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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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Ukhozi FM celebrates 55th birthday

Posted by radio On June - 9 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

Ukhozi FM will present the station’s 55th birthday, taking place at Pietermaritzburg Royal Show Grounds on the 13th of June 2015, and featuring performances from Mzansi’s finest artists from across genres, Ukhozi FM presenters and Ukhozi FM top Dj’s, showcases by SABC 1 stars from our favourite Drama and soapies.


Source: UKhozi FM

Source: UKhozi FM

The station is proud to bring Ukhozi FM 55th birthday unaccompanied for the first time, in the 14th year in a row; this event will be characterized by spectacular appearances from Ukhozi FM radio drama stars and SABC news presenters/announcers. This year’s birthday celebration will take the nation by storm as it will feature surprise performances by surprise artists.



The event will start at 9am till 6pm; at R100 per tickets available at computicket. Ukhozi FM 55th Birthday is a great milestone for the station as we aim to further enhance the listener experience by means of quality broadcasting, through the station’s knowledgeable presenters and informed content.



The biggest radio station in Africa, celebrate 55 years ahead of the much anticipated growth as it switches on six more transmitters for broader accessibility. For the first time this year the station will be broadcasting in places such as Kroonstad, George, Dulltsroom and East London just to name a few.



As part of the celebrations Ukhozi FM will also visit other places in an outside of the province of KwaZulu- Natal. This is responding to the call from the listeners that always called to say they also would like to be part of the celebrations of their beloved Radio Station. Among the activities Ukhozi FM will host musical related activities, play football and netball against various stakeholder teams and partner in events that want to celebrate with Ukhozi FM and are prepared to give a platform for Ukhozi FM to shine.



[Issued by :Ukhozi FM Marketing]

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Smile 90.4FM has taken the Cape Town airwaves by storm. According to the latest RAMS figures, the station’s listenership has grown by a further 14% in the last 4 months. This represents a phenomenal 113% year-on-year growth and makes Smile 90.4FM Cape Town’s fastest growing radio station!




“This certainly gives us even more reason to smile,” says Lois O’Brien, Smile 90.4FM Managing Director. “The station’s purpose is to put a smile on every listener’s face and this continuous growth confirms that our formula, hard work and dedication are paying off.”




In addition to the growing amount of listeners, Smile 90.4FM’s Facebook fans have grown to 22 000 last week, which means that a third of the station’s listeners also interact with the brand on different platforms.



As testimony to the station’s success, Smile 90.4FM recently received two significant national radio nominations: Bobby Brown, Smile Breakfast co-presenter and iSmile tech reporter, was nominated for a prestigious MTN Radio award in the News and Actuality Presenter category while Smile Drive’s host, Maurice Carpede, is in the running for the Huisgenoot Tempo Award for Radio Presenter of the Year.


Smile 90.4FM broadcasts in the Cape Metropole and surrounds. Apart from playing Cape Town’s best mix of the 80’s, 90’s and now, the station prides itself on its positive programming content and news positioning – Amplifying the good news in the Mother City.

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This June Heart FM will not only celebrate but get in touch with the youth of the Western Cape to make a real difference. On Monday 1 June, the station kicked off its #HeartBeats4Youth campaign which aims to touch the lives of individuals one-on-one.

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This campaign was launched two years ago to motivate and inspire youth by going into schools and spreading messages of hope.


In the lead up to June 16th 2015, commemorated in South Africa as Youth Day, Heart FM will be active in various communities to bring change where needed. #HeartBeats4Youth aims to bring something special to the young people of the Cape where often there seems to be no hope.


On Monday 01 June 2015, the campaign kicked off with Suga (host) and Keri Miller (traffic) from the afternoon drive show #Drive326 fulfilling the wish of 14-year old Omar Matthews, a Leukaemia sufferer from Manenberg whose dream was to fly in a helicopter.  Although a small gesture from the station, the event was a life changing experience for Omar.


Activities over the next two weeks will range from fulfilling the dreams of young people, sport development in various communities, supporting feeding schemes and getting involved in literacy projects amongst others. Celebrities who are lending their support to the campaign include SA cricketer JP Duminy and singer Jimmy Nevis, who are both very active in their respective communities. The two will feature as guests on the #MyCapeTown hour on Sunday the 7th and 14th of June.


Stay tuned to Heart FM to feel these moments as we make a difference.



[Issued by: Heart FM]

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Meet MSG Group Sales MD: Msizi Mazibuko

Posted by radio On June - 3 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

At the helm of the recently launched MSG Group Sales is a dynamic and seasoned sales professional with over 14-Msizi Mazibuko_6years media experience. Meet MSG Group Sales’ dynamic Managing Director, Msizi Mazibuko…


In September 2014, the Power 98.7 Head of Marketing was entrusted with the task of heading up MSG Group Sales, the newly-formed media sales house that now represents two commercial radio stations, POWER 98.7 and Capricorn FM.


In just a few short months, Msizi has created a successful venture with some of the country’s best strategists and sales staff and has developed a state-of-the-art bespoke booking system aimed at delivering evolved media buying and placement, as well as optimum utilisation of digital platforms for the stations’ advertisers. MSG Group Sales will also represent two new soon-to-be-launched radio stations in the Free State and Eastern Cape. Msizi joined Power 98.7 at its inception in 2013 as the Head of Marketing and quickly added the management of Corporate Affairs and Government Sales to her portfolio.

Following one of her radio station’s nominations for 16 MTN Radio Awards in 2015, including the prestigious categories Best Afternoon Drive Show, Best Business and Finance Show and Best News and Actuality Presenter, Msizi looks back with pride at her invaluable contribution to the stations’ launch in 2013 and its continued success. She also cites the significance of the Best Programme Innovation nomination for their coverage of State Of The Nation Address as a testament to the station’s dominance in the current affairs landscape.


“My goal is to cement MSG Group Sales not only as one of the foremost media solutions providers in the country but one that understands the importance of sustainable client relationships, the importance of brand building and consistently delivering innovative game-changing solutions,” she says.



Armed with an enterprising history and through-the-line sales experience Msizi is preparing to continue the recent success of MSG Group Sales and position the entity as media sales house to be reckoned with.



Msizi has worked for SABC Radio, Touchline Media and represented a number of commercial radio stations such as Kaya FM, East Coast Radio and Jacaranda FM to name a few.

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Meet the future of SA radio – Mpumi Mlambo

Posted by radio On June - 2 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

Voice of Wits’ award winning presenter Mpumi Mlambo tipped to be one of the future radio stars if history is anything to go by. A lot of current radio presenters started their radio careers on campuses. Lets see what she thinks of this and that in Mzansi.


mpumi3Congratulations on winning the MTN Radio Award, has it sunk in yet?

Thank You, no it hasn’t. I think it will once I get a slot on commercial /PBS radio.


Has winning the award changed you anyhow?

Yes, it has made me work a little more than I did on anything I do.


Have you been receiving a lot of attention in and around the Wits campus?

Yes, positive attention. From the Wits News Paper called the Vuvuzela as well as local media platforms around Braamfontein.


What do you think of the current state of Commercial & PBS Radio in SA?

I am happy with the diversity from all the radio stations. They have defined themselves in the radio space quite well.


Who are your all-time favourite radio presenters? And Why

Phaattt talented Joe! He is so much of a talent and I never know what to expect from him. He always surprises me.

Nonn Botha, you can’t help but feel like she is your friend or sister. She is in fact the only person I could listen to from the beginning of the show till it end.  She knows how to speak to a listener.

Roger Goode!!!!His creativity is insane. His technical production is on point ALWAYS :-).

Dineo Ranaka inspired me to want to hold down prime time when she was at YFM. Love her.


What Degree are you studying towards?

I am a graduate. I am an industrial psychology graduate. I’m working towards being a qualified industrial psychologist.

Do you think that Campus & Community Radio are a breeding ground for future radio talent?

Hell YES!!! E.g. DJ At Large on YFM came from VOW FM.  Drive time host Anele Mdoda (Highveld) is from Tuks FM. Not forgetting Thando Thabethe from UJFM.

That’s radio talent right there that was once on campus.mpumi


 If you were a station manager at Yfm for one day, what would you change?

I would hire Mpumi Mlambo lol that simple and stick to the great job the station is doing.


Any ambitions of being on TV since you have the face for it?

Thank you for the compliment. I would love to be on TV again. I am an aspiring actress and have recently been on Mutual Friends acting as a radio presenter lol. It was cool being on set and doing what I love.


List 5 things people don’t know about Mpumi

I sleep with my lights on

I speak to myself in the mirror on a daily

Somewhere in my mind I’m a super star and walk on the red carpet on the daily

I am shy and hide it with talking

I hate Olives


What are your views about the so called xenophobia in SA?

It proves the fall stereo type about Africa being a dark continent correct. I also think some reports from the media were a misrepresentation of what really happened.


 What is your dream job?

Hosting a talk radio show as an industrial psychologist.


What’s in your purse right now?

I don’t own one


What’s your favourite drink?

Green Tea


Julius Malema or Musi Maimane?

Trevor Noah


Would you consider an acting role?

Yes at a blink of an eye. That’s my other passion.


Your views on the current leadership in SA, both in politics, business and society.

I am happy but there is always room for improvement. No country is perfect. My country in particular has come a long way.


What do you attribute your success to?

Never giving up. Picking yourself up everytime you fall.


Do you think the radio medium will still be around in 2050? Why?

Yes. It is one of the dominant mediums in South Africa. People can listen from their TVs, cellphones, online and while at home. It is everywhere.


 You are a breakfast anchor at VOW, do you think women are being given enough opportunities to present prime time slots on radio?

I will answer you once I go to commercial radio. On campus radio I think all genders are given equal opportunities. I am not sure about community /commercial or PBS

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Get to know Mpho Maboi

Posted by radio On May - 29 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

Mpho is first and foremost a Mother who is better known as a Sports Anchor for SABC Sport.


Having started her career in radio with YFM and later joining Supersport, Mpho has come full circle, joining MetroFM from April 2015, doing sport on The Great Escape with Amon Mokoena and Pearl Modiadie the drivers of the show from 12-3pm weekdays. We caught up with her to find out more about the woman behind the voice.


Mpho complete the sentence: I am…

First and foremost a mother and then I am someone who loves life in all in different facets.


You were born in Wattville in the Eastrand and grew up in Daveyton, where did you attend school?

Wordworth High School in Benoni


You are very active on Twitter, what made you sign up?

FOMO and beyond that, I was just feeling a bit tired of how Facebook is structured and enjoyed the immediacy of Twitter.


You advocate for self-love and are well known for your self-confidence, was this always the case? If not, what was the turning point for you?

I’ve not always been the most confident of women, but getting to know one’s self helps improve this.


Describe 3 legitimate fears you had and explain how you overcome them.

The fear of failure, fear of success and fear of not living up to people’s expectations. Switching careers 3 times before the age of 30 made me realise that fear is all in the mind and one can actually be a success in your field as long as you are willing to put in the work. Also that one can NEVER live up to anyone’s expectations. Do you, people will talk anyway.


Who are the main people who have influenced you in your career? 

DJ Fresh – Very selfless and he takes care of those he cares about. He’s one person you want to have in your corner.

Robert Marawa – He’s an awesome shoulder to cry on and someone I look up to in the sporting space because he makes it look so easy.

My Mother – She’s an amazing woman.


You are very proud of being a mother, why is this so and what are amongst your other greatest accomplishments?

Motherhood is firstly my greatest accomplishment because having endometriosis and having had a miscarriage, I never thought this would happen. Secondly it would be joining MetroFM and lastly hosting studio shows during both the World Cup and AFCON, intense.


You’re a very talented woman, what is the thing you most wish you were great at?

Drawing. I love art and I wish I paid more attention in art class at school.


Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 10 years? 15 years?

Anchoring a sport radio show and making my girl’s foundation a success in 5 years. Being a force behind the scenes in sport TV in 10 years and travelling a lot more in 15 years time.


If you could have dinner with anyone in history, who would it be & what would you eat?

Maya Angelou because she is the epitome of wisdom.


What do you think people misunderstand most about you?

People mistaken my sarcasm for being rude. It used to bother me but not anymore. Wit is fun.


Lastly, what would you like to be remembered for?

Being someone who is unapologetically herself



[Source: Metro FM]

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Metro FM wins Coolest Radio Station Award

Posted by radio On May - 28 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

Metro FM has again for the 3rd consecutive year retained its number one position as the Coolest Radio Station.

metronextThis was an award that was presented by the Sunday Times Generation Next youth awards which gathers the opinions and attitudes of young people to determine which brands they think are the coolest. The 11th Generation Next Awards were held on Friday, 8 May at the Sandton Convention centre and attracted marketers and different brands.


“The team at Metro FM is enlivened and inspired. This is validation that the hard work we put in continues to inspire. Being voted The Coolest Radio Station by consumers of the brand, three years in a row is just confirmation that Metro FM is still a mighty station on top of its game.  We do not take it for granted that in this tight and ever changing competitive environment, our listeners still make us number one,” said Sibongile Mtyali, Metro FM Station Manager.


Metro FM has plans to preserve this position for 2016 and this will become evident through its marketing and programming plans for this current year. The station has introduced a bold and vibrant new on air line-up that will realise an increase in listenership and will be visible to the country through a roll out of billboards and print advertisements nationally. In line with these on air changes Metro FM will introduce a new brand campaign that will talk to the aspirational, ambitious and progressive South Africans. These are some of the changes at the station that will see Metro FM walk away with this award for years to come.


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