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Fall in love with comedy

Posted by radio On February - 14 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

21 of the country’s top comedians are joining forces with Comedy Central (122) to make Mzansi comedy fans fall head-over-heels in love with home-grown stand-up comedy.

 

 

Passionately lining up to support comedy and the comedic arts, and to encourage South Africans to appreciate and consume more local comedy are: Celeste Ntuli, Ndumiso Lindi, Dillan Oliphant, Lihle Lindzy, Deep Fried Man, Conrad Koch, Chris Forrest, Barry Hilton, John Vlismas, Nina Hastie, Suzelle DIY, Donovan Goliath, Nick Goliath, Robby Collins, Richelieu Beaunoir, Simmi Areff, Mojak Lehoko, Ebenhaezer Dibakwane, David Kau, Yaaseen Barnes and Joey Rasdien.  Further comedians will join the campaign throughout the year.

 

 

Kicking off on Valentine’s Day, the campaign will see the 21 comedy luminaries starring in a fun new Comedy Central promotional campaign that will run on TV, billboards and social media throughout the year.

 

 

Throwing dignity and caution to the wind, the comedians have filmed a range of adorable stunts, slo-mo clips, face-offs and silly promos showing them interacting humorously with dogs, beach balls, glitter, pom poms, balloons and much more, using the props in a comic way to represent their own personal “brand” of comedy.

 

 

Commented Dillon Khan, Senior Channel Director, Comedy Central, Africa and Creative Services VIMN Africa, “Comedy Central is on a mission to make life funnier, and to support the local comedy scene; we are delighted at the amazing response we have had from these great comedians in the interest of fighting every day monotony and the forces of boredom!  We’re proudly saying there is nothing more entertaining than comedy.  Premier League…Cricket…. Cinema… nothing beats laughter.”

 

 

In the coming months, the 24-hour comedy network and official “home of funny” is “standing up” for South African comedy and comedians by increasing the volume of local comedy programming on the channel including – for the first time – vernacular and Afrikaans’ comedy which will feature on the channel from April 2017.  Among the many South African comedians you’ll see on the channel in comedy specials in the coming months are: John Vlismas, Masood Boomgard, Kwanda Radebe, Tyson Heffer, Alfred Adriaan, Jem Atkins, Deep Fried Man, Marc Lottering, Loyiso Gola and Neville Pillay.

 

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Anele takes over 94.7 Breakfast Show

Posted by radio On February - 10 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

On Monday 3rd April, 947 audiences will find that their favourite radio presenters are hosting different shows.

 

After 14 years on 947 breakfast radio, Darren Simpson will move to the afternoon drive and Anele Mdoda will become the first South African woman to take over a commercial breakfast show.

 

Darren made the announcement on the Breakfast Xpress, noting that he has spent 18 years of his radio career on breakfast radio, and it is time for a lifestyle change and a new challenge.

 

“It has been a privilege to wake up Joburg, and I have achieved all of the milestones that I set out to achieve in morning radio – growing audience, commercial success, awards and most importantly, we have changed lives on this show,” he said.

 

He added that the timing of the change was prompted by a need to re-prioritise his life.

 

“Breakfast radio is physically and emotionally exhausting. I don’t think people realise all the demands that are placed on a breakfast show – the extensive preparation that goes into it and all that is required for the station and for clients. As the host, I am often here until 9pm at night.

 

“I have a young family and last year, I hit a point where, despite being in Johannesburg, I hadn’t seen my kids awake for three straight days. It set off alarms for me, and I realized that something had to change.”

 

The station was open to the opportunity to freshen the two drive time shows. Drive time radio is critical in Joburg, where traffic dictates the routines of significant numbers of commuters. Recent research from the new Broadcast Research Council (BRC) survey shows that 947 has particularly high incidence of in-car listening in both mornings and afternoons.

 

“We’ve been following this traffic and listening trend for some time, and feel confident that it’s the right time to bring some new flavour into these shows, while retaining the personalities who our audiences love and relate to,” said 947 station manager, Ravi Naidoo.

 

Anele Mdoda started her commercial radio career with 947 when she joined the station with partner Grant Nash to host an evening show in 2006. She then moved to national station, 5FM before returning to 947 in 2012 to take on a solo drive time show.

 

Anele’s star has continued to rise and she has branched out into TV, now hosting her own daily talk show, RealTalk with Anele on SABC3. She will continue to host both her radio and TV shows in 2017.

 

“After five years on 947’s drive show, I am honoured to take on the challenge of the breakfast show. My first big radio break was at 947 and I am thankful to management for believing in me and giving me this opportunity. The station, and the breakfast show in particular, is home to radio royalty with personalities like Darren Simpson, who has continued to evolve the breakfast show and create radio magic. I know that he’s going to be a tough act to follow. Radio is and always will be a very personal platform and I am driven by the connection I have with my listeners. I will always work hard to deliver content that evokes emotion, makes people laugh and gets them thinking. I’m looking forward to the next part of this incredible journey on 947,” she said.

 

“Anele’s flair for talk and interviews will suit the breakfast slot which offers more time for extended conversations, in between the music mix. She’s certainly got the gravitas to host the breakfast show, and we love that she’s come full circle to this point, on 947,” said Naidoo.

 

 

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Pinkprint Tour: Nicki Minaj Live on Valentines Day

Posted by radio On February - 10 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

This Valentines’s Day enjoy a night with Nicki Minaj as she takes you to the Barclay’s Centre in Brooklyn. The Pinkprint Tour: Nicki Minaj Live From Brooklyn show features both full live performances as well as never-before-seen interviews and behind-the-scenes footage. The pink colour fanatic is set to awe her fans better known as the “Barbies/Barbz” with a show stopping extravaganza.

 

The “Barbz” can expect to hear some of their long-time favourite tracks, “throwback” hit songs include AnacondaSuper Bass and The Night is Still Young. Also known for her unique fashion sense, Nicki Minaj fanatics will get to see over the top wardrobe designs for the spectacular night. This show is a must see for Nicki Minaj fans.

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ShowMax has launched a new lower-priced service available exclusively to Vodacom customers on an add-to-bill basis. For R49 per month, subscribers get unlimited access to a comprehensive catalogue of TV shows, movies, kids shows, and documentaries. This new service has a strong focus on local content, is optimised for lower data consumption on smartphones and tablets, and is billed directly to a Vodacom account with no need for a credit card.

 

Available exclusively to Vodacom customers on an add-to-bill basis, ShowMax Select is a new internet TV service designed for use on smartphones and tablets. This service, priced at R49 per month, gives subscribers unlimited access to a comprehensive catalogue of TV shows, movies, kids shows, and documentaries.

Speaking about this, Chris Savides, Head of ShowMax Africa said:

 

 

 

“ShowMax Select is all about making internet TV even more accessible. It’s half the price of our existing ShowMax Premium service with a strong focus on local content. We designed Select to be viewed first and foremost on mobile devices, with multiple options for managing data consumption.”

 

 

As the cost of smartphones and tablets continues to fall, more and more South Africans are getting connected and can access internet TV services such as ShowMax. A major barrier, however, is the fact that many services require payment via credit card. This excludes the majority of the population who don’t have a credit card.

 

Savides commented:

“Internet TV services should be accessible to everyone, not just the lucky few who have credit cards. By partnering with Vodacom, we’ve made it simple to charge both ShowMax Select and ShowMax Premium directly to your Vodacom account, no credit card needed.”

 

At launch, ShowMax Select has more than 10 000 TV show episodes and movies including local hits like Isibaya, Shaka Zulu, Binnelanders and Dineo’s Diary. On top of that, the service features international favourites like Teen Wolf, Merlin, The Driver and Line of Duty. More than half of the content on ShowMax Select is local. New content will be added weekly.

To subscribe to the service, visit www.showmax.com/vodacom. ShowMax Select is available via apps for Android and iOS smartphones and tablets, and can also be viewed via web browsers.

 

To reduce data consumption, ShowMax Select has been optimised for viewing on smartphones and tablets. Subscribers have the choice of three different streaming video quality settings. The default level is standard definition which uses almost 40% less data in comparison to the default setting on ShowMax Premium.

 

As with ShowMax Premium, ShowMax Select gives subscribers the ability to download shows to smartphones and tablets to watch offline, choosing from four different file sizes. Using the most data-efficient setting, downloading a 20-minute TV show will require approximately 80MB. Subscribers not wanting to use mobile data can also download shows via Wi-Fi. Up to 25 shows can be downloaded at any one time.

 

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Apple has hired Timothy D. Twerdahl, the general manager and director of Amazon’s Fire TV business, to be the vice president in charge of Apple TV product marketing, reports Bloomberg. Twerdahl joined Apple earlier this month.

 

 

Twerdahl has been in charge of Fire TV since 2013, overseeing two generations of the product and its rise as one of the more popular internet-connected set-top boxes. At Apple, Twerdahl will report to Greg Joswiak, VP of iOS and iPhone Product Marketing.

 

The move will allow Pete Distad, the former head of Apple TV product marketing, to concentrate on helping Apple land content deals, which are headed by Eddy Cue. Before joining Apple in 2013, Distad was senior vice president of content distribution at Hulu.

 

Having Distad join content negotiations is intended to shore up content for Apple TV, according to Bloomberg, as efforts to secure exclusive content deals for Apple TV have stalled in the past due to failed negotiations.

 

With the fourth-generation Apple TV, Apple was originally aiming to provide a full a la carte television service that could replace traditional cable and satellite packages, similar to Sony’s PlayStation Vue service. However, Apple unsurprisingly saw pushback from both content and cable companies after using negotiating tactics described as “assertive” and “hard-nosed,” declining to back down from the terms the company wanted. Apple scaled back its TV ambitions in the past couple of years, though it considered both a slimmed-down subscription service and purchasing Time Warner.

 

In addition to leading product marketing for the Fire TV, Twerdahl was also the senior director of internet TV at Netflix and a vice president of consumer devices at Roku, according to his LinkedIn.

 

[Source:macrumors.com]

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Thousands of jazz lovers will descend on Tieties Baai in the picturesque Cape Columbine Nature Reserve near Paternoster on the Cape West Coast at the end of this month.

Jazz on the Rocks2014 by Tietiesbaai Paternoster. Foto Peter Abrahams

The sought-after sold-out four day jazz music festival offers a stellar line-up of both local and international acts.  This year at the 7th installment of Jazz on the Rocks, festival goers can look forward to seeing Joe Mcbride doing a tribute to Ray Charles alongside 23 other top notch local artists.

 

The popularity of the event, which takes place from Thursday 23 February to Monday 27 February 2017, has grown exponentially over the last few years, with campsites at Tieties Baai sold-out at least nine months ahead of the event. Apart from attracting thousands of people to the reserve, the event contributes significantly towards the economy of the region. Local entrepreneurs are also given the opportunity to showcase their goods and services, further entrenching an entrepreneurial culture and spirit in the communities.

Jazz on the Rocks2014 by Tietiesbaai Paternoster. Foto Peter Abrahams

Founder and Heart FM Presenter Clarence Ford says the festival promises a little more this year. “We will be hosting a community youth sports festival on the Voorstrand beach in Paternoster on Saturday 25th February.  We’d like to focus on youth in the area and sport, which is well loved in the community. We want to unlock the abundance of talent in youth, in the fields of music and sport. It is important that we are not only seen as festival creators, but that we are invested in developing the youth of the region. We want to leave a lasting legacy for years to come, without leaving a footprint on the splendid.”

 

Ford says he would like to get more youth involved in the festival. “We want to upskill them with knowledge about festival design and the management thereof. To facilitate this, we have the Cape Peninsula of Technology on board again this year. In 2016, 15 youth from the Paternoster area were acknowledged for their learning by the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. We are proud of their achievement. They are able to now be economically active in more than just the crayfish industries.”

 

Sponsors for the 2017 edition include, NEDBANK, Old Mutual, The Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport, VODACOM, Distell and SAB Miller. The event strategically involves the Department of Fisheries, to educate the local community and visitors about the dramatically decreasing crayfish reserves.

 

 

For more information about the festival visit www.jazzontherocks.net or follow us on Facebook for regular updates.

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My Station Awards Voting Now Open…

 

The My Station Awards gives listeners the opportunity to vote for their favourite stations via an online form available on the Liberty Radio Awards website.

 

Radio listeners have a chance to vote for their favourite radio station in the My Station category of the Liberty Radio Awards.

 

Listeners can simply visit www.libertyradioawards.co.za to complete the online voting form. All voters go into a draw where one lucky winner will win a prize to the value of R30 000. In addition, the winner will win 2 tickets to the Liberty Radio Awards gala dinner (Terms and Conditions Apply).

 

Not sure how to advise your listeners to vote? Tell them to follow these simple steps:

 

Visit libertyradioawards.co.za

On the home page, click the button that reads’ Vote – My Station

Complete the online form

Click ‘submit’

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What’s new with the Liberty Radio Award

Posted by radio On February - 3 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

The Liberty Radio Awards aims to present a credible, well-judged transparent programme that promotes and recognises excellence in radio, with the objective of ensuring that radio remains one of South Africa’s foremost media choices. Read more

 

 

MY STATION AWARDS VOTING NOW OPEN…

 

The My Station Awards gives listeners the opportunity to vote for their favourite stations via an online form available on the Liberty Radio Awards website.

 

All voters go into a draw where one lucky winner will win a prize to the value of R30 000. Find out more and how to vote

ADJUDICATION PANEL

In excess of 65 people will constitute the adjudication panel for the 2017 Liberty Radio Awards. We had an excellent response to the call for adjudicators and have assembled a panel which includes several Station Managers, Programme Managers, Producers, Editors, Radio Trainers, Marketing experts, and some radio consultants.  This panel will commence adjudicating and reviewing the submissions from 13th February 2017. Read more

 

LIBERTY RADIO AWARDS BANQUET TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE…

 

The Liberty Radio Awards Gala Banquet will take place on Saturday 8th April at Emperors Palace. It’s a celebration of the radio industry and is the industry’s must-attend event of the year. Tickets for the Banquet are now available. To book your tickets, Click here or contact melissa@libertyradioawards.co.za

 

08 April 2017 | Emperors Palace | R950 ex VAT

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Magoda joins Umhlobo Wenene FM

Posted by radio On February - 1 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

In December 2016, Umhlobo Wenene FM bid farewell to one of its well respected talk show host Mr Luzuko Koti after a solid 5 years with the station. This year the station is proud to announce the appointment of another seasoned and well respected broadcaster Mr Siphiwo Magoda. Mr Magoda is not new to the SABC as he has 20 years of experience within the SABC.

 

Mr Magoda started his career in 1982 when he joined radio Transkei as an operations controller, reporter and news reader, senior reporter, news and current affairs presenter. Mr Magoda has been trained and has also had international exposure; he was afforded an opportunity to train as a journalist at the British Broadcasting Corporation in London. He also had an opportunity to be trained in change management at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in Toronto.This seasoned broadcaster also worked as an intern at the CBC’s St Johns Radio and Television in New Foundland in Cananda. Back at home Mr Magoda worked as a News Reporter for Good Morning South Africa. Ahead of the historical elections in 1994, Mr Magoda played a pivotal role as he was tasked with interviewing all major South African Political Party Leaders.

 

Umhlobo Wenene FM welcomes Mr Magoda as a host of Umxholo which is a midnight talk show. For a midnight talk show Umxholo enjoys a fair share of audiences ,sitting at 472 000 listeners ,the show is on air daily from Monday to Friday  between 24h00 – 03h00.His first show  will be on Wednesday the 01st February 2017.

 

The station Manager would like to welcome Mr Magoda to the team and wishes him all the best. Mr Mnci says, “I have no doubt that Mr Magoda will take the show to greater heights due to his experience as a journalist and a tried and tested broadcaster.”

 

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AfriDocs coming to BET

Posted by radio On January - 30 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

BET (129) is adding to its rich factual programming mix by welcoming the best documentaries from Africa and across the world onto its TV screens under a deal with documentary curators AfriDocs.

 

AfriDocs’ extensive library of African and international documentaries will be aired on BET’s pan-African entertainment channel on DStv every Sunday evening at 20:00 CAT, starting on Sunday 5 February 2017.

 

Created for film buffs, lovers of African stories and culture, activists and anyone with a passion for powerful and real stories, AfriDocs documentaries are always moving, educational, and entertaining – whether ripped from the headlines, or simply the personal journeys of individuals facing the challenges of everyday life.

 

Since its inception in 2014, AfriDocs has presented over 150 documentaries, including powerful environmental doc Virunga, Rehad Desai’s award-winning Miners Shot Down, Nas Jones’ Shake the Dust dance documentary, and Nigeria’s celebrated film, The Supreme Price. This unique documentary strand has also included internationally awarded and acclaimed films such as the Academy Award winner CitizenFour (the Edward Snowden story), the Academy Award-nominated The Act of Killing, the SAFTA winning The Dream of Shahrazad, and many others.

 

 

 

“We look forward to rounding out our factual content offering, and illuminating and entertaining our Sunday night audiences thanks to AfriDocs’ intelligent, thought-provoking and stimulating documentary titles,” said Monde Twala, Vice President, BET, Youth & Music, Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Africa.

 

Executive Producer, AfriDocs, Don Edkins explained further: “We are excited about this new relationship with BET in Africa and we look forward to sharing our curation of the best documentary films on offer.”

 

Under the deal, AfriDocs on BET will feature regular themed months such as Human Rights Month, Music Month, and Women’s Month, while also continuing AfriDocs’ collaboration with the Durban International Film Festival that gives millions of viewers across Africa a chance to view a selection of films from this internationally recognised festival.

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