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Record entries for MTN Radio Awards 2015

Posted by radio On February - 10 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

The 2015 MTN Radio Awards have attracted a record number of entries with in excess of 1750 entries from over 110 stations. “We’re particularly excited about the number of stations that have submitted entries,” says Lance Rothschild, CEO of the MTN Radio Awards. “We placed limits on the number of entries stations and individuals could submit within each category and so the growth in the number of stations participating is very significant.

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The awards are open to all ICASA-licensed radio stations in South Africa and entries have been received from Campus, Community, Commercial and PBS stations.”


“The record number of entries is indicative of the immense popularity of this competition and speaks to the growing stature of the MTN Radio Awards,” says Larry Annetts, Chief Marketing Officer at MTN South Africa. “MTN entered into this sponsorship with the intention of investing in the development of the radio and we are pleased that our sponsorship of these awards has been universally accepted by the broadcast fraternity.

Our support for the MTN Radio Awards is aligned to MTN’s ongoing quest to brighten the lives of its customers.”


The entries are being collated into packs that will be sent to the adjudication panel, who will then assess and score the submissions individually and enter their scores on an online system. The scores are then tallied and submitted to auditing firm, Sizwe Ntsaluba Gobodo, for auditing before the finalists are announced in late March.


The 2015 MTN Radio Awards Gala Banquet takes place on 18 April at the Sandton Convention Centre. Tickets are available by contacting Michelle McBride on 011 280 3000 /

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Kaya FM partners with Nedbank for Bizz Boost

Posted by radio On February - 10 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

Kaya FM’s award-winning business show hosted by Stevie B has partnered with Nedbank to provide solutions and practical advice for SMMEs aimed at empowering entrepreneurs to grow and accelerate their businesses to the next level.


Stevie B – Kaya FM 95.9


“We are pleased to partner with Nedbank as research shows that there is a plethora of support for start-up businesses; however that support tends to wane for businesses that survive for longer than three years. Very often the business owners struggle to elevate their businesses and to create value. It is against this backdrop that Kaya FM and Nedbank are investing tangibly in SMMEs in order to help grow the South African economy in ways that exceed the bottom line. The Bizz Boost campaign seeks to do just that by providing listeners with useful information pertaining to understanding and growing their businesses,” said Greg Maloka – Kaya FM Managing Director.


Bizz Boost offers business owners a toolbox which is designed to support SMMEs and turn their vision into reality through effective internal processes and ultimately grow their businesses. The unique selling proposition of Bizz Boost is the one on-one-consultancy element it affords contestants. It is s a 48-week programme where 12 established SMMEs that are three to five years old will have access to a business consultant who will provide mentorship, in-depth analysis and due diligence, trouble shooting and solutions generation based on the business needs under the stewardship of business guru and specialist presenter of Kaya FM’s My Money & Me, Thuli Magubane.


“Thuli is a business owner with experience in management consulting, corporate finance and investment banking. Having overcome many challenges in life and accomplished much, she is well positioned to encourage and motivate others to succeed and grow their businesses to the next level,” continues Maloka.


Thuli Magubane – Kaya FM 95.9


The themes to be covered are ones that affect each and every business owner in SA, i.e. Business Strategy, Growth (Procurement, Marketing and Sales), Labour, Sustainability, Compliance and others. Every Monday during Kaya Bizz, Thuli will do an overview of the business she has been mentoring for the past week. This will allow listeners insight into the business sector and the challenges that particular business needs to overcome. In support of the Bizz Boost, Kaya FM in association with Nedbank also brings listeners a weekly industry expert interview on Wednesdays. Thuli will continue from Monday where she will be speaking to a thought leader either within the sector or an expert on issues pertaining to the relevant monthly theme, ensuring that at the end of each month listeners are fully informed and have a 360-degree view on the issues, challenges and opportunities in that topic.


Speaking on behalf of Nedbank, Vanessa Singh Executive Head Marketing: Retail and Business Banking said, “We are delighted to join forces with Kaya Bizz through Bizz Boost, building on our long standing association aimed at championing an entrepreneurial culture in our society and promoting sustainable growth for the SMME sector and economy respectively. Kaya Bizz as a market leader in broadcasting continues to be a formidable platform for us to make a meaningful contribution.”


To extend its reach, Bizz Boost will also be available via the SimplyBiz seminars conducted by award winning Stevie B in association with Nedbank, in addition to digital platforms (social and digital media) to mirror the on air themes – parallel conversations taking place with Thuli and Stevie.

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Its 50 Years for Munghana Lonene FM!

Posted by radio On February - 5 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

Station Logo Image Birthdays come and go, get celebrated and quickly forgotten but 50 years of existence, 50 years of quality broadcast, 50 years of entertainment, of education and information is a long way and definitely a BIG deal.


Join us as we celebrate the BIG 50 in style. February 2015 marks half a century of existence for Munghana Lonene fm since its inception in February 1965 and as we celebrate this milestone, we take stock of the highlights that saw this brand grow from strength to strength.


Having gone through various transitions amongst others; name change, corporate identity change, station managers and even moved offices from the city of gold Johannesburg to the then Pietersburg (now Polokwane) in the Northern Province (now Limpopo Province), it is amazing that the brand is still the most consumed radio station among the xiTsonga speaking and understanding people.


Amongst other outstanding transitions was when the station was broadcast on medium wave from Pietersburg (now Polokwane) in February 1984, and on 1 May of the same year, coverage being extended to listeners in Soweto via a low power FM transmitter atop the SABC building at Auckland park. In 1977, the station relocated to Polokwane, Limpopo Province. Satellite offices were also launched in Giyani and Thulamahashi in 1973 and 1982 respectively. In 1996, the station’s name changed from Radio Tsonga to Munghana Lonene fm.


The station will kick-off the month long celebrations with a Jazz & Fusion session in Jembe Tarven, Meropa Casino on Sunday 01st February. A prayer session and cutting of cake will follow on Monday 02nd at the SABC Polokwane foyer. On 14th February the celebrations will be taken out to the people – our listeners, as we stage a massive OB at Chiawelo – Xikhumba in the Greater Giyani Municipality. This will be followed by the station showing generosity to the Ntuli family in Mashamba village by handing over a house, making it house number 16 that the station build and donated to yet another destitute family.


The station will then stage a staff excellence awards on Thursday 26th February at Meropa Casino and Entertainment where the cream of this powerful radio brand is going to be honoured in 28 different categories for their hard work and dedication. The station has also invited its retired presenters to be part of this historic milestone at the gala dinner on the 26th February. On the 27th and 28th February, all roads will lead to Phalaborwa for the annual Marula festival which the station does in partnership with Limpopo Provincial Department of Economic Development, Environmental and Tourism.


The celebrations will continue until end of 2015. The main celebration will happen during the course of the year with a BIG wave of change. Listeners will be informed about this change in due course.


“The station’s main objective is to serve our people with diligence and commitment as we inform entertain and educate them. The whole team of Munghana Lonene fm is excited to be part of the station’s historic journey to yet another 50 blissful years and I feel honoured and humbled to be part of this dedicated team”, said Munghana Lonene fm Station Manager, Mr. James Shikwambana.



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North West FM beefs up its line-up

Posted by radio On February - 2 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

Rustenburg based North West FM is excitingly shaking and rattling the radio- broadcasting cage with bold moves in its home province.


The station has given a top broadcaster (formerly with Radio Bop and Motsweding FM) an offer he could not refuse resulting in the popular presenter leaving the public broadcaster. Modisane Modise, who exceptionally served a loyal following of 1.2 million listeners on his Sunday gospel show on Motsweding FM, has joined North West FM to inspire, lift spirits and nourish souls on his new show, Foutain of Faith, Sunday’s 6am to 10am.  “Modise is much more relevant to north West FM since our license condition stipulate that we are an inspirational and gospel station,” says North West FM station manager, David Mabusela.




Making its intentions louder and clearer about securing a position of pride among the top competitors in the radio broadcasting field; North West FM has further firmed-up it’s muscle by recruiting former Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chief defender Brian Mathe. The legendary footballer has joined North West FM’s afternoon drive time show (3 to 7pm) hosted by Thabo Moyo and Mathe presents the segment of the show titled View Point Sport. Mathe, who is also SuperSport football commentator, is on air on Monday, Thursday and Friday. “Football and gospel music have a passionate, involved and strong following. So, as a passionate and community involved commercial station we are not only the home of best music we are equally the home of passionate sports fans,” adds Mabusela.



North West FM’s beefing up of its line up this early in the year rebels against the long practiced S.A radio tradition of announcing and or changing programming line-up’s in April. Continuing to position itself as a broadcast media force to be reckoned with in the North West; the station will further spread its broadcast wings with the Launch of the 99.4 FM dial in Potchefstroom on February 28 and the 103.9FM dial in Garankuwa at the end of March.



“Strategic investments are being made at the station on a number of fronts. We are fine-tuning our blend of experienced and fresh broadcast talent while multiplying the prospects of presenting our listener with an offering they will find hard not to tell their friends about,” concludes Mabusela.


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5FM Valentines Celebration goes to the coast

Posted by radio On January - 29 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

While the rest of the world hands out soppy cards, fattening chocolates (urgh) and soon-to-be-dead roses, 5FM will be celebrating Love Sucks!


Love Sucks and this Valentine’s Day… love really is a beach!


Come touch, taste, feel, hear and see love as 5FM’s Love Sucks parties invade the once quiet and peaceful beaches of Ballito and Cape Town with a sensory overload. (because love sucks enough in Jozi, so we’re spreading it to the coast!) Think, a sexy party that incorporates all 5 your senses.


Through five experiential zones, you will be able to test your senses and select your favourites. If you’re one of the first 50 to find your match, you could claim awesome prizes. And who knows, maybe find a little love too.


Two hundred pre-registered listeners in each city will also get the chance to experience a wacky sensory overload on V-Day. To pre-register, SMS your name, age and city to 4 55 55, first word LoveSucks5. Remember SMSes cost R1.50.


You’ll also be able to spread the love by donating to 5FM’s Youngblood5 and help someone else live better, while you’re living loud.


There are also VIP tickets that include champagne and partying in the VIP section up for grabs, just make sure you tune into The Roger Goode show 4pm-7pm from 9 – 13 February.


5FM brings you the ultimate Five Senses Love Sensation, coast to coast.

50 bucks at the door gets you in. Over 18s only.

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Pastor Zondo taken Off-Air by the SABC

Posted by radio On January - 27 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

The SABC has takes a decision to take Pastor Sthembiso Zondo off-air after the release of a video amd photos on social media last week. Read the full statement below:



The South African Broadcasting Corporation’s (SABC) Radio management has taken the decision to not schedule Pastor Sthembiso Zondo  on Ukhozi FM’s breakfast show ‘Vuka Motivation’ until further notice. This follows the unfortunate incident of the release to the public, of a video and photos purported to be of Pastor Zondo in a compromising position.


The decision was taken following careful consideration, as to the negative impact this situation would have on the credibility of the said programme the Pastor was contributing to, as it deals with morality issues. The impact on brand Ukhozi FM and what the public broadcaster stands for also had to be considered.

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Sunday Times on your Radio

Posted by radio On January - 26 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

The Sunday Times, South Africa’s biggest selling weekend paper, has launched its own radio show.  The broadcast extension of the paper offers exclusive content to its listeners and is presented by popular radio talk show host, David O’Sullivan.




The Sunday Times Show is aired on Times Media’s radio assets RISE FM and Vuma 103 FM. “This is an exciting initiative combining the power of traditional print media with the immediacy of radio. RISE FM, in Mpumalanga and Vuma 103 FM, in KwaZulu Natal are ideal partners for piloting this venture and TMG Radio is proud to be given this innovative role,” says Tony Mallam, Head of Radio for Times Media.


The Sunday Times Show is broadcast every Sunday from 9 -10am. It contains a mix of news and lifestyle content that includes exclusive, behind-the-scenes interviews, regular features and in-depth discussions with the Sunday Times’ journalists about the news stories in the paper.


Regular features on the show that listeners can look forward to include:


  • The latest in motoring with motoring journalist, Thomas Faulkiner
  • Consumer affairs with Power Report columnist, Megan Power
  • The latest fashion trends with Fashion Weekly editor, Roxanne Robinson
  • Décor and interior design with Home Weekly editor, Robyn Alexander
  • The best features of the Lifestyle supplement
  • Chats with Sunday Times sports journalists



The ‘story behind the story’ debates around some of the paper’s top news headlines

Mike Robertson, Managing Director at Times Media says, “The Sunday Times will be the first paper in the country that will have a full dedicated show congruent with its publication. This is aligned with the integrated approach we are taking to create a multiple media platform for consumers, and advertisers, across all our assets in the print, TV, online and digital space.” Robertson adds that, “Eventually we aim to make the radio content available to other broadcasters to purchase.”


On joining the Sunday Times radio show, O’Sullivan says, “I’m very excited about this new venture with the Sunday Times. It is an opportunity to showcase on radio what is happening in the print world and provides the Sunday Times with an entertaining extension to its existing brand.”


The Sunday Times Show hits the airwaves on Sunday, 18th January. Listeners outside the broadcast areas can live stream the show from the RISE FM and Vuma 103 FM. The show will also be made available via podcasts uploaded on the Times LIVE website in the coming weeks.

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One of South Africa’s respected and loved actors, Siyabonga Thwala, joins the country’s biggest radio station, UKhozi FM…


One of South Africa’s respected and loved actors, Siyabonga Thwala, joins the country’s biggest radio station, UKhozi FM. This was officially announced on the station’s breakfast show, VukaMzansi on Monday, this week. Siyabonga Thwala is now the station’s voice.


This comes after years of the station’s search for the suitable voice, while for the past 3 years, Technical Producer and On Air Personality, Mandla Magwaza, has been the known voice.  Thwala joins Ukhozi FM as the first official voice of this gigantic radio brand.


In his first interview with Sipho “Sgqemeza” Mbatha on Vuka Mzansi, Thwala said that being the voice of the station is something he is personally proud of in his career.  He said he held it in high regard, not only because of the magnitude of the station, but because it is all that he is; “I am a proud Zulu man; I hold my language and my family background very dear.  I, like many isiZulu speaking and understanding South Africans, grew up listening to UKhozi FM, my acting career was influenced by the dramas I grew up listening to on this very station, I am now going to be relating it’s messages on.”


Thwala will now be heard as part of the station’s imaging, jingles and station promos. This means that for programming messages, he will now be the exclusive voice on the UKhozi FM platform.  Station Manager, Bonga Mpanza, commenting on choosing this actor and voice over artist    as the official voice said, “Sourcing the perfect voice, was a process and decision, that was not only influenced by just the actual voice, but what we wanted was a voice that resonates with what the brand, UKhozi FM, is about.  We went beyond just a powerful voice, we wanted an individual that is about what we stand for; we are rooted and grounded in who we are; we are respectful and guided by Ubuntu and discipline and beyond it all, we are about rejuvenating our originality.  Siyabonga Thwala, as a personality and in his personal capacity is about that and for us that is what is paramount.  We are excited to have him on board and we know our listeners will relate to the voice; a voice that we will use to educate, entertain and inform.”


Thwala was introduced to the UKhozi FM audiences on the morning show, on the Monday, 19th January 2015 at an exclusive interview with both him and the Station Manager, him joining the station was welcomed with great excitement from listeners as Twitter and Facebook were abuzz.


UKhozi FM has been South Africa’s leading station for years and still is with 7, 7 million listeners.

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Smile FM changes Line-Up

Posted by radio On January - 19 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

A change is a good as a holiday, they say, so with the holidays being over, it is the perfect time for change!


Cape Town’s fastest growing radio station, Smile 90.4FM has great changes in store with a new lineup from today Monday, 19 January. Topping the exciting new lineup is the Smile Summer Breakfast, which will see your hosts, Bobby Brown and Lindy Hibbard serving up fun and fabulous fair, every weekday between 6am-9am.


The Smile Summer Breakfast team will bring our listeners the variety they have become accustomed to, plus a lot, lot more– great music, competitions, on-air participation and a few big surprises!


Cape Town and surrounds constantly tops the international charts as a favourite tourist destination, so Smile 90.4FM has decided to extend the summer vibe till the middle of April, with a multitude of sensational activities – from music concerts to international sporting events, 80’s parties and fun beach festivities.


“I have great confidence in our 2015 presenter line-up.  Lindy Hibbard who joins Bobby Brown on our new ‘Smile Summer Breakfast’ show, brings a youthful freshness to what is a very solid and highly professional workday line-up.  And, our ‘All 80’s Show’ and ‘Smile Love Songs’ have become clear evening radio favourites with our Smileys.  We’re fortunate to have an excellent talent pool to present our positive audio content and the best variety of songs from the 80’s till today,” says Clive Ridgway, Smile 90.4FM’s Programme Director.

The handpicked Smile 90.4FM team celebrating summer with Capetonians and visitors to the Mother City include a host of well know Smile 90.4FM personalities, as well as some new voices, bringing a new energy and excitement to the airwaves.



05:00 to 06:00 – Gavin Arends

06:00 to 09:00 – Smile Summer Breakfast with Bobby Brown and Lindy Hibbard

09:00 to 12:00 – Eloise Pretorius

12:00 to 15:00 – Benito Vergotine

15:00 to 18:00 – Maurice Carpede

18:00 to 20:00 – All 80’s Show with Sam Roy (Mon to Sat)

20:00 to 00:00 – Smile Love Songs with Mehboob Bawa (Sun to Thurs)



05:00 to 06:00 – Christina Knight

06:00 to 10:00 – Reinard Ludick

10:00 to 14:00 – Richard Hardiman and Christina Knight

14:00 to 18:00 – Gerald Petersen

18:00 to 20:00 – Sam Roy – All 80’s Show (Sat); Phil de Lange SA Sundays (Sun)

20:00 to 00:00 – Partyzone with Richard Hardiman (Fri & Sat)


Summer in Cape Town will never be the same!



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MTN Radio Awards deadline around the corner

Posted by radio On January - 14 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

The entry deadline for the 2015 MTN Radio Awards is only two weeks away and entries are flowing in at a steady rate. Stations have had almost three months to submit examples of their finest work, which has to be in on 20 January (manual submissions) or 27 January (online submissions).


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“Throughout the entry period, we have had a constant stream of enquiries about various aspects of the entry process, and we are anticipating a substantial increase in the volume of calls in the coming weeks,” says Lance Rothschild, CEO of the MTN Radio Awards. “As is normally the case, we know that we will receive the bulk of the entries within the last 24 hours preceding the deadline, however I urge stations to submit their entries as soon as possible and to avoid any frustration caused by system congestion.”




“The anticipated high volume of entries and the tight timelines within which we are working, particularly with regard to getting the material to the adjudicators and ensuring that they have sufficient time to effectively evaluate the entries, means that we have to be extremely strict with the deadlines. We will be unable to accommodate any late entries,” says Rothschild.


“Communication and engagement is the very art of radio and is the glue that binds stations and their listeners”, says Larry Annetts, Chief Marketing Officer of MTN South Africa. “As sponsors of the MTN Radio Awards we seek to enhance the relationship between stations and their listeners through acknowledging and rewarding excellent work.”



The MTN Radio Awards will be presented at a Gala Banquet at the Sandton Convention Centre on 18 April. Tickets are available by contacting Michelle McBride on 011 280 3000 /

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