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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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Azania joins Talk Radio 702

Posted by radio On January - 14 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

702 and CapeTalk are starting the new year with the addition of two new voices to the weekend line up: Azania Mosaka on Weekend Breakfast and Makhosi Khoza who joins the Solid Gold team.


Azania will join Africa Melane for a double header on 702/CapeTalk’s Weekend Breakfast. The show, which azaniabroadcasts on both stations from 06h00 to 10h00 on Saturdays and Sundays will give listeners the latest on what is happening in the world and in their neighbourhoods. It will be a platform for thoughtful conversations and debate, as well as the go-to place to know about the latest fashion, food, trends and everything that is happening in 702land and Cape Town.


“We felt that the pairing of these two dynamic, experienced broadcasters will enable lively and pacey discussion that will keep listeners entertained and in the know. This show will provide quality weekend listening for people interested in the good life. It will offer both fun and insightful perspectives,” said 702 station manager Pheladi Gwangwa.


Azania who hails from Pimville in Soweto, has over a decade of broadcast experience in radio and TV. Her radio career started behind the scenes as a producer at Metro FM but her talent in front of the mic was quickly identified and she rose through the ranks from overnight shifts to hosting drivetime shows. Viewers might recognize Azania from a number of TV shows including her own lifestyle show, Cooking with Azania, on SABC3.


“I am ecstatic to be joining a professional broadcasting environment such as 702/CapeTalk. It is a great opportunity for me to refine my broadcasting abilities at a station that was instrumental in developing my love for talk radio as a listener and a broadcaster,” said Azania.


“Azania’s insights and experience in the entertainment industry place her very well to co-host this show and we look forward to the new dynamic that she and Africa will bring to the airwaves,” said CapeTalk station manager, Colleen Louw.


Solid Gold welcomes Makhosi who will be hosting the music show from 16h00 to 19h00 on Saturdays and Sundays.


Makhosi has over 20 years experience as a music presenter in South Africa, starting at Capital Radio in the early 1990s and including shows on major regional and national stations. Makhosi has a warm and confident style of presentation that will bring the listeners even closer to their favourite tunes.

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Solid Gold will have a refreshed line-up as of Saturday 17th January and listeners can expect the following hosts to present their favourite contemporary classics:


10h00 to 13h00: Kenny Maistry 13h00 to 16h00: Allan Barnard 16h00 to 19h00: Makhosi Khoza 19h00 to 21h00: The Bandstand with Eleanor Moore 21h00 to 00h00: Solid Gold Jukebox with Benjy Mudie


702 and CapeTalk said goodbye to Rafe Lavine in December. Rafe, who has been a long-serving member of the Solid Gold team, left 702 and CapeTalk to join his family in the UK.


“We thank Rafe for his contribution to the station and wish him all of the best,” said Gwangwa.

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Its Jazzuary time at Kaya FM

Posted by radio On January - 10 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

Since 2010, Kaya FM has celebrated their core identity by embracing Jazzuary, an ode to the jazz greats.

For the month of January, the station reminds listeners of their heritage and plays authentic South African jazz musicians, promoting the traditional tracks they have shared with local audiences. The promotion has garnered a lot of support due to the result that listeners and jazz lovers alike are always romanticising about making jazz an everyday music genre.


Each track played in Jazzuary celebrates who we are. The legacy of jazz is highlighted in every segment of our shows. This is where we showcase local musician’s township jazz, as well as more contemporary and progressive musicians. Reminiscent of their traditional backgrounds, many jazz musicians took influence from their surroundings, incorporating funk, RnB, soul, Marabi and Kwela. As they interacted with foreigners, they instilled Western influences in their songs, but kept their distinct sound. The contemporary tracks have an experimental feel to the music, comprising of different tempos, fusion of sub-genres and vocalist variety.


Jazzuary Unplugged sessions showcase contemporary and traditional jazz compositions. They open the dialogue about young musicians taking the baton of jazz into the next level, which encourages interaction and collaboration between the mature and the emerging musician.


Listeners can look forward to up and coming Live and Unplugged shows throughout the month.

11 January:

The Art of Sunday with Brenda Sisane at 1pm

The World Show with Nicky B at 7pm.

18 January:

The World Show with Nicky B at 7pm.

22 January:

Late Nite with Nonn at 9pm

23 January:

Georgie in the Afternoon at 2pm

25 January:

The Art of Sunday with Brenda Sisane at 1pm.

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Thabiso Sikwane has joined POWER 98.7 and takes to the mic with POWER Lunch from Monday, 12 January 2015.

A seasoned talk show host, Thabiso Sikwane is one of South Africa’s leading radio talk show hosts having won the Best Night Time Presenter at the 2012 MTN Radio Awards.


Having been in the industry for the 18 years, Thabiso has guest presented a few shows on POWER 98.7 since its inception in 2013. She brings to POWER House a warm ability to interact to listeners on issues that they resonate best with. POWER Lunch with Thabiso Sikwane will also carry some of her personal values including memorable journeys, by making a difference in ordinary people’s lives or by simply making someone’s day and giving a message of hope.


Executive Director of POWER 98.7, Andile Khumalo says: “We are looking forward to welcoming Thabiso permanently and excited about the dynamic conversations she will open up to our listeners.”


Thabiso’s wide-ranging experience includes presenting top-drawer shows for radio stations since the radio bug bit her at campus radio station. She wears many hats, representing a breed of warm and hard-working women as a committed mother, wife, businesswoman and renowned MC and Speaker.


Sikwane says, “I’m looking forward to making memorable shows and sharing content that will make me look back at the end of every week and feel good about having made a difference. I have always resonated with POWER 98.7’s values and I look forward to being part of changing the lives of our people through this powerful platform.”

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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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