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Ligwalagwala FM invades Phalaborwa

Posted by radio On May - 24 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

SABC Mpumalanga’s leading radio station Ligwalagwala FM is celebrating 31 years of broadcasting excellence by hosting a series of events around its foot print. The station will set Phalaborwa alive on May, 25 2013 in a form of a live broadcast at Mthunzi Bar Lodge & Car Wash in Lulekani township.

 

The listeners will witness a live broadcast of Asambe Drive Show hosted by DJ Madumane on Friday the 24th as build up to the main event on Saturday 25th of May. The Hit Parade (07h00 – 10h00), Sisonke Midday Grooves (12h00 – 14h30), The Zone (18h00 – 21h00) and Party Time Reloaded (21h00 – 00h00) will also air live from the venue.

 

This is going to be an intimate experience for music lovers. Vibrant DJs, AfroTellus, Madumane, Shabba and The Prince will set the decks alight.

 

“We are taking radio to our people particularly in far flanged areas; this is Phalaborwa’s turn to put face into the voices of their favourite presenters”. Said Mr Rio Mabunda, Ligwalagwala FM Station Manager.

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International Soul Divas Live in South Africa Concert will hot up Cape Town this July!

Soul Divas CeCe Peniston, Robin S and Sybil, as part of the Good Hope FM BIRTHDAY BASH, will hot up Cape Town this July! The sublime threesome will give a once off performance on Saturday 6 July at GrandWest Arena, Grand West outside Cape Town.

 

The all-female New York City Orchestra will provide the supporting act – which makes the evening a rare celebration of soul and female talent. Good Hope FM DJ’s will be connecting Cape Town with live music, leading up to the show.

 

Dance music queen CeCe Peniston has performed for former US president Bill Clinton (twice!), Pope John Paul II and Aretha Franklin. She was also the first international female artist to be invited to perform in South Africa after the abolition of apartheid.

 

 CeCe Peniston’s hits (delivered in a voice that is reminiscent of a full bodied red wine) include “Finally”, “Keep on Walkin’” and “Gotta Know (Your Name)”.

Her compatriot, the singer and songwriter Robin S, can boast of a list of hits that include “Show me the Love” and “Luv 4 Luv”, which she delivers in a voice that ranges from mellow to one capable of packing a punch. Sybil is the surprise here. She has hitherto achieved fame for her cover versions, but it’s her voice that will grab music lovers. The latter can be compared to a sparkling golden chardonnay capable of finding your sweet spot effortlessly.

 

The divas will be supported by the talents of the New York City Orchestra.

 

This unique orchestra consists of female virtuosi, who are capable of performing both classical and contemporary music with equal aplomb.

This is a big event on the music calendar.

 

The International Divas Live in South Africa concert takes place on Saturday 6 July in the Grand Arena of GrandWest.

 

Tickets range from R325 to R495.

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So very epic and soul moving

Posted by radio On May - 21 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

[By: Kagiso Mnisi]

 

Imagine aboard the mothership and a hologram of the late maestro Barry White towers you with an overwhelming soothsaying of sorts. Possibly an anecdote from ‘Our theme’ as heard in his ’81 release with wife Glodean. That is the kind of gravity that Shane Ngwenya’s show, The Epic Rhythm, has over Kaya FM listeners from 18:00 to 22:00 on Fridays and Saturdays . With his demi-god like voice (deep and omnipresent for someone his tender age), Ngwenya sure knows how to start a party that is nothing short of sophisticated and well paced. His genesis on radio manifested at Rainbow FM as a volunteer presenter before leaping to the self-assured world of Afropolitans.

 

A representative of Kaya’s narrative within the 6-10 LSM himself, though not in age but in the progressive and mature sense, Shane evokes the steadiness of a stern captain when steering The Epic Rhythm. Savvy in timing and the sensibilities of his listeners, he is the kind to set a lonely weekend evening ablaze with a to and fro dabble between eras of soulful partying. The 80s at 8 feature is the purest example of that, where Ngwenya reminiscent of soul priest (perhaps Ike Hayes) transports all those discerning to a time when blue lights in the basement were still the ultimate party trick. The 80s at 8 is a wave of ‘fro-disco, pop and earliest remnants of New Jack Swing.

 

Shane Ngwenya is as grounded as they come given the expected ego-trips rife in the scene. Through the vice of public speaking he frequents high schools to give inspirational talks to the growing mind. These sermons are poised to show a vista to young kids about the possibilities in life despite challenges. Another of his show’s humdingers is the Hip Hop and R&B set played by DJ 1D Nzimande. The music trip during 1D’s display has in it enough mileage to carry pivotal experiences in Hip Hop culture through artists such as Q-Tip ‘The abstract’ and other hip coercing sounds that true followers love.

 

As multi award winning station that caters for the well informed, Kaya’s meteoric rise is not to be capped anytime soon. Giving space to shows such as Ngwenya’s Epic Rhythm, is one of the many ways that the station has foregrounded itself as a bastion of the distinguished. With that tip of the hat, listeners hope that young presenters at the station such as Ngwenya can be given more leeway to manouvre in terms of ideas and other vices that can further the aspirations of Kaya in unchattered territories. Strategic planning for any station is a lifetime feat and with relentless emergence of trends and tastes, Kaya has a toll order to appease Afropolitans. A job they are currently doing diligently.

 

For more on The Epic Rhythm

http://www.facebook.com/shane.ngwenya.9?fref=ts

http://www.kayafm.co.za/on-air/shows/shane-ngwenya/

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hear ye the talk of the town

Posted by radio On May - 20 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

[By Kagiso Mnisi]

A couple of years ago whilst an intern at 702’s Eye Witness News, I had an opportunity to shadow Stephen Grootes. In our to and fro chases after stories, a mystic aura would envelope him whenever he cared to dish pearls of wisdom about the brimstone scorching realm of talk radio. Like a sensei or Jedi he would glare in this young urchin’s eyes and say special-power one liners such as ‘talk radio is rock n’ roll, only without the music’. Grootes meticulously manufactured an otherworldly rant about the radio medium (specifically talk) which by any generic notion is perceived to be the stuff of even keenness and full of humdrum about socio political this and that. It is through Stephens double-bespectacled lens that the latest goings on have to be viewed—its rock n’ rollness. It is nothing shorter than a deranged guitar solo when observing the movements.

 

Speculations ran on overdrive when Eusebius MacKaiser bowed from 702 at the peak of a healthy following, he was tipped to be soul training his way to Power FM which launches in July this year. His signature witticism did little to allay any murmurs with most of his tweets throwing hints of a new show at the black owned station. Then as the tabloids in their ooh-ahh kid of glory, an unfounded yarn would be weaved. Sunday World drew first blood by alluding to a ‘rift’ between McKaiser and Power’s boss Given Mkhari. Sunday World came out saying that it “understands that the anchor had a disagreement with Mkhari about his role at the station.” These claims were later refuted by McKaiser on Facebook saying:

 

Eusebius Mckaiser

 

Inaccurate article about me in today’s Sunday World. I liked the title though (the sub-editor deserves a Savannah)

‘Return of the Mac to 702?’

No I am not returning to 702. No, there is no beef between us either — it is an excellent radio station with a great heart and my early coaches and mentors in broadcasting are there. I respect my ex-colleagues hugely. With a malfunctioning SABC we are lucky to have 702. But I am not returning in the near future. Your 702 inside source, Sunday World, is clearly not an eyewitness reporter… 😉
As for me and the gifted Mr Mkhari from POWER FM, let’s just say…watch this powerful space!!
Facts: things that depend on what a tabloid reporter had for breakfast.

 

Just as the wave of responsible journalism had risen and ready to break into irreparable splinters (rendering it now total hogwash), another of talk’s pockets, Safm is forever playing catch up in a bid to be credible. Still reeling from last year’s furore of its presenters being silenced in interviews with political heads, there still is no vista in sight to redeem the station. The introduction of POIB (Protection Of State Of Information bill), should have been a eureka moment for the station to openly debate the merits of this development. Safm’s ‘debate’, ‘insight’, ‘analysis’ motto just does not hold a drop, if anything it is a one way slide to outright patronisation– an equivalent to SABC 3’s news come time to close shop. It is all airy fairy, unwarranted and uncomfortable.

 

With all that jazz, talk is after all abuzz with activity, the kind of happenings Grootes hinted at with his Obi Wan advice. Listen closely and you can almost hear your eardrum vibrating with anything but dullness. Maybe poetry guised as commentary of our restless time. But certainly not boring.

 

 

 

 

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It’s that time of the year again where Ukhozi FM hosts its annual June event, this year launched as Ukhozi FM 53rd Birthday Celebration, also themed as Ukhozi FM 53. This celebration will take place at the Royal Agricultural Show grounds in Pietermaritzburg on the 2nd of June 2013, preceded by a full day of activation on the 1st June 2013.

 

The station is turning 53 years old this year and there are a number of festivities in place to celebrate this big day. The station will host a number of outside broadcasts for the week leading to the main event, starting on the 28th of May 2013.

 

The festivities include netball and football matches against the Municipality and entertaining the young and old. This year, our retired and Ukhozi FM legend presenters such as Muvo Maphalala, Mandla Malakwane, Lindiwe Ntuli to name but a few, will be sharing the stage with our current presenters. A big surprise awaits listeners this year, and they will be entertained by the best in South African music industry in genres such as House, Kwaito, Gospel, Maskandi, Hip Hop and pop Music.

 

Tickets will be available at the gate for only R55 per person and doors will be open at 8:00 am. For more information on the event please visit our Facebook page which is www.facebook.com/ukhozifm

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[Issued by:ECR]

 

East Coast Radio now boasts a listenership of 1.873 million listeners every week, making it the biggest independent radio station in South Africa. The latest Radio Audience Measurement Survey (RAMS) figures, the first of 2013, were released by the South African Advertising Research Foundation (SAARF) on Thursday, 9 May 2013.

 

The research period from mid-October 2012 to March 2013 also shows that over a million loyal listeners tune in to the station each day. East Coast Radio’s programming manager Naveen Singh says, “Durban’s number one is actually the country’s number one independent station. This is a huge validation for the on-air teams who have worked really hard over the last year. Their fun attitude and creativity make for great listening.”

 

The station’s general manager Trish Taylor says, “The massive increase in RAMS is testament to the great work that is being done on all fronts at the station. It also comes after our recent nomination for Commercial Radio Station of the Year in the MTN Radio Awards. We’re extremely proud of both these accolades and look forward to continuing to push the boundaries of innovation.”

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Radio and black middle class

Posted by radio On May - 14 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

[By:Kagiso Mnisi]

 

Buying power by the black middle class contingent is on the rise. This segment has not always been done justice by research data since there were no appropriate tools designed to measure it. This mercurial target market has always eluded researchers, all largely due to preconceived stereotypes and the fact that research houses were always baffled by its complex heterogeneity. The market is always in flux in regards to brand affiliations and more sophisticated mechanisms have to be employed to adequately gauge patterns emerging in that world. The latest RAMS call up is meant to update everyone on the latest movements in radio audiences and black buying power has a keen gaze put on it. This comes at the back of Ramsay Media’s charts as revealing the following in radio listenership by black respondents with a high income per annum:

 

 Metro FM

 

Charted at 59% of respondents as a station of choice for black Top Enders. This research also showed a significant rise in young female listeners.

 

Kaya FM

 

Came as runner-up at 32% which indicates a steady rise.

 

 

The remainder of the top six positions are taken by YFM, SAfm, Talk Radio 702 and 5FM. After that, the remaining stations attract less than 20%

 

 

SAARF’s methodology has observed the number of stations as one of its parameters; its findings reveal that the national average is 2.0 which encompasses both commercial and PBS stations. In fragments there are 38 commercial and 196 community stations that are earmarked for reasearch. Other gauges include obligatory LSM, gender and age profiling.

 

 

 

Highlights

 

Commercial station that has significant black middle class audience

Kaya FM

Core audience: 37 year old with an average income of R15 159.

Total past 7 days listenership (latest):1.353 million

Ad spend: R169.4 million

Main competitors: Talk Radio 702, Classic FM, YFM, Highveld Stereo, Metro FM

USP: Targets a sophisticated and distinguished listenership

Most popular show: ‘Best T in da City’

 

PBS with a healthy black community buy in

Motsweding

Core audience: Adults age 25 – 49, within LSM 5-8

Total past 7 days listenership (latest): 3.321 million

Ad spend: R 75 million

Main competitors: Jacaranda, North West FM, Mafisa, Soshanguve Radio

USP: Largest Setswana station in Southern Africa, it is the radio brand that broadcasts for empowerment and betterment of Setswana speaking audience.

Most popular show: ‘Tsoga Afrika’ with Kabelo Malopyane and Felix Nhlapo

 

 

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[By: Radiobiz Reporter]

 

The latest Radio Audience Measurement Survey (RAMS) by SAARF show that the time spent listening to radio per week has dropped by 12 minutes period on period and by 18 minutes year on year. The TSL per day also dropped slightly by just 3min y/y and 2min period and period. Small urban and rural areas are also experiencing a drop in TSL per day. However large urban areas barked the trend, increasing by 2min on TSL per day.

 

The coastal provinces are all showing a decrease in TSL while the inland provinces excluding Northern Cape all showed some growth on daily average.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Even though the TSL has generally dropped, a few stations are experiencing nice      listenership growth period on period. East Coast Radio had a fantastic performance against both period on period and year on year, increasing by 12% and 11% respectively. Kaya FM who recently won the MTN Award for commercial station of the year showed mixed performances, as they dropped year on year by over 10% but increased by 2% period on  period. Mpower FM finally hit the 100k mark increasing by 28% against p/p and y/y. Safm also performed very well this time growing by 17% y/y and 14% p/p.

 

Source: SAARF RAMS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Listeners continue to listen to an average 2 stations per week, for more on this visit www.saarf.co.za

 

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trufm Breeds Talent

Posted by radio On May - 10 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

trufm is a SABC youth radio station based in the Eastern Cape. The station is unique in the SABC PBS stable as it is the only station primarily targeting the youth with two languages of broadcast, IsiXhosa and English. This differentiating factor matters as it provides the youth with a platform to express themselves, to engage with each other and interact with the rest of the world. This is done within the context of the mandate to inform, educate and entertain, to support and develop culture and as far as possible ensure the fair and equal treatment of the predominant languages in the province.

 

In essence, trufm is an empowering, enabling and ensuring platform of expression for young people.

 

Being a youth station means that trufm is also a breeding ground for talent in line with the SABC mandate to educate; support and develop. The station boasts a young staff compliment which is eager; youthful and hungry for growth and success. These young people are recruited based on talent and are then trained to meet the station’s requirements for broadcasting. Many of these young people come with no radio or broadcasting experience and are provided with on the job training. The station’s programming team that includes a well-seasoned presenter and trainer; Mr Mel Gahler and Mr Tony Soglo continue to refresh the minds of these young people through in house training. Other experts within the SABC are also used to train these young people.

 

The station is also proud to have been of great assistance to other SABC radio stations like Umhlobo Wenene where it’s recently appointed programme manager had to get some exposure and training via the station’s programming office. The UWFM two recently appointed music compilers, Ms Gwija and Mr Gwiba were also trained through the station’s music department.

 

The station looks for individuals with raw talent and potential and turns them into forces to be reckoned with in the industry. At only five years old the station has produced industry giants that now enjoy various prestigious positions around the country. Examples include, Siphokazi January who just joined Metro FM taking over from Azania, Velile Mbuli an SABC sports presenter, Nada Wotshela, Siphelele Sixaso , Andile Ncube the list goes on.

 

 

 “The station has been positioned as a school of broadcasting and it is a positioning that has yielded great results and we thank the other SABC platforms who recognize the talent and offer them bigger platforms before they are pouched by the competition. The SABC invests in the station and there must be a return on the investment. This means though that we have to work extra hard in training people but it’s much more fulfilling when you see the results of the hard work that the Trufm team puts in” says Thobeka Buswana, who has been the station manager of trufm since its launch in 2008.

 

trufm continues to arm its employees with tools that make them so attractive as prospective game changers in the country through identifying potential and molding them with a youthful and sincere approach to broadcasting.

 

[Issued by: trufm]

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The people of Mpumalanga during the month of May will tune on to Ligwalagwala FM to hear unlikely voices during the two drive time shows, Kusile Mzansi and Asambe Drive Show. As part of celebrating 31 years of broadcasting excellence the station will change the morning and afternoon slots line up by swapping the DJs of these shows. Shabba Mavuso will now be the voice to wake the listeners up in the morning during Kusile Mzansi and Madumane Simelane will be the driver of Asambe Drive Show. This change will bring back those olden days and memories when Shabba Mavuso used to host the morning slot before taking over the afternoon slot.

 

Shabba Mavuso commenced his radio career in 1997 at BCR FM and joined Ligwalagwala FM in 2003 where he hosted the breakfast show. It was not difficult for him to make a name for himself when he introduced features that were very popular to the station listeners. He was moved to the afternoon drive show 3 years later to replace another radio veteran Shukuma Lukhele who currently hosts the sports show at the station. For the month of May Shabba will again host the breakfast show, “I am aware of what it means to host the breakfast show, I have been listening to different morning shows recently and noticed how important it is to be relevant with current issues. I will have to adjust my sleeping patterns though because I am so used to waking up and read in the middle of the night,” said Shabba Mavuso, Ligwalagwala FM

 

The popular, humorous and cocky Madumane Simelane joined Ligwalagwala FM in 2004 where he hosted the Saturday and Sunday shows respectively. Due to his popularity amongst the listeners in 2006 he was allocated the breakfast show which he currently hosts. Asked about how he feels about the show swap for the month of May, he said, “There’s no better way to express the versatility of the current crop of presenters and making history as the station than to feel free and trust that our current players can play any position in this field called radio.”

 

“Radio programming has evolved over the years and as such radio DJs have the challenge to evolve with it. They need to prepare themselves to take on any programming time slot in order to build their careers in the radio industry. The Bewukuphi Campaign that the station activated for the Birthday Celebration will not only trigger memories amongst our listeners but will also showcase the versatility amongst the station drive time DJs,” said Rio Mabunda, Ligwalagwala FM Station Manager.

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