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CNBC AFRICA, Africa’s largest business television news channel, will be hosting a LIVE debate at the upcoming World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland. The 2013 forum will take place from January 23 to January 27. The hour-long broadcast of the debate ‘De-Risking Africa’ will be hosted by CNBC Africa’s senior anchor Bronwyn Nielsen from 3pm CAT.

 The esteemed panellists include:

 Goodluck Ebele Jonathan – President of Nigeria

·         Jacob G. Zama – President of South Africa

·         Aliko Dangote – President and Chief Executive Officer, Dangote Group, Nigeria

·         Louise Arbour – President and Chief Executive Officer, International Crisis Group (ICG), Belgium

·         Sunil Bharti Mittal – Chairman and Group Chief Executive Officer, Bharti Enterprises, India

“CNBC Africa’s attendance as a debate broadcaster at this year’s forum is the first by an African television station. This is a notable milestone in the history of our channel as it indicates recognition of the role the channel is playing in disseminating information about Africa’s investment and trading opportunities,” said Roberta Naidoo, Managing Director for the ABN Group.

 Around 2,200 participants gather for the event every year, attending some 220 sessions over the week-long forum which unites international politicians, business leaders and journalists from across the globe to discuss and shape global, regional and industrial agendas with regards to economics, health and the environment.

 “CNBC Africa’s presence in Davos is testament to the growth and interest that Africa is increasingly generating on the global economy,” said Godfrey Mutizwa, CNBC Africa’s Chief Editor. “The De-Risking Africa debate featuring the leaders of the continent’s biggest economies and its biggest investor last year, will be an important window into the continent’s growth drivers.”

 

 

Issued By: CNBC Africa

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LOTUS FM CELEBRATES 30 YEARS ON AIR

Posted by radio On January - 15 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

Issued by: Lotus FM

Thirty years in life sounds short, but when it comes to radio, 30 years is a lifetime. When these 30 years have been filled with Festive bhangra’s, dazzling events, pure Indian music, slapstick comedy, outside broadcasts and cultural victories one will know they’re celebrating a milestone.

What started out as a radio station broadcasting in Durban to mainly the Indian community has today become one of South Africa’s most–loved Indian Radio Station.  

Indian programmes started in Natal in 1932 and were broadcast from the old studios in the Durban City Hall on Mondays and Fridays from 18:00 – 18:20. There were no ‘live broadcasts and the programmes in Tamil, Telegu, Hindi, Urdu and Gujerati consisted entirely of music played on gramophone records. The very first announcer was the late Abel Peters who was known as ‘Thunderbolt’.

The Indian programmes were always broadcast from the transmitters of the English Radio Service at the SABC. In 1983 the SABC realised that there was a great need for a fully-fledged radio station aimed at the Indian community. Isabel Van der Linder was the first Station Manager, followed by Fakir Hassen who was appointed as station manager from 1985 until 1995. His tenure was followed by Khalik Sheriff, then Naresh Veeran, Shanil Singh, Gail Samuels and currently Alvin Pillay heads up the station.  

Thirty years down the line, the station has broadened its listenership and reaches a countrywide audience. With more than 360 000 listeners – the station has been hailed for keeping Indian culture alive.

Lotus FM celebrated its 30th birthday on the 8th of January 2013 and what better way to have started the day than not just listening to your favourite radio station but watching a live simulate broadcast on SABC’s Expresso Morning Show.  

The show featured Lotus FM’s Morning Rush Show driven by one of their most talented presenters Neville Pillay and his team, who was also accompanied by Station Manager Alvin Pillay, Marketing Manager Donne Henry and Programmes Manager Santosh Beharie.

Lotus FM further heated the airwaves with a surprising birthday line-up, showcasing previous and existing on-air presenters, airing the best of 30 years. The finale was the Top 30 song competition count down, revealing song 45. Radha (Album – Student of the Year) as number 1 and our lucky Lotus FM winner walking away with R30 000 cash prize.

Station manager, Alvin Pillay says: “For an Indian radio station which has become multi-cultural, the station has now grown into a big national radio station and this is fantastic for us.  Let us continue supporting the station, so that it enjoys many more birthdays.”

 

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A CLOSER LOOK INTO ALEX FM 89.1

Posted by radio On January - 15 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

By: Boitumelo Mmakou

 

Community radio stations have had difficulties with staying relevant over the years, due to the rise of internet radio, and the competing occupancy of commercial radio fast growing, community radio stations have thus had to come up with much more innovative ways to keep in touch with the community and stay relevant, and more than anything build a huge number of listenership.

 

Image by:Tilo Mokgopo and
Kopano Sibeko-Alex Pioneer.

One such a radio station is Alex FM, “We are a radio station that speaks primarily to the community and create an open platform for the community” says Chris Matlhaku, content manager of the station. The station lives through its motto of being the spirit of the community. Its main purpose has been to serve in the interest of the community and make a difference in each person’s life, “Some of the work that we do, which is listed on the terms of our license is to help the community find missing persons, for unemployed people to find jobs, students who are doing well to get bursaries and advertise local businesses. We are all about community empowerment” states Chris. Thus, the attitude of Alex FM besides providing quality broadcasting is to provide fresh content that will appeal to the community. Alex FM ensures that the 91000 listeners in Alexandra and the surrounding areas such as Sandton, Marlboro, Kempton Park, Limbro Park, Midrand, Tembisa, Edenvale and Germiston know what is happening in and around their neighbourhoods.

 

It is a radio station by the people for the people, presenters at the station work on a volunteer basis. They are people who are based in the community and know their community well. Through the Alex FM internship program, the station is working on empowering young people in the area by providing a window into the world of radio broadcasting. Through the program, the station hopes to help interested community members build a career within the media industry.

 

There are always challenges that come with running a community radio station and according to Chris, finance is a challenge for Alex FM “One of our challenges is finance, because we are a small community radio station, we will always be defined as that, we do not always get the funding that we need. Advertiser would rather invest their money in a station with a larger audience. We rely on government funding and assistance”. The radio station continues to produce content that is not highly influenced by its sponsors, and government funding, and provides objective information, entertainment and music that cater for their audience.

 

Due to lack of funds the station has overcome many hurdles since its establishment in 1994. In 1998 Alex FM renewed a four year license with the Independent Broadcasting Authority, but the change of management during that time, lack of communication between those with the radio station and lack of sponsors, the station failed to renew the contract in 2001.

 

The license issues of Alex FM have also affected the location of the radio station; Alex Sankopano a well known community centre at 12th Avenue was home to Alex FM during 1995 till 2001; however the station relocated to 69  2nd Avenue in Alexandra after the renewal of their license in 2008.  “The relocation of the radio station has affected us as a brand, people who knew the old location are still going to the old address when they need us, we have had to put up bill boards with our new address to create awareness of our new home” says Chris . The full come back of Alex FM in 2008 introduced a new host of presenters, equipment and vibrant energy. Since its return on air, it has been fighting an uphill battle to remain on the air waves.

 

Nonetheless, regardless of all the negative responses, and the struggle to remain a powerful voice for the community of Alexandra Township and its surrounding areas, the station has achieved a lot in the past year, having recently set up a live stream through their website, and continuing  to  play music that listeners enjoy, creating content and shows that will cater for everyone and ensuring that the people of the community know about the station through word of mouth, banners all around the township, social networks and the stations involvement in community projects.

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METRO FM SERVES A LUNCH WITH SECRET INGREDIENTS

Posted by radio On January - 13 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

By: Kgomotso Moncho

 

Metro FM’s lunch time show, The Secret Ingredient (TSI) from 12 – 3pm with Amon Mokoena and Thato Mataboge is just over a year old, having been launched in April 2011 when Metro FM announced its new programming. In its short tenure it has created a favourable following and has gone through a few changes.

 

In the beginning there were three hosts: Amon Mokoena, Thato Mataboge and Kgopedi oa Namane. The three of them together were a formidable force and brought a novel lightheartedness to afternoon radio. Namane’s presence brought a level of intelligence to the show. She initiated the Africa Watch feature – which concentrated on what is happening in the African continent while creating awareness, interesting and necessary conversations about Africa and its people.

 

Mokoena and Mataboge brought in the silly and funny and there was, and is, a clear camaraderie/chemistry between the two. As a result it often felt as though Namane had to fight for her place within the show. And with her off beat intellect, it sometimes felt like she could not fit in or permeate the boys club. The subtleties of this could be felt in the humour between Mokoena and Mataboge. In a sense, Mokoena and Mataboge represent the identity of TSI which focuses less on being newsy and more on the irreverent and funny, as producer, Mike Ndlovu pointed out.

 

Mokoena has gone to add that “a lunch time show is difficult as people are usually not concentrating, so you cannot bombard them with a lot of info. The show has to be lighthearted to allow people to multitask.” As it stands now, Namane has been relegated to her original role as the newsreader on the show. She is no longer actively involved in anchoring. This probably has to do with the fact that she now also presents a new current affairs show on Top TV called Real Issues (on Top One – channel 150), which is more her style.

 

On the occasional Friday she presents her Africa Watch slot on TSI where she quizzes celebrities on well they know their continent. This has not been consistent hence the emphasis on ‘occasional.’ Mokoena and Mataboge are now running the show as a tag team. And they pull it off well, except you can’t take them seriously most of the time. This can be good and a bad thing. Good in that they’re doing their brief justice and bad in that they might not be able to pull in more audiences.

 

Mokoena, who’s worked for stations like YFM, Motsweding FM and 94.7 Highveld Stereo is a good lead anchor, he has experience, but at times his authority is questionable. And although Mataboge has held the fort when needed to, he proves himself to be a very good sidekick. And this might take you back to the breakfast show he did with DJ Fresh during their YFM days, which was phenomenal. Other features on the show include What’s On The Menu, an interactive platform where the presenters get to pique society’s mind on societal issues which are at times controversial and topical – a good quality to the show.

Every Thursday there is a prominent guest which also helps to elevate the profile of the show.

 

The music found here is RnB, hip hop and House or kwaito. Since South Africa is the biggest market of House music, and since emerging local DJs are starting to produce original music instead of just compiling international tracks, we’re getting more local airplay of house music.

 

The After School Is After School feature is a favourite and it seems to be a winning formula to end the show. Here the anchors each choose a song and listeners vote for the best or winning tune. The songs are chosen according to a theme which changes every week.

So TSI is a funny, irreverent show which engages its society, but if you’re looking for intelligence or more, this is not your show.  

    

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ALGOA FM’S PLAN FOR THE NEWS IN ICASA’S HANDS

Posted by radio On January - 10 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

[By Kgomotso Moncho]

 

Umoya Communications recently applied for a change in their license conditions. And in their general notice, in the Government Gazette on December 19, 2012, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) acknowledged in terms of section 10(2) of the Electronic Communication Act No 36 of 2005 (“the Act”) the receipt of an application by Umoya Communications (PTY) Ltd, broadcasting as Algoa FM, for the amendment of its license conditions in terms of section 10(1) of the Act.

 

Algoa FM proposes the amendments to its broadcasting service license to broadcast at least 30 minutes of news on average per day calculated across a seven day period from Monday to Sunday, instead of being obliged to broadcast at least 30 minutes of news everyday from Monday to Sunday. Speaking on behalf of the station, Algoa FM’s Managing Director, Dave Tiltmann said, “Algoa FM took a decision to reduce their amount of news to be broadcasted on the weekend for a number of reasons including; firstly to improve its news service during the working week by increasing the number of news bulletins during the working week and particularly local and regional news content; and from an editorial point of view; to address a lower flow of news on the weekends. At the same time as reducing news coverage over weekends, Algoa FM has decided to increase news coverage during the week. The net result is that Algoa FM will exceed its current obligation to broadcast 30 minutes of news per day by more than 15 minutes per day across five days during the week and will only provide 10 minutes of less news per day over a weekend.”

 

ICASA’s general notice stipulates that the application is available for interested parties during the Authority’s normal office hours at the ICASA library, Block D, Pinmill Farm, 164 Katherine Street, Sandton. Interested persons are invited to make written representations on the proposed amendments to the Authority within 21 days of the publication of this notice in the Government Gazette.

 

Those who submit representations are required to provide proof to the satisfaction of the Authority that a copy of the representations submitted has been delivered by hand to Dave Tiltmann, at Shop 2, The Boardwalk, Marine Drive, Summerstrand, Port Elizabeth 6001 or sent by registered post t P.O Box 5973, Walmer, 6065, or faxed to 041 583 1575.

 

Algoa FM is entitled to respond in writing to written representations made by interested persons on the proposed amendments. Any such written response must be submitted to the Authority within 14 days from the closing date of the representations.

Algoa FM must, at the time of submitting its written response, prove to the Authority that it has delivered a copy of the response by hand, or sent a copy of the response by registered mail or by fax to the relevant persons having made written representations.

 

Lastly the notice stipulates that all written representations, responses and other correspondence regarding the proposed amendment must be directed to Ms Botse Matlala at Broadcasting Service Licensing Unit, at Block D, Pinmill Farm, 164 Katherine Street, Sandton, Johannesburg or Private Bag X10002, Sandton, 2146 or by fax number, 011 566 3206 or by email: bmatlala@icasa.org.za

Algoa FM is the biggest commercial regional radio station from the Garden Route to the Wild Coast on 94 – 97FM.

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LISTENER DRIVEN RADIO, THE POWER OF A CLICK

Posted by radio On January - 8 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

 By: Abongile Zizi

Interactivity and audience participation is no new concept to radio; it is a concept that is ever changing and constantly evolving. Radio is immediate and mostly live, Listener driven radio (LDR) is an exciting component of content generation.  LDR has made it possible for stations to further interact with listeners through their technology platforms, their websites, mobiles and viral widgets. The technology behind LDR allows for stations to build communities around their brand and amend programming and content to respond to feedback from listeners. It also presents multiple opportunities for advertisers when used in digital radio. The role of the listener in content production and content decisions is continually increasing.

According to music compiler and presenter at Highveld Stereo, Zane Derbyshire, LDR puts the power back in the listener’s hands and is a cool way to do song requests. Since the station bought the application, it has launched multiple platforms where the opinion of the listener reigns supreme. On Highveld Stereo, Alex J and Phabi Moloi’s shows play music requested by listeners through LDR, the listener then gets an opportunity to dedicate the song to anybody they wish. Furthermore, between 8pm and 9pm listeners are treated to a countdown of the songs that have proven to be most popular throughout the day. “It is typically the songs we would play on the station which shows that we are on the right track in terms of scheduling” Choosing the music that plays on a station through a digital platform by voting for your favourite song is an exciting prospect to listeners, it is an opportunity for them to be in control of the music they listen to.  K94.5 FM also uses LDR technology as part of programming, like in 94.7 Highveld Stereo, listeners can request a song by logging on to the station’s website in order to request and vote for their selection which is then played on air.

Last year Jacaranda FM launched an online radio offering called Ja.FM focusing on Afrikaans music, it is a good example of how LDR can cater for a niche market and target a specific group of listeners. The site also allows listeners to copy and paste an embed code elsewhere, this allows them to still be part of the activities on the site without actually being on the site itself.

A big part of radio content is music, it is an aspect that can draw listeners to the station and it is a big part of why they tune in. According to the latest SAARF RAMS, on average, over a million people listen to 94.7 Highveld Stereo weekly. Putting the power in the hands of listeners and allowing them to form part of the decision making process with regards to the music they listen to speaks directly to the impact they have on content.

Listener driven radio provides a very unique opportunity to artists who are starting out in the music industry, if audiences want to hear a song over and over again; this platform allows them to show exactly how much. LDR Total Request with Alex J on Highveld FM gives listeners the opportunity to choose songs they would like to hear being played less or played more on the station. Like in any democracy, majority rules, the more votes a song receives, the more airtime it receives. Through technology, radio content keeps breaking all the rules and making better what is already the best medium in the world.

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Algoa FM is gearing up for a busy 2013 with sports and education on the top of the regional station’s ‘playlist’. Education is first priority.

On Wednesday, January 16, some of the Algoa FM presenters will dress up in their school gear and collect new or used uniforms for the underprivileged children in the community.

Algoa FM will also support the Discovery Surfers Challenge in East London, as well as the George Outeniqua Wheelchair Challenge (OCC) on 16 February. The OCC is the only event exclusively for persons with physical disabilities in South Africa.

From January 21-28 Algoa FM will run the Pick n Pay Heroes campaign, where learners have the opportunity to vote for their school hero who is contributing positively to the history of the school and is making a positive impact on their fellow learner’s lives.

Algoa FM presenters and Pick n Pay representatives will visit each of the five winning schools to announce and award their school hero from 4-8 February.

Listeners can also catch Algoa FM at the Africa Open from Thursday 14 until Sunday 17 February whilst fans of Zwai Bala and Naz Holland can pack their picnic baskets and camping chairs and enjoy this live performance at another edition of Concert in the Park with the Eastern Cape Philharmonic Orchestra and Algoa FM taking place on 16 and 17 February.

“We are certainly looking forward to a busy and exciting 2013 and wish to thank all our listeners and client base for their continued and loyal support of the station and all our initiatives,” says Mio Khondleka, Programme Manager of Algoa FM.

There is plenty more happening, and listeners are invited to stay tuned to Algoa FM for more details, and to visit the station’s website on www.algoafm.co.za or Facebook page for more details.

Issued by Algoa FM

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YOLANDA MAARTENS JOINS OFM MIDMORNING SLOT

Posted by radio On December - 21 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

OFM is excited to welcome Yolanda Maartens to the midmorning slot, weekdays between 09:00 and 12:00.Yolanda is a home-grown talent from Potchefstroom. She has been part of the OFM team for three years, making her mark on the brand and its listeners with her friendly presentation style on Saturday mornings from 09:00. Yolanda has produced the afternoon drive show for 18 months and has shown skill and understanding in radio, directing the afternoon show’s content delivery. Yolanda will embark on her new challenge from 7 January 2013.

Yolanda says she is delighted to take over the ‘Effect’ from Eloise Pretorius who will be relocating to Cape Town after 13 very successful years on OFM. Yolanda says she is very “honoured to have been the management’s first choice when this opportunity came up” and that she is “very privileged to work for a company that recognises as well as appreciates her talent”.

 “Although I am taking on a massive challenge, I believe that it will be rewarding at the same time. I am proud to be associated with OFM but I must say that I am more ecstatic to take over this prime spot,” she concluded.

Yolanda is a positive person who has done some extensive community upliftment work before starting a career in radio.

She completed her master’s degree in sustainable development at the North-West University and it was as a student that her path crossed with radio. Her radio talent saw her joining OFM in 2009 as part of a regional On Air competition. Since then she has presented weekend shows, stood in for other presenters and produced the afternoon drive show, Huistoe. 

Yolanda enjoys singing, going camping and loves meeting passionate people who also want to make a difference.

Issued by OFM

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ICASA ANNOUNCES NEW BROADCAST LICENSE APPLICANTS

Posted by radio On December - 20 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

Earlier this year ICASA issued invitations for applicants to provide commercial sound broadcasting in both primary and secondary markets. It also issued an invitation for interested parties to apply for Individual commerce subscription broadcast licenses.  This week the authority announced the receipt of these applications and has opened up the applications for inspection by all interested persons through written representations. It is based on these responses that the authority may decide to hold hearings with regards to the applications.

ICASA intends on awarding six licenses within the Primary Markets in line with the terms of the Primary Markets licensing process, two licenses to applicants in the geographical markets in Gauteng and two each in the metropolitan areas in and around Durban and Cape Town. In the Secondary Markets, the authority intends on awarding four licenses in four provinces. One license will be issued in the Northern Cape, two in the Free State and one in the Eastern Cape.  ICASA has announced that the frequencies to be licensed for Primary Markets are on the Medium Wave band.

In Secondary Markets, ICASA has received submissions from three applicants;  Histoprox (Pty) Ltd, Histotrim (Pty) Ltd and Atretone (Pty) Ltd. Simphiwe Madlose who is one of the founding executive directors of MSG Afrika Investment Holdings is listed as the contact person for Histotrim (Pty) Ltd.  MSG Afrika is part of the consortium that was awarded the Limpopo license in 2007 which led to the birth of Capricorn FM.

 One of the applications for commercial sound broadcasting licenses in primary markets has come from Capital Radio 604 Pty Ltd. A granting of this broadcast license would mean the resurrection of Capital Radio 604. The station started transmitting in December 1979 and was shut down in 1996.  Garnering support for the application through their website, it is targeting listeners in Kwa- Zulu Natal and Gauteng. The station is promising audiences’ music and content with broad appeal and independent news without fear or favour. To date, the petition to get Capital Radio back on air has been signed by 1193 people.  K2012010707 also submitted an application for a broadcast license in the Durban metropolitan area.

Other companies that have applied for sound broadcasting licenses in the Gauteng area are; Extriserve PTY Ltd, Ltd Simascape (Pty) Ltd and Main Street 1035 PTY Ltd. In Cape Town; Magic 828 (Pty) Ltd, and K2012010697 (Pty) Ltd has also expressed interest.

ICASA has also received five applications for Individual Commercial Subscription Broadcasting licenses from Kagiso TV (currently rebranding as Grounded Media), Mindset Media Enterprises, Mobile TV (Pty) Ltd, Siyaya TV, Close-T Broadcasting Network Holdings (Pty) Ltd.  Mobile TV (Pty) Ltd is planning on introducing a mobile television service in the country, if ICASA give the go ahead for a license, Mobile TV (Pty) Ltd will be the second company to offer mobile television services after MultiChoice introduced DStv Mobile.

The granting of licenses to many of these applicants will have a ripple effect on the ICT industry by posing competition to both PBS and Commercial offerings. The process is in the early stages and interested parties who will be submitting representations with regards to the applications have 30 working days. The clock has been ticking since the 11th of December 2012 and respondents will have twenty one days to respond to any submissions made regarding their applications

 

 

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[By Kgomotso Moncho]

Vukile Zondi (28) is the Programmes Manager at Gagasi FM 99.5. He speaks to Radiobiz about life, radio and why he calls Gagasi (The Sound of the city) home. 

 Where did you grow up and what was your childhood like? 

Picture taken from iol.co.za

The early part of my childhood I grew up in Eshowe, in a township now known as King Dinizulu.  It used to be called eGezinsila back then.  In the latter part of my childhood I grew up in Westville in Durban.  I’d say I had a happy childhood with a close knit family and friends, some of whom are still close to me to this day.  I also grew up being exposed to people from all walks of life so I am able to relate and interact very well with people as a result of that.

Did you always know you would end up in radio?

Not really, although I always took a keen interest in radio as a child.  I only really realised I wanted to be in radio when I went on a rugby tour in Joburg in Standard 8 and heard YFM for the first time.  I think it was because it was the first time I had heard a station that I related to entirely.

What did you study and where?

 I studied B.Com Law at the University of Johannesburg.

What do you love about radio? 

Oh wow, where do I begin?  More than anything music is a big part of my life.  So music radio allows me to be exposed to all kinds of music all the time.  I have worked for a rock station, a pop station and two urban contemporary stations, all with their own unique music offerings.  I have therefore been exposed to the best of various kinds of music.  Another thing is the immediacy of radio which appeals to me as a person who easily gets bored with routine.  There’s never a dull moment in radio and on the spot decisions are the order of the day, I thrive under such conditions although they get highly stressful at times.

How long have you been working at Gagasi? 

For a year and 3 months.

 What do you love about it?

As a KZN boy who lived in Jozi for just under 10 years, I love how Gagasi’s staff and audience are uniquely and proudly KZN.  We live in a beautiful province with immense potential in numerous areas.  Gagasi is all about KZN and that’s the thing I love most about us.

 What have been some of the highlights of working there? 

It has only been a year but being part of our Back To School campaign earlier this year was a big one.  I also think that the current summer promotion “Ila Ngil’ Thola Khona” is a huge highlight for me as we have interacted with our listeners all over KZN having thrown parties in PMB, Ladysmith, Port Shepstone and this weekend Ulundi and Richards Bay.  In addition the whole concept revolves around something unique to KZN, our number plates.  It has been an awesome campaign for which we have received a lot of positive feedback and insights.

Do you remember your first day at Gagasi?

I actually don’t.  I was on a month’s leave before starting at Gagasi and in the last week I had already started coming in, so by the time my official day came I was already at home.

 What are the challenges of your job? 

There are too many to count.  I think to put it broadly, as a programming manager you have about 20 something DJs reporting to you, you are also accountable to an MD, the board and 1.78 million listeners.  So there’s a plethora of challenges of all shapes and sizes on a daily basis that one deals with.

What was your first job? 

My first job that I got paid for was as a shop assistant at the Westville Hardware store when I was 15.  My job was to help customers around the shop and carry their stuff to their cars, including stuff like bags of cement, river sand and stones.  My first full time job was as a programming coordinator at YFM.

How do you unwind? 

I watch sports, go out partying, have people over for a braai at my place; I exercise and listen to music that I don’t normally listen to.

 What’s playing in your iPod?

Too many things.  I’m a hip hop head first although I enjoy all kinds of music according to my mood.  At this moment I am listening to a lot of Rick Ross albums and mix tapes, a bit of Big Sean’ mix tape “Detroit” and recently rediscovered an old Busta Rhymes’ album “When Disaster Strikes” which I used to know off by heart as a kid.  Also, as a Durban boy I obviously have my classic slow jams.

 What is your vision for the station? 

 To put it simply I would like to see Gagasi grow more into its role as the authority and sound of KZN youth culture and lifestyle.  Naturally, I would also like to see the station breaking the 2 million listeners mark and also growing its profitability so we can stamp our authority as a powerful radio station in the industry.

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