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One part dynamo, one part daredevil and two parts proudly KZN. That pretty much sums up East Coast Radio’s newest recruit, Keri Miller. The 33-year old, who works her magic on-air on weekend afternoons, is super-amped at coming back home to KwaZulu-Natal.  “I’m a young-at-heart, barefoot kinda girl who loves being in the sea, on a yoga mat and on-air.”

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Born in Durban, Keri brings a delightful combo of wit, honesty and girl-next-door charm to her show. She attended Durban Girls High School before heading to varsity to bag her Honours in isiZulu. She loved the language so much, she went on to teach it. “Angikwazi ukukhuluma kahle kahle kodwa ngizama kanzima. Asiluli. Ngafunda eThusini. Ngaqala ngo19 ukusifunda.” (“I can’t speak very well but I try hard, it isn’t easy. I studied at UKZN. I started to learn Zulu at 19.”)

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Asked about how she feels about joining the East Coast Radio family, Keri replies with a trademark grin, “I feel fan-freaking-tastic! It’s a childhood dream come true!”

 

Keri, who’s set up home in Morningside, Durban, credits her parents for moulding her into the person she is today. “My mom is a principal of a school and taught me to be fair, honest and treat everyone equally. My dad is an entrepreneur. I saw him build himself up from nothing. He taught me the value of money but also that money isn’t everything. Thanks ballies. I love you.”

 

Keri hopes to use her show every weekend, which she hopes to use as a catalyst for positive change. “I really hope that through both radio and yoga, I can use my voice to encourage people to change their lives for the better.”

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If the life of the party had a name, it would be Keri Miller. “I pretend I’m in music videos at home. I dance and sing in front of the mirror with the fan on, “says the presenter who wears “carefree” like a designer label. While soaking up the KZN beach vibe is top of her to-do list, matters of the heart are not too far behind. “I would give my left arm to date East Coast Breakfast host, Darren Maule.  I recently saw him try to do a push up and it was embarrassing. I would like to donate my left arm to him so he has at least one strong limb.”

 

Catch Keri Miller on East Coast Radio every Saturday and Sunday, 2pm to 6pm.

 

Images: Abhi Indrarajan

Caption: Living life to the fullest! Fun-loving Keri Miller presents the 2pm to 6pm show on weekends on East Coast Radio.

 

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Watching paint dry has never been so exhilarating! Six of KwaZulu-Natal’s talented urban artists showcased their craft during an unforgettable afternoon at Durban’s iconic BAT Centre today.

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“Proudly KZN” was the theme of the day and who better to illustrate this than artists who flag the provincial flag high in terms of talent and creativity.

 

East Coast Radio created industry hype around local art when it featured a selection of urban artwork in its 2016 calendar that was distributed to the station’s key clients and stakeholders.  Today’s event provided a further platform to create awareness about the art form and the stories behind some of the province’s talented artists.

 

“East Coast Radio is a proudly KZN brand, and we see ourselves as being a catalyst in acknowledging some of our city’s unsung heroes,” says East Coast Radio’s Marketing Manager, Renée Burton. “The collective of artists that showcased their skills at the BAT centre today did just that. The role that the arts play in shaping both the city and the province at large, is often overlooked. We want to change that, starting today!”

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Burton went on to say, “The emergence of street artists such Banksy has elevated street art on the international stage, shattering the pre-conceived view that equates graffiti to vandalism. This is not

just art – but a form of social expression that influences the narrative of popular culture. Street artists also draw attention to issues that need resolve on a larger socio economic scale.”

 

Cheered on by supporters and the curious, the artists – CJ, Sakhile Mhlongo, Robyn Perros, Silindokuhle Makhubo and Mook Lion – got to work, each serving up a unique visual feast, reflective of their individual personalities and techniques.

 

East Coast Radio’s Bongani Mtolo, who broadcast live from the BAT Centre between 2pm and 6pm, interviewed some of the urban artists on-air to draw attention to this vibrant slice of KZN’s sub-culture.

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Tim Modise’s last curtain call at POWER 98.7

Posted by radio On February - 19 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Last week POWER 98.7 announced their line-up changes which include Tim Modise the host of POWER BREAKFAST (weekdays 06h00 – 09h00) leaving the station. This morning Modise took to the microphone for his last official show with the station. He is leaving the station to focus on other business interests and community development work.

Tim-ModiseIn recognition of the occasion, there was a celebratory mood at POWER 98.7 with the station’s chairman, Given Mkhari, taking over with the anchor microphone with Modise on the other side.

 

For his last show the legend hit the studio in good spirits, in his usual high energy manner. Industry peers such as Bob Mabena, DJ Fresh, Gareth Cliff, legendary Koos Radebe and Glen Lewis calling in to reminisce and celebrate him.

Listen to the podcast here: Tim Modise’s last show at POWER 98.7
Modise hands the POWER BREAKFAST baton to Lawrence Tlhabane, who currently presenters POWER PERSPECTIVE (weekdays 21:00 to midnight) and well-renowned broadcaster Ayanda-Allie Paine who will run with the show as of 1 March 2016.

 

“POWER 98.7 has been a warm home for him ever since he joined. The station allowed me an opportunity to learn and share my broadcasting knowledge and experience  with the young talent of the station. I want to thank especially the station’s chairman, Given Mkhari and entire management team for the opportunity contribute toward building the brand.” Said Tim Modise

“We appreciate the time that Tim has spent with us and his contribution to the growth of POWER 98.7 We are excited that through his development work at Soweto TV the country will continue to learn from this amazing talent”, says POWER 98.7 Managing Director Andile Khumalo.

A fitting send off for a legend.

Line up as of 01 March 2016:

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06:00 – 09:00 POWER BREAKFAST Lawrence Tlhabane and Ayanda-Allie Paine
09:00 – 12:00 POWER TALK Iman Rappetti
12:00 – 13:00 POWER UPDATE Jeremy Maggs
13:00 – 15:00 POWER LUNCH Aphelele Somi
15:00 – 17:00 POWER DRIVE Thabiso Tema
17:00 – 18:00 POWER BUSINESS Andile Khumalo
18:00 – 19:00 POWER HOUR Victor Kgomoeswana
19:00 – 21:00 POWER LIFE Masechaba Ndlovu
21:00 – 00:00 POWER PERSPECTIVE Onkgopotse JJ Tabane
00:00 – 04:00 POWER ZONE Ben Dikobe
04:00 – 06:00 POWER UP Sebenzile Nkambule
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Power FM makes line-up changes

Posted by radio On February - 10 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Gauteng based commercial talk radio station, POWER 98.7 has announced changes to its on air line-up effective Monday 29 February 2016. The station is entering its third year of operation and has grown into a key player in the South African radio landscape. The changes are informed by audience needs in a fast changing and competitive radio industry.

 

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The key changes include the move of Lawrence Tlhabane from POWER PERSPECTIVE (weekdays 21h00 to midnight) to POWER BREAKFAST (weekdays 06h00 – 09h00). Thlabane will partner with well-renowned broadcaster Ayanda-Allie Paine. Current POWER BREAKFAST host Tim Modise will move on to focus on his business interests and community development work, amongst others, through Soweto TV.

Iman Rappetti will continue presenting POWER TALK (weekdays 09h00 – 12h00) followed by Jeremy Maggs (weekdays 12h00 – 13h00). Aphelele Somi who currently presents POWER WEEKENDS (Friday and Saturday 18h00 – 21h00) will be the new presenter of POWER LUNCH currently presented by Thabiso Sikwane. Hajra Omar jee who is currently co-host of POWER DRIVE (weekdays 15h00 – 17h00) with Thabiso Tema will no longer co-present the show as she moves to focus on her role as the station’s Political Editor.

Andile Khumalo, host of POWER BUSINESS (Weekdays17H00), Victor Kgomoeswana host of POWER HOUR(weekdays 18h00) and Masechaba Ndlovu host of POWER LIFE (weekdays 19h00 – 21h00) will continue in their current shows. POWER PERSPECTIVE (weekdays 21h00 – 00h00) currently presented by Lawrence Tlhabane, will see the introduction of a new voice on the station, author and commentator Onkgopotse JJ Tabane.

According to POWER987 Managing Director Andile Khumalo, the station has established a distinctive positioning in the marketplace and the changes are in line with its quest for continuous improvement of its on-air product. Khumalo concluded “We look forward to welcoming the new voices to the station and remain grateful to all the talent that have contributed to the growth of the station to date”.

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East Coast Radio fires Minter-Brown

Posted by radio On February - 10 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

In light of the insensitive and offensive comments made by contractor, Kevin Minter-Brown, on his personal Facebook page following the tragic deaths of two cyclists on the M4 Ruth First Highway on 7 February 2016, East Coast Radio has taken the decision to terminate Minter-Brown’s contract with immediate effect.

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This is a difficult time for the family and friends of cyclists, Jared Dwyer and Richard da Silva, and East Coast Radio would like to humbly apologise for Minter-Brown’s callous remarks.

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More than a million babies are born in South Africa every year and one in seven of those are born premature with many not making it past their first 28 days of life.  Babies who would have died a few decades ago survive today due to specialist care received in Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU) worldwide.  While there are many factors associated with premature birth, in many cases the exact cause is unknown meaning any pregnant woman might be at risk.

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Heart FM has once again put their hearts into the cause and partnered with Newborns Groote Schuur Trust, Cape Argus and Pick ‘n Pay to raise much needed funds for the ‘Little by Little’ campaign aimed at expanding and upgrading the Groote Schuur Neonatal Unit.

 

The Neonatal Unit is only one of two tertiary units in the Western Cape capable of providing the highly specialised care that these tiny babies so desperately need, and was the first tertiary unit in the country to be awarded Baby Friendly Status by the WHO.

 

From humble beginnings, the Neonatal unit now cares for upwards of 75 babies at any one time in a space constrained environment.  Life saving neonatal care is very costly and a successful campaign with Heart FM, Pick n Pay and the Cape Argus in 2010/11 helped equip the unit with desperately needed incubators which are still saving lives today.

 

To date, R 280 000 has been raised for the “Little by Little” campaign which runs until the 17th of February 2016.

 

Members of the public can get involved by purchasing a R10 ticket at any Western Cape Pick ‘n Pay store or donating directly on the Newborns Trust  website. The proceeds will go directly to the upgrade of the unit which cares for more than 3 000 babies every year. Customers will be asked to make a R10 donation when they pay for their shopping, fill in their details on a voucher and deposit this in the box at the information kiosk.  To reward shoppers for donating to the cause, Pick n Pay is giving away R 2000 worth of groceries for the duration of the campaign through a lucky draw.

 

For a glimpse into the life of a premature baby watch the following video: A premature baby’s story

 

For more information on the campaign visit www.1049.fm or log onto Newborns Trust to see how your contribution can make a difference in the life of a premature ba

 

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It has been months since a drop of rain fell in Northern KwaZulu-Natal but residents were showered with love this morning when East Coast Radio’s Project #WaterShare arrived to rehydrate Vryheid.

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People, schools and businesses across the province generously heeded the call for help when Project #WaterShare was launched on East Coast Breakfast with Darren Maule on Tuesday (26 January 2016). As a result, more than 360 000 litres of bottled and tanked water were trucked in to the town this morning during a special live broadcast of the show.

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Contributions came from all corners of the province and will be used to bring relief to areas that have been brought to their knees by the crippling drought. NGO, Gift of the Givers, has come on board to assist the station with on-the-ground logistics and will be coordinating the province-wide water drop-offs.

 

Today’s focus saw bottles of water being distributed to four areas in and around Vryheid – Mvuyane, Mvuzini, Nceceni and Mhlongo Farm.

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East Coast Radio’s General Manager, Boni Mchunu, says with parts of our province reeling from lack of rain, every bottle counts. “As East Coast Radio, we cannot sit back and do nothing to help. This is why project #Watershare came about. It’s our way of providing a platform for the people across the province to get involved so we can make a meaningful difference. The response so far has been phenomenal but there’s so much still to be done.”

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The District Mayor of Zululand, Mpiyakhe Hlatshwayo, dropped in on this morning’s live broadcast to express his heartfelt thanks to the people of KZN. “We have been in the grip of drought for months now and every day it is getting more severe,” he told East Coast Breakfast hosts, Darren Maule and Natarah Nadesan. “ The once mighty Klipfontein Dam here in Vryheid is just a shadow of its former self. In fact the dams across Zululand have been badly hit. It’s just a terrible situation.”

 

In addition to the tens of thousands of litres of bottled water donated by residents all around our province, big business has been quick to lend a helping hand.

 

Spar KZN contributed 28 000 litres; Oasis Water together with Cargo Carriers tanked through 32 000 litres to Vryheid as well as 13 000 litres of bottled water; Star Retailers donated 1500 litres; Thirst committed 6000 litres which were trucked from Newcastle; aQuelle sent through 1500 litres and

Elliott Mobility trucked in 2500 litres to Vryheid this morning.  And the contributions continue!

 

Back at the station’s headquarters in Umhlanga, the parking area has been transformed into a sea of blue and listeners stream in with bottles of new, sealed water. The collection drive continues until 6am on Monday. By 1pm on Friday, people of KZN had donated 450 000 litres of water to Project #WaterShare. The contributions will be pumped into the Gift of the Givers’ relief efforts in KZN.

 

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Seasoned radio and TV journalist, Faith Daniels, has been appointed to head up East Coast Radio’s news team.

 

fdan2The 39 year old newshound, who was born in Stellenbosch in the Western Cape, has extensive experience across media platforms. Daniels anchored the 1pm news on SABC 3 and served as editor in the broadcaster’s Johannesburg newsroom.  She has also worked at SAfm and Talk Radio 702 in Johannesburg as a journalist, producer and anchor.

 

Armed with this vast experience, a firebrand personality and a deep understanding of KZN’s media landscape, Daniels is up for the challenge, saying she is looking forward to leading East Coast Radio’s vibrant, dynamic Newswatch team.

 

Enhancing the station’s multi-media news offering is on top of Daniels’ to-do list as she settles into her role as Head of Radio News at Kagiso Media. She is also looking forward to spending more time in KwaZulu-Natal. “I just love being able to start calling KZN my home away from home.  East Coast Radio has long become a firm favourite to listen to. It’s awesome to now be able to put faces to the many amazing voices.”

 

“Greatness inspires me,” says Daniels, who is mum to 2 year old, Luke. “From the person who silently keeps an entire community going on a meagre salary – to the excellence of Christiane Amanpour in what she contributes to the world of journalism…and the many women (yes women) who change the patriarchal society we live in, bit by bit each day.”

 

Daniel’s advice to aspiring journalists is simple. “Have your own voice, have an opinion, question the status quo. As journalists, our stories are nothing special without the ordinary voice. If we cannot hold government, business and everyone else accountable through the ordinary voice, then we are failing ourselves.”

 

Daniels lists being able to travel South Africa as one of the highlights of her career. “There is no better learning tool than travel. South Africans remain my favourite people in the world. My people. I cannot imagine living anywhere else.”

 

 

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SA Radio Awards on pause

Posted by radio On January - 19 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

The South African Radio Awards, previously sponsored by MTN, is currently in the process of securing a headline sponsor for the event that celebrates the power of radio in South Africa.  It has been decided to postpone the call-to-enter until a new sponsor has been finalised.

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It is imperative that we match the South African Radio Awards programme with a strong sponsor that wants to leave an imprint, and drive potential in the highly professional and competitive radio industry.

 

Since inception in 2010, the Awards have grown exponentially from 15 to 116 radio stations, with entries growing from 196 to 1,802 in only six years.  Over 450 presenters, producers, shows and stations have received this prestigious accolade in the last six years.

 

The Awards draw participation from radio stations across all licensing categories, covering all languages.  The South African Radio Awards are well-established as the only industry-wide awards programme in South African radio.  Previous entries received from radio stations represent more than 98% of all South African radio listeners.

 

Please stay tuned and we’ll get the message out loud and clear as soon as we’re ready to hit PLAY again.

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Roxette coming to Algoa FM’s 30th birthday

Posted by radio On December - 22 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

Algoa FM is celebrating its 30th birthday in 2016 with performances by a constellation of international acts. Appearing “live” on stage in Port Elizabeth between February and April are Rodriguez, Roxette and Chris De Burgh.

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“We have partnered on these shows because of the sheer magnitude of these performers. Their music has consistently featured on Algoa FM since 1986 and they are the perfect fit for a birthday celebration with our audience.” says Alfie Jay, Algoa FM’s Operations Director.

 

Established by the SABC on 1 January 1986, the station was privatised almost 11 years later in October 1996. “We have since grown to be the most influential regional radio station serving the Eastern Cape and Garden Route,” says Jay.

 

Rodriguez will be performing at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on February 3, followed by Roxette on February 5 at the same venue. Chris De Burgh and his band will be at The Boardwalk Arena on April 14 and 15. “Ticket sales are going well for all shows, and we look forward to hosting these phenomenal International stars in our city,” says Jay.

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