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East Coast Radio’s dynamic presenter, Zaba, was recognised in the Best Youth Radio Initiative Category at the 5th Annual KZN Young Achievers Awards in Durban over the weekend.


Zaba, 26, is overwhelmed at the award which acknowledges, encourages, rewards and promotes positive achievements within the youth of KZN.


“I’m honoured and humbled by this achievement,” says Zaba. “It’s a great feeling to know that the work you do every day inspires the youth to do better and achieve greatness. I often prep shows and get on air and I never notice the impact my work has on the youth of KZN.”


Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba and First Lady, Thobeka Zuma were among the special guests at the glittering ceremony at the Blue Waters Hotel on Saturday.


Zaba presents the 9am to midday show on weekdays on East Coast Radio.



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North West FM’s Vuyo Matunda has passed on

Posted by radio On August - 24 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS


News of versatile radio presenter Vuyo Matunda’s passing has left her colleagues at North West FM deeply saddened.

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The pain of her loss is worsened by the fact that Vuyo has departed during a month when the level of celebrating women is taken a few notches up in South Africa.

“We know for a fact that Vuyo left a mark and made a valuable contribution to the broadcasting sector and was an inspiration to countless young girls, particularly in the North West. She has been with the station though thick and thin and we will continue to appreciate her commitment, dedication and loyalty to the station,” says North West FM station manager, David Mabusela.


“The condolences we, as the North West family, are sending to Vuyo’s family are deeply heart-felt and sincere,” added Mabusela.


Vuyo Comfort Matunda joined North West FM just after the station went on- air in 2008. She first held the position of presenter for the station’s current affairs programme, Viepoint, before going on to present various music shows.  At the time of her passing she had settled in on the show called Pillow Talk (midnight to 3am) that she co-hosted with Keabetswe Ncube and was also co-hosting with seasoned broadcaster Aldrin Mogotsi on a show called the Platinum Network Castle on Friday’s 8pm to midnight and on Saturday from 6pm to 10pm



Further news regarding funeral arrangements will be communicated soon.

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Four of South Africa’s trailblazers, thought-leaders and trendsetters shared key insights with more than 700 women at Durban’s ICC this morning as part of Women’s Month celebrations. The FNB Business Women’s Breakfast in association with GIBS and East Coast Radio provided corporate Durban with a morning of inspirational personal journeys and shared learnings.


Hosted by East Coast Radio’s Carol Ofori, the event was more than a networking breakfast to celebrate the phenomenal strides women have made in SA. It was about earnest advice from individuals who dare to dream, break moulds and set trends.


“As women, we all need to believe unconditionally that our passion can create the life we really want,” says East Coast Radio’s General Manager, Boni Mchunu. “We have the in-built ability to do whatever we put our minds to and need not wait for things to fall into our laps. Opportunities exist and we need to seize those opportunities and make things happen for ourselves, rather than waiting for society’s approval.


IT innovator, former Google SA boss, Stafford Masie, kicked off the morning. As one of SA’s celebrated digital strategists, Stafford shared advice on how to navigate the challenging – and fast-changing – world of technology and the role his grandmother played in getting him to where he is today. His challenge for women is to encourage their daughters to innovate. “Men run the internet. But women rule the internet!”


Packing a magnetic personality, the business savvy Lorna Maseko discussed the challenges she faced as one of SA’s premiere ballet dancers. From the moment she put on her first pair of dancing shoes at the age of 9, to her meteoric rise as SA’s first professional black dancer and Top Billing presenter, Lorna’s journey is nothing short of remarkable and inspiring. “There’s something about hard work that no-one can take away from you,” Lorna advised as she encouraged women to dream and work hard to achieve their dreams.


The woman who served as assistant to one of the greatest men on earth gave the audience an intimate glimpse of life with Madiba. Zelda la Grange shared some of the key lessons she learnt while at Nelson Mandela’s side for 19 years until his death in 2013. She poignantly shared anecdotes of how Madiba taught her valuable life lessons including the importance of living life with discipline, respect and integrity. Zelda stressed the importance of women standing together and how imperative it is to instil good values in our children to ensure that we build a great South Africa.


Rounding off the morning, Zolani Mahola, lead singer of Freshly Ground, took the audience on an inspiring journey of the challenges she faced and obstacles she overcame during her rise to stardom. Hers was a story that challenged everyone to pursue their dreams as she challenged women to “know your worth!” As mother, poet, songwriter and businesswoman,  Zolani’s soulful voice resonated with the audience as she peppered her time at the podium with song.


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Heart FM and Gagasi FM have appointed media sales house Mediamark as the strategic sales partner in the Gauteng region to further enhance the brands beyond FM. The partnership took effect on the 1st of August 2015 and will replace the contract previously held by United Stations.

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All other sales channels at both radio stations will remain the same. Advertisers can thus contact the stations directly for any Cape Town or Durban related sales enquiries.


The move is part of the stations strategy to grow their share of the national market and further expand the brand into new areas of opportunity.


Mediamark comes with a wealth of experience in the industry representing some of the biggest radio stations in the country including East Coast Radio in KZN, Smile 90.4FM in Cape Town and Jacaranda FM in Gauteng.

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Heart FM Managing Director Renee Redelinghuys explains the reasoning behind the move. “A rapid changing environment such as the one we find ourselves in requires businesses to be agile, hence our move to Mediamark to represent us in the Gauteng region. The national market is very important to our business and we believe that this partnership and the business model we will be using will ensure that the Heart FM brand is top of mind and that we see an increase in our share of revenue from this region.”


Gagasi FM Managing Director Vukile Zondi says the partnership is in line with the strategic direction the business is taking. “The partnership will redefine our business approach in a sense that for the first time we will have a dedicated Johannesburg sales force for Gagasi and we are very excited about it. This is a very strategic move for us, as it will allow us to streamline our interaction with trade in this highly competitive region. We have big plans in terms of creating marketing solutions across on-air, digital and events platforms and the Mediamark stable is an ideal environment for us to actualize those plans.” says Zondi.



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North West FM teams up with Tribute Concert

Posted by radio On August - 5 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

Fresh from playing a major role to help sell-out the Joyous Celebration leg of the North West tour at Sun City Superbowl; North West FM continues to put its money where its mouth is as far as support for South African and African music is concerned.



North West FM has thrown its weight behind the Tribute Concert staged annually at Moretele Park in Mamelodi, east of Pretoria. The partnership is in line with the station’s unflinching and solid support of South African music that is most prominently and totally displayed during the Proudly South African Music Thursday’s where only local music is played at the station. Thursday’s special programming is in addition to the consistent support of South African music throughout the stations normal programming.



“The partnership with the Tribute Concert is not just for the sake of partnership or for narrow selfish reasons. As station that prides itself as the home of the best South African and African music, our intention is to play a significant role in alerting more people within our broadcast area about this massive proudly South African festival promoting our identity and preserving our music heritage,” said David Mabusela, North West FM’s station manager.  We are fully conscious of the fact that the more people are exposed to great African music is there easier they will support and consume it thereby opening up and increasing employment and wealth creation opportunities among ourselves as Africans.”



Confirmed artists for the Tribute Concert 2015 include Caiphus Semenya, Oliver Mtukudzi from Zimbabwe, Kanda Bongo Man from DRC, Bhudaza from Lesotho, Mango Groove, Vusi Mahlasela, Thandiswa Mazwai, The Soil, Mzwakhe Mbuli, Black Motion, Afrotraction, Tshwane Bands, Puisano Artists.  The concert is on Saturday, 29 August 2015 at Moretele Park in Mamelodi, Pretoria.  North West FM, having just launched its 103,9FM frequency in Garankuwa, will broadcast live from the Tribute Concert.


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Boni Mchunu appointed as GM of East Coast Radio

Posted by radio On August - 3 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

Kagiso Media has appointed Boni Mchunu to head up East Coast Radio (ECR) in KwaZulu-Natal.


Boni joins the station today from Tourism KwaZulu-Natal (TKZN), where she served as General Manager: Marketing for the past eight years. Her role at TKZN involved heading up the brand and marketing management team and being responsible for bringing key projects to KZN such as Poland Charter season, international trade academies and Holiday Swap KZN.

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Before joining TKZN in 2007, Boni served in a Brand Management capacity at Unilever for 7 years, overseeing the marketing fast moving consumer goods.


“Boni has a deep understanding of, and passion for, Kwazulu-Natal and this obviously complements and enhances the ECR brand,” says Nick Grubb, Chief Exec: Radio at Kagiso Media. “Boni knows how to reflect and celebrate provincial uniqueness, but also how to make it competitive on a global scale. Her mix of tourism and business experience ideally positions her for ECR and she will lead a very capable, creative and enthusiastic team to the next level.”


Boni is excited about her new challenge at ECR. “I’m very proud that I will be working for one of the flagship brands in KZN. I’m looking forward to building strong brand equity and to ensure that the station stays true to its role to inform, educate and entertain the KZN community.”


Born and raised in Pietermaritzburg, Boni is passionate about KwaZulu-Natal. “In KZN you see South Africa in one province. I love the warmth of the people of KZN, the diverse culture and warm climate. I love the fact that everything is within short proximity and I think KZN is the best province in South Africa to raise children.”


When away from the office, Boni relishes the time with her husband and their three children. “I’m also a very athletic person. I like running short distances but for 2016 I’m challenging myself to run the Comrades Marathon to celebrate the life of my late parents. I also like reading business and motivational books, women magazines and playing squash.”


Boni describes herself as “goal-driven, energetic and ambitious. I’m a hard worker and passionate about growth. Failure is not an option. I’m an open book, what you see is what you get!”

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This Women’s Month 5FM’s female DJs will be hitting up the party scene around the country. Similar to last year 5FM will be presenting an all-girl line-up at the four Tiger Tiger club venues in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town and Durban during the Women’s Day weekend. The Queen of Clubs events are a celebration of 5FM’s on-air talent and one that is aimed especially at the ladies.


5FMSo if it’s a serious party you’re after, join our talented DJ’s on the decks at a Tiger Tiger near you. Expect Nicole da Silva, Poppy Ntshongwana and Ms Cosmo at Tiger Tiger Pretoria on Friday, 7 August; Stephanie B and Mixi in Cape Town on Saturday, 8 August; Nicole da Silva and Fix with Tumi Voster as MC in Durban on Sunday 9 August and Poppy, Mixi and Ms Cosmo with Kgomotso Taje and Thando Thabethe as MC’s in Johannesburg on Sunday, 9 August.


The party weekend is accompanied by a “Queen of Clubs” album released by Sony Music. The album covers three genres of music; hip hop, dance and pop. The physical album is a 3-disc album and the digital release on iTunes is sold individually. The album contains some killer tracks chosen by our female DJs Fix, Poppy Ntshongwana, Thando Thabethe, Tumi Voster, Mixi, Steph B, Ms Cosmo and Nicole da Silva. Digital albums are available for pre-order on iTunes from 31 July 2015,


5FM will also be supporting presenter Thando Thabethe’s Women’s Day Netball Challenge event that takes place on the Saturday, 8 August at UJ Soweto Campus, Johannesburg. This is the second year Thando is hosting the event where all proceeds goes to Bethany Home for Abused Women.


“I am excited to be hosting it again and I hope it helps give women a voice and assists against the scourge of gender based violence in SA.”  Those interested to participate are urged to mail The cost of entry is R100.”



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“We are delighted to introduce the three radio stations as part of our offering. The aim to launch the radio stations, is to enhance the listeners experience by providing them with excellent digital audio quality from their favourite radio stations”, said Ziyanda Mngomezulu, Channel Acquisitions at Platco Digital.

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Gagasi FM, Heart FM and OFM, are leaders in their respective provinces and play significant roles in providing their listeners with hit music shows, talk shows and current affairs. Gagasi FM is the number one commercial radio station in KwaZulu Natal with a strong urban black youth following. Heart FM prides itself as the Western Cape’s top all-round entertainer in touch with the values of Capetonians.


OFM is central South Africa’s largest independent radio station. Catering to an English and Afrikaans audience across the Free State, North West Province, Northern Cape and southern Gauteng. OFM plays a mix of today’s hits and yesterday’s classic hits while providing content that is engaging and entertaining. No wonder OFM have the fourth biggest radio webpage in South Africa and the highest incidents of time spent listening to radio in South Africa.


“Our viewers will be spoiled for choice with radio content from the three provinces. They now have the opportunity to easily access Mzansi’s best and loved radio shows which have a strong local identity. The platform will further boost the reach of the stations, from regional to national influence,” added Mngomezulu.

In addition to the new radio stations, LM radio will also be back on the platform as from the 30th of July.

The radio stations will be available on the following channels:

Gagasi FM: Channel number 603
OFM: Channel number 604
Heart FM: Channel number 605

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Jacaranda FM announces new Line-Up

Posted by radio On July - 24 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

The all-new Jacaranda FM line up has been announced by the station’s General Manager, Kevin Fine, and listeners will be pleased with a line-up that includes new talent, music and 24 hours of the amazing content they have come to love.


Fine was also proud to announce that well known actress, model, presenter and DJ Bridget Masinga will be joining the team from 1 August in an all-new show from 09h00 to 12h00.

Those on night shift can tune into Carla McKenzie, 01h00 to 04h00 and early birds can expect to hear Thabiso ‘Mack’ Rapapali from 04h00 to 06h00.

The Complimentary Breakfast will remain the same offering listeners the familiarity during peak hour traffic in the morning from 06h00 to 09h00.


Barney Simon will remain on the second half of The Workzone in the 12h00 – 16h00  but he has decided to keep his week nights and weekends free for friends, family and rock legends and will no longer be hosting Barney and Friends or Closet Classics.


Martin Bester and his drive team will still be there to accompany listeners home and make that trip in the traffic more bearable from 16h00 to 19h00.


Cassy Clarke will host The Lounge from 19h00 to 22h00 and The Late show with Frankie and Kriya will entertain with Frankie du Toit and Kriya Gangiah from 22:00 to 01:00.


The weekend kicks off at 22h00 on Friday with The House Party with DJ Jazzy D.



Bridget Masinga joins Jacaranda FM weekday line up!


It was announced today that one of South Africa’s leading entertainers, top models and business brains, Bridget Masinga, has joined the weekday line up at Jacaranda FM and will be hosting her own 9am to 12pm show, Monday to Friday.

“I’m thrilled about my return to radio especially joining an established and award-winning station. I look forward to a promising journey with the Jacaranda family. I’m more excited about the possibility of interacting with new listeners and sharing great, invigorating stories, tips and having a good old fun with them. We’re all in need of a bit of percolation to get us through the morning.”

Speaking at the new line up announcement, Station Manager Kevin Fine said, “Bridget brings a freshness and new perspective to our listeners during the day. She’s a music lover, a career woman and I know our audience will enjoy every moment of her new show. Work mornings will be uplifting, entertaining and inspiring and filled with the great variety of music hits that Jacaranda FM fans love too.


The weekend line-up will be as follows:



06h00-10h00              Frankie & Kriya

10h00 – 12h00            Jacaranda FM Top 20 with Cassy Clarke

12h00 – 16h00            Lundi Khoisan

16h00 – 20h00            Shaun Lukhele

20h00 – 24h00            House Party with DJ Jazzy D



06h00-10h00              Thabiso Mack Rapapali

10h00 – 12h00            Carla McKenzie

12h00 – 16h00            Lundi Khoisan

16h00 – 20h00            Wayne Van Jaarsveld

(Including the Afrikaans Top 20 from 6-8pm)

20h00 – 24h00            Pulane Palmer

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Smile FM break the record for Mandela Day

Posted by radio On July - 24 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

Madiba would have smiled…

Smile 90.4FM staff and listeners once again supported Mandela Day in full force this year helping to break an international record in the process!



Cape Town’s fastest growing radio station joined forces with Stop Hunger Now SA at Canal Walk Shopping Centre on this special day in support of alleviating hunger in South Africa.

More than 1500 volunteers packed nutritious meals for primary school learners in the Western Cape, while jiving to Cape Town’s best mix of the 80’s, 90’s and now.  During the 67 minute packing sessions, Smile 90.4FM presenters kept the volunteers motivated, did interviews with valued supporters and gave hourly on-air updates.


The Smile packing event was one of several that took place across the country with the intention of breaking the world record of packing a million meals on a single day. This target was achieved just before 6pm with volunteers continuing for another three hours when the countrywide total reached a staggering 1 202 040 meals packed.

“It was an incredible day for Smile 90.4FM.  You could feel the Madiba Magic in the air! Once again our very loyal listeners played a huge role in the success of the event when they enthusiastically turned up to support this worthy cause. It’s amazing to be part of the Smile movement,” says Lois O’Brien, Smile 90.4FM Managing Director.




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