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Jeremy Maggs joins Power FM

Posted by radio On October - 2 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Jeremy Maggs has joined Gauteng’s commercial talk radio station POWER 98.7


Maggs adds veteran power to POWER 98.7’s talk offering Maggs joins POWER 98.7 from Sunday, 5 October and will host a media-focused talk show called POWER WEEK every Sunday from 10am to 12pm. POWER WEEK will cover and analyse news media, advertising, creative, online trends and developments while creating a platform for broader, robust discussions with its listeners.



Maggs calls POWER 98.7 a station that continues to outdo itself, adding, “From day one it has punched above its weight, giving its counterparts a run for their money.”


Maggs adds: “I have always loved its fresh approach to news and analysis; I enjoy the level of engagement it has with its listeners. I am looking forward to joining the station so that I too can participate in this media revolution and assist the station as it cements its place as the leading talk station in our country.”



POWER 98.7 Chairman Given Mkhari says Maggs is a welcome addition to the POWER family and says that attracting him to the station is part of the station’s broader strategy to facilitate authentic conversations through credible voices like that of Jeremy Maggs.



Mkhari concluded: “we have developed a culture of challenging ourselves through continuous innovation. POWER Week and POWER Newsroom are new offerings in the lives of our listeners and should go a long way in meeting their quest for some talk services over the weekend.”

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Radio Adspend expected to exceed R6bn by 2018

Posted by radio On September - 29 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

PricewaterhouseCoopers recently published a research report on the Entertainment & Media Industry, focusing on the outlook for the next  five years.

Radio advertising revenues are expected to pass R6 billion by 2018. The radio market in South Africa generated R4.2 billion in revenues in 2013, up from R2.7 billion in 2009. Advertising revenues in South Africa’s radio market are forecast to continue their strong and steady growth, with an overall CAGR of 8.2%.


Radio remains an attractive medium for advertisers and listeners. Radio retains its importance in South African society, with audiences split evenly by gender and age and around 33 million people listening regularly. Radio provides opportunities to reach a wide audience in terms of geographic spread and also enables advertisers to focus on a specifi c niche market as stations target particular languages, locations and/or age groups.


South African radio stations are still embracing social media platforms in order to enhance engagement with their audiences. As broadband and smartphones remain out of reach for many South Africans, radio will continue to play an important role in entertaining and engaging with those sections of the population who might otherwise be excluded from mainstream media. Radio stations are still, however, embracing social media platforms in order to enhance engagement with their audiences.


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Gagasi FM announces the programmes manager

Posted by radio On September - 29 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Mimi Kesaris has been formally appointed as the Programmes Manager for Gagasi FM. He has been acting on the position since March this year. The programmes manager position became vacant after Vukile Zondi who held the position, was appointed as the MD of the station early this year.



The former club DJ, Kesaris joined the then P4 Radio in 1998 as the presenter, he became the music compiler in 1999 and was promoted to being the music manager in 2000. He is the station’s longest serving manager having been part of the transition from P4 Radio to Gagasi FM in 2006 and has played a key role in the success of Gagasi FM over the years at the music radio station.


Announcing the appointment, Zondi congratulated Kesaris on being appointed formally to the role. “I would like to congratulate Mimi for the appointment in this critical position and I find comfort in the fact that he is one person that knows the station very well. When I was programmes manager I had a very good working relationship with him as the music manager, we successfully consolidated the positioning of Gagasi FM as a youth radio station from the on-air point of view in terms of programming content and the music that the station plays.

Other than that Mimi has also been playing an instrumental role in terms of the station’s research activities, a function that has been very key in driving the station’s approach both on-air and in terms of how the brand interacts with listeners. Given all this background, I’m confident that he will be able to take the station to the next level and we will ensure that he gets all the necessary support,” says Zondi.


Welcoming the appointment, Kesaris expressed his gratitude in the confidence that Zondi has shown in him. “I’m truly honoured to be afforded this opportunity, to me this shows the level of confidence that the leadership has on me. It’s a very challenging space to be in, when you consider that over the past three years the station has been very stable around 1,8 million listeners mark and obviously the biggest task is to ensure that we maintain that standard.

Having said that I look forward to the exciting journey ahead, what is even more exciting is that this came at a time when there has been a process of reviewing our business environment under the new MD, we have been identifying gaps internally and redefining the culture and business approach. We need to ensure that everyone understands the direction that we are taking as the station as well as the goals we have set ourselves,” says Kesaris.


Gagasi FM is on 99.5 in Durban, 98.5 in Pietermaritzburg, 89.1 in Mooi River, 88.6 in Ladysmith, 107.9 in Newcastle, 103.5 in the South Coast as well as 94.7 in the North Coast and Ulundi. All over KZN.

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Rise & Sing All The Way To The Bank

Posted by radio On September - 25 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

RISE FM is giving South Africa the chance to ‘sing its’  praises’ this Heritage month. That’s because they’re celebrating Home Brewed song of the day. Make sure you keep your ears glued to the radio station because you could walk away R1000 richer. They’ll be featuring different SA Artists each weekday on the RISE FM Breakfast Show.

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Once a specific song repeats during the day, listeners have just 30min to enter via sms. A winner will then randomly be selected and win a whopping R1000 – just like that.



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Zizo Beda joins Umhlobo Wenene

Posted by radio On September - 25 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Zizo Beda will be joining Umhlobo Wenene as of the 01 October 2014. She will be a Contributor in the Entertainment feature of Afternoon Drive show (Masigoduke) on Mondays and Fridays.



This particular feature focuses on what will be happening over the weekend and then on a Monday it will be reviews on the latter

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The future of Global Radio – key insights from PWC

Posted by radio On September - 18 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Total radio revenue will surpass US$50bn in 2018, but growth will slow as music streaming continues to pose challenges. Total radio revenue will reach US$50.7bn by 2018, rising from US$44.5bn in 2013. Nevertheless, it will be a market under pressure from streaming music — a movement that could have repercussions for radio’s digital future. Annual growth is expected to slow from 3.0% in 2016 to 2.3% in 2018.



The US leads the way, despite China’s gains. Although China’s total radio revenue will be more than 50% higher in 2018 than in 2013, the country will still only account for 6% of global radio revenue by 2018. The US, by contrast, will account for 44% of global radio revenue, with Germany in second place with 9%.



Free music has implications for radio advertising revenue. Radio advertising revenue will reach US$39.1bn by 2018, rising at a CAGR of 2.8%. Yet broadcasters are at risk from music streaming providers as services launch free-to-consumer mobile offerings and compete directly for radio advertising dollars.



In-car convergence will impact upon the ‘heartland’ of radio. In-car interactive dashboards are enabling music streaming apps to make their presence felt. This development threatens to take radio listening time away from both traditional and satellite radio.



The innovators of digital radio are under threat. There are few success stories in digital radio, with the market’s technology transition path unclear. Analogue technology remains the global listening choice, while the inroads made by music streaming apps create an uncertain future for digital.



The ‘tyranny of choice’: how broadcasters can forge a path through the competition. The prospect of music catalogues running to 30mn tracks can be dizzying for the consumer. Curation is the answer and radio broadcasters have the opportunity to capitalise, thus minimising competitor disruption.




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[Source: PWC]

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A glimpse into SAs female DJs Part 2

Posted by radio On September - 16 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

We continue with our featured look at South Africa’s female radio DJ’s who have curved a niche for themselves in the previously men dominated industry.


Criselda Kananda

Very few women are brave enough to disclose their HIV statuses and live passionately with the virus. But this phenomenon woman is doing just that.criselda

She has been widely hailed as the Florence Nightingale of South African media because of her encouraging messages to people living with HIV. Criselda Kananda made a name for herself at Metro FM and went on to become more than just a radio DJ.

She has crafted her name as a distinguished motivational speaker, counsellor, television presenter and medical underwriter best known for hosting various radio shows on Metro FM. With has worked with different government departments, as well as the corporate sectoron implementing workplace wellness programmes nationally and internationally.

She owns a consultancy and talk service called Positive Talk Services. Criselda has won several awards and toured the world actively involving herself in the fight for the rights of both the HIV infected and HIV negative people.


Poppy Ntshongwana

Her mid morning ‘House of Poppy’ show on 5FM makes one easily take notice that she was indeed born for radio. She does it with so much aplomb with her husky voice that just mesmerizes the listener.

Poppy was born in Eastern Cape and did her schooling at Diocesan School for Girls in Grahamstown were her love for the Arts gave her courage to pursue her dreams. She went on to study Political Science and International Relations at the University of Pretoria and her radio career kicked off.poppy2

She was generally a natural choice as a news presenter for campus station Tuks FM and it was generally a matter of time before she streamed to national radio station, 5FM in 2005. Hosting her own radio show since 2007, she is also a news presenter and contributor on the Fresh Drive.

Poppy is one of the most sought after public speakers and has hosted numerous functions and events. She has also done a bit of television work and is relentlessly pursuing her goals and growing as a broadcaster and entertainer.




Shado Twala

Her captivating smile on the reality show SA’s Got Talent, is just as beautiful as her voice on radio. Nomshado Shado Twala is one of the most influential women in radio having pioneered her media journey in the late eighties.

Twala became a household name as a presenter on radio and television having worked for Radio Bop, Radio Metro, 702 Talk Radio, P4 and Cape Talk. She has gone on to take the media world by storm and is a seasoned journalist, entrepreneur, radio and television journalist.

Shado is the chairperson of the Cape Craft Design Industries and also sits on the judging panel of the Mbokodo Awards and the Youth Radio awards. She has also won several awards that include the Humanitarian Award for Table of Peace and Unity in 2010.


Carol-Ann Kelleher

They say life begins at 40, but for Algoa FM’s Carol-Ann, she seems ripe at 51. She has kept her listeners glued to the radio with her elegant voice and unique views of life.

Carol-Ann co-hosts the radio station’s breakfast show with Daron Mann every Morning from 6 to 9am. The show won the Best Music Show in Commercial Radio at the MTN Radio Awards last year in a positive year that also saw her getting engaged with long time sweetheart and ex-husband Gary Tait.

She has been so influential in society embarking on a number of projects to raise awareness about some the things that affect us.

Carol-Ann and Mann grabbed headlines in 2012 when they drank a bottle of tequila on air to raise awareness of the International day against drug abuse. Initially they would have drunk a glass of tequila for every R200 drank by listeners but the two had to increase the amount to R500 so that they wouldn’t get plastered.

She lost her mother to Cancer and she has used her radio influence to create a platform of awareness for the disease. Her mother was diagnosed with the disease in 2005 aged 73 and passed away in 2010.

She is also the official ambassador for the Animal Welfare Society of Port Elizabeth.


Amore Bekker

Born on 11 February 1965, Amore Bekker’s voice on radio sounds as fresh and as vibrant as the day she first went on air. She is undoubtedly one of the eldest women in radio and is currently the host of Tjailatyd, an Afrikaans show that is broadcast by RSG.


Her iconic rise from being a mere sheep shearer to being one of the most respected women in radio is what makes pleasant reading. Amore got her radio career going in 1989 when she landed a job as a DJ at Algoa FM. She later moved to Good Hope FM, 94.9 KFM and Radio Rippel.

Like most radio personalities, she took up a job in television where she hosted a Saturday Morning Breakfast show on SABC 3. Her afternoon drive time show on RSG has been an inspiring show for many listeners who tune in.

Amore has also published a book and doubles up her writing skills by contributing to Finesse magazine as a columnist.


Phindi Mdluli

Phindi Mdluli made her name known nationally after she was nominated for the Best Breakfast Show presenter (Campus) for her Bang Bang Breakfast on Tuks FM. But she has been in the broadcasting game for long now having once presented the popular teen show, Vibe’z on SABC 3.


Her voice has been her gateway to success as it lights up the speakers with so much vibrancy. She has an unbelievable way of involving her listeners. Radio itself is a reward and for Phindi, her voice is one to look out for on major stations in the near future.


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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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