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On the 04th of July 2015, Umhlobo Wenene FM‘s two month long talent search came to an end on a festive note as they announced Monwabisi “Gudl’abatshakazi” Bangi as the winner of the talent search project. The radio station was searching for a suitable presenter to replace the late Saba Mbixane who passed on earlier this year.

Gudla New PresenterThe talent search project came to a befitting end with a well-attended function that was co-hosted by Umhlobo Wenene FM and Umzimvubu Local Municipality in Mt Frere which is the birthplace of Saba Mbixane. The much anticipated announcement was made by Umhlobo Wenene FM Station Manager, Mr. Phumzile Mnci, after a series of scintillating performances by cultural groups who wowed the crowd with energetic dance movements.

After Gudl’abatshakazi was named the winner the crowd went euphoric and accompanied him to the stage with a song.

Gudl’abatshakazi had 134 294 votes and the second runner up had 59 096 with a vast difference of about 75 000 votes between the top two contenders.

Monwabisi, who is popularly known as Gudl’abatshakazi Bangi, is not new to the radio industry. He joins Umhlobo Wenene FM with 10 years of radio experience having joined Unitra Community Radio in March 2005. Gudl’abatshakazi has various achievements under his belt. His achievements include the following




  • Unitra Community Radio Presenter of the year in 2007
  • SATMA nominee for the best community radio traditional music presenter in 2008
  • SATMA winner for the best community radio dj in 2008
  • SATMA nominee for the bet community radio dj in traditional music in 2011
  • SATMA nominee for the community radio in traditional music 2014.


As from the beginning of August 2015 Gudl’abatshakazi will be hosting the popular traditional music shows known as Lavuth’ibhayi and Siwel’ithukela .This is what the station manager had to say about Gudla’s appointment. “I wish to congratulate Gudla for joining one of South Africa’s biggest radio stations. He is aware that he is replacing a Giant of the airwaves and I am optimistic that he will be up to this mammoth task. What makes me even more excited is the fact that he is our listener’s choice. It means that we have successfully completed a listener participation process that will translate into a further audience growth for the two shows and the audience for the station at large.I can confirm that the station is heading for exciting times.”


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The Grillhouse in Atholl Square was filled with the spirit of cheer, celebrations and laughter as clients, executives and media joined  Jacaranda FM in celebration of Commercial Station of the Year.


jac1-300x189The music was pumping, drinks in hand and inspiration from Kagiso Media’s Group Deputy CEO Omar Essack, Kagiso Media’s Chief Executive of Radio, Nick Grubb and Jacaranda FM’s General Manager, Kevin Fine. MC’s of the night, handsome Thabiso “Mack” Rapapali and legendary MTN Radio Awards winner, Barney Simon who made it a point to keep guests entertained.


The Jacaranda FM team was showed off to guests and DJ Jazzy D got everyone dancing and moving to his beats. The Future Group’s radio awards executives, CEO Lance Rothschild and COO Tarn Westoby joined in the celebrations. Frankie Du Toit and the afternoon team did a great job of broadcasting live from the Grillhouse where guests on the show included Group CEO of Kagiso Media, Mark Harris. Cameras were flashing, smiles shining, conversations flowing champagne was the gift to sign off a glamourous evening.

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Metro FM to Shutdown Durban

Posted by radio On July - 2 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

Durban July is here, one of the most popular horse-racing event in the country and the city of Durban is expected to the place to be this coming weekend.

VDJTouchDown1300Metro FM is one of the radio stations that wouldn’t let the opportunity to pass. They are hosting  a night of hip hop for the Metro FM Touchdown and hip hop lovers.


Forget what you heard on radio, loosen your tie, turn up and nae nae to the hottest Hip Hop sounds, the station reported on its website.

It will see Tbo-Touch sharing the stage with Metro FM’s biggest hip hop DJs like  Naked DJ, Sphectacular and Naves joined by a South African A-list hip hop artist.

Come through to California dreaming, Dairy Beach, Durban on Saturday 4 July 2015. Tickets are available at the door at R200.

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Lotus FM has announced its commitment to honoring Nelson Mandela’s legacy by celebrating Mandela Day. This is when Lotus FM staff, freelancers and stakeholders come together to dedicate 67 minutes of the day to ensure that Madiba’s dream for the children of Southern Africa comes true.


ltszThe public broadcaster will host a telethon to collect as many school shoes as possible on the 17th July 2015. All staff, listeners and viewers are encouraged to come down to the SABC KwaZulu-Natal – 100 KE Masinga Road to dedicate 67 minutes to calling friends, family and corporate companies to donate towards this worthy cause.



All school shoes donated on this day will be distributed as part of Lotus FM’s Warm Hearts campaign. “Your gift will help us to realize Mandela’s legacy wish,” says station manager, Alvin Pillay.



“It is imperative that we teach the children of this country to be the best at whatever they do, they must be the difference, be the change and in their own way, they will be changing their future world”, comments Lotus FM  Programmes Manager, Santosh Beharie.



But they need support. If one would like to donate school shoes in honour of Madiba’s Legacy, dedicate 67 minutes by purchasing these gifts and drop them off at SABC KwaZulu-Natal – 100 KE Masinga Road – or email to register to be part of the telethon.


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Joburg Radio Days : Radio 2.0

Posted by radio On June - 26 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

The Wits Radio Academy’s annual radio conference has become the premier gathering of radio leaders on the continent. It’s where they grapple with issues facing the medium in a changing environment, get inspired by the best new ideas from here and abroad, and learn new skills.

radiodays_logoThe conference will bring together around 50 top international speakers, and 200 and upwards delegates from public, commercial and community radio; producers, managers, on-air talent, sales and marketing staff and anybody else interested in the medium. It’s the conference for everybody interested in radio and its future. This year, the theme is Radio 2.0, concentrating on the new shapes and forms the medium will take.
It will be the conference’s six edition, and we are introducing a number of innovations:

  • The conference is being renamed Radio Days Africa to reflect a stronger focus on the whole continent;
  • A new stream of events focused particularly on sales and marketing issues;
  • Masterclasses where delegates can hone their skills, taught by top experts.

Conference Highlights

  • International insights on making social media work for radio programmers
  • The challenge of needletime: the likely introduction of needletime charges will make it much more expensive to play music. Hear how key role players are thinking about the issue.
  • Masterclass on how to build a successful radio advertising campaign.
  • The role of audio in building brands: US insights.
  • Enabling radio’s digital future. Now that TV’s digital migration is finally underway, what are government role players doing to move radio into a digital future?
  • How to step into big shoes: exploring how prominent DJs and presenters handle the challenge of taking over a popular slot
  • Masterclasses on interviewing and music scheduling.
  • The podcasting revolution: this online audio form is taking the US and other countries by storm. We will explore the phenomenon and its potential in SA.
  • Year one of unradio: A year after Gareth Cliff started his new online venture, we ask him back to hear how things have gone.
  • The connected car: new cars will be Internet enabled. What does that mean for radio?

…imaging, radio in other countries, visual radio, community radio hubs and much else

The nitty gritty



Dates: July 1 – 3, 2015

Venue: Wits Club, Braamfontein, Johannesburg

Programme and other information:


Phone: 011 717 4083

Facebook: Wits Radio Academy

Twitter: follow @JhbRadioDays



Full package: R3500, 3 days, including lunches, teas, conference pack, welcome event.

Single day: R1500.


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Janina Oberholzer leaves Jacaranda FM

Posted by radio On June - 22 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

Janina Oberholzer who has been on the Martin Bester Drive for the past 7 years has decided not to renew her contract at the end of June.


Janina-Oberholzer-in-Pienk1Janina says she has chosen to leave at the end of June to pursue a full time career in television and to expand her brand. Having studied Drama at the University of Pretoria, Janina feels the time has come to expand and let South African know that she is an actress and not only a presenter and radio personality.





Although she may be leaving radio, Janina says she is not leaving the medium forever.



“Jacaranda FM has been my home for the past 7 years and I could not have asked for a better team to work with. Even though I am excited for my future ventures, I am sad to be leaving a part of me at the station. It has been an absolute privilege being at Jacaranda FM for so long and at such a young age.” Says Janina.


This is the beginning of a new chapter for Janina, big things are coming for her and Jacaranda FM wishes her all the best. Janina Oberholzer will always be part of the Jacaranda FM family.

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OFM investing in education

Posted by radio On June - 22 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

OFM, the sound of Central South Africa, has signed a memorandum of understanding with Kagiso Shanduka Trust, thereby firmly committing itself to improving education in the Free State.


ofmlogoThe Kagiso Shanduka Trust, together with the Free State Department of Education, aims to effect educational transformation in 428 schools in the Fezile Dabi and Motheo districts.  These schools include primary, secondary, combined, intermediate and farm schools. The main goal of the Trust and its activities, is to equip learners with skills and knowledge to thrive and contribute to the development of our society.


Says Nick Efstathiou, OFM’s General Manager: “OFM is incredibly excited to become part of this worthy cause.  Education is a high priority in South Africa and the work done by the Kagiso Shanduka Trust is making a huge difference to the educational landscape in the Free State.  We hope that our involvement will help the Trust to grow from strength to strength.”


The Trust’s activities centre around four focus areas, namely transformation and empowerment workshops, curriculum and social development, infrastructure development and leadership development.  It is run by passionate individuals, who bring knowledge, guidance and strategic leadership from three organisations – the Free State Department of Education, Kagiso Trust and Shanduka Foundation.


“OFM will be a proud media partner of the Kagiso Shanduka Trust’s programmes in the Free State.  Hopefully, we can provide a platform through which the Trust can promote its programmes and gain vital support.  The future of our country’s youth is everyone’s concern and we look forward to playing our part in creating a better educational environment for the learners in our province,” says Efstathiou.



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TNS to measure SA Radio Audience

Posted by radio On June - 19 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

NAB public tender for a new Radio audience and currency measurement survey concludes with TNS Research Surveys appointed as the successful service provider by the BRC.

tnsLast year, five research companies were shortlisted to participate in the National Association of Broadcasters’ (“NAB”) public tender, for a new radio audience and currency measurement survey. The shortlisted companies were ACNielsen, Ask Afrika, GfK, Ipsos and TNS Research Surveys.


The NAB is pleased to announce that TNS Research Surveys has been awarded the contact for a five year period. “We are delighted with the outcome of the NAB’s transparent and rigorous tender process,” said Nadia Bulbulia, Executive Director of the NAB.  This announcement follows a robust tender process managed by Yardstick, an independent procurement consultancy. The shortlisted companies submitted proposals of high quality and due to the very stringent Yardstick scorecard evaluation process, which included international and local industry experts, the NAB was able to reach a sound decision.



The industry’s newly established Broadcast Research Council of South Africa (“BRC”) will be managing the contract and its Interim CEO, Clare O’Neil, signed the agreement on Friday 12 June 2015.  Richard Rice of TNS Research Surveys says “we’ve gone through a really good process with the NAB and BRC and we look forward to a successful rollout of the new survey.”



The industry agreed to the extension of AMPS / RAMS to “roll-over” for 2015 to ensure stability and to provide a smooth transition into the new radio survey. The NAB Radio Research Committee Chairperson, Tracy Stafford, has been appointed as Chair of the BRC Radio Research Committee. She commented that “this has been a wonderful process that provided the committee the opportunity to focus on what’s best for radio research. I’m excited about working with TNS and the additional insights into radio listening that the new contract will provide.”


[Source: NAB]


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Best of world radio to be honoured

Posted by radio On June - 19 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

New York Festivals® International Radio Program Awards announced a diverse roster of prominent radio executives slated to honor the World’s Best Radio Programs℠ award winners and present award segments at the New York Festivals Radio Awards Ceremony on Monday, June 22nd at Manhattan Penthouse in New York City.


radio_media_centerAward-winning industry executives taking to the stage to present trophies include: Danielle Aykroyd, C.C. Rider The Venerator, The BluesMobile/Ben Manilla Productions, USA; Paul Bachmann, SiriusXM, USA; Colin Black, Producer & Composer, Frequency Oz, Australia; Clea Chang, Director of Marketing,  Intelligence Squared, USA; Lourdes Muggenburg & Max LaValle, Tenemos Tarea,  Radio Educacion, Mexico; Brian O’Connell, Reporter, Today with Sean O’Rourke, RTE Radio 1, Ireland; Peter Shevlin, Producer, Blokmedia, United Kingdom; and Cindy Witten, Acting Executive Director Radio & Audio, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Canada.


Rose Anderson, executive director of New York Festivals international Radio Program Awards commented, “New York Festivals Radio Awards is proud to honor the World’s Best Radio Programs by awarding international programming that demonstrates diversity, creativity, innovation and quality from all continents.”


New York Festivals Radio Awards Ceremony attendees will have immediate access to NYF’s e-program via their mobile device.  Attendees can review all of the 2015 Radio Awards winner’s information: Grand Award, Gold, Silver, and Bronze Trophy-winning entries as well as Broadcaster of the Year, Production Company of the Year, and United Nation Department of Public Information Awards.


New York Festivals will honor the World’s Best Radio Programs on Monday, June 22nd at the annual awards ceremony taking place at Manhattan Penthouse in New York City.


World-wide since 1982, NYF’s International Radio Program competition honors the most innovative work in radio broadcasting, receiving entries from radio stations, networks, and independent producers from around the globe.


Press inquiries should be directed to Gayle Mandel:, Ph: 1 212 643 4800.


Production Hub is the official media sponsor and Pond5 is the official sponsor of the 2015 New York Festivals International Radio Program Awards.

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Changes in Metro FM’s Dstv channel

Posted by radio On June - 10 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

metrodstvThe South African Broadcasting Corporation’s (SABC) 19 radio services are now available on DSTV’s audio package from today. Previously METRO FM was the only public service broadcaster’s radio station on this platform.






Mr Leslie Ntloko, SABC Group Executive: Radio stated: “SABC Radio has over the years claimed its rightful space by dominating the airwaves and it is now the right time to further expand on our offering, by using alternative platforms. This partnership will ensure that our various radio stations’ spectrum is not confined to certain areas. Through the DStv bouquet our radio stations will have a wider national footprint.”




MetroFM will no longer be available on channel 881 and has since moved to channel 901.

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