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IRF Malta Days: 29 October – 30 October

 

IRF International Days: 31 October – 4 November

 

IRF Audio Conference: 1st November

 

The International Radio Festival (IRF) is pleased to announce the final line up of international radio stations broadcasting their programmes live-on-air to their peers and home audiences, from the Piazza D’Armi in Valletta, reaching over 100 million listeners around the globe.

 

Now in its 9th year, this international broadcasting event represents the first and only global conference to debate and showcase the business, production and curation of the world’s most consumed medium – audio/radio content.

 

 

The IRF’s unique conference format presents industry leaders from the world of broadcasting and audio production and features more than 30 international radio stations broadcasting their programmes live-on-air across Malta and the International Radio Festival DAB+ channel and also to their peers and home audiences, reaching over 100 million listeners around the globe.

 

IRF Festival Director Darryl von Däniken says:

 

“We are delighted to be heading towards music-island Malta, producing the 9th edition of the IRF midst the historic Piazza D’Armi in Valletta, this year’s EU Capital City of Culture, which is more than apt as the IRF represents the world’s leading broadcasting cultural exchange showcasing ’radio’ nationalities such as India, UK, France, Russia, Turkey, USA and China.”

 

Find out more about all the radio stations and shows here:

 

https://www.internationalradiofestival.com/

 

 

Watch the video recap of edition in Milan here:

 

 

As well as the live radio broadcasts The Malta edition of the International Radio Festival’s B2B Forum takes place at the historic Mediterranean Conference Centre on 1st November, covering the hottest topics in the global audio and music industries.

 

BBC R&D’s Executive Producer Nicky Birch will cover exciting developments in voice-first audio formats, while international radio consultant John Simons will lead a panel on the rise of niche radio services from rock to jazz.

 

James Keen, the newly-appointed Station Director for Channel 103 and Island FM in the Channel Islands, will talk with Andrew Zammit from Malta’s ‘number one hit music station’ 89.7 Bay, about the benefits and challenges of targeting a small island-based audience.

 

The Conference will also include a celebration of ten years of the UK’s Absolute Radio, with its Content Director, Paul Sylvester; and a look at how audio services are re-inventing radio from Xanthe Fuller, Head of Community at Mixcloud.

 

Martyn Ware – founder of The Human League and Heaven 17, with a 40-year career as a leading record producer – will be talking about his work past and present, including designing and composing ground-breaking 3D-soundscapes.

 

The use of Blockchain technology in the audio world will be explored at the International Radio Festival’s Audio Conference in Malta. Led by Cliff Fluet, a digital lawyer from London-based law firm Lewis Silkin, the session will lead the way in the exploring how blockchain can benefit the radio industry.

 

Register here for the IRF Audio Conference 2018

 

 

https://www.internationalradiofestival.com/conference-malta18/

 

The Malta edition of the International Radio Festival’s B2B Forum takes place at the historic Mediterranean Conference Centre on 1st November, covering the hottest topics in the global audio and music industries.

 

 

What the industry says:

 

 

 

“A gathering of an amazingly diverse and fascinating group of people with one thing in common: a love of radio. The most diverse radio gathering I’ve ever been to!”

 

 

Rusty Hodge, SOMA FM, San Francisco, USA www.somafm.com

 

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The use of Blockchain technology in the audio world will be explored at the International Radio Festival’s Audio Conference in Malta. The ground-breaking session will lead the way in the exploring how blockchain can benefit the radio industry.

 

Led by Cliff Fluet, a digital lawyer from London-based law firm Lewis Silkin, who advises clients on music-based content, branded entertainment and rights issues, who will explain what Blockchain is, and what it might mean for audio and other creative businesses.

He says the potential impact of Blockchain is “staking a claim as being the most talked-about disruptor.”

Fluet will look at how it can directly facilitate consumer sales and peer-to-peer transmission; allow a producer or musician to be able to track, tokenise and monetise their works including recordings, artwork, publishing and merchandise; and help ensure the protection of intellectual property.

 

The Audio Conference on 1st November is just one part of the ninth edition of the International Radio Festival, taking place in Valletta, Malta – the European Capital of Culture 2018 – from 29th October to 4th November.

Other speakers at the Audio Conference include composer and producer David Lowe discussing his work on branding and idents around the world, including the BBC News theme. How the radio and audio sector is reinventing itself will be explored with Xanthe Fuller, Mixcloud’s Head of Community, Nicky Birch from BBC Research & Development, and Scott Cohen, the co-founder of digital distribution pioneer The Orchard. The Orchard is the world’s leading distributor of music, film and video with operations is 30 global territories.

 

 

The day will close with legendary record producer and artist Martyn Ware in conversation with presenter and DJ, Carly Wilford. He’ll talk about his career, from founding the Human League in 1978, to his current work with unique 3DAudioScape immersive sound technology – including a demonstration in the setting of Malta’s historic Mediterranean Conference Centre.

 

The Malta edition of the International Radio Festival’s B2B Forum takes place at the historic Mediterranean Conference Centre on 1st November, covering the hottest topics in the global audio and music industries.

 

What the industry says:
“A gathering of an amazingly diverse and fascinating group of people with one thing in common: a love of radio. The most diverse radio gathering I’ve ever been to!”
Rusty Hodge, SOMA FM, San Francisco, USA www.somafm.com

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Former Talk Radio 702 host Redi Thlabi is set to host a new Current Affairs show named Unfiltered, launching on Sunday, 07 October 2018 at 20:30, on the SABC News Channel and SABC 3. This is part of SABC’s efforts to attract top talent to enhance and strengthen audience experience, in line with its turnaround plan.

Tlhabi, who is no stranger to the SABC, brings immense experience and knowledge in the television news domain, including working with international broadcasting platforms such as Aljazeera and BBC World News. She is a distinguished broadcast journalist, columnist and author.

The new weekly show, Unfiltered, will boldly tackle the broad spectrum of issues affecting South Africans, including crime, corruption, education, politics as well as community and social issues.

 

In making the announcement, Phathiswa Magopeni, Group Executive for News and Current Affairs division says, “SABC News is taking an unrestrained, courageous and forthright approach to discussing tough issues facing South African citizens daily. Redi is a dynamic and versatile journalist who fits the profile of the show and our editorial character very well. We are happy to welcome her back as part of the SABC News team”.

 

Talking about her move, Thlabi says, “I have always responded positively to conversations that help us confront the ills of our society and affirm our quest for justice, democracy and accountability. It is with that vision that I begin this new chapter with the SABC”. Thlabi holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications, an Honours degree in English Literature and is currently reading for a Master’s degree in gender and politics.

 

The new current affairs show seeks to communicate and strengthen the Independence and Impartiality of SABC News, and ensure that the public news service delivers on its mandate.

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Nicole Jansen Van Vuuren, Toys R Us and Babies R Us South Africa, Marketing Manager says the campaign is completely in line with what they stand for, “There is no better fit than South Africa’s favourite toy and baby store partnering with the biggest toy collection drive over the festive season. The ECR team have done an incredible job of making Toy Story a much anticipated and well known campaign for the year! The main aim of the campaign is to pull our community together to give back and to ensure we add joy to the lives of those in need! In our dealings with local organisations, we have seen first-hand that a toy is not just an object, but is a symbol of excitement, joy and a bit of hope, which every child deserves to feel.”

 

East Coast Radio’s Boni Mchunu says the station is delighted to have Toys R Us/Babies R Us on board, “East Coast Radio’s Toy Story reminds us that we all have an important duty to play in ensuring the well-being of disadvantaged children in our country. We are honoured to facilitate giving on such a massive scale and are so grateful to our sponsors for all their efforts in making this possible.”

Other key sponsors that have come on board this year include; Durban Deliveries, who will facilitate the collection of toys from stores, schools and businesses; Gift of the Givers Foundation who assist with storing and then packing toys for distribution; Hirt and Carter, who manufacture the Toy Story boxes; Verigreen who manufacture bags for the campaign and Red Cross Air Mercy Services, who assist with the distribution of toys to rural areas.

 

 

 

When the campaign officially rolls out from 22 October, KwaZulu-Natalians will be able to donate a toy at any Toys R Us & Babies R Us store across the province. Last year, KZN listeners, schools and businesses donated 20,000 new toys and more than R750,000 towards East Coast Radio’s Toy Story campaign.

 

 

 

[Issued by:ECR]

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The International Radio Festival (IRF) is pleased to confirm that the 9th edition will take place in Valetta, Malta – the European City of Culture 2018 – from 29th October to 4th November.

IRF Malta Days: 29 October – 30 October

IRF International Days: 31 October – 4 November

 

Now in its 9th year, the Zurich-born and Swiss-managed international broadcasting event represents the first and only conference to debate and showcase the business, production and curation of the world’s most consumed medium – audio/radio content.

 

The IRF’s unique conference format presents industry leaders from the world of broadcasting and audio production, and features more than 25 international radio stations broadcasting their programmes live-on-air to their peers and home audiences, reaching over 100 million listeners around the globe.

IRF Festival Director Darryl von Däniken says:

“We are delighted to be heading towards music-island Malta, producing the 9th edition of the IRF in Valletta, this year’s EU Capital City of Culture, which is more than apt as the IRF represents the world’s leading broadcasting cultural exchange showcasing ’radio’ nationalities such as India, UK, Austria, Russia, Turkey, Tunisia and China.”

“The IRF is an incredible meeting of minds, where industry leaders including Paul Smith from BBC, Absolute Radios Paul Sylvester, Xanthe Fuller from MIxcloud and Scott Cohen from The Orchard come together for knowledge sharing, networking, and forming both analogue and digital audio strategies for the future.”

 

Broadcasting their programmes live on air during the event will be Bay Radio, Vibe FM, XFM and Magic FM from the host country Malta and international radio shows from; BBC Radio 1 (UK) Jazz FM (UK), MiSoul UK), Fun Kids Radio (UK), United DJ’s with Tony Prince (UK) , Hits Radio (UK), Hoxton FM (UK), Flex FM (UK), M20 (IT), Teenage Radio Immaginari (IT), 102FM (IL), Kasheme – Lounge (CH), LikeFM (RU), Radyo 2 -TRT FM (TU), Sonica (ES), Kronenhit Radio (AT) IFM (TU), The Big Time (USA), Sound of India Radio Contest (IN), Kiss FM (AU), Love Radio (CN) plus Mixcloud ‘Best Online Radio Station’ award winner Dublin Digital Radio (IE).

 

Find out more about all the radio stations and shows here: https://www.internationalradiofestival.com/

Get ready to listen to how the world sounds.

Watch the video recap of edition in Milan here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2zpJfpmj_Rs&feature=youtu.be

 

The International Radio Festival
The International Radio Festival (IRF) is all about Music Radio Content. The IRF was founded in 2010 to specifically celebrate radio’s on-air influencers and their production teams who command the trust and loyal “ear” of billions of listeners around the globe, and is unique in that the conference format offers invited radio stations the opportunity to showcase their chosen programme formats to attendees whilst simultaneously broadcasting said programmes live-on-air from the conference back to their home audiences, thus reaching millions of global listeners and making the IRF the largest media event of its kind.
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Thobela FM new line-up announced

Posted by radio On August - 8 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

A new season, new week, new day. Monday 13th August 2018, Thobela FM listeners will wake-up to new programme voices. The new season brings a new line- up at Thobela FM with seasoned and awards pair SebasaMogale and Mankoko Baby moving to host Thobela FM Morning drive show ”Ditla le meso” currently hosted by Kgopotso Mashego & Mathumo Manaka.

Thobela FM listeners will now wake up to enjoy Kgopotso and Mathumo on Naledi Ya Meso [03:00-06:00]. The move will have “SetswatswasaKgasho” with Nkgadimeng Kekana moving to co-host the Afternoon Drive show” Ntshirogele” with the legendary radio presenter Thabo Mohlatlole known as Thabo Wa Mo Africa. This award winning dynamite Nkgadi as affectionately called is not new in the Drive – Show programmes. She previously co-hosted the Breakfast Show with the “Super Dupa” Sebasa Mogale and the team walked away with the Best Community Project Award at the Liberty radio Awards in 2017.

 

Vibrant Nkgadimeng punched harder and walked away with the Best Public Broadcasting Service {PBS) Breakfast presenter awards. Mosh Matsena, station manager says “The move to change the line -up is part of the station’s summer imaging plan. Like all other stations Thobela FM continues to review its business and line up to ensure it delivers on its mandate and remain
relevant.”

 

Thobela FM remains the top Radio station in Limpopo and number 5 in South Africa.

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 As part of its Woman’s Month programme to celebrate and elevate South Africa’s multi-talented women, POWER 98.7 is once again giving phenomenal women the opportunity to take control of its airwaves for three days.
For the fourth time this year, the station will from 8 – 10 August, be replacing all male presenters with an exciting #987Woman line-up which is expected to provoke, inspire, inform and entertain – all at once.
This year’s #987Woman line-up, like in the previous years, will not disappoint as it includes women from various walks of life ranging from the arts, political and academic fraternity. The line-up includes mayors, ministers, poets, musicians, actors and professors; and many other women who will share their views and opinions on a myriad of topics affecting their lives and society as large.
The 2018 edition have big shoes to fill, as the slots they will occupy have previously been filled by some of the other influential women in South Africa such as Professor Thuli Madonsela, Jenny Crwys-Williams, Tumi Morake, Felicia Mabuza-Suttle, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Lira, Phuti Mahanyele, Letta Mbulu, Judy Dlamini, Khanyi Dhlomo, Minnie Dlamini and Lindiwe Mazibuko.
“We are absolutely convinced that this year’s line-up will live up to expectations and add value to discussions happening in the country and beyond. These are knowledgeable and powerful women and therefore there is no doubt they will satisfy POWER 98.7’s listeners’ hunger for quality discussions – led by quality presenters,” POWER 98.7’s Station Manager, Bob Mabena said.
This campaign wishes to honour the women of POWER for inspiring us and to recognize their resilience in spite of the challenging environments that they exist and operate in” said Mabena.

The line-up for the 2018 edition of #987Woman is as follows:

Wednesday, 08 August 2018

TIME SHOW PRESENTER
06:00 – 09:00 POWER BREAKFAST Patricia De Lille
09:00 – 12:00 POWER TALK Makoti Khawula
12:00 – 13:00 POWER UPDATE Khensani Nobanda
13:00 – 15:00 POWER LUNCH Boity and Modiehi Thulo
15:00 – 18:00 POWER DRIVE Susan Shabangu
18:00 – 20:00 POWER BUSINESS Ramasela Ganda
20:00 – 00:00 POWER PERSPECTIVE Natasha Mazzone
00:00 – 03:00 POWER ZONE Tshegohaco Moagi
03:00 – 06:00 POWER UP Nolwazi Tusini

 

Thursday, 09 August 2018

TIME SHOW PRESENTER
06:00 – 09:00 POWER BREAKFAST Nomvula Mokonyane
09:00 – 12:00 POWER TALK Prof. Mamokgethi Phakeng
12:00 – 13:00 POWER UPDATE Melanie Bala
13:00 – 15:00 POWER LUNCH Moshidi Motshegwa
15:00 – 18:00 POWER DRIVE Yvonne Chaka Chaka
18:00 – 20:00 POWER BUSINESS Basani Maluleke
20:00 – 00:00 POWER PERSPECTIVE Mandisa Mashego
00:00 – 03:00 POWER ZONE Tshegohaco Moagi
03:00 – 06:00 POWER UP Nolwazi Tusini

 

Friday, 10 August 2018

TIME SHOW PRESENTER
06:00 – 09:00 POWER BREAKFAST Naledi and Aisha Pandor
09:00 – 12:00 POWER TALK Rebecca Malope
12:00 – 13:00 POWER UPDATE Mahlatse Mahlase
13:00 – 15:00 POWER LUNCH PJ Powers and Rami Chuene
15:00 – 18:00 POWER DRIVE Thandi Modise
18:00 – 20:00 POWER BUSINESS Special Edition Nokukhanya Jele and Emma Saidler
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Gagasi FM Shero Awards celebrate KZN women

Posted by radio On August - 2 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS
The annual Gagasi FM Shero Awards are back. Every year in August, Gagasi FM celebrates women’s month through the Shero campaign. The campaign recognises and honours women who are making a significant difference in their communities.
Gagasi FM Shero Awards celebrate KZN women

While the campaign has been there for a number of years, last year the station introduced the awards element to take the campaign to new heights and to have a more tangible recognition of women who are the real imbokodos of KZN.

The call is now open to the public to send through names for nominees’ consideration. The entries will close on 2 August and the awards ceremony will be held on 11 August in Durban. The unique thing about Shero Awards is that it recognises not only women in the public spotlight, but also ordinary women in communities.

The primary criteria for the submission entries is that the chosen nominees’ work and contributions must fly the KZN flag high, contribute to the growth, development and national visibility of the KZN province and its community. All candidates must originally be from KZN even if they currently reside in a different province.

The list of categories is as follows:

  1. Creative Arts (Fine arts, poetry, literature, fashion and architecture)
  2. Entertainment and Music
  3. Sports
  4. Science and Technology
  5. Big Business Professional (Legal, medical, finance, etc.)
  6. Enterprise (Small businesses)
  7. Social Entrepreneurship
  8. Education
  9. Public Service (Police, nurse, etc.)
  10. Community Leadership
  11. KZN Ambassadors

The overall Shero Award

Every year the overall Shero Award is named after a South African female icon who has made a significant contribution or influence in the history of the country. Last year the overall Shero Award was named after Queen Nandi and this year it will be named after another national icon who will be announced in due course.The overall Shero Award is received by one of the 11 preselected Sheros and is awarded to that woman that best resonates with the value system and the characteristics of an icon that the award is named after in that year.

Panel of judges

A panel of independent judges will go through all the entries received and shortlist the nominees as per the categories above. This panel is made up of women only who are coming from various academic and professional backgrounds. All the shortlisted nominees will also go through the independent auditing process to ensure that they meet the requirements as per the terms and conditions of the awards.

“We are very happy with the campaign and the awards as it recognises KZN women who are making a mark in various walks of life, who are touching other people’s lives and are an inspiration to the next generation. The awards also come at a time when we continue to see violence against women happening in our communities. We hope that the Shero campaign and the awards will assist in the fight against women abuse and actually profile the roles that women play in uplifting our communities and building a better nation. We call upon people to submit their entries and join us in celebrating good work that our women are doing,” says Gagasi FM Head of Brand, Phinda Magwaza.

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As Youth Month kicks off, Heart FM will be paying homage to the youth of the Western Cape with its 16 Days For Youth initiative to uplift and lend a hand in communities where help is most needed. The initiative started in 2016 undertaking youth focussed projects cross province, taking the microphone to the heart of communities, giving them a voice and making a difference while doing so.

 

Come June the 1st, Heart FM will once again close the doors of its Greenpoint on air studio and swop it for its mobile outside broadcast vehicle, travelling the length and breadth of the province. The radio stations entire line up will take to the road to bring change. This year a greater focus will be placed on feeding as many people as possible, in the light of the recent cost of living increases and food scarcity in many of the towns.

 

 

The journey this year kicks off in Kraaifontein and will see teams travel to Lavender Hill, Bridgetown, Paternoster, Langebaan, Mooreesburg, Darling, Montana, Maitland, Kleinmond, Hermanus, Greyton, Genadendal and Bishop Lavis. Projects will include and are not limited to feeding, clothing, fixing, painting and construction. The initiative will also revisit some of its inaugural projects to report on progress and expansion.

 

 

While the project has only been running for the two years, there has been many a success story along the way. In 2016 the team met Tannie Magda, a community worker in the Paarl area who clothed and fed the community with limited resources. With the help of the #16DaysForYouth team and sponsors coming on board, Tannie Magda who in 2016 fed just over 2000 people on a monthly basis, is now feeding more than 26 000 people per month in her community.

 

 

Managing Director for Heart FM Renee Redelinghuys says nothing is more important than empowering communities. “We’ve seen the impact made in the communities over the last two years and that these projects are not just once-off. Our 16 Days for Youth teams have been carrying out monthly visits to our beneficiaries and have reported on the progress and support received since our initial visits. It is heartening to know that we inspired this change and it is making a difference in the lives of those who need it. We look forward to touching the lives of those we meet on our next journey.”

 

 

Programme Manager for Heart FM Denver Apollus echoes her sentiments: “16 Days For Youth is an initiative that is based on telling the stories of the communities in the Western Cape. The ethos of the initiative is not to gain or garner exposure or to brag about the good things done in the communities by a radio station.  Rather that there is a need out in these communities and we have a microphone that has access to numbers and an audience that can be mobilised,  thus we are able to tell their stories and effect the difference and make a change.”

 

 

Members of the public will once again be able to get involved on the 16 Days For Youth journey. The route, beneficiaries and wish lists will be published on www.16daysforyouth.com . Listeners will also be able to pledge their support for the campaign. To find out how to get involved and how to join the journey, members of the public are urged to email youth@heartfm.co.za.

 

 

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RSG wins again at Afrikaans media awards

Posted by radio On May - 20 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Last Friday, the annual ATKV (Afrikaanse Taal en Kultuur Vereniging) media awards were presented at the stylish Katy’s Palace Bar in Kramerville, Sandton. These awards recognise journalists, producers, presenters and actors to commemorate and celebrate the responsible work they do in informing, educating and entertaining South Africans.

 

RSG presenters and programme makers have won in the following categories within the Listen (Radio) Section:

  1. Best insert in a journal program: Johan van Lill for his insert on ‘Oude Libertas 40 jaar’ in RSG’s arts program
  2. Best presenter or interviewer of a news- or actuality program: Phil Loots for his program Fiks vir die lewe
  3. Best insert in a news- or actuality program: Izak du Plessis for his insert on ‘Paternoster vissers’ in Monitor
  4. Best journal program: Ilze Salzwedel for her program Skrywers en Boeke
  5. Best news- or actuality program: Melissa Tighy for ‘Landwye betogings teen Zuma’ in Spektrum
  6. Best documentary or program series: Jamaine Krige for Na die brande on RSG
  7. Best text for a radio drama or –theatre: Marion Erskine for Akwarius on RSG
  8. Best producer of a radio drama or –theatre: Bettie Kemp for Akwarius on RSG

There were also award sections for print media (read) and TV (watch).  Digital forms part of each section.

Congratulations to RSG and all the award winners – truly inspiring and very proud of the talent at the SABC’s Afrikaans radio station!

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