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POWER 98.7 bags six at the Liberty Radio Awards

Posted by radio On April - 24 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Gauteng’s newest talk radio station, POWER 98.7 dominated the 2017 Liberty Radio Awards by collecting the highest number of awards for any commercial radio station in South Africa. At a classy ceremony in Sandton, the three-year old newcomer was the talk of the night after scooping six awards in key categories, upstaging more established and older competition. POWER Drive, which was previously hosted by Thabiso Tema and produced by Neo Leeuw won Best Afternoon Drive Show, while POWER Talk, hosted by Iman Rappetti and produced by Mava Kuselo won Best Day Time Show.


“Thabiso and Neo delivered a brilliant product all through 2016 and this prompted us to move Thabiso to host POWER Breakfast in 2017, a move that has now been vindicated even by those outside of POWER House. Iman is away on a short holiday in the US, after stepping down from here television role and we were on the phone with her as soon as she and Mava were announced. She was very excited to win her first award in radio. She is in love with radio and radio is in love with Iman, so I’m certain there will be many more such awards for her and her partner Mava” says Andile Khumalo, Managing Director of POWER 98.7


The popular weekly sports show, POWER Sports Extra, hosted by the SAB Sports Journalist of the Year 2016, Thabiso Mosia and produced by Katlego Modiba won Best Sports Show, against some very tough and established competition.


“If you consider that POWER Sports Extra which airs once a week, on a Friday afternoon was in competition with daily shows from some of the biggest commercial radio stations throughout South Africa, you can’t help but be proud of this winning combination of Thabiso and Katlego. Their success bodes well not just for POWER 98.7 but the broader MSG Afrika group, especially with the launch of the two additional stations in the Eastern Cape and Free State – an opportunity I am confident the two of them will grab with both hands” added Khumalo.

Another highlight of the evening was the announcement of POWER 98.7 winning the Best Station Imaging Award, which was duly collected by Head of Production at POWER House, Linda Manganye. The award represents the full on air identity and personality of the radio station. The POWER Update, presented by Jeremy Maggs and produced by Neo Leeuw scooped the Best News and Actuality Show. In addition to the show awards, Neo Leeuw also won the hotly contested Best Content Producer award for POWER Update.


“There is not a single person at POWER House who is surprised by young Neo Leeuw’s success at the radio awards this year. Her work ethic is second to none. She is constantly pushing boundaries and wanting only the best of her work going on air. She deserves all these accolades and we are very proud of her” concluded Khumalo.



The full list of POWER 98.7 winners:


Best Commercial Drive Show POWER Drive
Best Commercial Day Show POWER Talk
Best Commercial Sports Show POWER Sport Extra
Best Station Imaging Award POWER 98.7
Best News and Actuality Show POWER Update
Best Content Producer Neo Leeuw


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Liberty Radio Awards – and the Winners are…

Posted by radio On April - 23 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

The flame of excellence in the radio industry burned especially bright last night at the Sandton Convention Centre when the winners of the 2017 Liberty Radio Awards were announced. The Awards programme celebrates and acknowledges excellence in radio and brings the entire industry together for a night of celebration.

“Radio plays a critical role in the lives of almost 94% of all South Africans – it is their primary source of information and entertainment – sponsoring these awards enables us to contribute towards raising the standard of radio broadcasting, ultimately resulting in stations providing more compelling fare for their listeners,” says Sydney Mbhele, Chief Marketing Officer of Liberty. “This, in turn, leads to better dissemination of valuable knowledge that empowers listeners with vital information; we trust that building on the successes of the radio industry will help us on building on our successes as a society – which is one of Liberty’s core values.”


“I was particularly pleased with the number of entries that we received,” says Lance Rothschild, CEO of the Liberty Radio Awards. “Thanks to Liberty’s foresight in sponsoring the awards, radio stations and personalities have a platform to benchmark their performance and to strive to meet higher standards of excellence in their craft. The quality and depth of entries was remarkable and the adjudicators had a difficult time sorting out the best of the best, all of which bodes well for the future of radio.”


John Robbie, who hung up his headphones at 702 after a distinguished career spanning 30 years with the station, was presented with a Lifetime Achiever Award. Robbie’s career and his achievements paved the way for many broadcasters to follow and the Lifetime Achiever Award is a fitting tribute to his outstanding contribution to the radio industry.

Please click here for a list of the respective category finalists and winners: (Winners in bold type).


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METRO FM: So, Masechaba, let’s just assume that I know nothing about you, okay? I’d like to go from the top. I mean, I know that you’re here. you obviously have a big personality and a big fan following, etc. I mean, where did you start? Where did it all kick-off?

Masechaba: Well my radio career began about four years ago and prior to that I basically came from television where I’ve basically been building my brand, basically ten years before and I was completely new to radio. I had never done radio before, but in my first year on radio my show won “Best Night Time Radio Show” at the MTN Awards. And that’s in the country. We, at my former station, we weren’t even national, but we beat a lot of national platforms. I mention names. I won’t name and shame, but yeah, that was pretty awesome.

METRO FM: Was that in the first year?

Masechaba: Yeah, that was all in the first year and to this day it’s still the only award winning show at that station. Yeah, I had to throw that in there. Combination of hard work, of passion, of authenticity and really, that show was my brain child. That show was my baby.


METRO FM: Wow, proper passion project. And how long did that run for, you say?

Masechaba: Almost about four years. We are in our third and a half year now.


METRO FM: So, how was it like leaving that?

Masechaba: Leaving was tough. Leaving was necessary – for my growth – and also for the next phase of my journey because I’ve always believed that the type of substance that we were bringing to the radio deserves a national platform. You know, I don’t believe that you save the meaningful stuff for the little corners. I personally believe that there’s room, especially in the South African media landscape, for a show that is just as fun as it is enlightening.


METRO FM: Got you.  That’s pretty cool. What is the main difference of environment of radio and sort of the TV environment, apart from the obvious – that the one is visual, the one is audio?

Masechaba: [Laughs] I wasn’t gonna do that to you. Like duh!


METRO FM: Yeah, but I mean in terms, of sort, of production and impact with fans. I mean, does one require more work than the other? I mean, the entire production process, its far more intricate I’d imagine on TV?

Masechaba: To be honest, I think the more brutal way to put it, actually it’s the first time I’ve thought of this analogy, is television is like you being dressed and radio leaves you naked.

METRO FM: Okay. So, more spontaneous radio, right?

Masechaba: More spontaneous. There’s more of a connection purely because, not that its less structured, but there’s less room to present. There’s is no room to present actually. It leaves you to speak to people from at a human level. And that’s why some of my favourite radio hosts are people who speak the way they do in real life on radio. I’m not gonna make an example of the ones I don’t like because I might just get into trouble [laughs]


METRO FM: Got you, alright. Well then just to get into current then… how does it feel to be at Metro? The new show – how do you feel it started? Do you feel there’s still more spit-and-shine to go? Like more optimization, etc.?

Masechaba: Well, Metro FM is literally a dream come true. It’s the only station really, outside all the other stations that really speaks to me as an urban black woman who is constantly striving to better myself, to make progress, to move on to the next thing. Because, hey now, what’s next is all that matters. But, on the real though, the reason why I’m enjoying myself here is because I’m the type of person that thrives on challenges and this is a completely different environment. It’s a different format altogether and I’m back to being a student. Which keeps me awake. It keeps my mind alive but, also because I need to figure out how the hell I’m to squeeze in as much substance as possible on a fast-paced platform like The Drive, right, and still keep people entertained and laughing and upbeat and uplifted. I definitely feel that there’s a lot more to be done and in partnership with MoFlava I believe we can do really amazing things.


METRO FM: Well, I was gonna ask what’s in store for the fans there, but I think you’ve kind of answered it.

Masechaba: Yeah, I’m hoping to squeeze more human interest into the show. I’m hoping to talk a lot more to entrepreneurs. I’m hoping to bring in more inspirational content. Really just to talk to young people who are moving and shaking in business, in whatever sector. Even in their own little corners in their communities, you know? Those are the type of stories that build and inspire others to continue building cause the more light we shine on the positive, the more light we bread.


METRO FM: That is an epic response. Thank you very much Masechaba.




[Source: Metrofmblog]

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David O’Sullivan takes over Kaya FM breakfast

Posted by radio On April - 13 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Kaya FM is proud to welcome  new Monday to Thursday Line up;

The renowned award winning journalist, David O’Sullivan takes over the Breakfast Show officially from 2 May 2017. David O’Sullivan is a seasoned journalist, author and sports fanatic among many other things. His broadcasting career started at Capital Radio, and took him overseas to the USA, UK, Australia and New Zealand before he joined 702 in 1995.


From July 2017, taking over the mid-morning show is our ever bubbly Bridget Masinga, who has been hosting Late Nights with Bridget since September 2016. She will bring her flavor of the arts into Kaya’s daytime.


The Afternoon Drive is made up of Kgomotso Matsunyane co-founder of T.O.M. Pictures, former editor of Oprah magazine, writer, television and radio talk show host as well as a media activist. Her co-host Ndumiso Ngcobo is an author, blogger, former TV host, high school maths and science teacher and best known for his book “Some of My Best Friends are White”. We welcome the duo back to the family.


Leading into our award winning show Kaya Bizz with Gugulethu Cele.

This exciting line-up will revolutionise Friday for all Afropolitans: The breakfast show will be co-hosted by our resident comedian Skhumba and Ndumiso. The Friday Mid-Morning show will be hosted by a celebrity. At Midday, Proverb will host weekly Live and Unplugged shows.


Saturday mornings will never be the same as we introduce radio stalwart host, Jenny Crwys-Williams. The show will focus on books reviews, podcasts on wine, arts, conservation, history & so much more.

Commencing 1 May from 14:00 to 18:00, Kaya FM launches an authentic Saturday mix show called Sound Supreme, made up of the Muzik, Kenzhero, Just Themba and TRS.


“The changing landscape of the Afropolitan in the South African context is going to be challenging in many ways and will require deep meaningful conversations which Kaya aims to deliver with the announcement of the new line up“, says Kaya FM Managing Director Greg Maloka.


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Bob Mabena joins MSG Afrika Broadcasting

Posted by radio On April - 13 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Black owned and operated media company MSG Afrika Group, has announced the appointment of renowned radio practitioner Bob Mabena as their Group Head of Programming of their subsidiary MSG Broadcasting effective 01 May 2017.


In his new role at MSG Broadcasting, Mabena will oversee talent and content output in the four group stations namely; Limpopo’s Hottest Frequency; Capricorn FM, Gauteng based talk radio station, POWER 98.7 and soon to be launched Rhythm FM and Beat FM in the and Eastern Cape and Free State, respectively. Mabena will also support individual station managers in deriving commercial value for their clients.


His impressive radio management journey started in 1996 as a Programmes Manager at PRIMEDIA owned Highveld Stereo (94.7). In 1999, he joined Kaya FM as breakfast show host and Programmes Manager and later Station Manager. Mabena returned to the PRIMEDIA Group as Group Business Development Manager for two and half years. He later moved on to the SABC as Executive Manager: Commercial Radio responsible for METRO FM, 5FM and Good Hope FM.


On his appointment at MSG Broadcasting, Mabena said “I am looking forward to working with entrepreneurs who are committed to the radio medium and who understand its power in shaping the social and business landscape of our country. I have lived radio throughout my career and believe my new role will allow me to apply my extensive broadcast experience in the boardroom”.


According to MSG Group Chairman, Mr Given Mkhari, the appointment of Mabena will further deepen the group’s creative and operational capacity. He said “A fast growing company like ours requires credible and knowledgeable professionals like Bob who can guide our talent across the markets that we operate in. I cannot think of a better person who has inspired so many practitioners and who holds such a wealth of industry experience. We are happy that Bob is now an MSG man”.


Bob Mabena started his radio career in 1989 at Radio Bop. After spending three years at Radio Bop, he was recruited by the founding Station Manager of Radio Metro Mr Koos Radebe. Mabena’s stay at Radio Metro brought with it more national exposure in the form of a variety of TV shows, including “Pick a Tune” and “Studio Mix”, to mention but a few. While at Radio Metro, Mabena raced professionally in the Group N series for Nissan South Africa. Mabena continues to present his breakfast show, 180 with Bob on Kaya FM until end of April 2017.

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 METRO FM: So, sitting here with Prudence? What is your official title, Prudence? Prudence: Well, some call it “The executive producer,” but I’m the content producer of The Great Escape – the new content producer of The Great Escape. Only started on Monday, yeah. METRO FM: So how long had The Great Escape been going […]

Prudence Mathebula
Source: Metrofm

METRO FM: So, sitting here with Prudence? What is your official title, Prudence?

Prudence: Well, some call it “The executive producer,” but I’m the content producer of The Great Escape – the new content producer of The Great Escape. Only started on Monday, yeah.

METRO FM: So how long had The Great Escape been going for before you got involved? Just to give me some context here.

Prudence: An idea? Let me see… I started off here at Metro FM as the producer of ‘The Touch Down’ and at the time Amon was on between twelve and three but, at the time he was with Thato, and I think they called it The Secret Ingredient, TSI, yeah… So, it was TSI with Thato and then they changed the name but Amon stayed when Siphokazi joined Amon.

METRO FM: So how long ago was this?

Prudence: I started in 2011, right here on Metro FM. Amon was here at that-during that slot 2011 but, the name changed but Amon has been there so he’s the founding member [Laughs].

METRO FM: So, he’s the furniture? One of the mics sitting here?

Prudence: Yeah, yeah!

METRO FM: Okay, look, form a fans perspective, what they don’t know about, is that, and I have only been proven to this in the last few days, is that you hear everything on the radio and it sounds spontaneous and it sounds like everything is just, you know, top of the head sort of stuff, however, there’s producers behind the scenes here. Give us a day in the life of a producer. What does it take to get one of these shows airing?

Prudence: Okay, so normally it takes a lot and the production normally takes a day prior the actual show. So, uh, pre- the day. So, let’s say, uh, maybe on a Monday the show is gonna end between twelve and three, on Sunday, I as a producer will then start gathering then the content or get an idea of the kind of content we’re gonna be covering.

METRO FM: So, for the entire week or?

Prudence: No, for the next day. For just three hours.

METRO FM: So, Sunday is a work day?

Prudence: Yeah! Every day is a work day because you have to obviously foresee what’s going to happen, so what happens is that you’re gonna plan for the entire week, entire month and the day. But you don’t have to be putting everything on paper, like jotting it down word for word for the month or week, but for the next say you’d have to. So, for the next day you’d start gathering content that you would put into a script and obviously, there’s a skeleton that we utilise because everything needs to happen at a particular time because obviously there’s news, there’s Sports at the Top of the Hour, uh, sorry, uh, geez, The Great Escape. So, from twelve, one two we have our news and sports and uh, ten-past, twenty-past, twenty-to, ten-to, that’s the ad break and then we would have everything in-between and then obviously making, uh, provision for songs and content that needs to then be added. Because with everything that I’ve mentioned, that’s then we would then slot in the content and the content would depend on the day.

The days are themed so, you would decide that on Monday you want to cover current affairs, Tuesday lifestyle. So, it depends. And obviously in terms of the features. Each show has features of that segment that you do. Either on a regular basis or a daily basis. Those are called features. So, you would then, put the script together in accordance to what the show is doing for that particular day and then find content. So, its interviews, getting the person that you’re gonna be interviewing, getting the profile and, uh, putting a structure of how the interview will go. So, having a direction for the interview so that is not really nearly over the place. So, it needs to be structured, coming up with some of the questions and obviously getting competitions. Competitions we get them from sales.

METRO FM: Oh, from commercial enterprises, etc.?

Prudence: Yes. Exactly. So, we put the competitions into the script, knowing where exactly they would go and then obviously then put the fillers, which is like the links, maybe we’re gonna chat about what’s happening on that day. So yeah…

METRO FM: So, like the new website a million times a day?

Prudence: Yeah! New website, exactly. So, that’s how we’d put the whole show together.

METRO FM: Okay but, obviously, this all very collaborative with the hosts, right? Or is this more like you create a structure of which you then you work with them to sort of fill that structure, so to speak?

Prudence: Okay, ordinarily, what happens as a producer, you would have a conversation with the presenter and the host that this is what you wanna do and you need obviously their buy-in, because obviously they’re the ones that are executing, so normally, I would then come up with everything got the show then, uh, get their buy in, they check and when they are happy – thumbs up – we execute and at times they would obviously then contribute and then I would utilise that, add it to the script and then we are all happy.

METRO FM: Okay, cool. So, coming back to what I think the most important part of radio is, but is also subjective, how is the playlist put together? Who puts together the tracks? How does that all work?

Prudence: Okay, so there is a music compiler. That’s the music department. So, we don’t even touch it down here and people are not aware of that. We don’t touch the playlist, unless obviously have features that are music features, that’s where then we would have to add songs, change songs around, switvh them up, but that is for features, but in terms of the entire track-listing for the entire day or the entire show, it’s the music complier.

METRO FM: Okay, so, we’ve got a far better perception of what goes on behind the scenes. Uh, I mean the great escape. It’s really cool man, I mean there’s a lot of chemistry that goes on between those two, they are a good pairing, right? How is it working with them? Does that chemistry extend to the backroom?

Prudence: It does, it does. Oh, before I forget – so, we mentioned what happens prior to the show in terms of production, but during the show, the producer now becomes a director. So, you direct the entire show, make sure they follow the script as is, especially in terms of time. Playing ads on time is vital, because you know clients are listening and they’ve paid a lot of money for that so you need to make sure that ads play on time and music is played in accordance to what is on the playlist and if it means we have to drop certain things to accommodate others, that exactly what you do. So, you direct. Also, ensuring that things don’t go overboard like an interview. Sometimes people get excited, especially as a presenter, because I’m also a presenter, you lose track of time, then you carry on with an interview – you’re not seeing the time – so, the producer also plays the role of being the director in ensuring that things are done appropriately. Calling listeners to make sure that they are participate in topics or for competitions. Make sure everything runs smoothly. There are actually multiple roles put together into one, hence they would actually call it an executive producer.

METRO FM: You’re the mother of the show, you keep the kids in line, right?

Prudence: …and you know what’s the funny thing, normally the producer is the youngest in the team but, they mother everybody. But yeah, the great escape is awesome. The good thing is that I’ve worked with the team already. I’ve stood in a couple of times when the previous producer was not around. So, I’m familiar with the team, with the structure of the show. Although we will be making a couple of changes, just to add that ‘Prudence Spice’ but, the chemistry is amazing. I know Amon and Pearl separately, individually in our own personal capacities. So, working with them is just amazing – they are amazing people generally. On a professional front, they are very professional so it makes work seamless, smooth, lovely and I guess we are all very open people, spiritual people, so we get along on a lot of fronts. So, it’s been a very exciting. I know, it’s been three days, but I’m loving and I know by next year, this time, I’ll still be saying the same thing.

METRO FM: That’s great, that’s awesome.

Prudence: …and they paid me to say that [laughs].

METRO FM: Okay. Ending off the, I guess, my final question to you is, uh I admit I don’t know that much on how the radio works, but I believe you have your own show as well on the weekends. Is it pretty unique-a-case that a producer has their own show as well? Is it, you know, do producers generally have a day job and then a night job? How does this work?

Prudence: Okay. To be honest with you, they go hand in hand. When I joined Metro FM, my background was of a presenter. I was a presenter before I was a producer and then I went back to presenting and its quite normal to come across a producer-slash-presenter. It happens in TV and it happens in radio. I know I’m not the only one here at Metro FM. Okay I’m a content producer, so there’s also Naked DJ, he’s the technical Producer of the front row and he’s also a presenter on his own show, The Audiogasm and with me the producer on The Great Escape, presenter of The After Party. I can’t think of a lot right now but I know a lot of the producers have stood in as presenters right here on Metro FM, even on TV it happens. Sometimes they even present insets that they produce. It’s a package deal. Like me, I’m a trained speaker, so I come from a speaking background so going into production was just the business side of it. And yes, most of us here at Metro FM, we have a lot of things that we do on the side. You find a lot of the presenters have office jobs, not necessarily in the corporate world, but we do other jobs. So, it’s very usual and normal to come across that.

METRO FM: Okay. So, fans what we have to take from that is the producers are the swiss-army knives.

Prudence: and especially the females. We are going to take over this industry! Presenters-slash-producers, we are taking over.

METRO FM: there you are. Bring it on. Stay away, she can fight!



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Kaya FM 95.9 to announce new line up changes

Posted by radio On April - 11 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

The Kaya daytime line up has been largely established, with Bob Mabena and Mo-G having been at the station for the last 5 years. T-Bose Mokwele and John Perlman celebrate 10 years with the station in 2017 and Georgie Munetsi Bizzah and Nicky B are celebrating 20 years with Kaya this year, having started in the year of Kaya’s inception. While much success, tears and laughter have been shared, now is the time to make some line-up changes in-line with the vision to take the station into the future.

Kaya started implementing future plans by making shifts with the last line-up change that revolved around evening and weekend radio in late 2016. Bridget Masinga and Kojo Baffoe joined in September and October of 2016 launching Late Nights with Bridget Masinga and Life with Kojo Baffoe. Tebogo “Proverb” Thekisho was brought on to take over the Top 40 on a Saturday morning and Thomas Msengana coming in on Fridays and Saturdays with Weekends with Thomas. Other empirical changes involved T-Bose taking over Sunday afternoons with Sunday soul sessions.


“The changing landscape of the Afropolitan in the South African context is going to be challenging in many ways and will require deep meaningful conversations which Kaya aims to deliver with the announcement of the new line-up “, says Kaya FM Managing Director Greg Maloka.


Kaya will make the announcement of the new line up on Thursday 13 April 2017.


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See who’s taken over from Queen B at Metro FM

Posted by radio On April - 10 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Interview – Lerato & Dineo


METROFM: We’re here today with Lerato & Dineo right after the very first episode of The Bridge, ladies, how did it go?

Dineo: Good, good.

Lerato: AMA-ZING! How can you say good [laughs], I’m kidding, but come now [laughs again]


Dineo: You see guys how I get bullied on this show [laughs even louder]


Dineo & Lerato: Good is not good enough [both laugh]


Dineo: No, but seriously, good is an understatement. It went so well. We’re both very happy with the show and with our atmosphere. We’re working the studio together and just so glad to be killing it together.


METROFM: And you know, there is a production team, helping out bring the new show to the fans. Can you give us an idea about the structure of the show, the content and what the future holds?


Dineo: Well we’re sitting with what can only be called a very good problem in that we have too much content. We’ve got content overload and right now with the show being new it still has a lot of older features that cannot be moved or edited just yet. So we’re still finding ways to usher in the newness without destabilising what was…


Lerato: So the first hour of the show is very much about user interaction and then the second hour of the show is very chilled but still based on that user engagement, for instance, users own the playlists and they can select their own songs etc.


Dineo: And we still put content out there that the fans can still engage with. I think in the future we’ll probably see some more consistency in the structure of the show vs what it is now and I think it’s accurate to state that we’ll likely still find there is a bit of an evolution to play out.


Lerato: Absolutely! I think you may find the show getting a little more informative and especially if you continue listening through the week you’ll find a few more new features making their way into the show.


METROFM: Cool! So in wrapping up what do you think of the new website and it’s new features such as the live chat. Do you think it’s going to add a new dimension to the show?


Lerato & Dineo: Absolutely it will!

Lerato: Yeah, I mean, during #AskAMan there were a lot of people talking and chatting to us through the live chat functionality and it’s definitely going to give more power to the user in terms of how they choose to interact with us.


Dineo: And it gives the production team a good opportunity to come up with content around new features such as on Friday we have a hottie coming in who is going to be manning the live chat feature. You know a celebrity hottie who will have to do whatever the listeners ask…


Lerato: Well not everything [laughs]


Dineo: Yes, not everything! [both laughing] But this person is going to talk to the fans and it should be fun.


Lerato: And it’s just one of the new features we’ll be phasing in over the course of the new week. So there’s lots that the fans can expect over the coming days and weeks. We’re both very excited.


METROFM: Ok, thanks for your time ladies and congrats on the new show, great name by the way!



[Source: Metrofmblog]

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METRO FM: How did it go today? Fresh: I think, uh, given that it was day one, I think it went extremely well, but because I’m always hard on myself, I’ll probably be happy after probably a month in, but I’m almost certain that by Friday we’ll have all the nuts tightened and all the […]


METRO FM: How did it go today?


Fresh: I think, uh, given that it was day one, I think it went extremely well, but because I’m always hard on myself, I’ll probably be happy after probably a month in, but I’m almost certain that by Friday we’ll have all the nuts tightened and all the bolts in place. So yeah…


METRO FM: What is the sort of process that you have to go through to sort of fine tune? What do you look at?


Fresh: Um, it’s just re-adjusting your mental configuration because when you work at another station, another format, you know, you rewire your brain to adjust to that. So for me, it’s just re-wiring the way I think, the way I do things. The system is different, for instance, the music is slightly different. It’s another team now, um for instance, you know where ads sets, clocks are different and all of that.


METRO FM: I’m sure the morning – getting up at 3 in the morning doesn’t help, uh, either?


Fresh: Thing is, because I was doing Breakfast-at-Five for the last three years, getting up is not a problem. Getting up is very easy, that I can do.


METRO FM: Got you. Cool, cool. So the next place that I wanted to go Fresh was, uh, you know, you’ve been in radio a long time, certainly all your biographies online say you’ve been doing this for a very long time – Starting out in Botswana, etc. What I really wanted to know is what are sort of the key differences from back then to now that you really see have changed the face of radio and how you interact with fans?


Fresh: I think radios face has changed since the advent of the internet. So when I started on radio on radio in 1992 internet existed, but it was for the very, very, very privileged few. So radio never had access to Internet when I started in ’92. So to do your research you had to read the papers and you literally had to subscribe to the wires. Like AFP, like Reuters, and for me I feel radio was more creative back then because we didn’t all have the same news sources. So you were forced to be creative – you forced to take content that was in the paper and flip it in a way that perhaps someone else wouldn’t have on the radio.


Now-a-days with the internet, social media, radio shows are always using the same websites so, now it’s up to you to see how you stand out. Even if you’re using the same information. So for instance 10 radio shows can use 1 website for information, but one of them will stand out on how they use or flip or turn or transform the information and I think that’s what will always keep your ahead. When you don’t just take in information and regurgitate it. When you make it live in one way or another.  You know, let’s not talk about the cabinet shuffle, let’s turn the cabinet shuffle into a skit. You know what I mean? So for me that what makes you next level or not.


METRO FM: Okay. So would you agree with the statement that, I guess, the reason radio actually dub-tails so well with digital or the other way round is immediacy of it all?


Fresh: The immediacy of everything. I mean for instance, uh, we were on at 5 and people were anticipating the show from last night. By 05:30 we were trending number 2. By 05:40 we were trending number 1. It’s 10:17 and we’re trending number 3, you know what mean? But because we are always engaging with people on social media like now there’s already 4 podcasts available for people to check out. So if you missed tats, but maybe you read the tweet and the tat was on your radio, you can now download the podcast and listen to it in the comfort of your own home. Or you can watch the video, for instance, or you can tweet tats and tell them, “Listen, I’m hearing you on the radio, you know, I can’t wait for next week.”


So, for me, I think social media and radio were meant to be together. Unfortunately, or fortunately for us, not everyone does it the same so…



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Zama Ngcobo leaves Ukhozi FM

Posted by radio On April - 7 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Contrary to popular belief, not only is change inevitable, but it is a radio must! Ukhozi FM, Africa’s radio leader will be switching things up, #RadioReshuffle style!  The new line-up kicks off on Monday, 17 April 2017.

Ukhozi also announed officially  the departure of Vuka Mzansi Breakfast Show’s co-host, Ms Zama Ngcobo.  Ngcobo’s last show was on Tuesday, 4 April 2017.


“Ukhozi FM, has consistently proven not only to be Africa’s biggest radio station, but to be the station of choice, with an ever growing audience, proving that even with the evolving radio climate, we stay afloat,” said Ukhozi FM Station Manager, Mr. Bonga Mpanza










































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