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5FM’s Station Manager Justine Cullinan is the winner of the Corporate Award at this year’s Veuve Clicquot ELLE Boss Awards in association with Old Mutual Corporate.


The Veuve Clicquot ELLE Boss Award, now in its third year, celebrates successful, innovative entrepreneurial women and businesswomen who have made a significant contribution to business life in South Africa and are natural business leaders.

Since the end of 2014 Justine has led a dedicated team who stand by their brand ethos to bring together youthful South Africans through the power of music.  She was nominated for the award by on-air presenter Rob Forbes for her trend-setting, innovative strategies and ability to motivate her team in even the most difficult times. In his nomination Forbes said, “5FM is an institution for so many young people growing up and it hasn’t been an easy two years.  For a lot of us, being able to navigate through that has been down to Justine. I think it’s been an incredible achievement to keep a brand as big as 5FM as important as it is through a period of such change.”


On being announced as the winner of the coveted award, Justine, who is affectionately known as the 5FM “Bosslady”, shared her appreciation for the recognition, “It is an absolute honour and privilege to be nominated for the Veuve Clicquot ELLE Boss Award. I am incredibly proud to be part of the journey of supporting South African women in corporate leadership and I think it’s very important that organisations that trade in SA, like Old Mutual and Veuve Clicquot, play a role in empowering tomorrow’s female leaders.”


She added that entrepreneurship is the way forward because if new jobs are not created rather than sought, there won’t be any for the future generations. “At 5FM I do everything in my power to empower and mentor women for the future media industry, which is going to become increasingly important in understanding and managing our South African lives,” she says. 2017 also marked the first year in the history of 5FM that a black, female presenter was appointed to host the important afternoon drive show in the form of 5FM’s Thando Thabethe, known to her 5FM fans as Thabooty. Justine comments that this move was a core aspect of her plan over the past three years as Station Manager and it was long overdue.


In a media release judge Khanyi Dhlomo, Founder & CEO of Ndalo Media and ELLE magazine Publisher, herself recognised and honoured as one of SA’s most influential and inspiring businesswomen, summed up the 2017 Awards by saying, “All this year’s finalists were natural leaders, confident, strong, committed and risk-takers who are driven to succeed”.


From the large numbers of entries, the panel of judges awarded Justine the corporate award category title, while Amanda Dambuza, Founder of Director of consulting company Uyandiswa, won the entrepreneur category, and went on to win the overall prize as well.


Listeners can catch Justine on The Roger Goode Show on Wednesday, 22 November between 08:00 – 09:00 for one of her regular #Bosslady sessions, where she will answer questions on the radio business and chat a little about her award. She remains always open to the 5FM community through email.  Email her

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Entries open for 2018 Liberty Radio Awards

Posted by radio On November - 9 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Calling all talented, innovative and popular radio professionals and production companies to register for the 2018 Liberty Radio Awards which will be presented at a Gala Banquet at the Sandton Convention Centre on 14 April 2018!  Online entries are now open until 31 January 2018 at

The Liberty Radio Awards promote, acknowledge and reward excellence in the radio industry, with the ultimate aim of ensuring that the standard is continuously raised which ultimately benefits listeners.


Lance Rothschild, CEO of the Liberty Radio Awards, says, “The 2018 programme will determine the best of the best in several categories including:  Best Breakfast Show Presenter; Best Breakfast Show; Best Afternoon Drive; Best Afternoon Show presenter; Best business & finance Show and many more.


In recognition of the proliferation of digital delivery platforms, we have added two new categories – Best Internet Radio Programme and Best Podcast.  We have also combined the PBS and Commercial sectors into one Commercial Radio category which we believe will lead to even higher standards across the entire industry, with the listener being the ultimate benefactor. ”

“This year Liberty celebrates 60 years of working tirelessly to making a difference in South Africans’ lives”, says Thembeka Saleshando, Divisional Director for Brand and Marketing at Liberty Group. “Knowledge & Innovation are important to us and part of what we do.  Supporting the Liberty Radio Awards is an extension of these principles. The media are an integral part of society and play such a pivotal role in empowering communities.  Just as Liberty uses its knowledge and expertise to assist clients in achieving financial freedom, the media assists in shaping and strengthening the democracy we live in.”


With radio reaching and influencing such a vast proportion of our population, through this sponsorship Liberty aims, to support and promote the radio industry and to reward and acknowledge excellence. It provides listeners with increased access to knowledge and understanding of a range of issues.  “I urge all role players in the radio industry to participate in the Awards. Radio audiences across the country and beyond are encouraged to vote for their favourite radio category winners”, says Saleshando.


Entries for the 2018 Liberty Radio Awards may only be made via the revised online entry system.  Edits and changes are permitted up to the deadline of 18:00 on 31 January 2018. Each time a registered entrant logs in, a dashboard will show the status of the participant’s entries.

Saleshando concludes, “We eagerly await the entries and look forward to celebrating the Liberty Radio Awards’ winners in April next year.”



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Stacey Norman joins the East Coast Radio

Posted by radio On October - 9 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Popular and well-known television and radio presenter Stacey Norman has joined East Coast Radio and will be presenting the station’s Sunday show between 10am and 2pm, as from 15 October.


Stacey, who started her radio career when just 15 years old after participating in a KFM talent search, has been in the industry for more than a decade. Most recently she was the host of Stacey Norman Live, a brunch-time show on 947. Stacey is also well known for her on screen role as the co-host of the South African television music competition, The Voice South Africa, on M-Net.




The stylish, sussed and sassy Stacey says, “Radio is in my blood and after honing my craft for 11 years, I’m thrilled to be a part of the ECR family. I’ve always said that the audience is my co-host so expect lots of laughs, plenty of tunes and to inherit a new bestie!”


East Coast Radio’s Programming Manager, Zane Derbyshire, has welcomed Stacey to the team, “Finding a radio presenter as natural as Stacey is rare. She is a brilliant conversationalist and engages easily with listeners and guests. I’m sure the East Coast Radio listeners will love her and she’ll soon become a firm favourite with them.”


Don’t miss Stacey Norman every Sunday between 10am and 2pm. Her razor sharp wit and out-there observations will have you cackling with laughter and clamouring to keep up.

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PwC Report : The future of Radio in SA

Posted by radio On October - 3 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

The South African radio market will continue to grow each year. Advertising revenue, which makes up the entirety of total revenue, will pass the R5 billion mark in 2020 as advertising agencies capitalise on South Africa’s loyal radio listenership.


The South African radio market totalled R4.4 billion in 2016, up 2.4% on the previous year. Over the next five years, total radio revenue will grow at a 3.9% CAGR, hitting R5.4 billion in 2021.


Radio advertising revenue is projected to increase each year of the forecast period and opportunities for further advertising growth lie in the rise of smartphone usage, access to affordable data and data-driven campaigns.

As the number of mobile phones increases, more consumers can access radio content as and when they like, widening the potential for advertising investment as listenership grows across community, public broadcaster and commercial stations.


Total radio revenue in South Africa will continue to grow. Radio revenue will increase at a 3.9% CAGR over the next five years, with revenue rising to R5.4 billion in 2021. DAB+ and DRM trials continue. These trials will continue across South Africa throughout 2017, with all three tiers of radio broadcasters participating.

  • Radio apps grow in popularity. The rise in radio apps like Radio South Africa and the release of smartphones that enable DAB+ offer consumers further opportunities to listen on the go.


  • Local content policy impacts listenership. Listenership has faced a period of uncertainty after the implementation of a 90% local content policy on radio stations by the SABC in 2016.


  • Advertising revenue is on the rise. Ad revenue will increase as stations enjoy an enduring base of loyal listeners, enabling agencies to improve targeted ad campaigns. Connected listeners, fuelling data-driven campaigns, will be the enablers of—still nascent— programmatic advertising opportunities.


  • The portable radio remains the device of choice. Portable radios are popular, but a rise in mobile Internet subscribers should help mobile listening make gains.




[Source: PwC E&M Outlook 2017-2021 Report]

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Radio 2000 celebrates the nation’s diversity and is encouraging all South African’s to unite and be open to learn more about our different African cultures. As part of Heritage and Tourism month, Radio 2000 invited 14 African countries to join in early Heritage Day celebrations at the SABC offices in Auckland Park on Thursday, 21 September 2017 from 9AM – 3PM. The objective of the day is to showcase the best in African culture through the arts, music and fashion and celebrate the myriad of cultures that South Africa is home to.

On air Radio 2000 will cover the festivities; Emlanjeni hosted by KG Moeketsi (9h00 – 12h00) and Lunch on 2000 (12h00-15h00) with Bertha Charuma. During the shows, listeners can learn about not only South African culture but also more about African heritage that spans our borders. Every Thursday Emlanjeni’s theme for the show is called Extraordinary Thursdays. This is an opportunity to listen to great South Africans that are doing extraordinary things in our country. Our lunch time show complements and adds to this optimistic and inspiring content in a feature called “Africa Thursdays”. Bertha discusses and highlights all good and positive stories from across the African continent. These shows will celebrate our diverse cultural heritage that makes up our rainbow nation and we will honour all Africans for their contributions in building a better South Africa.

Puleng Thulo, Station Manager at Radio 2000 comments, “South Africa is one of the most diverse countries in the world. Radio 2000 is excited to celebrate our nation’s diversity and through the power of radio we can unite all Africans to celebrate their heritage and educate and inform listeners about the cultures of our rainbow nation.”



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Xolani Gwala to take time Off-Air

Posted by radio On September - 8 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

This morning, 702 announced its popular Breakfast Show host will be taking time off as a result of a medical challenge. In a recorded voice message, played by the station, Xolani gave a personal update on his absence.

In the clip Xolani thanks his audience for the many messages they have sent enquiring about his wellbeing. He explains that the team of medical experts who are working with him are still assessing him and exploring treatment options, and indicates that he will give an update on his condition when he and his family, as well as his medical advisors are ready to.


Xolani added that, “In the meantime, we ask please for your understanding and that you respect our family’s right to privacy in this most challenging time.”


We completely support Xolani and his family’s request for time and space, and we know that 702 listeners will share our heartfelt wishes for his speedy recovery.

The breakfast show will be hosted by Stephen Grootes until further notice.

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In celebration of one of South Africa’s greatest freedom fighters, Oliver Reginald Tambo, the SABC’s Commercial Radio Brands (5FM, Metro FM and Good Hope FM) are joining forces to mark the 50 day countdown of his centenary, on the 8th of September 2017. The stalwart would have celebrated his 100th birthday this coming October.

All three stations will broadcast live, simultaneously, from the SABC’s Ground floor auditorium at Radio Park in Johannesburg on the 8th of September 2017 between 09:00 – 10:00.  The aim of the broadcast is to encourage South Africans to celebrate the legacy and the values of OR Tambo and to reflect on the path the country has walked towards freedom.


5FM’s Nick Hamman, Metro FM’s Masechaba Ndlovu and Good Hope FM’s Nigel Pierce will host a panel discussion with invited guests that will include fellow South African’s who knew OR Tambo during his life.


The panel will comprise of the Minister for Communications, Ms Ayanda Dlodlo, OR Tambo’s son who is an activist and filmmaker, Dali Tambo, and Mavuso Msimang who was OR Tambo’s secretary when he was the President of the African National Congress (ANC) in the late 1960s and early 1970s.


The broadcast has an open invitation to those who wish to attend. Alternatively listeners may tune into 5FM, Good Hope FM or Metro FM for an hour of talk radio celebrating one of the greatest leaders of our time. Everyone is encouraged to join the conversation online using the hashtag: #ORTambo100


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From the 1st of September, Kaya FM presents Friday night mixes from much sought after international superstar Dj, Anané Vega. Anané brings to the Kaya airwaves Tribal House, Deep House and Afro Tech. She is a singer, songwriter, producer and a member of the Elements Of Life band led by her husband, Louie Vega.

Anané Vega was born in Cape Verde, an island off the Western coast of Africa. After some time in Portugal, her family relocated to the United States in search of a brighter future.


Her foray into djing wasn’t conventional, considering she never had the intention of becoming one.  However, a trip to the SubMercer, an intimate and exclusive lounge underneath Soho’s Mercer Hotel, turned into an offer to become a DJ for an upcoming gig. Anané’s career as a DJ had finally begun.


She blends all types of music to create a unique listening experience for her audience, by singing and dancing to the music she plays. Anané’s Selection has gained a large worldwide following.


“I love the ability to put all music together to a point where you can manipulate a party and get it going. You can interject any music and it’s not an awkward moment, you have the crowd in the palm of your hand. It’s not a shock, people will be grooving and want to know more about your music,” she explains


Anané would go on to accomplish a great number of feats in her career so far. These include singing the opening song “One Dream” at Super Bowl XLI, being personally invited by Cirque du Soleil to partake and performing at the President Obama’s Ambassadors Ball.


She is also extremely busy managing her music labels, Nulu Music and Nulu Electronic, which already boasts an impressive 50 album releases and is signing artists from all parts of Africa, the USA, and Europe. Her labels are extremely well regarded for bringing the afro and electronic sound to a wide audience.


“We are extremely excited and honored to have such a prestigious international artist as part of the line up at Kaya FM. She is going to thrill our Afropolitans with her beautifully curated sets,” says Nkosinathi “Nutty” Mbelu – Kaya FM’s Music Manager.


Be sure to tune into Kaya FM every Friday night from the 1 September for the Nulu Movement with Anané Vega. Your Friday nights will never be the same again.


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Headlining this upcoming Kaya FM Family day will be Vusi Nova and Ntando Bangani. Both artists have expressed their excitement to be part of this edition of the Kaya FM Family Day, which is in proud partnership with African Bank. The event will be filled with amazing entertainment for the whole family at The Big Red Barn in Olifantsfontein on Sunday the 17th of September.

Vusi Nova who is famed from his first single “I’d Rather Go Blind” which garnered huge praise from his fans, this memorable hit song was originally composed and recorded by legendary songstress Etta James in 1968.


His more recently released an album titled, Naninina talks about his late parents, failed relationships, his journey to healing; and has been seen as an impressive intimate look at his life. The album includes powerful hits like “Naninina”, “Walk Into Light”, “Did It For Love” and many more,


Vusi has mentioned that his ultimate future collaboration would be with Ringo Madlongozi and R Kelly.

Ntando’s career began on Johannesburg’s West Rand in the township of Kagiso. For years Ntando has given us soothing sounds, and music for the heart. Today the Nelspruit-born musician is a multi-award winning and platinum selling artist.


Ntando came into the music industry in 2003 when he signed his first record deal and released his debut album “Kwantu” which went platinum. Ntando released his second album “Imvelaphi” which was a triple-platinum smash and generated several awards, including “Song of the Year” at both the SAMA and Metro FM Awards for the stunning track “Dali Wam”. He also won Best Newcomer, Best Album and Best Male Artist.


He later dropped ‘Uhambo Lwam’ in 2008, an album that also went platinum. It saw him touring the world in countries like France, Germany, Botswana, Namibia, and finally India in mid-2009. He then released ‘Inqubela’, a masterpiece that saw him walk away with Best Pop Album category in the 2010 SAMA awards.


Both Vusi Nova and Ntando Bangani promise to give electric performances, with memorable sing alongs, a great day that promises to be a fantastic entertainment for the family.


Get your tickets NOW at – only R50 for the kids and R100 for adults. Gates open at 10am.

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SONG OF THE YEAR: Prince Kaybee – Charlotte


TV PRESENTER: Thembisa Mdoda








ACTOR: Themba Ndaba


ACTRESS: Vatiswa Ndara




DJ: Black Coffee







Viewers who voted also got a slice of the cake when one was rewarded with a brand-new Kia Picanto worth R150 000 after being randomly selected via an audited process. Another lucky voter found themselves with a R100 000 Vodacom World Shopping Experience after predicting the Song of the Year.

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