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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

Heart FM

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.


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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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This July Heart FM and GrandWest celebrate the second birthday of their satellite studio situated at GrandWest. GrandWest is currently the only entertainment venue in the Western Cape to boast an on-site radio station.


Heart FMSince its first live broadcast on the 10th of July 2013 more than 550 shows have been broadcast live from the studio. The satellite studio is located to the left of the main entrance of the venue, giving listeners a unique opportunity to see their favourite personalities in action on a weekly basis.  The studio has hosted many a local and international celebrity over the last two years.


In celebration of the birthday, the Cape Village at GrandWest – just outside the popular Ice Station – will be carnival themed with spot prizes and fun activities for the whole family between 12h00 and 14h00 Saturday, 11 July 2015.


Come and meet Aden Thomas, Tracey Lange, JP Carelse, Suga, Lunga Singama, Irma G and Jo-Dee Butler and join in the celebrations!

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RSG and SANBS save lifes for Mandela Day

Posted by radio On July - 9 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

RSG and the South African National Blood Service (SANBS) join forces in July to honor Mandela’s legacy. RSG listeners will be able to honor former president Nelson Mandela’s legacy by giving the gift of life.


SANBS master logoNot only will RSG’s announcers and SABC employees be invited to donate blood, but listeners will be encouraged to donate a total of 6 700 units of blood.


Although Nelson Mandela Day is celebrated on 18 July, RSG and SANBS are inviting South Africans to choose blood donation as their continued act of generosity, and to make every day a Mandela Day.


“There is no better way to honour the life and spirit of a man who epitomized the precious value of life, but to donate blood,” said Vanessa Raju, national communications manager of the blood service. “In this way the lives of victims of accidents, mothers in childbirth, cancer patients and thousands of others can be saved.”


RSG and SANBS last year presented a similar project, and received more than 3,000 units of blood. This year’s campaign aims to double that. And on top of that, RSG listeners can win hampers in a weekly lucky draw on-air.


Programs like Praat Saam (with Lynette Francis) and Tjailatyd (with Amoré Bekker) will keep listeners informed. Interviews with people whose lives have been saved due to blood donation, will also be broadcasted throughout July.


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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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