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Chai FM Spreading Light at Local Public Hospitals

Posted by radio On December - 23 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

On Wednesday the 24th of December, the 101.9 ChaiFM Team will be visiting the children’s wards at Rahima Moosa and Charlotte Maxeke hospitals in Johannesburg, Gauteng.


Around the world, the Jewish Community is celebrating the festival of Chanukah. Also known as the Miracle of Lights or the Festival of Lights, Chanukah is a Jewish Festival that dates back to Temple times when, after the Temple had been destroyed, there was only enough oil left to provide light for one day but the oil lasted 8 days.


Customs on Chanukah include eating foods fried in oil such as latkes and doughnuts. It is also common practice to give gifts.



It is for this reason the station has taken on the initiative to visit the hospitals in order to spread some light and give gifts to those less fortunate this December.


The station will be handing out toys and traditional foods associated with the festival of Chanukah known as suvganiot (doughnuts).


The station invites their listeners to join them as they visit the hospitals. If you would like to join the team on the day or donate some toys, gifts or doughnuts, please email or call the office on 061 082 3459.


101.9 ChaiFM is an award-winning Jewish Community talk radio station which broadcasts to the world from Northern Johannesburg, South Africa. The station name comes from the word “chai”, which means “life” in Hebrew.

The station’s programming encompasses every aspect of life from health, finance, business, spirituality, sport, education, travel, psychology, as well as issues affecting Israel, the Middle East, local and world Jewry. 101.9 ChaiFM is available via audiostreaming from or via the FREE ChaiFM App available on android or iphone.

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Big names for first Algoa FM Music Concert

Posted by radio On December - 18 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Some of the country’s favourite entertainers will be in Port Elizabeth on Saturday, March 7, for the first Algoa FM “Algoa Live” concert.

algThe line-up includes eight top national acts including Mi Casa, Jimmy Nevis, Kurt Darren, Prime Circle, Lloyd Cele, Goldfish and Stuart Reece.


“As the leading music station in the Eastern Cape and Garden Route we see the need – and the opportunity – to give fans the chance to see their favourite South African artists live on stage,” says Dave Tiltmann, managing director of Algoa FM.


The seven hour concert is being staged in Prince Alfred Park at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.

“It is seldom that you will find so many national acts of this calibre appearing in a single concert. This is a real coup for Port Elizabeth,” says Tiltmann.


There are plans to stage the concert annually. We know it will grow to become a popular sought-after event both locally and nationally”.


Concert tickets will be available from 6am on Thursday, 18 December and are being sold at R150 for adults and R80 for children (under 18).


Tickets will be available online via Ticketpros on or purchased at participating PostNet outlets within the station’s broadcast area; including Beacon Bay, Vincent, Grahamstown, Uitenhage , in Port Elizabeth at Metlife Plaza, Moffett on Main, PE Waterfront Express, Sunridge Village, The Acres, The Bridge and Walmer.


Visit for further detail on the concert.

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20 years of Radio: Ferdinand Mabalane

Posted by radio On December - 18 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Representing Vuma FM – Programming Strategist for Times Media Group Radio Porfolio, Ferdinand Mabalane:


“Having been involved in the first independent commercial radio license application two years into democracy, which gave birth to KAYA FM, one of the five which included P4 Durban, P4 Cape Town, YFM and Classic FM, I can confidently say the rand landscape has changed significantly through the years.  It has injected the much needed competition and refocus as technology and the way in which the media is being consumed changed drastically, forcing programmers to align their station products accordingly, or risk the possibility of their audiences leaving them behind.

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Competition to various SABC stations both commercial and PBS, was also and continues to be visible. Stations like YFM and Kaya FM impacted on Metro FM, a reality that did not exist prior to 1994. Since its inception back in 1986, Metro FM, which by the way was the SABC’s answer to Radio Bop, had enjoyed commercial radio monopoly. With the demise of Radio Bop, Metro enjoyed years of success including the early years of the new licensees, as they struggled to make an impact on the market, which was still trying to define itself two years into democracy.

On the other hand, you had the emergence of community radio, a feature never before existent within the industry. A struggle to survive, community radio was confronted by countless organisational, financial and governance challenges. Most shut their doors as a result, while others made several comebacks, but they too made serious inroads into the broader listenership base, especially in local communities from where they were broadcasting.

With the above in mind, I think the changing media consumption patterns will continue forcing stations to adapt to stay relevant. Radio has proved its amazing resilience through various technology developments which were meant to test its sustainability. Instead it found a way of incorporating all these technologies like mobile phones and extended its reach through various social media platforms.

This will continue well into the future, but I also see more convergence between radio, online and TV, which is already taking place in most countries. Mobile news and other radio activations, place radio and the other media platforms to come together to share the experience. For instance if there is a pileup on the M1, a radio journalist arrives on the scene by first capturing pictures and filing them back to the station, loaded online, then get the story with visuals which will be shared between online news and actual broadcasts.

This allows for information exchange between radio and TV as well. At the same time you have what is already happening: citizen journalism, with smartphones playing a major role in the distribution of content via various social media platforms.

So the long and short of the picture above, is that radio will continue its resilience but will continue to reinvent itself as more and more innovations become available, instead of competing with them.

At ownership level, I see further acquisitions and new players entering the market further changing the face of radio as it is currently structured, creating even more competition and variety for the listener.”

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Heart 104.9FM appoints new MD

Posted by radio On December - 18 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Heart 104.9FM is pleased to announce the appointment of Renee Redelinghuys as the new Managing Director of the station. Redelinghuys has Heart FMenjoyed a long and distinguished career in the radio broadcast industry, having previously spent time at YFM, Radmark, SABC and KFM. She joined Heart 104.9FM in 2007 and has served as the Sales Manager of the station for the last 5 years.  During this period, she also formed an integral part of the overall management team of the station.


“I am incredibly excited by the opportunity and look forward to working with the talented and dedicated team that has been assembled at the station” says Redelinghuys.


“We would like to congratulate Renee on her appointment.  We believe that she is a highly talented individual and perfectly embodies the values and ideals of Heart 104.9 FM and its listeners” comments Aqueel Patel, Director of Heart 104.9FM.


Redelinghuys will officially assume the role of Managing Director on 1 March 2015 and will use the intervening period to recruit a new Sales Manager for the station.

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Gagasi FM MD: 20 years of Radio

Posted by radio On December - 17 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Gagasi FM Managing Director, Vukile Zondi’s review of radio and the current state of the medium:


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“I think we have seen radio really grow in the past 20 years.  Having been an instrumental platform for the oppressor and the oppressed in the apartheid regime, radio has really kept up with the changes of the society of South Africa and has been instrumental in shaping a positive and free speaking South Africa.

The radio industry, as an example of keeping up with the societal behaviours, has really embraced the digital space to the extent that you can now not speak of radio without the inclusion of digital.


With the privatisation of radio stations growing over the past 20 years, initially with the SABC letting go of some stations followed by ICASA releasing a number of licenses over the past years, the radio industry has grown immensely.

As opposed to the past where the national stations enjoyed little to no competition, for example in KZN where for a long time as a black youngster all you could choose from was Ukhozi and Metro, we have seen the entry of regional radio stations, such as Gagasi FM, speaking to audiences in a manner that better suits their tastes and behaviours.

This has meant that the listener has choices and that us as radio stations have to pull out all the stops to attract and retain these audiences.  This ensures better radio for our listeners and truly meaningful interaction with audiences for our clients.”


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New stations shine in the latest RAMS

Posted by radio On December - 15 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

The latest Radio Audience Measurement Survey (RAMS) by SAARF show that the time spent listening to radio per week has dropped by 42min year on year. The TSL per day also dropped by just 6min year on year.


  • In total, there has been a slight increase (+1 minute per day) compared to the October release
  • Listeners continue to listen to an average of 2.0 stations a week


Station Trends – Gained Listeners




Station Trends – Lost Listeners



  • Metro FM and Ukhozi FM are Gauteng’s most favourable stations
  • About 54% of time spent listening for Gautengers is spent listening to Metro, Lesedi,Ukhozi, Kaya,Highveld 94.7 and Other Community stations.



  • 82% of time spent listening by listeners in KZN is spent listening to three station only, Ukhozi (60%), ECR (11%) and Gagasi FM (10%).
  • Vuma FM has grown its listenership by 162% year on year


Westerm Cape

  • 55% of time spent listening by listeners in Western Cape is spent listening to three station only, Umhlobo Wenene (22%), RSG (13.5%), Heart FM (9.2%) and KFM (10.7%).









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Trish Taylor : 20 yrs of Free SA Radio

Posted by radio On December - 11 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

East Coast Radio General Manager, Trish Taylor on the 20 years of free radio and the future:


“Currently radio is healthy and this equals to a healthy future. Because it is a strong personal medium, it is well placed to be resilient for the future. It is sitting well on the social media ecosystem. The new technology platform strengthens radio creating a healthy and symbiotic relationship.


What has happened to radio in the last 20 years? We have seen some audience and demographic shifts. East Coast Radio for instance is a rainbow radio station, uniting and building on radio diversity.


Radio is no longer just a presenter back announcing. Music used to be sole staple of radio. But now, it is one of a lot of elements. The talent of the DJ calls for their ability in storytelling. Radio is multi-dimensional. A DJ can have a conversation on air and online. The medium is far more accessible and relevant now. Radio now works with a collaborative approach with listeners contributing to content. How you curate content comes from a variety of sources from citizen journalism, social media to traffic.


Radio has become a lot closer to its consumer. It is hyper intimate now and its magic has always been therein. Listeners can take ownership of the station. Technology has enabled radio for the better.


In terms of advertising, it’s no longer about just 30 seconds spots, but there are multi platforms available. We own massive events and there’s space for billboard advertising. Radio offers a 360 degrees solution, connecting advertisers to audiences in a particular way and taking into consideration its niche audiences.”


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Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Wednesday announced a three-year deal with the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) that will see the public broadcaster provide live television coverage of all the Proteas home international matches.


There will also be live ball-by-ball radio coverage on 2000FM as well as a weekly magazine programme on television.


“This is really big news for all cricket fans,” commented CSA Chief Executive, Haroon Lorgat.


“We were challenged in the recent past without a deal in place but we are now excited with the new energy and support of the SABC. Free-to-air broadcast is an important ingredient for us to be able to deliver our vision to make cricket a truly national sport that is accessible to all.”


“I would like to sincerely thank the SABC for partnering with cricket. Their support will make a big difference to the access, growth and development of the game and will enable all South Africans to watch their Proteas heroes in action.”


Through this three-year deal, the SABC will be playing its role in making the sport accessible to every South African citizen

The SABC’s Chief Operations Officer, Hlaudi Motsoeneng, says, “Being a public service broadcaster, we are cognisant of the fact that cricket, which is a national sport, is followed and loved by millions of South Africans. This broadcast deal with Cricket South Africa follows on the heels of SABC Sport launching a new lifestyle Cricket magazine programme on SABC 3 titled ‘The Grand Pavilion’ last week.”


“It demonstrates our commitment to showing sports of national importance, and we believe through this three-year deal, the SABC will be playing its role in making the sport accessible to every South African citizen through our Radio and Television platforms,” adds Motsoeneng.


The importance of having the Proteas in live action on the public broadcaster can be gauged from the following statistics:


According to a survey by the South African Audience Research Foundation (SAARF), there are 7, 4 million people who actively follow cricket within South Africa.


Of these fans, 1,7 million have access to DStv premium where the majority of cricket is broadcast live. This partnership gives the other 5, 6 million people access to view the Proteas in action.


Over the previous cricket season 13 million South Africans watched the Proteas live via SABC broadcasts.

The free-to-air broadcast helps to drive growth and diversity of Proteas fans with the reach of SABC 3 bringing in African language viewers.

The coverage starts on SABC 3 with the first Sunfoil Test match against the West Indies on December 17 and continues through the
KFC T20 International series and the Momentum ODI series in the New Year.

The period of the deal covers future international series against New Zealand (2015); England (2015-16), Australia (2016), New Zealand (2016) and Sri Lanka (2016-17).

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20 years of Free SA Radio: Part A

Posted by radio On December - 9 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

[By: Kgomotso Moncho]


Ukhozi FM Station Manager, Bonga Mpanza on the 20 years of free radio and the future:


“Radio has changed over the last 20 years. Before it was geographically limited and divided. You had English radio stations, Zulu and Xhosa stations. Ukhozi FM only catered to KZN and Gauteng audiences and had no chance of being fully national as it is today.


A lot has happened since then and radio now has competition. There are regional and community radio stations. With the issuing of many licences, we’ve seen the emergence of niche radio stations. The challenge for Ukhozi FM has been having to be relevant to a broad range of people.  Audiences have changed and people tackle issues that may have not been tackled in the past. We have had to be more involving in terms of audiences. We now have content from social media which we can’t ignore. We have chosen to look at social media as an opportunity to grow and not as a threat.


Delivery is not the same. Back in the day, an anchor had to be a teacher before being a presenter. A presenter had to take on a lot of responsibilities, from sports to news and producing. Now the work load is shared with a host of different role players. You now have content and technical producers as well as the executive producer who all work on one show to produce quality.


Radio has evolved in the last 20 years. It is finding its space within the internet and we have things like podcasts now. Moving forward radio needs to compete in real time. Radio used to be immediate. It’s gathering serious competition with social media breaking news first. But we are still a credible source of factual information, where social media is not so reliable. Radio still plays a major role in the development of people and in providing knowledge of what is happening. It still drives what we should be talking about politically, socially and economically. It plays a crucial role in entertainment. You can’t take that for granted.”





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SAfm Playwriting competition

Posted by radio On December - 4 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

SAfm invites writers to explore the medium of sound (the theatre of the mind) to create a one hour radio play in English. SAfm is looking for new and original ideas that writers can bring to the airwaves. Plays must be specifically written for radio; stage plays or plays requiring adaption will not be considered.


There are no limits to the choice of topics or the style of writing: Comedy, Tragedy, Fable or Folklore, social or domestic drama (slice of life) or what you will. There is no restriction on the number of entries which an author may submit.

First prize R50 000

Second prize R30 000

Third prize R20 000

Closing date of the competition is on the 28th February, 2015. The winners of this competition will be announced on SAfm on the 31st March, 2015.


For more info visit the SAfm website on or contact the SAfm Drama Department at or phone 011 714-4599

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