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MSG Afrika launches media sales house

Posted by radio On September - 5 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

The MSG Afrika Group umbrella is spreading across the media spectrum like a house on fire after it unleashed its new player – MSG Group Sales, a media sales house. This move is predictably going to send tongues wagging and is likely to shake the industry in an unexplainable way.


The launch of MSG Group Sales is essentially an internalization of media sales. This function has been outsourced from Mediamark which is owned by Kagiso Media and Lagardere Radio International (LARI). Kagiso Media has a large commercial radio footprint in South Africa, a factor which presumably came with a natural conflict of interest element for Mediamark.


The sparkling new media sales house has now officially taken over as the new sales house of Power 98.7FM and Capricorn FM starting 1 September.


“We have a very specific vision of how we want to take our brands to market and feel that this is a good time to do it within the group. Mediamark has been instrumental in helping us launch Power 98.7 to the advertising trade and given us an excellent base to build on for both stations,” MSG Afrika’s CEO, Given Mkhari was quoted.


The media sales group is headed by the experienced Msizi Mazibuko who was previously the Business Unit Manager at SABC Radio Sales before joining Power FM as Head of Marketing.


In a statement that was released by the group, it was announced that Mediamark, the incumbent media sales house owned by Kagiso Media and Lari will no longer be selling advertising solutions on behalf of Power FM and Capricorn FM.


The statement added that Mediamark will continue to consolidate and grow its existing portfolio of multi channelled advertising solutions in the months to come. Mediamark currently represents the following radio brands: Jacaranda FM, East Coast Radio and Smile 90.4FM.


On February 3, the Independent Communications Authority of SA (ICASA) awarded an Eastern Cape licence to Histoprox and a Free State licence to Histotrim which are both majority owned by MSG.


The MSG is a wholly owned subsidiary of MSG Afrika Investment Holdings, a diversified Media and Communications Group owned by Given Mkhari, Simphiwe Mdlalose, Andile Khumalo and with Investec Banking Limited as a strategic minority partner.

The groups other major investments include The Jupiter Drawing Room, Curious Pictures, Dialogue Group Holdings and Sonovision studios. It is also a key strategic partner and content provider to Super 5 Media.


The Mkhari led consortium has emerged with a renewed media transformation ticket amidst rising despondency towards earlier transformation promises.

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Primedia Broadcasting unveils new logos

Posted by radio On September - 4 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Primedia Broadcasting, one of South Africa’s biggest independent broadcasters has revealed new looks for all five of its commercial brands: 947, 702, KFM, CapeTalk and EWN as well as the anonymous tip-off service, Crime Line  and a refreshed logo for the broadcaster itself.EWN - Logo - CS6


“Our brands all take pride in being relevant to the communities that they serve, and have thus evolved with their audiences over the years,” said Primedia Broadcasting CEO Terry Volkwyn.


“The new logos have been designed to better reflect the brand positioning of the stations and EWN as they are now, and where they are going.”


Extensive research was conducted by Yellowwood Brand Architects, who devised brand prints for each station, EWN, Crime Line and Primedia Broadcasting to distill the core values of each platform, and identify the key needs to take the brands forward.


As a final step in this process, new logos were designed to showcase what each brand stands for. The degree of transformation of each logo ranges but the new logos all encapsulate the spirit of the brands, and their audiences.947

All of the new logos reflect a strategic move that the broadcaster made a number of years ago, to move beyond terrestrial radio, into multi-platform content creation.


“We identified the synergy between radio and digital a while back and have seen the potential, as well as the results that our converged campaigns deliver. Leveraging off our core strength of connecting with audiences, we have built significant expertise and capacity in the digital space to enable us to harness the many opportunities that exist in this new frontier,” said Volkwyn.


The new logos are as dynamic as the many new media in which they could be placed and have been designed to be used across a host of digital platforms as well as on more traditional collateral.

EWN, KFM and 947 have already launched their new looks, which can be seen on the websites, apps and social media properties.  702, Cape Talk and Crime Line will be revealing their new logos later this month.

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Jozi Maboneng Radio taking Gauteng by Storm

Posted by radio On September - 4 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

[By: Farai Diza]

Whenever there is a new radio station in town, everyone is forced to take notice and compare it with the rest. But inspired by the bold vision of promoting and nurturing the city’s rich music talent, Jozi Maboneng FM is a different player and that have just proved why.


jmrJMR captures the spirit of Johannesburg’s diverse influences and eclectic inhabitants and transmits it to the world.

The station will be holding its first live session JMR Live@MOAD at the Museum of African Design (MOAD), Africa’s first museum dedicated to design and Johannesburg’s cultural hub in Maboneng, on Thursday 4 September. Tickets are available at or at the door.


JMR plays a range of music from dub step, broken beats, trap, hip-hop and of course our much adored house music. We also want to educate and play some old-school disco sounds, funk and jazz music, which will showcase where all this new music originated from. ‘Music is our focus, our foundation, and

“We want people to tune in to our station for a fresh, unique musical experience; one that they will not get from a commercial radio station. Our hosts are well versed on their music. We’re not about compiling playlists; we’re all about curating your listening experience. JMR is about entertaining, educating and empowering our listeners, and becoming a credible platform for hot local talent,’ professed the stations General Manager, Boyza Dubasi.


DJ’s are selected based on their commitment to soulful, quality music from all over the world, from hip-hop, funk and disco to techno and jazz, with a particular nod to the local Johannesburg scene. The current on-air line-up includes veteran DJ, Kid Fonque with #2SidesoftheBeat every Saturday, from 18:00 – 20:00; musical maestro, Clive Bean with #Home Cookin’ Xclusiv every Sunday from 15:00 – 18:00; Jozi’s ‘on the pulse’ quintet, Mr Phixit, Ndubble, Malope, Tap Izzy and Kuhle83 with #WiseMan Radio Show every Tuesday, from 18:00 – 21:00; House music aficionado, DJ Brian Blaq with #Studio54 every Thursday from 19:00 – 21:00 and the energetic hip-hop soul trio Ngwako, Nkanyezi and Natasha with #SoundofWeekendRadio every Saturday from 09:00 – 12:00.


“There is an abundance of talent within the South African music industry. We’re hoping that by giving them a platform to present their music, we will in the near future create a new ‘Black Coffee’ or ‘Moses Taiwa Molelekwa’ because we gave them an opportunity to be heard,’ concluded Dubasi.

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[By: Farai Diza]


Some people are just breaking new boundaries!

One of Ireland’s biggest radio stations, Radio Nova, has appointed Neil Walsh to the position of Commercial Director with immediate effect.


Walsh enjoyed his moment in South Africa where he was a media industry heavy weight. He previously worked at Independent News and Media as a media consultant. He also had a stint at the Irish Daily Star that saw him cutting his teeth in Ireland.


Prior to his latest appointment, he joined the station from Mindshare where he worked as a media planner.

“I am looking forward to this exciting opportunity with a radio station and a media brand that’s very much on the up,” said Walsh.


NOVA CEO, Kevin Branigan, told the stations website that they were delighted to appoint Walsh and hope he does well at the newly created position.


“I am delighted to welcome Neil to this newly created position at Nova. Our listenership figures have grown strongly over the past twelve months and we now have a sizeable and unique audience. Our goal for the next 12 months is to communicate this to planners and buyers in agencies and to brands and advertisers across the board, demonstrate the value in our audience and grow our revenues to match our audience numbers,” he stated.

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Smile 90.4FM aims to GREEN the Mother City

Posted by radio On September - 2 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Many countries around the globe celebrate Arbor Day – a day on which trees are planted and emphasis is placed on the importance of trees in the circle of life. In South Africa, Arbor Day is celebrated for an entire week from 1 to 7 September. Local radio station Smile 90.4FM will be giving away 250 indigenous trees to listeners, partners and clients to plant at home, in public spaces, schools or businesses in and around Cape Town.


Smile logSmile 90.4FM, which amplifies the good news in the Mother City, launched their Greening the City campaign on monday  (1 September 2014). Listeners will be invited to apply for a free indigenous tree, simply by sending an e-mail to


Says Station Director, Clive Ridgway: “The allocation of trees will be on a first-come, first-served basis and listeners that respond will receive a return e-mail containing a voucher with details on how and when they can collect their trees from Stodels Nurseries in Bellville.  Lucky recipients are then invited to send pictures of their trees once they’ve been planted.


“This is all part of our drive to improve the city we live in and what better way than by planting trees. Trees give life and create sanctuaries. They also reduce erosion, clean the air, promote better rainfall, give habitat for animals and generally help protect our environment.


“We’d like each person who learns to grow and care for their own trees to share seeds with others and help them to grow their own trees. As each one teaches two, the movement spreads and multiplies. In this way, helping one person grow a life-giving tree can lead to trees giving life, nourishment, and a better environment to an entire community! It’s a gift that grows.”


Plant a Tree with Smile 90.4FM during Arbor Week and help us green our city!



[Issued by: Smile FM]


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Mina Hi Mina celebrates 2000th episode

Posted by radio On August - 28 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Munghana Lonene FM Loved by both young and old, Munghana Lonene FM award winning soapie Mina Hi Mina is celebrating its 2000 episode milestone on Spring Day, Monday the 1st of September 2014.


Munghana-Lonene-logo-300x114[1]Better known for its multicultural, lingual and racial approach, the soapie Mina hi Mina has become a household name for most African language speaking and understanding masses from different cultures. So popular is the soapie that listeners have been asking to purchase copies of aired episodes, the requests also come from as far as across South African boarders e.g. Zimbabwe and Mozambique. The soapie gets audiences from abroad listening via audio streaming facilities, attesting how big and appealing whilst informing, educating and entertaining the drama is.With a careful selection of characters from station’s drama producers, the soapie addresses social life, nation building, service delivery, crime awareness, health awareness and xenophobia.


Munghana Lonene FM’s Mina Hi Mina was the first PBS serial drama to be converted into a radio soapie. The initiative was as a result of the station’s purpose of trying to address issues and set the agenda for people to be vocal about what they go through on a daily basis. The popularity of the soapie also led to the station’s decision of adopting the omnibus angle.


Writers are carefully selected from a pool of seasoned serial drama writers the station engaged in the past. Some of our soapie writers are academics from various educational institutions, which make the end product professional and appealing. Writers embark on research and brainstorm ideas before crafting their material. This approach has proven to be fruitful for both artists and producers as they have a tangible product to work with.


Soapie characters get auditioned for their different roles and although briefed about the script prior to recording artists are encouraged to be creative and innovative in order to bring out the character in question. Mina Hi Mina characters also form part of the station OBs and get booked out to events and this assist to promote the soapie, station and individual characters.


The soapie strives to depict different lifestyles in that it addresses the mine, farm, village, township and city lifestyle.


Amongst the highlights of the soapie is the fact that this was the first PBS soapie, to have won the 2013 MTN Radio Awards Best PBS Drama programme and the pinnacle is the 2000 episode mark which the station will achieve on the 1st of September 2014.


A Munghana Lonene FM audience relates to the drama due to its focus on everyday life challenges. Listeners love it and were key to the station’s decision of extending the broadcast time from 10 to 15minutes per episode with the omnibus on Sunday being on-air for an hour and 20 minutes.


“The soapie has put the station on the map and with its popularity continuing to grow and reaching countries beyond our borders, we remain confident of achieving double the numbers of the celebrated episodes and going beyond without any glitch. The station is very proud and invites all SABC radio stations to join us in celebrating this HUGE milestone” says Munghana Lonene FM station manager, Mr. James Shikwambana.

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October Earmarked For Digital Radio Testing

Posted by radio On August - 28 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

[By: Farai Diza]


South Africa is taking concrete steps towards introducing digital radio broadcasts using a standard known as DAB+. The move will cast greater competition in the radio sector, with digital eventually likely to replace the familiar FM and AM dials.


digradioOctober will mark a new era for South African radio as it has been earmarked as the month that will witness the testing of digital radio technologies by state owned broadcasting signal distributor Sentech. The trial will also be done in partnership with the National Association of Broadcasters and the SABC.


The trial period will also enable listeners to understand the complexities around the technology and how best it can be introduced commercially to South African audiences.

According to Sentech, the pending move from analogue to digital will open the airwaves to more radio stations and improved audio quality. It is believed that the current analogue FM signal is already crowded while quality on AM and MW is often poor in many areas.


Sentech CEO, Setumo Mohapi, told the press that the benefits of going digital were huge and would spearhead the growth of local radio.

“The benefits are huge. There will be more services and more radio stations. Complementary data services will come naturally on the digital platform. We are looking at trends around the world,” said Mohapi.


Research has shown that in Australia, 60% of the population is covered with DAB+ while 22 million adults in the United Kingdom have access to DAB radio, with 94% of the population covered with digital radio signals.


Sentech is expected to provide the DAB+ signal free of charge to radio stations that want to participate in the trial which will take place in Gauteng using high powered transmitters on the Sentech tower in Brixton and on the Kameeldrift Tower outside Pretoria.

Mohapi said the migration to digital radio was unlikely to be as complex as the move to digital TV. Moreover, digital radio will enable complimentary data services such as weather, traffic, and news to be displayed on radio screens.

The country’s radio stations have been running on DAB since the late nineties but haven’t made much progress in introducing commercial services mainly because the industry has been tied up in the migration from analogue to digital terrestrial television.


South Africa has until June next year to switch off the analogue signal and it is yet to be seen if that deadline can be beaten. But the migration phase will be an exciting time for local radio as it will usher in a more robust and competitive industry.

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Lesedi FM has a new Marketing Manager

Posted by radio On August - 22 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Lesedi FM has a brand new Marketing Manager Mr Thabang Kelly Mohoalali who started his duties from 11 August 2014. Lesedi FM Station Manager Ms Puleng Thulo said that as a station, they are privileged and honoured to have Thabang as Lesedi FM. “This station has chosen Thabang without doubt that he is the right person for the job and we believe in his plans for this station. It is an exciting time for us as the station in our vision to reclaim 1st position in Gauteng Province and 2nd position in South Africa as one of the favourites radio station”, she said.


Thabang tells us that he is privileged to be given this opportunity by Lesedi FM Management. “ I am blessed and happy to receive such a warm welcome by Lesedi FM staff, I am looking forward to working on great campaigns for this station and bring out the best for this big brand. My strategies are always based on the most natural thing which is consumer insights. Our focus is to create a rewarding experience for our listeners both young and old across the country. Taking my job seriously and getting along with everyone has been key achievements for me to be here. Above all, this has been proven evidence that SABC is aggressively serious about developing and promoting its staff”, he says.


Thabang followed his passion for marketing when he got appointed at SABC Education, promoted to SABC International Content, moved to SABC Content Enterprise and recently worked for SABC Group Marketing as Events and Sponsorship Executive, he worked with all SABC TV Channels, Radio Stations and Sponsors countrywide. He has been with Central University of Technology, Free State (Formerly Known Technikon Free State) as student, Assistant Lecture and Invigilator. He is the founder of Language Practice Association.

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Radio Apps ,have you downloaded yours?

Posted by radio On August - 21 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

[By: Farai Diza]


The emergence of radio applications that make it easy to listen to FM radio in areas that do not have transmission, has made it easy for South Africans to listen to their favourite shows while on the road or camping.


Older feature phones were manufactured with built in radio, usually one that only works when headsets are plugged in as they act as an antenna. Since then, there have been numerous apps that look at the radio side of things.


There is generally comfort in the wave that listeners are able to tune into their “offline” radio stations online. This best serves those with unlimited internet access or WIFI as data quickly gets gobbled up while streaming.


“Internet is easily accessible on smart phones. Nowadays, everyone has access to cell phones. Gone are the days when radio was only accessible at home, the office, and the car. Most of the populous today are on the go and use mobile devices for their communication needs. Listeners can tune in whenever they want and even download their favourite missed shows,” explained Radio Islam Website Administrator, Muhammed Ismail Bukharia.


But most stations that have radio apps have remained mum about the number of times that their apps have been downloaded.


In 2012, a storm was raised after it emerged that a shocking report concluded that online radio statistics in South Africa were heavily inflated. IT analyst Shaun Dewberry released a report back then called “The Truth Behind Streaming Internet Radio In South Africa”, saying that the listenership claimed by many online radio stations consists of “complete fabrications and utter nonsense”.


A report recently released by showed that mobile apps dominate in ‘on the go’ categories such as radio, photos, maps and instant messages. It stated that time spent using apps accounted for 51% of all digital media time spent in May.

One of the most popular radio apps found on Google Play is the South Africa Radio that was built by ISHIP Inc. ISHIP seems to be a white labelled app that was coded for another country and then spread out over the globe to each country with local content.


It is also worth noting that most South African apps such as AppMonday are all white labelled.

The South Africa Radio App has stations such as Classic FM, Bok Radio, Fine Music Radio, Highveld Stereo, Motsweding FM, YFM, Rainbow FM, 5FM, East Coast Radio, Gagasi FM, SA FM, Smile FM, Algoa FM among others.


According to Bukhari, the Radio Islam radio application was downloaded 20 000 – 30 000 times.

“Most of the connections (278 789 for July 2014) were done through our direct streaming link. Most of our streaming listeners connect from English speaking countries abroad such as the UK, US, Canada and Australia. Perhaps it is because of the availability of low cost mobile bandwidth in those countries.


“Our South African listeners mostly connect via AM1548 and Satellite Decoders. This is due to the unavailability of low cost mobile bandwidth in South Africa. Initially, when Blackberry first came out with unlimited internet access, Our SA connections were much more,” said Bukhari.

At the time of going to print, it could not be established how many times the South African Radio app were downloaded from Google Play since July.

Google Play states that the app was updated on January 17 2014 and has between 10 000 – 50 000 downloads.

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Y-FM Ke Yona

Posted by radio On August - 20 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

RADIO station’s “About Us ” statements tend to fall short when it comes to reflecting what the particular broadcaster claims to represent especially when it comes to local content.


yfmY-FM is probably among a few stations that can rightfully claim to have and still make a meaningful contribution in the support and growth of local music. “We (YFM) give local music a platform, as we do for unknown SA artists,” reads a line on the stations website. “We’ve defined ourselves as THE “new music station” and our core genres are house, hip-hop, kwaito and R&B, but this doesn’t mean we neglect other genres.”


The stations track record and the product delivered on air often supports the claims made. Following three weeks of constantly tuning in, one is convinced that Y-FM renders an important service where the economic activity of locally produced music is concerned. It’s also pleasing that the station’s presenters’ consistently display enthusiasm and come across as passionate about local talent and music.


Looking back at the emergence of Kwaito; it cannot be disputed that Y-FM identified, aligned itself and played a key role in exposing a huge youth market to a music style that among other things economically liberated countless black people, not just the youth. Arthur Mafokate, Mdu Masilela, DJ Oskido, Kabelo Mabalane and many others some of whom have since lost their glow and wealth are to an extend beneficiaries of Y-FM’s unapologetic and proud support of kwaito.


Today, the likes of Casper Nyovest, KO and many other mzansi musicians and producers (of hip-hop, house, afro-pop and some kwaito) probably sleep well at night knowing Y-FM has got their backs (as a partner) and that they have friend’s in most of the station’s presenters. Y-FM is most likely going to be (one day) at the centre of a book, thesis or study done on local hip-hop just as it has been the case with Kwaito.


Sadly though producers and performers of laid-back music like afro-soul, fusion or locally produced adult contemporary and jazz music cannot say with utmost confidence, certainty and pride that their backs are covered at all times by one local station or another. The situation has probably more disappointing since Radio 2000 recently took into a format that gives more action to foreign oldies. In the past 2000 gave hope and the impression that it was a home for most of the locally produced music mentioned in the previous line. Power FM does a commendable job of playing South African music, but that is only on weekends as they are a talk station. Meanwhile South African rock, dance and pop music seem to be well taken care of by stations like Highveld and Jacaranda.


Ok, emotions are threatening to digress one from the main star of this piece. Of course not everyone is happy with Y-FM for a number of reasons. First there’s an issue of attachment to ‘what used to be’. There are those still hanging on, on the memory of the Y-FM of Betrams, Rosebank, the station’s past personalities and the style and culture of that era.  One of the remnants of the past that the station can certainly do without is the mimicking or echoing of DJ Fresh’s style of laughter by several of the broadcaster’s DJs including its impressive presenter Mo Flava. Unless of course the laughter is part of the station’s sacret culture.


Perhaps what has also created a negative vibe around Y-FM was a move, a while back, that has seen less Kwaito played at the station and the disagreements between the stations’ management with a popular house music producer. Those (including yours truly) that tend to be sickened by the mimicking of American culture and mannerism have most likely dismissed Y-FM as another platform that promotes cultural colonialism trough local hip-hop performers and other means. There may be a point in that argument, however it equally has to be appreciated that local hip-hop fuse township slang and embrace African languages to a certain degree in its presentations. One is hopeful that with time and more opportunities to express themselves most of the local hip hop cats will find a sound that makes their brand of hip-hop sound even more African. Also to be honest, American music accents cut across many genres (including afro-jazz, soul, r&b and even jazz) in South Africa not just hip-hop.


If it happens you are tempted to tune in on Y-FM; MusikMag Afrika recommends you listen to The Best Thing Ever presented DJ Sabby and Tshepi weekdays from 12pm- 3pm.  It’s a fun show, often has light entertaining topics and features great music from within the continent especially during the African Boom Box feature on Friday’s. It is recommended though that you listen with an open mind especially if you are not the targeted audience (age-wise).


If any, there’s little doubt that Y-FM is about youth culture, lifestyle and is passionate about promoting South African music suited to their broadcast format, targeted audience and commercial objectives. At this point,  the station gets two thumbs and both toes up from MusikMag Afrika.


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