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LIGWALAGWALA FM UNEARTHS NEW DJ TALENT

Posted by radio On December - 13 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

LIGWALAGWALA FM UNEARTHS NEW DJ TALENT

A befitting end to the illustrious search for Mpumalanga’s Finest Dj was witnessed at Carlito’s in Ermelo. The competition that discovered DJ Afro and Sir Tellus who are now presenters of the Saturday midnight Show on Ligwalagwala FM sought to unearth another gem.

 More than 100 talented Dj’s from all around the province of Mpumalanga sent in their demos with the hope of becoming the next to be crowned MP’s Finest DJ. Only one could win it and it was none other than Njabulo Magagula, affectionately known as DJ Quentin, from Nkomazi.

 The young man submitted his 10-minute-long mix which was given the nod by judges and saw him sailing into the second round where he auditioned in front of judges at the station against 13 other contestants who had made the shortlist. His impressive skill was evident when he proceeded to the final round of eliminations where he played a 10-minute set live on air on the afternoon drive show.

Three finalists chosen by the listeners on air, DJ West, DJ Hotjuice and DJ Quentin went head to head in a packed club Carlitos. They all gave their best but there could only be one winner. DJ Quentin impressed both the judges and the crowd with his ‘Black Coffee’ style of playing. Black Coffee also happens to be his role model and inspiration.

 To wrap the evening up in style on the decks was DJ Afro, Shabbisto, The Prince, Dj Cleo and Dr Malinga. The capacity filled club celebrated with DJ Quentin on his win where he grabbed himself Pioneers CD350’s with a Pioneer Mixer, Sennheizer earphones and a carry care for all DJ equipment that costs R 27 000.

 “This is proof that we are committed to empowering our listeners. Mpumalanga is a province filled with talent and we aim at finding it and showcasing it to the world.” said Rio Mabunda, Ligwalagwala FM Station Manager.

Issued by SABC

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[By Chloe Smith]

When invited to the launch of a gospel choir, I had my misgivings. Though the invitation said that the choir was young and interested in combining traditional gospel with their newer, younger musical tastes, I was still unconvinced. Only to be very pleasantly surprised by Gospel Goes Beyond.

 Unlike any other launch, this one began early, with complimentary non-alcoholic drinks for the attendees (there was a bar available for those who so wished). Located in the Yamaha Theatre, the gathering was small with a rare sense of community among the guests. Though the surroundings were glamorous, the local celebrities were real and engaging.

 The choir itself is made up of fourteen young singers from all over South Africa and their gospel rendition of Eminem’s Lose Yourself certainly points toward their desire to give gospel a fresher sound. Despite this, they held true to the idea of a gospel choir. Their timing was impeccable and their harmonies well-placed and rehearsed, combining to deliver a spectacular choral performance.

Many of their songs incorporated interesting rhythms, using vocals to dictate the beat and the flow of songs instead of relying on traditional percussions. This technical proficiency can be directly attributed to Nqobile Sibeko of Joyous Celebration, who also wrote, composed and produced all songs on the upcoming album. The band was made up of a keyboard, a set of drums, a bass, two bongo drums and an electric guitar. Their original songs have a distinctly funk feeling to them, encouraging members of the audience to get up and dance (which they did, co-ordinating a “bus” and bringing the party to the front of the stage).

 In the first half of the launch, Reggie Hufkie included religious rap in each song. The ladies of the choir were all clad in stylish purple numbers, as a professional choir would be, swaying and snapping in unison. The sheer togetherness of their performance was impressive.

The choir was joined by Kay-Leigh O’Donovan, Omen and Howza of Peanut Gallery, covering 4 Non Blondes’ What’s Up? O’Donovan’s vocals were powerful and Peanut Gallery certainly raised the roof.

Ernie Smith, a two-time SAMA winner and four-time KORA nominee, was the highlighted guest star of the launch. With guitar that made you want to cry and dance at the same time, an impossibly funky style and a voice made of gold, we were all sold. When joined on stage once more by GGB, we were sold again by their beautiful rendition of Love Don’t Hurt Me, easing into an acappella chorus near the end of the song that moved every person present. 

The rest of the launch was comprised of one or two choir members leading individual songs, belting out catchy tunes in powerful voices. The choir worked hard to present a united front by giving each member an equal opportunity to shine in their own right, while not specifically promoting one member above another.

Fezi Hlatshwayo, founder of Gospel Goes Beyond, ended of the launch with a speech. “Should I speak as a man of God or a businessman? This time next year, at five past nine, GGB will not look the same, they won’t sound the same and they won’t just be playing at the Yamaha theatre but bigger things. I have a feeling in my heart. That’s me speaking as a man of God.” He called on all present businessmen to support these talented young people and promised special rates for all present between January and April. He challenged all media to put GGB on high rotation. “Let’s get these guys rolling.”

Their full-length album will be available next year, with tracks like “Nkosi Impilo Yami”, “I’m Free” and “Down on My Knees”. I strongly recommend you keep an eye out for these talented young musicians and their project to give gospel in South Africa a new face.

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Director of the Wits Radio Academy, Professor Franz Kruger

[By: Abongile Zizi]

At a time in our country where the fate of journalism is being discussed on multiple platforms ranging from parliament to journalism classes nationwide, it is heartening to know that the future of radio broadcasting is in good hands and moving from strength to strength.

The Wits Radio Academy presents a well-rounded approach to the world of radio offering courses in marketing, programming, management and presentation. Launched in 2009, the centre is primarily funded by the Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA) and Kagiso Media and is part of Wits Journalism. The Advanced Radio Certificate is a holistic approach to the business of radio in its entirety with courses like Radio studies (which is a compulsory aspect of the certificate), radio presentation, local radio journalism and radio sales amongst others. This year, the academy opened up applications for their new offerings, Honours in Journalism and Media Studies and masters in Journalism and Media Studies.

Director of the Wits Radio Academy, Professor Franz Kruger said the seven modular courses run at the academy are mainly aimed at community radio. Around a hundred broadcasters from all tiers of radio have done courses at the Wits Radio Academy since its inception.

The need for proper training and skills is very evident within community radio and this has not gone unnoticed, the academy is developing a radio station health check and Station Advice, Mentoring and Support service. This is intended to offer support to community radio stations. “I do worry about the news on the community radio side because they are strongly recycled. There are all sorts of dynamics at play within community radio, they are struggling financially and a lot of stations have skills difficulties because a lot of people come and go.”

The academy has been drawing radio practitioners at various levels from different parts of the world through the Joburg Radio Days conference. This year the conference focused on the future of radio looking at themes such as; the Zimbabwe broadcasting reform, the current state and future challenges of an old medium, how best radio stations can make use of the opportunities of online and social media and examples of great new programming concepts. The conference aims at getting a conversation going from all spheres of radio, commercial, PBS and Community radio. “Probably the most significant platform for radio people to talk, across the continent”

In a country where community radio continues to grow, the opportunities seem endless.

 

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The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa has noted recent media reports about the SABC cancelling a current affairs studio interview before it went on air earlier this week. The Metro FM programme was to involve a panel discussion with some journalists regarding developments in the run-up to the ANC Mangaung conference to be held in a week’s time.

The Authority has requested the SABC to provide facts related to this incident with the purpose of determining whether the incident referred to constitute a violation of its licence terms and conditions as well as the SABC Editorial Policy.

In addition, the Authority has requested the SABC to provide the recordings of the Metro FM programme concerned, subsequent to which the Authority will apply its mind to determine its next course of action.

The Authority gave the SABC until Tuesday, 11 December 2012, to respond to the matter.

 

Issued by ICASA

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ICASA SHUTS DOWN MAGARENG FM.

Posted by radio On December - 8 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa has received a Court Order to close down Magareng FM, a community radio station in the Northern Cape today for broadcasting without a valid service and frequency spectrum licences, thereby contravening the Electronic Communications Act.

Magareng FM applied to the Authority for a Community Sound Broadcasting Service licence in October 2008 to provide a broadcasting service within the Magareng Municipality in the Northern Cape. Magareng FM’s application was considered and processed by the Authority; and was subsequently granted a Five Year Community Sound Broadcasting licence. The licence was therefore not issued due to the fact the Magareng FM had to comply with pre-licencing terms and conditions, one of which was the registration certificate as a non-profit entity. The station was informed about the Authority’s decision on 25 March 2009.

Magareng FM supplied the Authority with a certificate of registration as a non-profit organization and a copy of their constitution. In considering Magareng FM’s constitution for compliance with the pre-licencing terms and conditions, the following were noted:

  1. That the constitution does not address the quorum for the Annual General Meeting as stated in the Authority’s letter dated 25 March 2009;

  2. That the constitution does not address appeal process as stated in the Authority’s letter dated 25 March 2009; and that the constitution which was lodged with the Department of Social Development is not the same as the one that was considered by the Authority when the registration for a class community sound broadcasting service was approved.

 Based on the above concerns, the Authority’s Licensing Unit was of the view that Magareng FM has not complied with its pre-licensing conditions as outlined in the Authority’s letter dated 25 March 2009, and as a result cannot recommend that Magareng Community Radio be issued with a Class Community Sound Broadcasting Service licence, until such conditions are fulfilled.

In the interest of wanting to assist the station to comply with the conditions and commence with the broadcasting service, the Authority paid the station a visit and it was discovered that Magareng FM is providing an illegal broadcasting services on 90.7 MHz to the community in Warrenton without broadcasting service and frequency spectrum licences as required by the Electronic Communications Act.

The Authority decided to send a letter to the station on 30th October 2012 requesting them to desist from an illegal broadcast and informing them to stop broadcasting within fourteen (14) days of the date of the letter. Following receipt of the letter, the station’s management requested a meeting with the Authority to find a solution to the matter. The Authority agreed to have the meeting but Magareng FM’s management failed to attend the meeting they requested.

 All the attempts to assist the station to comply and to find a solution to the matter have been exhausted by the Authority and Magareng FM is still broadcasting without a community sound broadcasting service licence and a spectrum licence, despite the instruction to desist from the action and is therefore in contravention of the ECA and ICASA Act. The Authority has therefore confiscated the broadcasting equipment used by the station to provide an illegal broadcasting service.

Issued by ICASA

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MTN PLAY RADIO, A NEW DIRECTION

Posted by radio On December - 7 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

[By: Abongile Zizi]

 As the first mobile radio station to be launched in South Africa, MTN play radio gives MTN subscribers around the clock access to five mobile music radio stations. Subscribers pay R35 a month to access the service. Currently it offers the latest Hip Hop, Afrikaans, Gospel, House/Kwaito, and Pop music, 50% of which is exclusively local music. What sets MTN Play radio apart is that unlike conventional radio stations, the content is exclusively uninterrupted music.

 According to SAARF, 20.7% of cell phone users in the country use their cell phones to listen to music. MTN’s Lucky Mokabane says what sets this service apart is the amazing niche music and entertainment features that are not currently on offer in the free to air broadcast space. Intrinsic in the nature of online radio is the niche experience; audiences are spoilt for choice, from terrestrial stations that stream their content live to exclusively internet based radio stations like 2Oceansvibe Radio and Bakgat. What separates MTN Play radio from 2Oceansvibe and Bakgat is the format; these stations have kept some of the traditional aspects of radio format by having continuity as part of their content.

The mobile network has very big plans for the service, aspiring to be the best radio service in the country for young South Africans looking for new music. MTN Play Radio is expecting to offer an advanced media rich interactive experience. “Unlike traditional radio, the service will provide customers with exactly what they want, when they want it, in great audio quality. The content offering is going to grow into a more media rich interactive listening experience, with more than 20 radio stations.”

As a subscription service, MTN Play requires that subscribers pay upfront for their music experience while other online radio offerings are free. The arrival of the Apple Itunes store in South Africa can be interpreted as further indication that there is a market for pay to play services in the country.

The service has been operational for two months and made news when renowned media personality Majota Mandlakayise Isaac Kambule, popularly known as Phat Joe left Heart FM to focus on his other media ventures, one of which is MTN Play radio. “Phat Joe is a multitalented broadcaster, techie and businessman. His talents are being used to help establish the MTN Play Radio brand and set it on a course to being the number one radio platform in Africa” said Mokabane. Phat Joe’s career in broadcasting spans over seventeen years. He has worked with a number of radio and television stations from Radio Bop, Yfm, Metro FM, Kaya FM, Heart 104.9 FM and e.tv. Joe now hosts the popular The Real Goboza on Sabc 1.

To listen to MTN Play Radio right now, go to MTNPlay.co.za or sms MTNRADIO10 to 083 123 686.

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METRO FM AWARDS TO BE HELD IN DURBAN

Posted by radio On December - 6 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

Bigger, better and nothing short of spectacular! This is how the 12th METRO FM Music Awards will be at the Durban ICC, on the 23rd February 2013. This was revealed at the media launch which took place on the 30 November 2012, at the beautiful Coastlands Hotel at Umhlanga in Durban.

 This is the second time that the city of Durban, will be hosting these prestigious awards, as they did back in 2003 when they were hosted outside of Johannesburg, for the first time. To top it all, METRO FM is repositioning these iconic awards, which have been undergoing a major make over and will undoubtedly change the South African music industry as a whole.

 SABC Radio Group Executive, Mr. Leslie Ntloko said that, the METRO FM Music Awards helps build talent in the music industry. “Not only are these awards a celebration of the artists, they are also an economic drive for the province as scores of people will be visiting the city to witness this spectacular event come February 2013. KwaZulu Natal MEC: Economic Development & Tourism, Mr. Mike Mabuyakhulu said, “We are extremely excited to partner with the SABC and METRO FM as the fundamental brands. We know you will have a great time in KwaZulu Natal as the province is the “…Mecca of entertainment in South Africa. We work with brand leaders in this industry and METRO FM is a big one.”

“We would like to thank the South African media for helping to build the METRO FM brand. SABC is a huge brand, the only public broadcaster”, said SABC Spokesperson, Mr. Kaizer Kganyago. METRO FM Station Manager Mr. Martin Vilakazi gave the vote of thanks.

 Do yourself a favour by saving money this festive season and book your ticket and be part of this spectacular event come the 23 February 2013.

Issued by SABC

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TruFM joins the fight against women and child abuse

Posted by radio On December - 5 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

As we intensify efforts to fight against the abuse of women and children, I wish to highlight the story of Tholeni, a village in Butterworth near Eastern Cape. This is a community that has suffered the devastating effects of women and children abuse over a period of five years, where residents have lived in fear in the village dubbed as “The Village of Death”. Since 2007 a total of 15 women and 11 children have been killed.

 The village is mostly made up of elderly women and children in many cases homesteads are far apart. The victims had mostly been raped and hacked to death at night. Community members of Tholeni have gone through all kinds of feelings from anger, hurt, fear, mistrust, loss, grief and uncertainty. The community members have to deal with the realities of losing loved ones in the most inhumane manner which will linger on in their minds for a long time to come.

 Trufm has done its part by holding a number of dialogues to provide a platform for the victims to vent and share their anger. This process was not easy and the men’s sector together with the Eastern Cape Council of churches assisted the station a great deal. Community members are the ones who guided the station on how best to assist them as they go through the process of making sense of what has happened in their lives.

 Critical stakeholders have joined TruFM to be part of this sensitive and necessary journey to rebuild the lives of the community of Tholeni. Stakeholders include, the Film and Publication Board, Men’s sector, Brothers for life, Commission on Gender Equality, Eastern Cape Council of Churches and the Eastern Cape House of Traditional Leaders.

Issued by TruFM Marketing

 

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The Media Connection’s brand activation specialist, The Brand ConneXion, has launched a new service offering for advertisers and brands – live community radio outside broadcasts.  The Brand ConneXion has converted two of its vehicles into full outside broadcast units, enabling it to run live outside broadcasts from just about any location in South Africa.

“We team up with the local radio station in that specific area, the station brings its presenters and DJs along to our outside broadcast unit and we run the live show from any event or activation,” explains The Brand ConneXion’s Operations Manager, Simon Milne. “This added event or activation advantage enables the brand or advertiser to secure even greater reach for an existing event,” he adds.

The live outside broadcast unit is professionally branded with both the client and the radio station’s branding, and each live broadcast lasts for three hours. “Our clients also receive ten pre-promo slots on the particular radio station to draw consumers to the event, and the live broadcasts can include interviews, competitions, consumer engagement and so much more, all closely tied to the client’s message,” says Milne.

The Brand ConneXion has already conducted a number of live outside broadcasts for The Department of Trade and Industry and various retailers. The Media Connection provides a sales and administration function for radio and TV stations that have limited experience with, and access to, the national advertising industry in South Africa. There are 135 community radio stations on air, with which The Media Connection has representation agreements, as well as 15 sub-Saharan TV and radio stations that have appointed it to procure advertising for them.

For more information, contact The Media Connection at 086 137 2346 or visit www.themediaconnection.co.za.

Issued by: The Media Connection

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SPEAK MY LANGUAGE

Posted by radio On December - 4 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

[By: Abongile Zizi]

 

Picture taken from joedawsonvoiceovers.com

As an integral part of communication, language in radio plays a vital role in how the station communicates with its listeners and how the audience interacts with the station.

Throughout the years, South Africa has become a melting pot of diversity; different groups of people with different languages share the same spaces and interact with each other on a daily basis. In dealing with language, certain stations like Umhlobo Wenene in the Eastern Cape broadcast exclusively in IsiXhosa, Radio Sonder Grense (RSG) broadcasts in Afrikaans while SAFM broadcasts in English. Many radio stations have this formula; where one language is dominant over any other language that may be used during broadcast. Some stations use a single language exclusively as the broadcast language.

 A lot of youth stations and campus radio stations have a different approach to the language rules of radio using slang and a mixture of languages TruFM in the Eastern Cape prides itself in being “like no one else” broadcasting in both isiXhosa and English. The station’s target audience comprises of the listeners between the ages of 16-24 and the 25-34 groups.

Gagasi FM, KZN’s biggest regional station also has its own brand of language mix branded “zunglish” this is a mixture of Isizulu and English. It is the only bilingual commercial radio station in Kwa Zulu Natal targeting 18-34 year old listeners. The move towards a language blend in radio is indicative of the blurring line between languages in the 16-34 year old age group.  The biggest consumers of media and technology in the country belong to this very group and stations targeting them are having to find new ways to engage with this perceptive bunch. Aside from social networking and hosting events, stations are also using language in order to further appeal to the audience.

Branding itself as a lifestyle, YFM is a youth station that has branded itself as the station that runs GP. As a youth station, YFM has positioned itself as an authority on youth culture. Looking at the youth of Gauteng, YFM uses more than language and social media to communicate their brand and connect with their audiences. Providing a platform for up and coming artist, playing the latest music and delivering news that are relevant to their target audience, the YFM brand has a mass appeal to the youth. According to the latest SAARF RAMS, YFM has an average listenership of 513 000 listeners weekly. RAMS are not the only signifiers of appeal and popularity and as of the 2nd of December this year, the station has 52759 twitter followers and 118239 likes on Facebook. These numbers change on a daily basis. YFM’s social media accounts are highly active with audiences interacting with the station on a daily basis.

Language is the cornerstone of radio as it sets the tone for interaction with audiences and communicates the brand for the station. Appealing to the youth and urban adults is becoming increasingly hard as this group of listeners is constantly changing and broad.

Looking at social media usage and how the youth use these platforms to communicate their identity, radio stations targeting this group are always faced with the challenge of change and need to constantly be dynamic in their approach to delivering content. Delivering economic indicators during broadcasts, YFM listeners are treated to a different experience, these figures are delivered using burger prices! For example, a burger is R19.95 Jozi; the same burger would cost you R31.98 in New York City, R29.08 in London and R33.72 in Paris. This is how YFM audiences are made aware of the exchange rate.

The adaptation of content to suit the target market is a solid marketing principle that is used universally in order to sell goods or services. The use of a language mix in radio targeting the urban youth and adult market is one way that stations are guaranteeing they speak their audiences’ language.

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