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Power FM’s stars and wild cards

Posted by radio On June - 6 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

[By: Kagiso Mnisi]


Power FM’s imminent launch has been doing the rounds for quite a while and the day of truth finally did come. In its presser the station alluded to a campaign which “taps into everyday colloquialisms which give South Africans a unique language identity, including the use of the term ‘robots’ for traffic lights and ‘lifts’ for elevators.” Essentially this is a station for local thoroughbreds and matchstick suckers with novel thoughts in their dome. The English-medium, talk-based commercial radio station’s line up boasts a roster of personalities such as business journalist  Siki Mgabadeli, Lerato Mbele, Eusebius MacKaiser, Lawrence Dube and Tim Modise to mention a few.


What also rocked the social media landscape was the news of AK ‘Mgaga’ Tshabalala and Paul Mnisi joining the black owned station. After several years in self-imposed exile, Paul Mnisi steps up to complete the weekend triumvirate, 6AM – 9AM Saturdays/Sundays, as head-butter to former YFM fellows in Thomas Msengana of 5fm and Phat Joe ( Metro FM). By far the stations wild card, AK Tshabalala will be hosting 12Noon -3PM Saturdays/Sundays slot. This comes after tenure in the world of screen and also as Executive Producer to award winning local film, Man Above Ground.


But then again the lay of the land is way more vast than Power FM, other moves resulting from the chosen going to Mkhariville include Tholi B from Y FM filling Pabi Moloi’s slot at Highveld Stereo and Siphokazi January from Tru Fm replacing Azania Mosaka at Metro FM.


Competition to Power has thus far kept mum with a few giving their two cents worth, more poignantly from its main adversary Kaya FM, whose MD Greg Maloka says: “We are not threatened. In fact, it’ll create amazing opportunities for black people.” Even keeled and measured as that statement is as if straight from a spin doctor’s pen, say maybe Chris Vick’s

(who also is part of Power FM), the microphone beckons and listeners await for ‘powerful’ rhetoric.





6PM – 9PM Fridays/Saturdays – Pabi Moloi (resigned from Highveld Stereo)

9PM – 12Midnight Friday/ Saturday – DJ Franky (Power Lounge) (leaves 5FM)

12Midnight – 3AM Saturdays and Sundays – Mandla Maluleke

3AM – 6AM Saturdays/ Sundays – Thabo Mdluli (Joyous Celebration member)

6AM – 9AM Saturdays/Sundays – Paul Mnisi (formerly known as Rude Boy Paul)

9AM -12noon Saturdays/Sundays – Mio and Queenie Khondleka

12Noon -3PM Saturdays/Sundays – AK Tshabalala

3PM -6PM Saturdays/Sundays – Ursula Chikane (keeps her job at Top Billing)

6PM-9PM on Sundays – Lerato Mbele

9PM -12Midnight Sundays – Jadene Tager

12Midnight -3AM Sundays – Ndumiso Ngcobo (columnist and author of Some of my Best Friends are White)



3AM -6AM weekdays – Asanda Magaqa

6AM-9AM weekdays – Lawrence Dube (has new surname Tlhabane) and Siki Mgabadeli and 3others (Andrea van Wyk, Thabiso and Ferial)

12Noon-3PM – Azania Mosaka (left Metro FM last month)

3PM -5PM – Thabiso Tema and Tshidi Madea

5PM – 6PM – Owen Nkomo (Power Business)

6PM -7PM – Chris Vick (Power Hour) (former spokesman for Minister of Human Settlement Tokyo Sexwale)

7PM -9PM – Masechaba Lekalake (Power Life)

9PM -12midnight – Tim Modise (Power Perspective)


The station will start broadcasting on June 18.






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Metro FM railroads 5FM at Generation Next

Posted by radio On June - 5 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

[By Kagiso Mnisi]


The recent Sunday Times Generation Next awards saw Metro FM voted the coolest radio station and unseating 5FM after several years owning the accolade. The awards have always served as a yardstick that determines where brand loyalties lie among the youth and by the looks of things, there allure of celebrity has worked in Metro FM’s favour this time around, in this curious case through one called Pearl Thusi.



Generation Next’s survey involved six thousand youths aged eight to 22 who are considered major trendies in their own right. This bunch’s aspirations are the stuff of the screen, social media feeds and popular sounds on radio. Celebrities such as Thusi are unofficial paragons to these youngsters, especially with the ample footprint they have in the media space.


Metro’s ‘coolness’ peculiarly comes after Thusi has been ‘volunteering’ since April on the weekend breakfast show hosted by Phat Joe. Station Manager, Martin Vilakazi says, “This allows Metro FM to leverage on transversal opportunities presented by our sister channels. Through this arrangement we are confident that METRO FM’s output will be strengthened.” Given other appearance on SABC 1’s Liveamp, a handful of ads and recently on Isidingo, Thusi’s magnetism has been healthily top of mind to the growing mind.


Generation Next’s methodology


The ninth Sunday Times Generation Next Study is dubbed leading annual experience which takes into account youth brand preference and consumer behaviour survey. There are two components to the overall study, the first which focuses on brand preference and the second which focuses on lifestyle and consumer behaviour. Generation Next represents a significant portion of the population (precisely 50%) which is well under the age of 23.











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This year, 94.7 Highveld Stereo and Momentum encouraged early bird entrants of the annual Momentum 94.7 Cycle Challenge to outline the reasons that they are riding for a purpose or a charity and if drawn, they could be the lucky recipient of R50 000 cash for their chosen purpose.


Early bird entries closed on 31 March, 2013 and hundreds of motivations were received. Andy Zoepke, whose early bird entry and motivation for his ride for a purpose, was selected for the R50 000 cash prize explained during his interview with 94.7 Highveld Stereo’s Breakfast Xpress, that this year he will be riding and raising funds for the Paediatric Burns Unit at Baragwanath Hospital. “This Unit, the surgeons, nurses and support staff do an incredible job in treating and looking after children who have burn injuries. To see these young kids with different degrees of burns, suffering through the pain of surgical procedures, dressing changes and rehabilitation, is a heart wrenching experience,” said Andy.



He further motivated that the staff remained incredibly efficient, despite sometimes limited resources, and are dedicated to helping the children get back home to their families as soon as possible. “The R50 000 prize money will be used toward making the children’s physiotherapy gym more child- friendly. We will be working toward incorporating play into therapy and a revamped activity area will certainly help,” says Dr. David Kloeck of Baragwanath’s Paediatric Burns Unit. Dr. Kloeck further explained that some of the money will be used for purchasing sanitary pyjamas for the children. Keeping burn wound infection at bay is essential, so pyjamas assigned to the Burns Unit will ensure that each child has a fresh set to wear every night of their stay.


The awarded money will also be used for the purchase and installation of much needed heaters for the surgical rooms that are used to dress the children’s wounds. Danie van den Bergh, Head of Brand at Momentum said, “We are very proud of what Ride for a Purpose has achieved and the willingness and support of so many to make a meaningful contribution. Over the last two years approximately R11.3 million has been raised and distributed to over 104 charities registered with the race and many others. “We are particularly glad that the funds raised are shared amongst so many worthwhile causes and that Ride for a Purpose gives everyone a chance to support a cause that may be close or meaningful to them, personally. It is that heart and compassion that we see on race day and what makes the 94.7 so special.” Ravi Naidoo, Programming Manager at 94.7 Highveld Stereo, in turn said “Whether a cyclist rides to raise funds for a charity, in memory of a loved one, to support a good cause or to show that a disability is no impairment to living an active life, the idea is to add another dimension to the event, beyond the physical challenge.



We fully support and believe in Andy’s selfless purpose, and look forward to him crossing the finish line in November.” Currently in its 17th year, the iconic Momentum 94.7 Cycle challenge has certainly established itself as one of the most celebrated sport events in the country with a whopping 27 000 cyclists taking to the streets of Johannesburg on Cycle Challenge Sunday last year. The renowned festival of cycling kicks off with the Kiddies Ride on Saturday, 9 November and the much sought after Mountain Bike Challenge on Sunday, 10 November.


The main race will follow on Sunday, 17 November. For more details on the Momentum 94.7 Cycle Challenge and to enter, please visit or call the Race Office on (011) 017 2700. Follow us on Twitter at @Momentum947 and find us on Facebook on the Momentum 94.7 Cycle Challenge page. Ride for fitness… for yourself… for the challenge. Let’s Ride for a Purpose! Hosted by the City of Joburg- a world class African city!

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Channel Africa hosted a cake cutting ceremony on the 29th of May in celebration to its 47 years of existence in the broadcast sphere. The station has achieved many successes in the past years and has grown by leaps and bounds.


The reason that makes this celebration special is that it coincides with the 50th Anniversary of the Organisation of the African Unity (OAU) now called African Union (AU). As a result, the station has channelled most of its programmes towards the centenary, also taking into account that May is considered Africa Month. “We’re using the anniversary to empower our listeners about the aims and objectives of the OAU/AU and why the transition from OAU to AU. As an African station it is important that we constantly reinvent ourselves, in order to keep up with the evolving radio trends and to be at the forefront of broadcasting. We also thrive to remain deep rooted to our mandate, to grow and to be the radio station of choice to our listeners”, said GM: Channel Africa, Mr. Solly Phetoe.


Solly further explained that the station’s pay off line The Voice of the African Renaissance means African renewal. “As Channel Africa we are there to be the voice of such campaign or process. The African Renaissance is the concept that encourages African people and nations to overcome current challenges confronting the continent and achieve cultural, scientific, and economic renewal”, he said.


SABC Head of Radio, Mr. Lesley Ntloko, commended the station for playing an important role in promoting democracy, unity and social cohesion. “I am thankful for being part of this milestone and celebration. It also befitting to announce that we are continuously engaging our various partners to ensure that we keep this channel sustainable and to see to it that it grows and is of excellent service to the African continent as a whole”, he said.


Mr. Max Bushoke, Channel Africa’s member of staff and the SABC choir provided astounding entertainment that everybody ululated and danced to. All the musical items were in African languages and people couldn’t help but showcase their cultural dances that fitted perfectly to the music.


Channel Africa is an International Public Service Radio station whose mandate is to support South Africa’s Foreign Policy enshrined in the Department of International Relations and Cooperation’s Vision and Mission. Its main role is to contribute to the development of Africa by promoting peace, democracy and good governance through the production and broadcast of innovative, dynamic and stimulating news, current affairs and informal knowledge. The station broadcasts in six languages, namely: English, Kiswahili, French, Chinyanza, Silozi and Portuguese.

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DStv audio and radio channel number changes

Posted by radio On May - 28 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

[By DStv Online ]


MultiChoice will change the channel numbers on its audio and radio channels on DStv at midnight on Tuesday, 11 June 2013. The channels are currently in the 100 number range on the audio bouquet and will now be changed to the 800 number range. For example, DMX-Adult Contemporary which is currently channel number 101 will change to channel number 801.


The changes have been implemented to eliminate duplication with channel numbers on the video channels. The changes should not impact customers in any way as the channels will stay where they currently are located. MultiChoice recommends a decoder reboot to customers who experience any problems on the audio bouquet after this change.

Download the flyer
for your convenience, or take a look at the changes below.


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SABC Radio Increase Audiences

Posted by radio On May - 28 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

Following SABC Radio’s exceptional performance at the recent MTN Radio Awards, and  now the portfolio has also delivered a sterling performance in the May release of the (The South African Audience Research Foundation) SAARF RAMS data which covered the period Oct 2012 – Mar 2013.


SABC’s share of all adult listening increased to a substantial 68.8%. This represents a 1.3% share increase from last year’s 67.5% and is certainly the highest share SABC Radio has achieved since the early 2000’s


10 Stations posted healthy audience increases from the previous period, 3 remained stable while the remaining 4 experienced marginal declines. Share of LSM 7-10 listening remained stable from the previous year with SABC accounting for 52% of all listening in this lucrative market segment PBS Radio collectively delivered 36.3% and PCS Radio 15.7% share in the LSM 7-10 market.


Leslie Ntloko, GE: Radio says, “The SABC has a constitutional mandate as a public service broadcaster, to encourage the development of South African expression and to play an important role in shaping the future of South Africa. With the fight for the hearts and minds of South African Audiences, SABC Radio’s healthy audience performance is commendable and needs to be maintained especially in light of the new primary market commercial players recently launched in Gauteng, Western Cape and KZN. In today’s more complex media landscape, it is important for the SABC to continue to engage with the South African audiences both to ensure that these public purposes reflect what is important to them, but also measure the SABC’s contribution in these areas”.


10 SABC Stations recorded audience gains from the previous period with Ligwalagwala FM gaining a significantly higher 213 000 listeners after a recent period of declines.  Munghana Lonene fm, Lesedi fm, RSG and Ukhozi FM also gained new listeners in various demographics. The 2 national stations SAfm and 5FM also posted healthy increases. The stable set comprises of METRO FM, Umhlobo Wenene FM, Good Hope FM, Motsweding FM and Trufm. SABC Radio in total gained 353 000 new listeners over previous period and currently reaches 26 725 000 South African adults.


[Issued by:  SABC]

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Radio and digital – a media love affair

Posted by radio On May - 27 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

Marketers who blend radio and digital into integrated campaigns can experience far stronger return on investment than if they used these channels separately.


That’s according to Ian Drummond, Mediamark Digital Sales Manager, who says that radio and online complements each other’s strengths in a manner that delivers exponential returns when they are used together. For that reason, marketers should be looking at media buys that allow them to jointly plan and strategise campaigns across broadcast and online channels.


“Though it makes sense to plan campaigns across a range of channels, our experience shows that radio and online have a particularly special relationship,” says Drummond. “They complement each other’s reach and target audiences quite nicely, and they are also mediums that many users consume at the same time.”


Radio can influence how consumers behave when they’re back online, says Drummond.


The awareness that radio drives can have a dramatic impact on an online campaign – from past campaigns we’re seen that people who have been exposed to a radio activation are up to seven times more likely to click on a banner.


Marketers should consider peak usage times for radio and online as they allocate budget – not only the times of the day when people are more likely to be listening to the radio, but also the time of the year.

For instance, general Web browsing numbers experience some drop-off when people go on leave over school and public holidays, while radio numbers remain fairly consistent. At the same time, certain Web services experience peaks over holidays – for example, many people use Skype to speak to relatives overseas over the Christmas and New Year season.


Drummond notes that another benefit of radio is that people can listen to a radio station while they browse the Internet at work or on a mobile device.

Radio gives you an often-captive audience – people listening in cars and offices – while online is an ideal platform for interacting with them. “Radio is a more passive medium, offering opportunities to send a punchy call to action messages to users, while online is a channel where they can carry out the action such as requesting more information, filling in a form or making a purchase” says Drummond.


As such, advertisers can use radio to activate online campaigns by, for example, steering customers to a website or social media presence, where they can access more information and act on an offer. With mobile channels such as mobi sites and SMSs, customers don’t even need to wait to get back to their PCs to take action.


Drummond says the implication is that marketers need to think strategically about how to pair radio and the web to maximize their spending. They need to consider factors such as how radio and digital can reinforce brand messaging, when each channel reaches users, and what type of users each addresses.


[Source: Mediamark]


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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.


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