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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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Channel-Africa-306Channel Africa The SABC’s International Public Service radio, Channel Africa is celebrating Africa month and its 49th year of existence this May. Amongst the celebrations, the station will be at the forefront of the continent in celebrating the African Union (AU), previously known as the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) founded in 1963.


With the station in the process of repositioning itself in the continent, it is a way of holding and confirming its vision of  “To be the Voice of African Renaissance”. This month, the station is embarking on various projects and supporting several initiatives that address and promote development in the African continent. This campaign will also create awareness for the station and emphasize the self-pride of being an African.


One of the projects includes supporting the Africa Week Carnival and Festival taking place from the 16th to 25th May 2015 in Yeoville, Johannesburg, in partnership with African Diaspora Forum (ADF). The station will broadcast live at the Yeoville Recreation Centre as part of celebrations, where it will also be launching the new station’s music programme, ‘Africa in Song’ presented by Richard Nwamba. Africa week celebrates the richness and diversity of African culture in song, dance, music, art, film, craft, clothing and food; also fostering dialogues and discussions on a variety of themes relating to human rights, the African diaspora, culture, politics and the economy.


The station will also run competitions where listeners will be quizzed about the African Union, Channel Africa and general knowledge about the continent with winners receiving prizes. On air campaign will also include music and themes surrounding Africa month and awareness about the African continent. The campaign will culminate with the 5th African Unity for Renaissance conference and Africa Day Expo starting from 22nd May to 25th May 2015 in Pretoria and Johannesburg respectively. The station will broadcast live at the Kara Heritage Institute in Pretoria on Monday, 25th May 2015. This initiative is in partnership with Human Science Research Council (HSRC).


“Interaction with the listeners is very important in order to create brand loyalty. The campaign will assist in promoting the importance of Africa month and instill the sense of pride in all Africans. We therefore encourage our listeners to celebrate with us this exciting time of celebrating our African unity” said the Marketing and Communications Manager, Mamolefe Segakweng

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Power 98.7 FM expands reach

Posted by radio On May - 22 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

Talk radio station POWER 98.7 will be added to the DStv audio package on 26 May 2015, making it available to a larger audience outside of Gauteng.

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POWER 98.7 listeners outside Gauteng will now have access to the daily engaging and stimulating discussions on pertinent, relevant and topical issues by some of the country’s leading presenters. Less than two years old, the young station continues to redefine talk radio, a fact recently reaffirmed by its 16 MTN Radio Awards 2015 nominations. The station has not only grown but is holding its own in this fiercely competitive space.


“The decision to expand the station’s reach was informed by our long-term goal of providing all South Africans with real-time access to POWER 98.7’s compelling content. We believe that the current discourse that South Africans are engaged in should not only be confined to Gauteng and being on DStv will help us to achieve this objective. We are proud to partner with MultiChoice and delighted that they share our vision of providing a platform that will shape and influence the national narrative,” said Andile Khumalo, Managing Director: POWER 98.7.



Khumalo said that POWER 98.7 has grown from strength to strength since its inception and the regional demographics of visitors to its website is indicative to the demand for POWER 98.7 outside the Gauteng Province.


“We receive approximately +60,000 unique visitors to the website and an average of 86 000 audio streaming listeners month on month. These visitors and listeners are from all over the world with the majority being South African. We currently have a Twitter following of over 79 000 followers. The partnership with DStv enables us to spread our tentacles to provide this growing listenership with compelling content,” said Khumalo.


Aletta Alberts, General Manager of Content for MultiChoice said: “We’re honoured to be part of POWER 98.7’s journey to expand their reach throughout South Africa and to give our customers access to compelling content and the chance to shape and influence the national narrative. We welcome POWER 98.7 to the DStv family.”


POWER 98.7 will be available in South Africa and Lesotho on DStv channel 889 to customers on DStv Premium, Extra, Compact, Family, Access and EasyView as well as on the Indian and Portuguese packages.



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Smile FM Breakfast Lockdown

Posted by radio On May - 22 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

Cape Town’s fastest growing radio station, Smile 90.4FM, has gone where no other local radio station has been before…With their Facebook page on 17 606 likes, Smile decided to boost that number in a very unusual way.


Smile Breakfast presenters, Bobby Brown and Lindy Hibbard, declared a one of a kind studio lockdown at 7am yesterday morning, determined to stay right there until the 20 000 Smile Facebook target for “likes” was reached. Not only did they reach that amount during a seven hour on air marathon, but did they surpass it, thanks to huge support and enthusiasm by all who listened and engaged on social media.


“It was a brave and original effort by the team,” says Smile 90.4FM’s Program Director. “Since the inception of the station we realised that our listeners feel part of the Smile movement and family – and today was no exception. Their interaction with the Smile 90.4FM team can be contributed to our positive programming which focusses on amplifying the good news in the Mother City – and obviously our music mix”, concluded Ridgway.

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Cape Town’s fastest growing radio station, Smile 90.4FM, announced a new addition to the on air team. Well-known radio and television personality, Bailey Schneider, will move in behind the mike with Maurice Carpede on Smile Drive.


The girl with the golden voice and infectious laugh started her radio career at the age of 17 when she joined RAU radio, before moving on to Johannesburg’s commercial airwaves in 2004.

“I am so incredibly excited to be co-hosting the Smile Drive with Maurice Carpede. From the minute we met I knew we were going to have loads of fun in studio and I hope that our audience will hear that and feel a part of the team.”


Smile 90.4FM Programme Director, Clive Ridgway is very pleased about Bailey joining the team. “We are extremely proud of our professional presenter line-up on the station. These two seasoned radio personalities will continue to play Cape Town’s best mix of the 80’s, 90’s and now, while taking our Smile Drive listeners home”, said Ridgway.


Bailey will be in studio with Maurice Carpede from 16:00 – 18:00 on weekdays.


Tune into Smile90.4FM or visit



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East Coast Radio (ECR) has extended its reach into Africa, having just wrapped up an initiative that brought together four radio stations in KwaZulu-Natal – two of them from across the SA border.

Connecting Africa through radio – one vision, four stations, 13 million listeners – East Coast Radio

Supported by Trade and Investment KwaZulu-Natal (TIKZN) and Tourism KwaZulu-Natal (TKZN), Connecting Africa was aimed at encouraging potential trade and investment from Zambia and Zimbabwe while promoting inbound African tourism to the Zulu Kingdom.


East Coast Radio’s Marketing Manager, Renée Burton, says, “Connecting Africa is more than just a project. It is about key stakeholders amplifying future opportunities within Africa. It’s the richness of all the cultures that are involved that also serves to set this initiative apart from other ventures.”


Now in its fourth year running, Connecting Africa saw representatives from Star FM in Lusaka and Phoenix FM from Harare joining ECR in Durban along with its sister station, Jacaranda FM from Gauteng. The teams spent a week from 8 May 2015 taking in KZN’s must-see spots as well as business ventures, before broadcasting live back to their respective audiences on 11 and 12 May 2015. Their experiences in and around Durban, the KZN Midlands and up north in St Lucia were shared with a collective audience of 13 million listeners.


“Connecting Africa is a platform that enables the strategic promotion, branding and marketing of the province of KwaZulu-Natal as the premier investment, trade and tourism destination,” says Zamo Gwala, CEO of Trade and Investment KwaZulu-Natal. “This is an opportunity to further expand trade relations with Zimbabwe and Zambia.”


In addition to forging greater, mutually-beneficial socio-economic relationships with our neighbours,


Connecting Africa was also a learning exchange programme; a chance for the four radio stations to share intellectual property and cement cross-border collaborations.


The teams returned to Zambia and Zimbabwe on 14 May 2015.

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