on current affairs and talk radio and here research is key. A broadcaster should be able to represent society’s views. A good music show should also have an interesting interaction with the listener. It needs preparation, relevance and societal content,” she says.

These below are the categories that Zandile Nzalo is responsible for in the MTN Radio Awards:

Breakfast Show – Commercial

Breakfast Show – PBS

Breakfast Show Presenter – Commercial

Breakfast Show Presenter – PBS

Business and Finance Show – None

Community Presenter – Community

Community Project – Community

Community Project – Commercial

Community Project – PBS

Community Project – Campus

Promotions Event – Community

Promotions Event – Commercial

Promotions Event – PBS

Promotions Event – Campus

 

 

 

      

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5FM rings changes in line-up

Posted by radio On March - 29 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

[Issued by: 5fm]

 

3 NEW 5FM DJs

 

From Monday 1 April 2013, you’ll hear the voices of 3 new 5FM DJs. 5FM is known to attract the best radio talent and are exceptionally proud to have Stephanie B, Ms Cosmo and Justin Toerien join the music powerhouse.

 

Proud Capetonian, Stephanie B, joins 5FM to host the 10pm–1am slot from Mondays to Thursdays, replacing the 5FM Power Nites shows. The vibrant Stephanie B is passionate about music and will bring you brand new 5FM tracks!

 

Ms Cosmo is arguably the hottest up-and-coming hip hop DJ in South Africa. She’ll be delivering a unique hip hop experience to you on Sunday nights, 10pm – 1am.

 

Joburg-based Justin Toerien started his career on campus radio and is a well-known voice on Regional radio. Justin joins us in the early morning slot on weekends from 1am – 4am.

 

It’s also great to have with us a new weekend newsreader, Vic Naidoo.

 

 

YOUR FAV SHOWS STAY THE SAME

 

5FM’s formidable daytime line-up of Gareth Cliff on 5FM Mornings (6-9am), Rob Forbes and Fix (9am-12pm), Rob Vember (12-3pm), The Fresh Drive (3-7pm) and The Roger Goode Radio Show (7–10pm) will continue to deliver edgy music and unique personalities exclusive to 5FM.

 

Weekends still kick-start with Thomas Msengana and the Weekend Breakfast team (7–10am).

 

 

SMALL CHANGES TO SOME SHOW TIMES

 

Due to popular demand, The Ultimix Weekend Edition – hosted by DJ Euphonik on Saturdays – gets an extra hour from 6-10pm (previously 7-10pm). That means more top class music entertainment getting you into Saturday night party vibe. (Live) 5 with Catherine Grenfell now takes up the hour between 5pm and 6pm.

 

5FM’s Beats by Demand (Sunday live request show, 10am-2pm) will find an extended home in The Fresh Drive, using mobile technology.

 

With Stephanie B now on at 10pm-1am Monday to Thursday, Angela Gaustella’s show now starts at 1am, ending at 4am, with Nicole Da Silva taking the reigns from 4-6am.

 

 

NEW LINE-UP (from Monday 1 April):

 

Monday to Thursday:

01:00 – 04:00 – Angela Gaustella

04:00 – 06:00 – Nicole Da Silva

06:00 – 09:00 – Gareth Cliff on 5FM Mornings

09:00 – 12:00 – Rob Forbes and Fix

12:00 – 15:00 – Rob Vember

15:00 – 19:00 – The Fresh Drive

19:00 – 22:00 – The Roger Goode Show

22:00 – 01:00 – Stephanie B

 

Friday

01:00 – 04:00 – Angela Gaustella

04:00 – 06:00 – Nicole Da Silva

06:00 – 09:00 – Gareth Cliff on 5FM Mornings

09:00 – 12:00 – Rob Forbes and Fix

12:00 – 15:00 – Rob Vember

15:00 – 19:00 – The Fresh Drive

19:00 – 22:00 – The Roger Goode Show

22:00 – 01:00 – The Shakedown with DJ Milkshake

 

Saturday

01:00 – 04:00 – Justin Toerien

04:00 – 07:00 – Dineo Lusenga

07:00 – 10:00 – 5FM Weekend Breakfast with Thomas Msengana

10:00 – 14:00 – 5FM Top 40 with Sureshnie Rider 

14:00 – 17:00 – Krazy Boy Weekends with KB

17:00 – 18:00 – (Live)5 with Catherine Grenfell 

18:00 – 22:00 – Ultimix Weekend Edition with Euphonik

22:00 – 01:00 – Saturday Night Fix with Fix 

 

Sunday

01:00 – 04:00 – Justin Toerien

04:00 – 07:00 – Dineo Lusenga

07:00 – 10:00 – 5FM Weekend Breakfast with Thomas Msengana

10:00 – 14:00 – Beats By Demand with Bongi Mbelu

14:00 – 17:00 – Krazy Boy Weekends with KB

17:00 – 19:00 – Poppy Ntshongwana

19:00 – 22:00 – My House with Euphonik

22:00 – 01:00 – Ms Cosmo 

 

 

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McKaiser exits 702 as Talk@Nine gets a new host

Posted by radio On March - 28 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

[Issued by: Talk Radio 702]

 

Talk Radio 702 and 567 CapeTalk have announced that respected news and radio personality, John Webb will be hosting Talk@Nine from Sunday, 31 March 2013.

 

Webb replaces the current host, Eusebius McKaiser, who has resigned. John Webb started with Talk Radio 702 as a reporter in the newsroom in 1999. He spent five years covering some of the biggest stories of the time including stints in the Congo and Iraq. He also hosted a Sunday afternoon current affairs show called Webb’s World on the station.

 

Webb moved on to Carte Blanche, where he honed his journalistic and broadcasting skills before spending some time in Ireland where he worked for a sports broadcaster. He returned to South Africa in February this year.

 

“I am thrilled to be offered the Talk@Nine show and to have this opportunity to engage with a vibrant audience,” said Webb. 702 Station Manager, Pheladi Gwangwa has thanked Eusebius for hosting Talk@Nine and wished him well for his future plans.

 

The change will be effective from Sunday 31 March 2013. Aubrey Masango will continue to present Talk@Nine on Friday nights. Talk@Nine broadcasts on Talk Radio 702 and 567 CapeTalk on weeknights and Sundays from 21h00 to 24h00.

 

For media queries, please contact Pippa Rowles on 082 365 6732 or e-mail pippar@primedia.co.za.

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[Issued by: EspAfrika]

 

The artist schedule for this year’s Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF) taking place in Cape Town in the first week of April has changed.

 

espAfrika, organiser of the Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF), announced this morning that due to Festival scheduling challenges, Jill Scott will now perform on  Saturday evening, 6th April 2013, and not on Friday 5th April 2013 as previously announced.

 

Buena Vista Social Club will perform on Friday 5th April as well as Saturday 6th April 2013. Festival director and CEO of espAfrika Rashid Lombard said “While we remain extremely excited about the 40 top artists from across the world that will perform at this year’s festival, we apologise for any inconvenience that this change may cause to our valued jazz fans”

 

For more information on this year’s event visit www.capetownjazzfest.com

 

For more information, photographs and interviews:

Njabulo Mngomezulu
Meropa Communications
+27 11 506-7322
njabulom@meropa.co.za

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Getting to know Dj Black Coffee

Posted by radio On March - 28 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

[By: Kgomotso Moncho]

 

Nkosinathi Maphumulo, known to the public as Black Coffee is South Africa’s sweetheart as well as a recognised music producer in the international house music scene. This is due to the creativity he brings to his production and at the heart of his success story and music hits, is a deep love of music and collaboration. He has been a game changer from the beginning and he raised the bar with the live recording of Africa Rising, a DVD of interpretations of his music with a 24 piece orchestra last year.

 

Just before this, he set a new record of a 60 hour DJ-ing set, aimed at raising funds for his foundation, which supports disabled people in the country. It was around the same time that he unveiled the curiosity around why he always DJs with one hand.

 

When he was just a teenager he was involved in a car accident that left his left arm disabled. This was during the celebrations of Nelson Mandela’s release when a speeding vehicle ran over the crowd and injured him. Black Coffee hails from Durban with some of his roots in Mthatha in the Eastern Cape and he reveals he was always been drawn to music as a child.

 

“I loved singing and dancing. When I got to Standard 5, I joined a music class until matric and never looked back,” he says. By that time he knew music was his calling, but the vision of dream became clear when he started dj-ing in high school and realised the kind of skills he had.

 

He developed his skills when he studied music at the then  Natal Technikon (now Durban University of Technology) and this is where he started a band called Shana with friends, Mnqobi ‘ Shota’ Mdabe and Demor Sikhosana, who are also active in the dance music scene in the country. Shana stands for Simply Hot And Naturally African and it is a vocally driven group with an emphasis on African rhythms and harmonies. The group has gone on to produce four albums. Black Coffee’s role in the group was not only limited to production, he also sings in the group.

 

This a talent that he kept obscure until the Africa Rising DVD, where he opened the show with a vocal solo, doing a Victor Ntoni classic, Wa Thula Nje. A remix of this is found in his second album, Have Another One. He says that was a deliberate move. “I wanted people to see that part of me and I was also paying tribute to the song and the legend behind it, who was also the highlight of that DVD recording,” says Black Coffee.

 

Back to his journey, he got signed to a record company in England called Melt 2000, while he was still studying music, which was a great achievement for him. In 2001 he was offered an opportunity to freelance for various clubs and promoters until securing residency at Voodoo Lounge night club in Pretoria. This is where he got mentored by the legends and pioneers of house music in South Africa, such Christos, Vinny da Vinci and Oskido. This was the most happening time for house music and clubbing and Pretoria was at the heart of it.

 

In 2003 he was chosen as one of two South African participants in the Red Bull Music Academy which gave him recognition in the South African and international  DJ scene. He has participated at the Sonar music festival, one of the largest music festivals in the world, and played with heavy weights such as Osunlade, Charles Webster and Frank Roger.   

 

He went solo with his self entitled debut album, which won him a SAMA award in the Best Dance category in 2006. Black Coffee’s signature became collaborating with and remixing other artists music. This included the likes of Hugh Masekela, with a remix of Stimela, which helped put the DJ out there. There were also collaborations and remixes of Mafikizolo, Thandiswa Mazwai, and Busi Mhlongo.

 

This signature can be seen as a way to encourage collaborations, especially between the young and the old musicians. But there were purist who saw this as music being tainted. Black Coffee’s reply to this is that, “Within House music there are so many sub genres, people must find good house music and pay attention.”

 

With South Africa now sitting as one of the biggest markets for house music, with the likes of German Producer and DJ, Ralf Gum, having moved to Cape Town, it seems there is truth to what Black Coffee saying. He released his second album, Have Another One in 2007 and his third, Home Brewed in 2010, which is probably one of his most defining albums to date. On it he features Ringo, Hugh Masekela, Zakes Bantwini and new talent Zano, Thiwe and Tumelo Ruele.

 

Talking about his work ethic, he says, “I love collaborating and partnering with people who can offer what I can’t. So when I started out I licensed my releases to different labels around the world and also according to the sound each label represented. My strategy is having a vision, focus and hard work.”

 

His biggest achievement remains the Africa Rising DVD whose highlight is having the late Victor Ntoni as part of the show. “I’m glad our path crossed and we learnt a lot from him. The whole show is the highlight of my life. The DVD represents the new Africa and getting our own dreams,” says Black Coffee.

 

His musical taste is anything that is soulful which includes influences ranging from Donny Hathaway, Curtis Mayfield, John Coltrane, to Ceelo Green, Anthony David, Dwele and many more.

 

He ends this interview with a gripe, and perhaps food for thought on the issue of musicians and their royalties in the country.

I wish the societies involved could get more innovative ways to make sue artists get the money due to them without any hassles, whether the money is from the broadcasters or live venues,” he says.    

 

 

  

 

   

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[By: Kagiso Mnisi]

Recent events at the ivory tower that is the SABC have attracted massive criticism from interest groups, overall media and anyone still seeing themselves a stakeholder to it. Marred by dubious operations and the nomination of an interim board chosen in haste has had the national broadcaster perpetually warding off lashings. The hardest hit in the sand storm has been Minister of Communication, Dina Pule. Vintage of an office bearer in the local political arena, she has shrugged off any form of accountability in the rot that has been festering at the SABC under her watch.

In an interview with Eusebius MacKaiser on 702’s Talk at nine, her ‘I don’t know what’s happening’ mantra became even more beguiling in not being ‘aware’ of board member, Pippa Green’s resignation. Through an analytical approach, Radiobiz lowers the boom on the SABC’s predicaments which include speculated government interference in operations, ailing programming and tarnished public relations. We put this challenge to Koffi M. Kouakou, Senior Lecturer and Scenario Planner at Wits Business School and Andrew K. Miller, communications strategist and regular contributor to Daily Maverick

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Koffi M. Kouakou

 

Radiobiz: What do you think it will take to make the SABC a credible, accountable and decent programming bastion with the interim board?

 

 

KK: Transparency, openness, strong and a capable board and executive leadership that can design credible and locally diversified programming for South Africa is the solution to restoring the confidence and credibility in the SABC. The government should have a limited role in selecting the board member and interfere into the day to day programming decisions. Nothing else will do it.

 

Radiobiz: Do you think there has been any change at the SABC from what it was pre-democracy?

 

KK: Of course there have been great changes at the SABC. However the changes have been mainly political and not mainly technical and programmatic. But the changes have been mainly cosmetic in terms of political appointments, government interferences, bad management of talent recruitment and poor content programming. And of course in addition there have been an exorbitant financial expansion spending spree and overall excessive expenditures that have almost bankrupted the public broadcaster. In short, the SABC has not leveraged its vast public broadcaster potential to help inform, entertain and influence much deeply the political and economic growth of South Africa. It could do better. The future of the SABC is in the balance and has to be managed carefully and fast if SA is to benefit greatly from its enormous public broadcaster potential.

 

Radiobiz: Some analysts and parties have come out saying that there was an ulterior motive from the government in choosing the interim board. Are these founded from an analytical point of view?

 

 

KK: In part the analysts’ viewpoints may be founded because of the rush in the nomination of the interim board members. The nominations didn’t seem to be transparent and opened to public scrutiny. There is great public concern about the process of recruitment of the board members and the assessment of their competency to provide sound management guidance to the executives of the SABC. However the government had little time to act in order to show itself to be resolute and manage the short term crisis of the SABC management. Hopefully the actual board members nominations and the recruitment of the executive will be transparent.

 

 

Radiobiz: What effective broadcasting models (from elsewhere in the world) can the SABC learn from to provide Radio, TV and online content that respects its audience?

 

 

KK: One of the most praised effective models of public broadcasters in the world is the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). The National Public Radio Network in the USA and Canada and the Australian Broadcasting are also useful models for the SABC to emulate. They have been successful in providing a basket of diversified content to their audiences at home and abroad.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Andrew K. Miller

 

Radiobiz: From a PR perspective, what does the board reshuffle at the SABC signal to the public?

 

AM: It signals more chaos. The public picks up on the reality of what’s going on, and then considers the PR issued by the organization after that. In a case like this, there is very little that can be done to alter the perception that the SABC is in a complete mess.

 

 

Radiobiz: What positioning device would best serve the SABC right now?

 

AM: As much honesty as possible. It will not serve the organization to create long winded explanations of why everything is fine, or will shortly be fine and so forth. This is a trap SAA is falling into at the moment. SAA is emerging with quite combative press statements and media interactions which bely a reality everyone can clearly see. The SABC needs to keep it short and keep it brutally honest. The less spin the better.

 

Radiobiz: Some analysts have described the SABC as not having broken ties with its past, how true is this in the modern day world of networks and transparency?

 

AM: National broadcasters are inherently political and so are very complex entities in any country in the world. There may be some truth in the statement that the SABC hasn’t detached from its past, but there’s probably equal truth in the idea that the organization is somewhat paralysed within the swirl of national politics in general.

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Sandton, Johannesburg – Kagiso Broadcasting has announced the immediate availability of Jacaranda FM and East Coast Radio applications for the new re-designed, re-engineered, and re-invented BlackBerry® 10 platform.

 

 

Both Jacaranda FM and East Coast Radio’s offers differ based on the regions and audience they serve, reaching approximately 2 million listeners respectively. Jacaranda FM is best known for playing the best mix of the 80s and 90s and creating radio that is innovative, informative and entertaining. While East Coast Radio offers an adult contemporary hit music format and a unique way of life on the east coast of South Africa.

 

“Using interactive media to support today’s digital audience is one of the key priorities for Kagiso Broadcasting. We’re adding value to our core market and making it easier for them to always be in touch with their favourite stations by offering apps for BlackBerry smartphone users”, said Managing Director of Radio at Kagiso Media, Nick Grubb.

 

“The apps offer a different level of engagement; taking radio to a smartphone that most of our audiences use, helps us to conveniently bring entertainment to our listeners,” said Grubb. “The best thing about the app is that it will not only be available for BlackBerry 10, but also for earlier versions of the BlackBerry operating system, meaning that most BlackBerry users around the country will have access to it.”

 

The applications are available as free downloads on the BlackBerry® World™ storefront.

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5FM Mornings with Gareth Cliff

Posted by radio On March - 26 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

[By: Kgomotso Moncho]

 

Gareth Cliff is known for his controversial comments, most of which are aired on his morning show, 5FM Mornings and for which he has earned a number of complaints from listeners.  The BCCSA knows all too well of this.

 

But it seems Cliff is not fazed because not much has changed. He has hosted the breakfast sow on 5FM since July  2006 and some listeners are still getting offended by the things he says. Recently, a very religious woman was offended when Cliff joked about how a clip of the newly elected pope sounded as if he was ordering vodka.

 

With seven years on the breakfast show, Cliff has also earned himself listeners who get his dry and wacky sense of humour. But what he manages to do and perhaps be commended for is making current affairs stick and inciting dissent and debate around it. His joke about the pope was linked to the fact that ChisaNyama owners were preparing to protest the proposed law to not allow the sale of alcohol on Sundays. So at the heart of his gags is the motive to tap into what society may be thinking about.

 

He’s the authoritative voice on the show, but he manages with a spirited team that consists of news anchor, Leigh-Ann Mol; executive producer, Thabo Modisane; Traffic presenter, Mabale Moloi,; Assistant producer, Damon Kalvari and sports presenter Sias Du Plessis. Together they have an interesting camaraderie which has been made fluid by the experience of working together. For a news reader, Leigh-Ann has a less serious approach to her which is refreshing, but also borders on the authority that comes with a news anchor.

 

Thabo Modisane has the kind of voice that makes one want to crack up and his personality adds to the wackiness of the show. Everyone has a role to play and they lend their voice when they should. The whole show feels like a good example of what a reality radio show could sound and feel like. It is wacky, but also laid back, as if the team is not trying to prove a point, but just being themselves. Things get real to the point where you can most times, almost hear what is happening in the background. It can get a little irritating however when Cliff comments in between a bulletin.

 

But when there are technical difficulties, his experience helps him keep his cool and his authority is tested. His humour and his views also keep his team on its toes and incite debate from within. When talking about President Zuma and the Freedom Front Plus’ dialogue on white people still holding a high financial position in the country’s economy, it made for an interesting discussion. Although, it felt like Moloi held herself back somehow, and was afraid to challenge Cliff. 

 

The music is a good mix of popular music. It adds to the fun vibes that the show exudes. 5FM Mornings, is probably one of the best breakfast radio shows in this country. It might rub others the wrong way, and might seem a little offbeat. But it is its eccentricity that makes the show what it is.  What’s more, that quality does not seem forced it feels organic. 

 

And when April comes, which is the time when the radio industry tends to announce new line up, the 5FM Mornings team should be sitting pretty.       

    

 

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