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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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KZN is set to rock with a smoking hot line-up for BP Durban Day with East Coast Radio. Eleven mind-blowing South African acts will set the stage on fire at People’s Park on 6 September 2015.


Speaking at the launch of the event at the Durban Country Club this morning, East Coast Radio’s Marketing Manager, Renée Burton, said, “Music brings people together – it’s that simple. And year on year we are building a tribe of music lovers who buy into our offering.”


The winners of East Coast Radio’s #BeTheBand competition will be the curtain-raiser. The finals are being held at Palm Court, Gateway on 8 August 2015.


Durban band, Veranda Panda, will be showcasing their winning combo of EDM and violin. “We play shows and festivals all over the country but Veranda Panda is 100% proudly Durban. We can’t wait to rock out in front of a massive home crowd, alongside a line-up of artists who we support and respect a lot! It’s going to be huge!”


When they’re not playing overseas, high-flyers Mafikizolo are on tour or in-studio. They had such a blast at last year’s Durban Day that they’ve cleared their diaries to make more memories in Durban this year. Be prepared to rock your socks off!


Pop-rock band MonArk will bring their high-octane energy. The multiple-SAMA nominee group have been making waves since bursting onto the scene in 2013. It’s their first time at BP Durban Day with East Coast Radio and they’re promising a unique vocal and visual experience.



All eyes will be on multi-award winning prince of SA hip-hop AKA as he unlocks Durban and raises the Levels with his high energy performance. It will be his first time performing at this annual music event.


Icon and trailblazer, Thandiswa Mazwai, has amazed audiences all over the world. “Music gave me an opportunity to free my revolutionary self,” says the multiple award-winning artist. She’ll be sharing her brand of magic to People’s Park on 6 August 2015.


They raised the collective temperature at People’s Park last year, and now MiCasa is coming back for more. J’Something, Dr Duda and Mo-T will return from their first world tour to rock People’s Park in September with their pulse-thumping tracks.


“My favourite thing about Durban is the people. I’ve never been anywhere else in the world where people are so friendly and welcoming,” says Matthew Mole who’ll be taking to the stage for the first time at People’s Park. “I’ll be playing some older songs as well as quite a few of the new songs I’ve been working on. I’ve been changing up my live set quite a bit, so there will be a few more instruments on stage than I usually have.”


Veteran rockers Prime Circle will show why their music has had staying power for more than a decade. Their first single, She Always Gets What She Wants, has notched up over 789 000 YouTube views, making it the most-viewed South African rock song ever. Lead singer, Ross Learmonth, can’t wait to connect with KZN fans. “Without the fans, we would be nothing. And I don’t ever want to do anything else. Creating music for a living is a privilege, and we never forget that.”


Beatenberg will make their debut performance at BP Durban Day with East Coast Radio. “We loved Durban energy and we can’t wait to connect with our fans there.”  The Cape Town pop band will treat KZN fans to their own brand fresh new energy.


Last year, Khuli Chana put in a guest appearance at People’s Park. This year, he’ll bring the curtain down on BP Durban Day with East Coast Radio with his own brand of pulsating flavour and sound. The Motswako originator has been in the game for ten years, during which he’s amassed an armful of awards and teamed up with big names like Big Sean and Kendrik Lamar. “My fans can definitely expect a mean, energetic performance!” he promises.


Mafikizolo, Prime Circle frontman Ross Learmonth and AKA joined the BP and East Coast Radio teams at the Durban Country Club this morning for the launch of the event.


Tickets for BP Durban Day with East Coast Radio are available at Computicket at R180. Free entry to under 3’s and R20 for kids between 3 and 12. Gates open at 11.30am.


More details on


BP Durban Day with East Coast Radio.

6 September 2015, from 12 noon onwards

People’s Park, Moses Mabhida Stadium.


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This Mandela Day, Saturday 18 July 2015, Heart FM DJ’s will give 67 minutes of their time to help the people of the Nomzamo Township near Strand, by painting their homes with fire retardant paint. Every year countless homes in informal settlements are destroyed by raging fires, often leading to the loss of life or severe injury

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In honour of the late Nelson Mandela and to keep his legacy alive, Heart FM will join the Khusela Ikhaya project in partnership with Transception – a project implementation company aimed at spearheading social projects into the marketplace.


The specially formulated paint known as Khusela – which means in Xhosa – prevents the rapid spread of fire especially in more populated areas such as townships.  The paint not only slows down the spread of fires, but also allows more time for emergency services to respond and for neighbouring occupants of these dwellings more time to vacate their homes and escape injury.


Tranception hopes to paint a minimum of 67 dwellings in Nomzamo on the day.


Aden Thomas, Julian Naidoo, Suga, Meghan Hector and Jo-Dee Butler will give 67 minutes of their time to this worthy cause.


Should you want to be part of this initiative email

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Meet Yfm’s Dj@Large

Posted by radio On July - 16 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

[By: Kgomotso Moncho-Maripane]


There’s something to be said about the way Tshepo Kgapane reached out to Radiobiz and asked to be profiled on the platform to launch himself as a new YFM presenter. It shows initiative and an understanding of the industry and the environment on which he operates. It’s an exemplary model on which other youth can draw on to be as pro-active about their goals and aspirations.


At 24 Kgapane, aka, Dj@Large, who is also a Wits BComm Law graduate, is clear about wanting to grow his name into a brand that symbolizes a culture of being original, bold and different. He’s been clever about carving a route that will take him there and he credits education for informing his decisions.

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“Education plays a big role. When you’re new, you have to put yourself out there. And that’s what radio is about – putting yourself out there with hopes to connect with people. I apply this philosophy to life as well,” he says.


As one of the new voices of YFM since April 2015, Kgapane is the host of the weekend show, Stoep 992 (Saturday and Sunday, 6 -9pm) – dubbed as the official pre party and liftoff to the weekend. He notes that it’s rare for YFM to hire a radio personality outside their Y-Academy talent pool and give them a premium slot, and not a graveyard shift. This says a lot about his caliber. YFM is his entry into the commercial radio space. He had been with Voice of Wits (VOW) FM since 2011 which was his school on radio.


“I learnt everything from radio presenting; content producing, voice-overs to the technicalities of radio and how to connect with the listener,” he says.

But campus radio and commercial radio are two different entities. He explains further, “The beauty of campus radio is that in learning, you get to do everything. You get to know who you are and build your personality. You’re also comfortable speaking to your peers. With commercial radio, you never know who’s going to call. YFM targets a demographic of youth from 18 to 29, but I have had a caller who was 37 years old. This speaks to the unpredictability of radio which I resonate with.”


It’s been repeated by radio heads that radio has to be in your blood. For Kgapane, it all goes back to what professional speaker, Tony Gaskins says about finding the signs of your calling in your childhood. From as far back as he can remember, Kgapane has always been surrounded by the medium. With his father being a music promoter, they were always around radio and music.


“I’d be upset to get out of the school taxi every morning, because I’d get off before Fresh’s show on YFM was over,” he reminisces.


The times of the Fresh generation at YFM were pivotal. Fresh with the likes of Paul “Rude Boy” Mnisi and Thomas “Bad Boy T” Msengana, were the first wave of presenters that launched YFM. It was the dawn of post-apartheid South Africa, black youth now had a voice and they used platforms like radio, music and fashion to express their views. Those early years informed the blueprint of YFM. Kgapane believes the DNA of the station has somewhat altered. He elaborates, “YFM is now a hybrid catering to an urban middle class and a township crowd. It’s trying to balance itself and it takes a very intelligent presenter right now to relate to Sandton and Alex.”


He seems to have the smarts to cater to both audiences. His charm is in how he can relate to the man on the street, but be able to deliver intelligent and well thought out content. The name of his show for starters lends itself to the township saying, “Stoep si ya phi?” – slang for, “Where is the party?” He also has features on the show like Cocktail 101 where listeners get to share their unique home-made cocktails; and the Y-Dictionary where listeners create their own words to form a new kind of dictionary. The latter is becoming a culture and it could be monumental.


This is Kgapane’s contribution to radio thus far and through the medium he hopes to be a representation of a new wave of talent and youth. And what is this new wave of radio talent doing different?


“We’ve lost the ability to connect and relate to the listener. Khabzela historically garnered a listenership of 6 million on his own. This needs to come back. What has happened instead is a lot of pressure in radio stations to conform to what is cool at the moment. In the last three years we have seen people who are not in the radio fraternity leap into radio. Talent was not considered. It was who you are that mattered. I want to bring back being real to radio. As long as we’re not being real, radio is not going anywhere. This is the challenge to the new wave of radio talent. And I believe I’m doing my part in rising to that challenge,” Kgapane asserts.



Take a listen to what goes down during his show:



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North West FM Enlarges Footprint

Posted by radio On July - 14 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

Radio broadcast listeners in Garankuwa and surrounding areas now have more choice when it comes to radio listening, access to information and entertainment.



North West FM, the only commercial station in the North West Province, has just launched a new frequency 103,9 FM following the installation of a one kilowatt aerial in Garankuwa. The development is the continuation of the station’s drive to reach out, be more accessible and provide a crystal-clear signal and high quality broadcast to audiences within its broadcast area. Listeners in Brits, Pretoria, Soshanguve and Mabopane are among those that will have access to the 103,9FM frequency.






“We have been on a determined and focused drive to change certain perception about what type of a radio station we are. North West FM is an inspirational commercial station and our coverage reaches out to the entire North West while bleeding to communities in the provinces bordering North West. The launch of the 103,9 FM frequency, and others in the last couple of months, are significant in that they give more listeners an opportunity to sample the fantastic and professional programming with top on-air talent that we have to offer,” says station manager David Mabusela.



Among other platforms, North West FM can also be listened to via the internet on its website:


“There’s several other platform we are trying to get into so that we give more options to our listeners but we are still facing some resistance. As an inspirational station, it is not in our nature to give up, so we will continue knocking at the necessary doors until our knocks are answered positively,” added Mabusela.



North West FM has recently added top radio personalities in its roster including personalities such as Sir Max, Aldrin Mogotsi, Douglas Mosadi and Modisane Modise.






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SABC Limpopo radio stations Munghana Lonene fm, Phalaphala fm and Thobela fm, popularly known as the SABC Limpopo Combo, have a myriad of activities lined up as they join the whole world in celebrating the ‘Nelson Mandela Month’.


As early as the 15th of July, Munghana Lonene fm will hand over a house to the Lishivha family at Madodonga (pictured), outside of Makhado, supported by Phalaphala fm. The family of two unemployed adults who are physically and mentally handicapped will bid farewell to their wattle and daub structure which has been their abode for so long.


On Friday the 17th, Munghana Lonene fm will move on to Nwamitwa village in the Greater Tzaneen Municipality, to hand yet another house to the Grobler family in the Ruanda informal settlement. The following day the station will hand over their third house in Phalaborwa, Majeje, in partnership with the Rotary Club Phalaborwa. This project will go a long way in giving relief to the Khosa family of eight who have been living in a one room shack for as long as they can remember.


Munghana Lonene fm vows to continue dedicating efforts and resources to this worthy cause as they have their fair share in this (global) service of humanity.


July 17th also sees Phalaphala fm, in partnership with Correctional Services, handing over a house to Takalani Children’s Home in Siloam, which is in the Makhado municipal area.


On the July 18th, the province’s biggest radio station Thobela fm will be refurbishing a library at Mamabolo Primary School in partnership with the Limpopo Department of Education.


From there the station joins the Presbyterian Church Sunday service in Solomondale on July the 19th, donating blankets to the needy in the church.


Acting Provincial General Manager Mr. James Shikwambana has made a call for all SABC Limpopo Province employees to participate in making a difference this month, saying “Mandela Day is a global call to action that celebrates the idea that each individual has the power to transform the world. And I want to make a call to all SABC Limpopo citizens that we all have the ability to make an impact. Do something to change somebody’s life this month”.



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