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COMMUNITY RADIO GAINS MOMENTUM

Posted by radio On November - 9 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

It is that time of the year when SAARF releases the latest RAMS and while many trends since the last release have remained unchanged, there are some slight changes in pattern audience behaviour.  Overall time spent listening to radio has remained unchanged, time spent listening to radio in large urban areas continues to decrease. The opposite is true for many community radio stations around the country.

 

 

There have been some significant increases in listenership statistics from community radio stations such as Franshoek 87.6 FM in the Western Cape from 0.2% in August to 0.4% in October. In the Northern Cape more than one station has managed to show significant growth in listenership numbers, Bosveld Stereo listenership jumped from 0.6% in August to 1.7% in October, Moretele Community Radio 106.1FM jumped from 3.0 to 4.7 and Radio Mafisa went from 4.7% to 7.5%. The total increase in community radio listenership in the Northern Cape shifted from 34.3% to 40.1%.  This pattern of increase in listenership is also prevalent in the Free State with a total jump from 36.2% to 36.4%. Limpopo community radio listenership exhibited a different trend with a significant drop from 23.2% to 19.1. Ukhozi FM still leads as an audience favourite, sitting at 51.1%, followed by Umhlobo Wenene FM at 10.1%. Lisedi FM is third with 6.1% of audiences listing it as a favourite.

 

To see the complete presentation, go to: www.SAARF.co.za

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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CRASHCARBURN COMES DOWN TO EARTH

Posted by radio On November - 8 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

[By: Chloe Smith]

 

CrashCarBurn can easily be seen as a local favourite. Formed in England in 2006, the band returned to South Africa in 2007 with an EP to their name and set about distancing themselves from their former band-identity, Tweak.

Band members Garth and Brendan Barnes started Tweak while in high school and quickly became famous among South African teenagers, getting airtime for their songs on radio and being thrown into the underground Hall of Fame headfirst. When Tweak went their separate ways, the Barnes brothers headed to London for a year with CrashCarBurn in mind. “We went from being known everywhere we go to literally playing in empty clubs with maybe one or two people,” said Garth Barnes (lead singer, guitarist and frontman) on stage at their album launch on Tuesday.

Fabian Sing, supposedly residing on their couch at the time, originally acted as their live sound engineer and later joined the band as lead guitarist when Ian Broekhuizen emigrated to Australia. Etienne Janse Van Rensburg (bassist) and Brendan (drummer) had been friends for years – according to Garth, he wasn’t even auditioned for the band. “We just called him up, asked him if he had a bass, asked him if he could play and he was in the band.”

 

Hitting the music scene under a new name with catchy, powerful rock anthems, the band quickly rose above their former levels of fame. CrashCarBurn also became the first South African band to be invited to the Vans Warped Tour, where they played sixteen shows across the East Coast of America and two in Canada, opening them up to an international market. Other tours in Asia and the UK only increased their global fan-base.

 

I had the opportunity of spending a few minutes with CrashCarBurn after their launch for Gravity, their third studio album, on Tuesday night. The launch was unique in more ways than one – the venue was the NuMetro Cinema at Monte Casino, a very comfortable and relaxed way of enjoying a live show. The band also screened a fifteen-minute documentary of behind-the-scenes footage for fans to glimpse a more personal side to the band and its members. The on-screen graphics during performances mirrored the album art, focusing on triangles in an ever-changing slideshow of patterns. The band itself performed incredibly, often sounding the same live as they do recorded, if not better.

 

CS: Thank you so much for giving me a few minutes of your time. I really enjoyed the show. I have to ask – why do they call you Bugsy?

Brendan ‘Bugsy’ Barnes: Bugsy? Embarrassing. When I was small, a little baby, I used to be really fat and my parents called me Bugalug because I kind of bug-a-lug-a-lugged around. And that apparently evolved into Bugsy. It’s not a very rock ‘n roll story.

CS: I really enjoyed the album. You mentioned that it is your most bi-polar album to date. What did you mean by that? Do you mean that you explored new sounds as a band?

Garth Barnes: No, I think what we were trying to get at is that this album has the hardest ever CrashCarBurn songs but also the softest every CrashCarBurn songs. We’ve got Monsters and Angels, which is basically a metal song and then Get Up and Fly, which is straight off an Adele album. And then everything in-between.

CS: On your Facebook page it says that you’re Pop-Punk. What does that mean to you as a band?

Garth: We need to update that. I think we’re more Pop-Rock now, to be honest.

Fabian Sing: Power-Pop.

Brendan:  You know, we make rock music. It’s rock music that’s like pop-music.

Garth: Bit of Hip-hop. You know what, you can call it whatever you want. People always try to put themselves somewhere – are we Indie, are we this, are we whatever. You make music and some people dig it and some people don’t.

Fabian: I think in a broad sense, we would be Pop-Rock.

Brendan: I think Dubstep’s pretty big right now. New album – Dubstep!

CS: So you [Brendan] directed the documentary. Do you do that a lot or is it something that you do occasionally?

Brendan: When I’m not playing in the band, I’m a cinematographer. So I work on a lot of music videos, TV shows, short films, films – stuff like that. Basically, we’ve been filming behind-the-scenes stuff for the last ten years and so we decided well look, we’ve got all this cool footage, let’s put something together. Little bit of a behind-the-scenes insight to who we are. So I got a bunch of my mates that I went to film school with and a friend of mine edited it, another guy did the special effects and it was like a team of close friends put it together. I think it turned out really well.

CS: Do you plan on doing more documentaries?

Brendan: I think it’s a really cool window into the world of the band and that people who listen to the CD like seeing it. So if we have time and cool stuff to show people, we’ll definitely keep doing it.

CS: Did any of you feel that, when showing the documentary to a cinema full of people, footage that you thought was really cool suddenly seemed quite private?

Garth: Yes.

Brendan: There’s more personal stuff than what ended up in the documentary. That was the borderline for how far we could push it. I’ve seen a lot of bands do EPKs that are like, “check us out, we’re really professional and we’re the coolest band you’ve ever seen”. I wanted it to be a little more like, “see all the stuff we’ve done and we are a cool band” but also this is Garth standing naked in Holland and this is Fabian dancing drunk on stage and this is Beth [Etienne] with a hickey on his neck. I wanted it to be something that fans could watch and be like, “cool, these are real guys”. It’s fun to see. Not like, “these guys are unattainable”. Which is all a joke anyway. All of these EPKs that make bands look like super-mad rock stars – I film that and I fake it. None of them are super-mad rock stars so I definitely wanted it to be closer to home so people could really connect.

CS: Did you guys decide to do the show in a cinema after making the documentary or did you want to do a show in a cinema and made a documentary to go with it?

Garth: Chicken and egg.

Brendan: I think the idea to do a documentary/EPK came first and then we thought about the best place for people to hear the album. In album launches, no one knows the songs and it’s more about getting press to actually hear the album. We didn’t want to do it in a sweaty club with bad sound where no one knows what’s going on. So we thought let’s do it in a cinema where the sound will be banging, we can show this awesome documentary on screen and people can sit and actually listen to the music.

CS: Did you enjoy playing your new stuff for the first time?

Garth: Definitely. It’s always scary playing new songs for the first time because you know that there are a bunch of important people there. At the same time, the pressure’s off because no one knows what the songs are supposed to sound like. You can play anything really and people will just say, “wow, that’s an interesting jazz chord that he threw in there” and meantime, it’s a cock-up.

Brendan: I think we did okay.

CrashCarBurn’s latest album Gravity is in stores now.

 

 

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Lotus FM saves the Rhino

Posted by radio On November - 7 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

From the 21st to the 23rd of November, Lotus FM’s Morning Rush, Life and Style, Midday Spice and Desi Drive shows will be broadcasting live from Giants Castle.  The station in conjunction with Ezemvelo KZN wildlife is continuing doing their bit to fight against Rhino pouching. Lotus FM and Ezemvelo KZN wildlife, recently ran an on-air campaign, in which listeners were appealed to sms SAVE to 44135. The funds from the campaign were contributed towards the Anti-Rhino Pouching Fund and to create a platform of interest by uniting the public to assist South African reserve with conservation.

Earlier this year the SABC launched the ‘Save the Rhino Campaign’ in a bid to garner support from the public to save the rhino from extinction. Ever since the poaching epidemic in 2008, South Africa has lost over 1400 rhinos, this year alone over 455 Rhinos were pouched and the numbers are still rising.  In a statement, Lotus FM station Manager Alvin Pillay said; “We are passionate about saving the white and black rhino. The Lotus FM team, have become serious Rhino lovers. Rhinos are our heritage, and we must all fight to protect these magnificent creations.

Issued by Lotus FM

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Digital Migration plan comes under fire from etv

Posted by radio On November - 6 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

 

On the 1st of November, ICASA held public hearings concerning the proposed frequency migration plan. The plan proposes a large-scale migration of TV broadcasters from the spectrum bands they are assigned as part of the digital migration process. Broadcasters made recommendations in which they addressed some of their concerns.

Although in support of the digital migration, free to air broadcasters like etv have rallied against the proposed changes to the frequency migration plan. The migration plan presents a challenge to their sustainability. Broadcasters are particularly concerned at the absence of policy inquiry into the future needs of terrestrial broadcasting and its implication on business.  In a statement, etv’s Chief Executive Officer Marcel Golding says that given the significant impact such a plan would have on the business of free-to-air broadcasters, the channel expects the plan to be carefully developed.

The much desired 790MHz to 862MHz and 694MHz to 790MHz bands (termed Digital Dividend 1 and 2 respectively) are currently occupied by terrestrial broadcasting services. ICASA states that these bands will be vacated by 2015. Golding further stated that following analogue switch-off it must be guaranteed that at least one full DTT multiplex that will replicate the channel’s position in the analogue environment or be compensated for the loss of spectrum.

Without defined entitlements after analogue switch-off, broadcasters will be thrown into an environment where they are unable to explore additional services such as HD and 3D. This will impact on their ability to compete against TV-like services delivered over new technologies. The channel has also stated that it supports the release of a digital dividend as it understands that broadband and mobile telecommunications has an important role in South Africa’s development.  e.tv has made a recommendation to ICASA to consider making it clear that the rights of existing analogue broadcasters concerning the digital dividend will be considered at a later stage in a separate consultative process.

Issued by e.tv

 

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DESTINY MAGAZINE CELEBRATES FIVE YEARS

Posted by radio On November - 6 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

South Africa’s only women’s business and lifestyle magazine, Destiny is celebrating its fifth birthday and to mark this occasion 13 women have been chosen to grace the magazine’s cover. The cover features eight readers and five mentors. Founding Editor of Destiny and Managing CEO of Ndalo Media Khanyi Dhlomo said the fifth birthday issue of Destiny presented an opportunity to celebrate what has been achieved by the magazine as a platform for beautiful, powerful and visionary women in business and lifestyle but also the relationships that have been forged with the readers of the magazine.

The mentors; Khanyi Dhlomo, Founding Editor of Destiny and Managing CEO of Ndalo Media, Terry Volkwyn who is the CEO of Primedia Broadcasting, Highveld Stereo’s Anele Mdoda, Sonja de Bruyn who is the co- founder of Investment Boutique Identity partners and Judi Nwokedi, Senior Executive for the French nuclear firm Arvera held a round table discussion with the mentees. At the session the mentees were given sound business advice and tips on how to balance work and home life.

In keeping with true destiny style, this issue also has the much-anticipated Power of 40 Report sponsored by Mazda. This annual report showcases 40 women, under the age of 40, who are making waves in their respective industries, including fashion, science, aviation, education, film and entertainment. These women have taken their industries to greater heights and are a true example to all South African women.

Issued by Ndalo Media

Picture taken from www.Bizcommunity.co.za

 

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Icasa’s Stakeholders Engagement Roadshow

Posted by radio On November - 6 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

Since last month, ICASA has been engaging its stakeholders across the country through meetings and presentations of its 2012-2017 Strategy Plan to the National Community radio Forum (NCRF) and the South African Communications Forum. The road show also engaged postal, broadcasting, electronic communications services, electronic communications network licensees and radio frequency spectrum licensees in the Cape Peninsular and Kwa-Zulu Natal province. The ICASA Stakeholders Engagement Road-show is an attempt to address the shortcomings of previous stakeholders’ meetings that were held in Johannesburg, and were out of reach for smaller licensees and operators outside the Gauteng province.

In a statement, ICASA made clear its intention to reach out to other interested groups and formations that are not necessarily licensed entities but play an important role in the electronic communications sector. This includes the South African Revenue Services and the South African Police Services.  National, provincial and local governments play an important role with regard to the lay-out of communications infrastructure and the need for it to meet pressing socio-economic and developmental goals to achieve universal access and service will also be engaged. Other associations include the Internet Service Providers Association and the Wireless Application Service Providers’ Association. On the broadcasting front, the Authority also plans to reach out to associations representing broadcasting licensees and content producers such as the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), Independent Producers Organisation (IPO) and the South African Screen Federation (SASFED).

ICASA’s stakeholders’ engagement plan seeks to complement public awareness road-shows conducted in conjunction with the Department of Communications and the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Communications that are targeting grassroots communities across the country. The Authority’s plan does not exclude established and incumbent licensees who are often in a position to request and hold bilateral meetings with the authority when required.

Issued by ICASA

 

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CrashCarBurn… A review of Gravity

Posted by radio On November - 5 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

[By Chloe Smith]

CrashCarBurn hit the music market with just that. Their new album, Gravity, is described by Garth Barnes as “the most bi-polar album we’ve ever done”. Sticking to their well-known pop-punk sound of before, the album also shows a more heartfelt (and sometimes mellow) side to the band. Gravity is an evolution and maturation of CrashCarBurn without taking away from the rocking sound they were originally known and loved for.

Formed in London in 2006 before returning to South Africa in 2007, CrashCarBurn worked independently for many years. With a few international tours successfully under their belts, the band has continued to remain a local favourite. They recently signed to major international label EMI Music, where they say they “can’t wait to see where this new friendship will take [them]”.

Light, the first single off the new album, quickly became popular on alternative, rock and pop radio stations across the country, lending to their well-known punk-rock/pop-punk sound. With vocals from the locally renowned ChianoSky in Heartbeat Racing, the heart breaking tribute to their dear friend Kerran Yates in Get Up And Fly, the versatility of the album guarantees its good reception. Exploring time signatures, instrumentation and even adding in an orchestra or two, Gravity promises to be a local (and hopefully international) success.

The band can look forward to expanding their audience and their audience can look forward to forming a deeper connection with the band.

Songs to watch out for: The Ride and The Light

Photographed by Bruce K. Cantrell

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Community radio…For us, by us

Posted by radio On November - 5 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

 

[by Abongile Zizi]

Community radio in South Africa is enjoying a strong foothold on audiences that is growing daily. SAARF RAMS released in August 2012 show that community radio listenership sits at 8720’000 listeners. Around the same time last year, total community radio listenership sat at 84466’000. These numbers indicated a slight growth from 24.8% to 25.0%. A single percentile might not seem like a drastic jump but the steady and consistent climb of this type of radio is very telling of the impact community radio is starting to have on audiences. The consistent growth of community radio is due to a myriad of factors that intrinsic to its very nature. The existence of agencies like the Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA) which give financial and structural support to community based media organisations has created a fertile environment for community radio to flourish. Earlier this year, the oldest community radio station in South Africa, Bush Radio experienced severe financial difficulties; this is not a unique situation. Many community radio stations experience financial difficulties because they are funded through grants, sponsorships and the little advertising revenue they generate.

Community radio is for the community, by the community. In this instance community is a broad term as it refers to both geographical communities and communities of interest. Catering to a niche market is part of the reason why there’s a growing listenership base for community radio.  Within communities localised media serves to create a common ground for the group to explore their shared concerns in depth and on their own terms be it through language, religion or shared geography. Within geographical communities, community radio further extends the already intimate relationship that radio stations share with their listeners as it speaks directly to their needs in a language they can understand.

While PBS and Commercial radio cater to a multitude of interests that are relevant to their target market, the ground level approach and localised content provided by community radio has a stronger appeal to audiences because of the localisation of the content. The foothold that Commercial and PBS stations had on audiences has been shaken by community radio because these stations compete with them for audiences and enjoy somewhat of an advantage.

Currently, there are over a hundred community radio stations in South Africa, these stations cater to multiple communities with multiple needs. In community radio not only is content aligned with national interest, content approach is focused on localised impact. Isolated communities have found a voice though community radio. Most community radio stations are made up of volunteers from the community who can be seen as a representation of the community within which these stations function. They also nurture raw talent by affording interested community members an environment to learn and grow as radio presenters, producers, reporters and newsreaders. Radio personalities like Metro FM’s DJ Sbu and 702 Talk Radio’s Niall Collie started off at community radio level. Community radio not only trains and produces media practitioners who can rival those of PBS and commercial stations, it gives communities a voice.

Sources: MDDA, SAARF

Picture taken from: www.Bushradio.wordpress.com

 

 

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Squawk with Bruce Whitefield

Posted by radio On November - 2 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

This month, renowned financial journalist and Radio personality Bruce Whitefield will be joining CNBC Africa. The television news channel will be introducing two new shows Squawk with Bruce Whitefield and Share Shootout. Chief Editor at CNBC Africa, Godfrey Mutizwa said the appearance of Bruce Whitefield was a testament to the channel’s commitment to work with only the best in financial journalism. “Bruce brings with him a story-telling ability matched by few and a wealth of industry experience earned over nearly two decades.

Whitefield has won multiple awards for his work in print, radio and television. The awards include a Sanlam Financial Journalist of the year award, Citadel and Citibank’s South African Financial journalist of the year and MTN awards for best financial broadcaster for three years running.  He also presents The Money Show with on Talk Radio 702 and 567 Cape Talk each weekday between 18h00 and 20h00.

Squawk with Bruce Whitefield is a new show that will be highlighting and analysing important and interesting market events and activities both locally and globally. Every week the show will feature investment experts, fund managers, traders and other investment experts. Bruce will also act as the “sheriff of the shootout” an exciting element of the show that will involve two fund managers or traders who will come in every week and try to convince him and each other why three shares  they live by are worth buying. Bruce will then decide who remains and who is eliminated. .

Don’t miss Squawk with Bruce Whitfield every Thursday at 21:00

Source: DSTV online

Picture taken from: eventsource.co.za

 

 

 

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CHATSWORTH’S GOT TALENT

Posted by radio On November - 2 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

After five weeks of singing, dancing and acting, Lotus FM and Chatsworth centre hosted the Grand Finale of the Chatsworth’s got talent competition. 16 year old Anneline J Govender walked away with the title and a R12 000 cash prize. Lotus FM presenter Lloyd Paul, said he was happy that Anneline won. “I am happy that she won. I knew that it would be her from her first audition”.  Asked what she would do with the money Govender said she would put it in a savings account for her future.

A firm crowd favourite, the Durban born singer further said the most exciting moment of the competition was definitely the win and thanked Lotus FM and Chatsworth centre for the opportunity to make her dreams come true.  Other winners included “SAChina” a group comprising of Jani Sabeso, Sphelele Dhengu, Mzi Mtono and Kwazikwakhe Jani who were second runner up. Beat boxer Branon Joseph came third.

Lotus FM Marketing Manager, Donne Henry said, “I was stunned, firstly by the talent that Phoenix has and even more taken back by the hundreds of people who lined up, cheering and routing for their favourite contestants.   It was quite evident that this community initiative has taken the Chatsworth by storm, and Lotus FM will definitely think of making this an annual event.

Source: SABC

 

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