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MTN Radio Awards Countdown Begins!

Posted by radio On April - 13 - 2012 2 COMMENTS

 

There is officially less than a week to go, and the countdown to the long-awaited MTN Radio Awards 2012, which will be hosted on 14 April, 2012, at the Sandton Convention Centre is in full effect.

The station categories have been divided into 4 main categories, namely; Commercial, PBS (Public Broadcasting Station), Community,  and Campus. Radiobiz brings you a synchronized package of the show-business report.

 

1.         BREAKFAST SHOW

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and if your first meal does not set your day off to a good start, then you should revise your diet, in this case- what you are listening to. The saying “if a station is not in profit by 9 a.m., then it never will be” makes this particular award one of the most important. The judges will be looking for a show that captures the energy and essence of its target market both geographically and demographically. Morning radio can often sound the same in many markets, so the judges will look for style, content and presentation that is original, creative, exciting and enticing.  Morning radio is often about team-broadcasting, and judges will, therefore, pay special attention to how the team blends together and plays off one another. The best morning radio, while often tightly packed and pre-produced, can be a meaningful vehicle for advertisers.

The contenders for this coveted category go to:

COMMERCIAL -5FM / 94.7 Highveld Stereo / 567 Cape Talk / Good Hope FM / KFM / Kaya FM / Talk Radio 702
PBS – Phalaphala FM / Ukhozi FM / Umhlobo Wenene FM
COMMUNITY – East Rand Stereo / Impact 103FM / Mix 93.8FM / Radio Islam / Tygerberg FM
CAMPUS – Tshwane FM / TUKS FM

 

2. NEWS AND ACTUALITY SHOW

This category is open to all radio stations that have a bona fide news and actuality programme comprising original news and current affairs of fifteen minutes in duration or more, and broadcast at any time of the day or night.  This excludes hourly news bulletins. The category would also be open to a broader talk show that covers current affairs. The show will be assessed on the way in which stories and issues are handled in terms of presentation, immediacy style and objectivity.
COMMERCIAL – 567 Cape Talk / Kaya FM / OFM / Talk Radio 702 X 2
COMMUNITY – Radio Islam (The Big Picture Programme, Al Masaa Afternoon Drive and Sabaahul Muslim) / Radio Pulpit (Josie Raath) / KQFM (KQ Talk)
PBS – RSG / SAfm (Andries Tatane and United Nations)

 

3DAYTIME SHOW

This category is open to all shows broadcast on all radio stations across the time channels that typically are not defined as either Breakfast time, or as Afternoon Drive time (e.g. between 09:00 and 16:00) during weekdays and over weekends. The show will be assessed on how well it understands the unique needs of the time channel and programmes accordingly, and judges will be looking for freshness in presentation, and how uniquely each broadcast hour is used.  Consideration will also be given to whether advertisers have got value for money, and whether the show deserves the accolade of being a regular essential appointment with the listener. High production values are a must.

The contenders for this category are:

COMMERCIAL – Alex Jay Show (94.7 Highveld Stereo) / Grant and Anele (5FM) / Lunch with Ayanda (Good Hope FM) / The Jenny Crwys Williams Show (Talk Radio 702) / The Midday Report (567 Cape Talk) / The Redi Thlabi Show (Talk Radio 702)
PBS – Ashraf Garda (SAfm) / Sedibeng (Thobela FM) / The Real Deal (Trufm)
COMMUNITY – Aboo Bakr Dawjee & Sulaimaan Ravat (Radio Islam) / Helen Desbois (East Rand Stereo) / Sameera Buccas (Radio Islam) / Saskia V (Mix 93.8FM)
4AFTERNOON DRIVE SHOW

Although it doesn’t pull the same audience numbers as Breakfast, afternoon drive is critical to the station’s mix on air and plays a significant role to the overall Time Spent Listening (TSL) and cumulative audience figures. The pace of the show is critical with a substantial volume of news and information having to be incorporated into the mix. Getting this show right requires a skilful mix of the ingredients that will keep the listener locked to the station and provide that mix of information, and entertainment that shortens the ride home and reduces the stress of rush-hour traffic.

The contenders for this Category are:

COMMERCIAL – 5FM / 567 Cape Talk / 94.7 Highveld Stereo / Algoa FM / East Coast Radio / Good Hope FM / Jacaranda 94.2 / Kaya FM / Talk Radio 702 /
PBS – Lesedi FM / Phalaphala FM / Ukhozi FM / Umhlobo Wenene
COMMUNITY – Bay FM / Mix 93.8FM / Radio Islam

 

5. NIGHT TIME SHOW 

This category is open to all radio stations across all categories broadcasting from 19:00 to 05:00 in the morning, weekdays and over weekends. Night-time broadcasting typically requires a change of pace and mood and the show must reflect this.  Judges will also look at how the show best addresses the needs of the audience, as well as excellence in presentation and production. Given that night-time radio audiences tend to dwindle as it gets later, judges will be asking one key question:  “What compels me to stay with this show?”

The contenders are:

COMMERCIAL – 5FM / 94.2 Jacaranda / 94.7 Highveld Stereo / Good Hope FM / Kaya FM / Talk Radio 702 and 567 Cape Talk
PBS – Lotus FM / SAfm (Chiawelo and Andries Tatane)
COMMUNITY – Radio Khwezi / Radio Islam / Radio Pulpit / RadioRiverside

 

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By Nyeleti Machovani

Photo: The V Drive Show Team

From Left to Right: Bonga Zulu (Technical Producer), Linda ‘TheGame’ Ndimande (Presenter) & Nokwanda Ngema (Content Producer)

 

Vibe FM’s Linda ‘The Game’ Ndimande who presents the show V-Drive, has been nominated for the category ‘Afternoon Drive Presenter’ in the MTN sponsored Radio Awards.  The prestigious event which is to be held at the Sandton Convention Center on 14, April, 2012 is around the corner. It therefore makes sense why the community radio anchor’s infectious enthusiasm resonates as we speak about his nomination. “I’m very excited, I was not aware that my craft is acknowledged; even if I don’t walk away the official ‘winner’, being nominated- that alone is amazing. It inspires me to work even harder”, says Ndimande humbly.

 

Even as a youngster, the 37 year old Umlazi born radio jock never felt ambivalent about his life’s journey. He knew that he wanted to see himself in the radio industry. To achieve this goal, he set out to lay a foundation of solid media references by building a portfolio of relevant working experience.  Ndimande started out as a radio presenter at Cani 96.7 FM in 1997 and then relocated to present at the Durban News Radio in 2005. He honed and refined his skills at Gagasi FM in 2010, before joining Vibe FM 94.7 FM in 2011. Evidently, the years spent cultivating his skills have rewarded him with recognition in a very competitive industry. “I’m at home at Vibe FM. I have the freedom to be myself and enjoy radio. I have the freewill to give my show direction, and I have gained the confidence to mature my craft here”, says Ndimande.

 

The community radio station Vibe FM which officially aired on 20 March, 2009, is situated in KwaMashu within the Ethekwini Metropolitan Municipality. It was granted a four-year broadcasting license by ICASA which took effect on 5th April 2007 to broadcast to the community of KwaMashu and surrounding areas. Ndimande believes that radio is still very much a relevant media outlet in contemporary South Africa; “radio stations reach millions of listeners, and can effectively change people’s mindsets”, says the V-Drive Show presenter.

 

Affectionately nicknamed ‘The Game”, Ndimande describes his show, the V-Drive, as young, fresh, current and energetic. “Our show speaks to 18-25 year olds. We remain current, popular and relevant because in radio you need to know what you are doing. We also engage the community through outreach programmes”, he says. Part of the stations’ social responsibility is to empower an otherwise impoverished rural community. “We are working together with various Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO)’s in the area which assist us to build houses for the underprivileged , as well as to host educational talks in schools regarding issues affecting South Africa, such as HIV/Aids and unemployment amongst other issues”, he says.

 

When asked about the likelihood of bagging this coveted award of Afternoon Drive Presenter, Ndimande evades attributing the success of the show to his own outstanding skills, but gives praise to his equally commendable team, which comprises of two other co-presenters, namely; Bonga Zulu, the shows’ technical producer, and the content producer Nokwanda Ngema.

 

Even in the face of tenacious competition, being that Radio Islam received 24 nominations for the MTN Radio Awards 2012, and managed to walk away with four awards in the previous year, Ndimande seems optimistic about Vibe FM’s chances of taking the prize this year. “I believe that we may be likely to win this category because of the advantage we have over our competition. The show I present considers the diverse South African youth, in ethnicity, religion, and language. We are not specific to a certain group. We also incorporate English and Zulu in presenting so that we can appeal to a wider audience”, he explains.

 

Clearly an avid believer in hard work, drive and initiative, Ndimande holds a Boston certificate in Communication. “It is a great initiative for a large company like MTN to sponsor these Radio Awards. It shows that there are big investors who are backing the radio industry. That should inspire people to believe in their craft and to not be afraid to start something new because you never stop learning, so you should never stop enquiring”, concludes Ndimande.

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A Newsreaders Guide (Part 2)

Posted by radio On April - 5 - 2012 1 COMMENT

Ways of presenting Radio News

To establish a distinct “voice” for the station, consider using a solo news reader to be the anchor. A solo news reader can read the headlines effectively, and introduce stories from contributors.

The dynamic of two news readers, who are respectively male and female, provides an interesting contrast and can break up longer news pieces effectively. Interviews which are either conducted by the anchor, collectively (the joint two anchor newsreaders), or remotely; from a reporter on the ground who is live at the scene of the story, often provides great audio material.

Spokespersons from organisations involved in the subject matter give the official statement, and add the necessary balance, not only to the story itself, but to the benefit of the listeners well. Although spokespersons seldom give their own opinion, but represent the organisation, it is important to get the alternative perspective, for depth and credibility.

Consider using Vox Pops to aid news telling as they add local colour and interest to the news. They’re quick (or should be) and are a chance for the station’s own listeners to get involved, depending on the station and the nature of the story.

There are various other types of contributors available to add colour and interest to the audio of a news bulletin. These range from professional broadcasters who are closer to the scene. These can either be freelancers or as employees who are part of a bigger news broadcaster or organisation.

Music in the News Bulletin

As news reports and the bulletins themselves become quicker and shorter, especially in music driven format stations, some stations feel it necessary to add a music bed running underneath and throughout the news. That is an alternative. Opinions are divided on how short news can be delivered, yet still be effective. Each station generally tailors its own format to suit its individual agenda.

Radio listeners get their news from a variety of sources and some turn to their radio station for in-depth coverage whilst other listeners are content with the headlines. In the radio industry, listeners ultimately have carte blanche to decide what type of news they want from their station, and it is for that station to deliver  what is appealing to their target audience.

 

 

 

 

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Ways to Present Radio News (Part 1)

Posted by radio On April - 4 - 2012 209 COMMENTS

A Guide to the Different Styles and Presentations of News Bulletins

There is an ever expanding number of different recognised radio station formats and variations in operation, and each station’s news output needs to fit the format.

The news output of any radio station doesn’t exist in isolation. It has to fit in with the overall programming. News is constantly changing and the news output for each radio station and each format will tend to reflect the way the listeners to that station, prefer to have their news delivered. This can vary from in-depth analysis of news, to short ‘bite size chunks’ of the main headlines.

Sources and Types of News

Consider first the various places news can emanate from before it is reported to the station’s listeners and in what format. Possible sources and types of news are:

  1. News Agencies and News Conferences
  2. Reporters and News Contacts
  3. Press Releases and Politicians
  4. Freelancer Contributors
  5. Pressure Groups and Letters to the Editor
  6. Tip Offs including hoaxes.
  7. Events and the Emergency Services
  8. Local, National and International News
  9. Anniversaries and Follow-ups of existing and previous news stories

The smaller the transmission area of the station, the more likely it is that more localised stories will feature. This may be largely because the advantage a local station has over its bigger rivals is that it is able to report news, of particular interest to that community, as well as noting the larger stories covered by the networks. The larger networks will focus on news that affects a larger area and the style of each delivery for both type of station will also vary.

Broadcasting the news in a short “One Minute News,” feature demands a totally different style of news broadcasting to the more rounded rolling news or in-depth news format say of a Talk Station. The kind of station and the format it is following, will dictate varying styles for each, and how it is broadcast.

The style of a news bulletin is often arrived at by focus groups or other forms of research to determine what’s important in news output to the listeners and delivering it. Radio News may be delivered in a number of ways, and is dependent on the type of radio station, the style of the news reporting in the overall context of the station’s programming and the intended audience.

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Metro FM Welcomes Minnie

Posted by radio On March - 30 - 2012 Comments Off on Metro FM Welcomes Minnie

Metro FM has released its line-up which takes effect as of 01 April 2012. There are minor changes, as the station has decided to retain the majority of its line-up.

The two latest additions to the Metro FM family are; Marian Nyako-Lartey and Minenhle ‘Minnie’ Dlamini. Marian who previously worked for OFM will be co-hosting with William Lehong  from 01h00-05-00, while Minenhle ‘Minnie’ Dlamini is set to co-host a show with Adil More from 12h00-15h00. Both shows are on Saturdays.

Dlamini’s star is rising as she steadily makes her mark on the media scene. She is currently the Mzansi Insider presenter, The Wild soapie actress and Former Live presenter. Her radio debut was on Metro FM in 2011 when she and ANC Youth League president Julius Malema took command of the Metro FM airwaves, on a show typically hosted by Glen Lewis, Unathi Msengana and Melanie Bala. The stations initiative was to invite celebrities to host shows during a line-up transition. Dlamini was certainly well received.

This is what she tweeted earlier today: “ Not only am I opening #SAFW tonight, yes guys, I feel so blessed & honoured to go where “the beat is” on @metrofmsa!”.

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Radio Stations Must Encourage Entrepreneurship

Posted by radio On March - 29 - 2012 5 COMMENTS

Given the current rate of unemployment in South Africa, which rested at a reported 23.9 percent in the fourth quarter of 2011, the spirit of entrepreneurship needs to be encouraged, supported and driven by government.

This brings the question whether a business model of a 24hr business & sports talk radio station would be feasible.

Let’s look at the following options that government might consider to try and influence the young people of this country through radio communication.

A combination of Business talk, Sports Talk and music.

The Department of Communication could apply to ICASA for a national radio station licence for a public service talk radio station; the station would be part of SABC’s 18 public service radio station portfolio. The idea is to make sure that it is not a commercially driven station because profits and development sometimes don’t go hand in hand in the long run.

The format of the station would ideally look like this:

Breakfast:

A breakfast show in the morning that will be interviews intensive, it would be a mix of business and sports talk to avoid making it too heavy for early morning radio. The  National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) would be given a slot once a week to come to the studio for an hour to explain to the listeners how they work, the processes of applying for funding etc. Whatever queries that are raised with them would be followed up by the station and feedback given to the complainant. National Empowerment Fund (NEF) could also have its own hour slot whereby they will also provide advice to the emerging entrepreneurs on how to write a proper business plan, things that they look for when they get an application for funding. A sports slot would be in between the news and interviews.

Music:

A bit of music could be played every now and then just to give listeners a break from attentive listening. Company news would also be covered in detail, getting some of the leading business leaders to come and share their success stories with the nation. Once a week have an audience live on the studio interviewing these leaders, the station could also run a mentorship programme whereby they connect the young entrepreneurs with seasoned business men and women. Organization like Raizcorp could also come to the studio and explain their programme that they are running of saving ailing small businesses, as most start-up companies usually struggle or end up failing within the first 2yrs of operati

 

What about SAfm?

Some people might say SAfm is a national talk radio station owned by government and run by the SABC, so why would we waste taxpayers’ money by duplicating products? The answer is that SAfm is a current affairs talk station, yes it covers a bit of business but so does Metrofm. The idea here is to promote entrepreneurship among young people of South Africa by driving the same message everyday and offering support and advice, so far the most effective way of communicating would be radio.

 

Would it sustain itself or be funded by taxpayers’ money?

If run properly the, this type of station would generate more than enough revenue to cover its running costs and even make profit even though that shouldn’t be the focus. The only threat to the sustainability of this station is politics; we’ve seen in the past five years or so what has been happening at the SABC. If this station were to be used to score political points or settle political scores then it might as well be left in the hands of the private sector.


Outsource the whole station

The other option for the government, in order to avoid political manipulation and influence in the content would be to outsource the management and running of the station to a private company. However the mandate must be clear that it’s not a commercial venture but a public service station, whose objective is to create a platform for the young entrepreneurs and athletes to develop and enhance their skills through listening and participating in the shows. The only challenge is that this has never been done before in the country, it will be a ground breaking broadcasting model that could be used in future.

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Ligwalagwala FM Turns 30

Posted by radio On March - 23 - 2012 3 COMMENTS

The isiSwati broadcast radio station reaches its milestone on 31 March, 2012. Ligwalagwala FM celebrates its 30th birthday with a line up of 30 artists. To usher in their big birthday, Ligwalagwala FM plans to put into action some new and exciting innovations. It is on good authority that a new presenter from a popular commercial radio station will be joining the station family. In addition to that, a promising young presenter will add to the unveiling of the new station changes; all of which will be revealed on 1 April, 2012.

The event will take place in Nelspruit, at the Mbombela Staduim with a variety of entertainers who will keep the energy of the day upbeat. Part of the list of entertainers includes the likes of Rebecca, Sifiso Ncwane, Sipho Makhabane, Chillax, Shota, Bouga Luv, Shisa boy, Nativz Squad, Madumane, Shabba, Dj Afro amongst many others. There is no entrance fee; however attendees will need to provide a pass. Further details will be released closer to the date by the radio station on the frequency 92.5 FM.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Ligwalagwala FM has an average daily audience of 916 000.
  • Ligwalagwala fm listeners are progressive and brand-conscious.
  • It primarily targets the age bracket between 25-49 years.
  • Ligwalagwala Fm listeners are concentrated in the Mpumalanga, Gauteng regions, and spill over to Swaziland and Maputo.
  • The station offers a perfect mix of news, music, current affairs, talk show, education, sport, weather and traffic.
  •  The music offering includes Jazz, African traditional music, R&B, Kwaito, House and Gospel.

 

 

 

 

 

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Meet Capricorn FM’s Crazy Jos

Posted by radio On March - 22 - 2012 1 COMMENT

By: Mpho Smart

 

Born in Musina, Limpopo, in 1966, Josias Ncube did not seem destined for big things in his early life. He was kicked out from several schools because of his crazy antics.

 

When Ncube was just twelve years old, he moved to Nzhelele where he schooled for a couple of years. The relocation proved too much of an upheaval for the teenager. The move was a shotgun that started the race for the radio personality. He remembers his uncle saying he started obsessing about radio when they moved back to Musina. From that point onwards, the Capricorn FM DJ and programmes manager made a promise to himself to make a success of his life.  After leaving school, Ncube, studied at both the University of the North and University of Venda where he trained to become a teacher.  From there it was but a short jump to Polokwane.

The job that really propelled him into the nation’s consciousness was his Love Zone slot on Sundays, a mid-day show. Ncube plumbed for Capricorn FM and months later was given carte blanche to front Love Zone, a show that has been running successfully for several years.

The radio bosses were so impressed with his wacky presenting style that he is able to pick and choose his next move. It was not Ncube’s presenting skills which netted him his position, however, but rather his fierce business acumen. He negotiated his shares in Capricorn FM and became its programmes manager.

Ncube has not always worked in broadcast media. He started out as a teacher at age 20.  But after only 18 months of ‘repeating’ himself, and without any job lined up or in the pipeline he left teaching. He pursued his first love, radio, and in 1989 Ncube joined Radio Thohoyandou where he compiled music shows, produced and presented news bulletins. The radio station was later dismantled and incorporated into the SABC, where he worked for Phalaphala FM between 1998 and 2006. He left his gig at Phalaphala FM in 2006.

In 2007, Ncube’s dream of being part of an English radio station targeted at a black audience to fill in the gap left by the dismantling of former bantustan radio stations, became reality. He teamed up with a bunch of guys who had the same vision.  This was the birth of Capricorn FM. “This was a platform which gave one control to determine what to put out there. Our people were fed radio that wasn’t necessarily suitable to their needs,” says Ncube.

Ncube is single and describes himself as ‘extremely private’. He says determination, passion for radio and hard work are attributes that best sum up his character. Capricorn FM is his home and he plans to invest more in the business.

Ncube is a natural communicator who loves talking. He says: “I have always loved attention and radio is an outlet for me to share my thoughts and experiences. Love Zone makes love sound sweeter than it actually is. But most importantly it spreads the love. I just love coming to work every day and being part of the decision making for what we put out there. Nothing beats that.”

 

 

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What If Radio Came After The Internet?

Posted by radio On March - 18 - 2012 4 COMMENTS

By: Nathi Khumalo

 

Do you still remember how life was before the internet was born? If you can, then imagine how life would have been if there was no radio but internet.  These days you can listen to radio via the internet regardless of the geographical location or footprint of that particular station. That is the internet fitting in or taking radio consumption to a different level, even though DStv already has an audio bouquet that has a whole list of radio stations you can listen to through pay-tv. However television is a visual device, people expect to see pictures and movement not just listening to a voice or music.

Radio a cheaper medium

The obvious advantage that radio would have had was that it is free; you pay nothing for listening to radio in your home, cell phone or car. The only cost is for buying a device that is used to consume the medium and that’s it. If internet came first we would be getting our news from TV and online news networks only, that would mean poorer communities would still be starved of information because of broadband affordability. So an opportunity for radio to brand itself as a cheap but effective would arise, advertisers would start considering moving some of their spend to radio since it would have been freely available to everyone. If you are an advertiser and your target market is lower LSM group, you would definitely jump into the opportunity.

Broadband cost too high?

Some might argue and say the cost of broadband would have reduced by now, so radio would have struggled to make its mark in the industry. Currently it is more expensive to advertise on radio than online, due to radio’s ability to play commercials repetitively until the message reaches the target market.

These are all what ifs, meaning it didn’t happen radio did come first before the internet. However this is the question many radio stations should be asking themselves if they want to survive. If they can come up with the right answers of how to take advantage of the internet then they will definitely survive this beast called the internet.

 

 

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MTN Radio Awards

Posted by radio On March - 17 - 2012 4 COMMENTS

 

The excitement is palpable as there is officially less than a month to go until MTN hosts the annual Radio Awards gala banquet.

Contrary to popular belief, radio is still the dominant mass-medium in Africa, with the widest geographical reach and the highest audiences compared with television (TV), newspapers and other information and communication technologies (ICTs). According to Western Cape Primedia Broadcasting manager, Karl Gostner,” [radio] has the ability to have instant interaction and reaction on any topic or issue. [It] has a feedback channel that allows for the quick flow of information”.

With that said, the MTN Radio Awards are to honour this great medium as well as to “promote and recognise excellence in radio, with the objective of ensuring that radio remains one of South Africa’s foremost media choices”. The judging panel was announced by MTN Radio Awards Chairman, Rich Mkhondo and MTN Radio Awards CEO, Lance Rothschild. The panel will select the category winners using a set guideline to eliminate any possibilities of bias. Jeremy Maggs (Founder MTN Radio Awards), David Mashabela (Radio Presenter and Consultant), and Koos Radebe (Former Station Manager of Metro FM) form part of the list of confirmed judges.

The Gala Banquet will be held at the Sandton Convention Centre on 14th April. To enhance the festivities, the event will be followed by an after party. Join Radiobiz, as we will be counting down the days to the big day by follow up articles on anticipated category winners, accompanied by industry opinions.

For more information, visit http://www.mtnradioawards.co.za/index.html

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