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CrashCarBurn… A review of Gravity

Posted by radio On November - 5 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

[By Chloe Smith]

CrashCarBurn hit the music market with just that. Their new album, Gravity, is described by Garth Barnes as “the most bi-polar album we’ve ever done”. Sticking to their well-known pop-punk sound of before, the album also shows a more heartfelt (and sometimes mellow) side to the band. Gravity is an evolution and maturation of CrashCarBurn without taking away from the rocking sound they were originally known and loved for.

Formed in London in 2006 before returning to South Africa in 2007, CrashCarBurn worked independently for many years. With a few international tours successfully under their belts, the band has continued to remain a local favourite. They recently signed to major international label EMI Music, where they say they “can’t wait to see where this new friendship will take [them]”.

Light, the first single off the new album, quickly became popular on alternative, rock and pop radio stations across the country, lending to their well-known punk-rock/pop-punk sound. With vocals from the locally renowned ChianoSky in Heartbeat Racing, the heart breaking tribute to their dear friend Kerran Yates in Get Up And Fly, the versatility of the album guarantees its good reception. Exploring time signatures, instrumentation and even adding in an orchestra or two, Gravity promises to be a local (and hopefully international) success.

The band can look forward to expanding their audience and their audience can look forward to forming a deeper connection with the band.

Songs to watch out for: The Ride and The Light

Photographed by Bruce K. Cantrell

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SATMA Awards bring glits and glamour to East London

Posted by radio On November - 1 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

East London in the Eastern Cape was abuzz this past weekend for the first time the South African Traditional Music Achievers Awards took place in the province. At a star studded affair that attracted many traditional music lovers ranging from politicians, traditionalists and SABC TV celebrities.

Local SABC station Umhlobo Wenene FM walked away with two awards for Best Traditional Music Radio Program (PBS) and Best Traditional Radio DJ for Saba Mbixane’s show, Lavutha Ibhayi. Mbixane was also nominated for Best Traditional Radio DJ for PBS and Traditional Music Radio Program, he won both awards.

In other categories, Inanda FM’s Mzothule Shembe walked away with Best Community Radio DJ, Best Traditional and Cultural News Journalist for Print media went Charles Khuzwayo of Isolezwe while Best Traditional and Cultural News Journalist (Electronic Media) went to Sphamandla Goge.

The award ceremony is an all-inclusive annual celebration of South African Traditional Music Achievers with categories ranging from Best Sicathamiya to Best Boeremusiek. The SATMA’s were founded in 2005 in order to uplift honour and promote traditional music and musicians across racial and ethnic backgrounds. Since inception, the SATMA awards were hosted in Kwa-Zulu Natal at the Durban ICC. This year, the event was an equal success after having been moved to the Eastern Cape. This year’s SATMA ambassador was afro pop artist Ntando Bangani who calls the Eastern Cape home.

The awards were hosted in partnership with the Eastern Cape Provincial Government, SABC, National Heritage Council of South Africa (NHC), Ilanga newspaper, Premier Hotels Group and the Buffalo City Metro.

For the full list of winners follow this link: http://www.satmaawards.co.za/docs/Winners%202012.pdf

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A Music Review: Toya Delazy

Posted by radio On July - 23 - 2012 8 COMMENTS

By Nyeleti Machovani

 

Toya Delazy’s talent is undisputed. She embodies all things cool; she is funky, fresh, young, and has such infectious energy. At only 23 years of age, this young songbird has chirped well-enough to wake up South Africa, and get the nation singing along to her catchy beats. Toya Delazy, whose real name is Latoya Buthelezi, and granddaughter to Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi, came to our attention in 2011.

 

As unexpected and seemingly sudden her rise to fame has been, Latoya’s background gives us enough inclination to assume there has been sufficient struggle through the years to make it. Her Sony packaged album titled “Due Drop” which was released in October, 2011, is led by a feisty debut single called “Pump it on”. The airplay this single has received has been tremendous, and the music video packaged for the debut track deserves honorary recognition.

 

The official video for “Pump it on” is currently sitting on 107, 053 YouTube hits, and receiving support from prominent music channels, such as Channel O, MTV Base and TRACE Urban. The second single is titled “Love is in the air” and is also well received by the public; the video has received 33 777 hits on YouTube. Buthelezi describes her album and sound as; “it’s a little bit of everything: jazz, electro, hip hop, pop. I get my bass elements from my jazz background; add some electro keys and my flow is heavily influenced by hip hop. “Pump It On” has all these elements, but it’s still quite poppy”, she says. With such diverse appeal, the former Howard College (University of Kwa-Zulu Natal) jazz student has been embraced both locally and abroad, with listeners often mistaking her slick sound for that of an international act.

 

Due Drop features production from the likes of Jax Panik and Octave Couplet, and collaborations with The Soil and others.  Music critics have on the general scale appreciated that the lass certainly has talent, however condemned this apparently permeating trend to auto-tune, and overly-produce a perfectly good sound for the sake of commercialization. The album is poppy, electro, and very much a dance-album; the lyrics do not offer much depth. The auto-tune is dominant, and this is a distraction to an artist who otherwise, has more to show. The feeling here is, it would be a treat to hear Toya Delazy at her most natural and undeterred, just her voice and piano playing with harmonious melodies. Nonetheless, she had garnered enough supporters to show that there is something she is doing rather well.

 

Buthelezi is as interesting to listen to as she is to look at. Her choice of aesthetic appeal is an array of ensembles rich in multitudes of colours, and textures. She describes her personal style as a mixture of “street and vintage”. All of this is usually adorned by her brand crown of an intricate braided Mohawk and eccentric nerd glasses.

 

The songstress’s future certainly looks as colourful as her style, and the anticipation for more is at its peak. Delazy is South Africa’s latest gem and I certainly am keen for a second album.

 

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Feeling At Home With MiCasa

Posted by radio On June - 4 - 2012 1 COMMENT

By Gaopalelwe Moroane

 

It is difficult, if not almost impossible to wake up in the morning, switch on the radio for a breakfast show and not be greeted by J-Something’s sultry voice, singing, “Good morning to the world out there.” It is even more difficult to not smile or bob your head along to the upbeat tempo of the song. These are the sounds of MiCasa’s award winning single, These Streets, which took South African airwaves, clubs and streets by storm and later went on to win them their  two SAMAs  this year . The album has also followed on to sell double-platinum.

MiCasa, which is made up of the trio, producer and DJ Dr Duda, vocalist J-Something and trumpeter Mo-T, began working together after a random session where the three individuals “free styled” an unrehearsed piece together and blew the crowd away. It’s been love ever since and the airwaves are grateful. The Portuguese–born lead singer, fluent in isiXhosa, is the very good looking Joao, who started calling himself ‘J-Something’ as people could not pronounce his name. He went to school in the Eastern Cape, Grahamstown school, Graeme College and worked on his musical talent when he got involved in the local church as a member of the ‘River of Life’s’ music team. Prior to shooting to fame, as the lead in the group, he sold t-shirts with his brother in Johannesburg.

After the release of the award winning single “These Streets”, MiCasa released Heavenly Sent, which listeners took a liking to almost as much and whose music video was released. It’s a lovely ballad accompanied by a beat that you can’t help but want to dance to, and the ever faithful Mo-T’s trumpet.

MiCasa falls under the successful record label, Soul Candi which is also the home of 5 FM’s Euphonik and Frankie, just to name a few. It therefore comes as no surprise that the trio produced a record of such a high standard.

The album itself consists of fourteen consistently head bopping tracks, and are well deserving of the Best Dance award that they received. My personal favorites on the album are their rendition of the R&B legend, Sade’s Smooth Operator. The only criticism that I found on reviewing the trio’s is that the album isn’t mixed like most dance and house albums are. This however does not take away from the general quality of the album and one can hear why it has been so well received.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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We Proudly Announce SAMA Award Winners

Posted by radio On May - 3 - 2012 4 COMMENTS

 

Photo: Randall Abrahams, CEO of the 18th Annual South African Music Awards.

 

The South African Music Awards were upon us this past weekend on 29, 30 April at the Sun City Superbowl.  For those of us who couldn’t be a part of the live festivities in Sun City, we fixated our eyes on the television screen as the event proceeded and was broadcast live on the 30th from 8.30pm on SABC 1. Some have dubbed the event as the ‘Zahara Awards’ as she managed to scoop up 8 South African Music Awards from the respective categories in which she was nominated, making her supporters very proud. Of course Zahara wasn’t the only star shining bright in room; therefore Radiobiz would like to congratulate all our category winners and encourage our musicians to keep striving for excellence.

Courtesy of http://samusicawards.co.za/:

 

The Winners Are:


Best Alternative Album

The Dirty Skirts for Lost In The Fall

Best Kiddies Album

Wendy Oldfield for Singalong Kidz Volume 2

Best Smooth Urban Music Album

Zahara for Loliwe

Best Contemporary Faith Music Album

The Plain Truth – We Are The Shining Ones

Best Classical and Instrumental Album

CH2 for Ping

Best Collaboration

Zahara featuring Georgy for Incwad’Encane

Best Jazz Album

Jimmy Dludlu for Tonota

Best Pop Album

Lloyd Cele for One

Best African Adult Album

Zonke for Ina Ethe

Best Rock Album

Shadowclub for Guns and Money

Best Traditional Music Album

Soul Brothers for Amaphutha

Best Traditional Faith Music Album

Solly Mahlangu for Mwamba Mwamba

Best Street Urban Music Album

AKA for Altar Ego

Best Sokkie Dans Album

Snotkop for Ek Laaik Van Jol

Best Adult Contemporary Album

Elvis Blue for Elvis Blue (2CD Special Edition)

 

Best Maskandi Album

Thokozani Langa for I-Protection Order

Best Kwaito Album

Big Nuz for Pound for Pound

Best Dance Album

Mi Casa for Mi Casa Music

Special Award:  Best Selling Album

Loliwe by Zahara

Special Award:  MTN Best Selling Mobile Music Download

Facebook by DJ Cleo

Newcomer of the Year

Zahara for Loliwe

Duo/Group of the Year

Mi Casa for Mi Casa Music

Male Artist of the Year

AKA for Altar Ego

Female Artist of the Year

Zahara for Loliwe

MTN Record of the Year

Mi Casa for These Streets

Album of the Year

Loliwe by Zahara

 

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2012 MTN RADIO AWARDS ANNOUNCES WINNERS

Posted by radio On April - 18 - 2012 Comments Off on 2012 MTN RADIO AWARDS ANNOUNCES WINNERS

 

The much anticipated day came and left a bevy of very excited and equally deserving award winners.  The MTN Radio Awards 2012 were hosted on 14 April, 2012, at the Sandton Convention Centre. Radiobiz applauds the recognition of excellence in the radio industry. Here are the category winners.

 

  • BREAKFAST SHOW

 

COMMERCIAL

Winner: John Robbie Show Talk Radio 702

This show is constantly relevant and maintains an excellent balance between controversy and entertainment.

 

PBS

Winner: Vuka Mzansi — UKHOZI FM

This show stood head and shoulders above competitors in its category in terms of its ability to engage with- and inform- listeners.

 

COMMUNITY

Winner: Blewitt for Breakfast — Mix93.8FM

This show is amusing, light-hearted, entertaining and professionally presented.

 

CAMPUS

Winner: The FirstBeat — Tshwane FM

This is a new show presented by fresh talent. The judges felt that it has the potential to rival some of its commercial counterparts.

 

  • BREAKFAST PRESENTER

 

COMMERCIAL

Winner: Ryan O’Connor — 94.5 Kfm

Ryan presents the breakfast show with flair, stamping his own brand of fun and his unique warm personality on the show.

 

PBS

Winner: Linda Sibiya — Ukhozi FM

Linda makes a difference in people’s lives though his witty, fun and enthusiastic presentation style.

 

COMMUNITY

Winner: Tony Blewitt — Mix 93.8FM

Tony brings fun, entertainment and easy listening to the morning commute.

 

CAMPUS

Winner: Rob Forbes — TUKS FM

Rob’s style, energy, approachability and talent have seen him gain the attention and interest of commercial stations and he has now moved

on to a full-time slot on 5FM.

 

BUSINESS AND FINANCE PRESENTER

Winner: Bruce Whitfield — 567 Cape Talk and Talk Radio 702

Bruce has made this category his own over the past few years. His insightful interviews and his breadth of coverage of his subjects make him a

clear and worthy winner.

 

BUSINESS AND FINANCE SHOW

Winner — The Money Show – 567 Cape Talk and Talk Radio 702

This show has become the benchmark against which other Business and Finance Shows are measured.

 

COMMUNITY PRESENTER

Winner — Thabo Mdluli — Impact Radio 103FM

Thabo is still a relatively new and young presenter and yet he has his finger on the pulse of his community and speaks to their hearts.

 

COMMUNITY PROJECT

COMMERCIAL

Winner — Toy Story — East Coast Radio

This was a heart-warming project that brought joy to the lives of thousands of children. Judges commented that this was one that really touched them and had them reaching for their Kleenex.

 

COMMUNITY

Winner — Children of Heaven — Radio Islam

This was a campaign that told personal stories of special needs children in its broadcast community, highlighting their plight and raising awareness across the entire audience spectrum.

 

CONTENT PRODUCER

COMMERCIAL

Winner — Gary Oberholzer and JD Mostert (Joint Winners)

After intense debate, the judges were unable to come up with a single winner and for the first time in the MTN Radio Awards history, gave a joint accolade to individuals. Gary Oberholzer of Talk Radio 702 for the exceptional dexterity he demonstrates in sourcing relevant guests and making sure the show is topical and always interesting. JD Mostert of Algoa FM for his ability to manage and smoothly produce a broad range of content and consistently adding value to the

programme.

 

DAYTIME PRESENTER

COMMERCIAL

Winner — Saskia Falken — Heart 104.9FM

Fun, friendly and fast paced presentation, Saskia has a very engaging manner and is easy to listen to.

PBS

Winner — Dudu Khoza — Ukhozi FM

Dudu is entertaining and engaging, but most of all she is relevant and important to her listeners.

 

COMMUNITY

Winner — Helen Desbois — East Rand Stereo

Helen has an inviting, friendly and entertaining presentation style.

 

CAMPUS

Winner — Alex Caige — TUKS FM

Alex injects fun into his show and his enthusiasm and dedication to his show make him a worthy winner in this category.

 

DAYTIME SHOW

COMMERCIAL

Winner — Grant and Anele — 5FM

This show has fun, pace, wit, entertainment and above all, an X-factor that is one of the special properties of radio.

 

PBS

Winner — Afternoon Talk – SAfm

This show does not shy away from controversial issues and encourages listener participation and involvement.

 

COMMUNITY

Winner — Butterfly Corner — Radio Islam

Aimed at a young audience, this show is different in the way it engages with children.

 

DRAMA PROGRAMME

PBS

Winner — Radio Vuka – SAfm

A daily drama programme that seeks to highlight national imperatives in an entertaining manner.

 

COMMUNITY

Winner: Discrimination — Radio Khwezi

A compelling insight into an important recurring issue that affects all South Africans.

 

MUSIC PRESENTER

COMMERCIAL

Winner — Marian Nyako Lartey – OFM

Marian has an excellent approach to informing – whilst interacting with and entertaining – the listeners.

 

COMMUNITY

Winner — Cavall Burgess

Clear, entertaining and interesting presentation.

MUSIC SHOW

COMMERCIAL

Winner — Take 40 SA — 94.5 Kfm and 94.7 Highveld Stereo

The Take 40 programme is professionally produced and presented. It is an excellent example of production preparation that culminates in an excellent show.

 

PBS

Winner — The Bollywood Billboard — Lotus FM

Presented with enthusiasm and flair, this show is a star in the Lotus FM constellation.

 

COMMUNITY

Winner — Jubel en Juig — Radio Pulpit

True to its community roots, this show is honest and entertaining.

 

CAMPUS

Winner — Totally SA Show — TUKS FM

Campus radio has always played an important role in introducing listeners to new music and this show is even more important in that it focusses on SA Music.

 

NEWS AND ACTUALITY PRESENTER

COMMERCIAL

Winner — David O’ Sullivan — Talk Radio 702

David O’Sullivan handles the issues of the day in a professional and engaging manner. He is always on top of the news issues and ensures that he gets relevant and insightful answers from his interviewees.

 

COMMUNITY

Winner — Nothile Zwane — Radio Khwezi

Nothile presented political issues with balance, fairness and integrity in the run-up to the local government elections

 

NEWS AND ACTUALITY PRODUCER

COMMERCIAL

Winner — Glynis Crook — The Midday Report — 567 Cape Talk and Talk Radio 702

As the producer of The Midday Report, Glynis has an enviable contact book and is constantly able to source new voices for a variety of issues.

 

PBS

Winner — Veronica Fourie AM Live SAfm

Veronica is a producer who researches her subjects thoroughly and produces thought-provoking radio.

 

COMMUNITY

Winner — Ejaz Khan — Radio Islam

Ejaz is able to source content that is meaningful and of relevance to his audience.

 

NEWS AND ACTUALITY SHOW

COMMERCIAL

Winner — The Midday Report — 567 Cape Talk and Talk Radio 702

This is a show that consistently analyses and interprets the news of the day with professionalism, speed and authority.

 

PBS

Winner — 50 Jarige Herdenking van Umkonto we Sizwe – RSG

This special broadcast on the history of MK was dramatic, fascinating and professionally presented.

 

COMMUNITY

Winner – The Big Picture Programme — Radio Islam

A compelling radio programme that reports on the big issues of the day in a professional manner.

 

AFTERNOON DRIVE PRESENTER

COMMERCIAL

Winner — Martin Bester — Jacaranda 94.2

Martin reduces the stress of the drive home with his mixture of warmth, with and his overall professional presentation.

 

PBS

Winner — Ba2cada Leine — Lesedi FM

The pace and entertainment of this presentation and the way in which there are no sacred cows makes this an entertaining and

relevant show for the younger target audience.

 

COMMUNITY

Winner — Yusuf Moosagie — Radio Islam

Yusuf presents a variety of content and issues, keeping his audience company and ensuring that they are informed of the events of the day whilst commuting.

 

AFTERNOON DRIVE SHOW

COMMERCIAL

Winner — The Fresh Drive – 5FM

This show is fun, entertaining and exciting and will most certainly reduce the stress of commuting.

 

PBS

Winner — Sekunjalo the Exclusive Drive — Ukhozi FM

This show brings together many elements of social media, news and entertainment and has a huge degree of audience involvement making it an essential daily listening experience.

 

COMMUNITY

Winner — The Drive Show — Bay FM

This show is highly informative to its community.

NEWS BULLETIN READER

COMMERCIAL

Winner — Tessa van Staden — 567 Cape Talk

Tessa’s presentation is clear, competent and delivered with authority.

 

COMMUNITY

Winner — Karlien Kruger — Bok Radio

This entry won on the style, clarity and tone of the presentation

 

CAMPUS

Winner — Anton Meijer — TUKS FM

Anton presents the news in a professional manner and that his clarity and delivery make him a worthy winner.

 

NIGHT TIME PRESENTER

COMMERCIAL

Winner — Thabiso Sikwane — Kaya FM

Thabiso is professional, empathic, and welcoming and she selects topics and guests that add value to the listeners’ experience.

 

PBS

Winner — Ashraf Garda SAfm

Ashraf is a consummate radio professional who undertakes thorough research into his topics and provokes excellent debate amongst his listeners.

 

COMMUNITY

Winner — Sakha Isizwe — Radio Khwezi

This informative, entertaining and though-provoking presentation won the favour of the judges

 

NIGHT TIME SHOW

COMMERCIAL

Winner — That Show with Rian — Jacaranda 94.2

Controversial and sometimes confrontational style makes this a clear winner.

 

PBS

Winner — The Weekend Fix — Lotus FM

Innovative, cutting-edge show that has increased listenership by 900% due to its entertaining music and presentation.

 

COMMUNITY

Winner — Sakhisizwe — Radio Khwezi

Innovative and thought-provoking radio.

 

ON-AIR PACKAGING

COMMERCIAL

Winner — Sung Intros — 94.5Kfm

The scripting, the humour and the relevance of this entry found favour with the judges.

 

PBS

Winner — African Renaissance – SAfm

This was part of a broader series which sought to promote and increase awareness of African issues and to promote the concept of a unified Africa.

 

COMMUNITY

Winner — Jingles etc — Radio Islam

This entry won favour with the judges due to the attention-to-detail and the relevance to the station’s programming and audience.

 

PROMOTION/STUNT/EVENT

COMMERCIAL

Winner — Double up — Jacaranda 94.2

This promotion increased audience retention and participation and achieved exceptional results in terms of increasing time spent listening and RAMS numbers.

 

PBS

Winner — Wafa Wafa — Ukhozi FM

This high energy promotion uses music and sports to keep listeners locked onto the station. It includes a high level of audience involvement and participation.

 

COMMUNITY

Winner — Go Green — East Rand Stereo

This promotion exceeded the station’s expectations by creating maximum visible promotion for the Station in its’ broadcast area and encouraging community participation.

 

CAMPUS

Winner — 93.36 hour Marathon — PUKfm 93.6

This promotion and marathon broadcast on the station captured substantial attention amongst the target listeners and the broader connected community. It established the frequency of the station through the targeted time of the marathon.

 

SPORTS COMMENTATOR

PBS

Winner Jo Hudla — Ukhozi FM

Jo makes his commentary exciting and the game that he is calling comes alive in the eyes of his listeners.

 

SPORTS PRESENTER

COMMERCIAL

Winner — Sias du Plessis — 5FM

This is a competitive category and Sias does excellent preparation and presents with knowledge, authority and enthusiasm.

 

PBS

Winner — Feroz Shaik — Lotus FM

Feroz is knowledgeable and enthusiastic and this transmits through his reports

 

COMMUNITY

Winner — Josie Raath — Radio Pulpit

Josie had a great ability to communicate his passion and knowledge to his listener.

 

CAMPUS

Winner — Andrew Hope — UJFM 95.4

Andrew manages to get excellent content and shares this in an engaging and professional manner.

 

SPORTS SHOW

COMMERCIAL

Winner — The Discovery Sports Centre — Metro FM

Metro FM through Robert Marawa have made this their own award over the past three years. Robert is a sports fanatic and the show is a fine example of his passion and enthusiasm.

 

PBS

Winner — The Sports Show — Phalaphala FM

This award winning presenter makes the show interesting and compelling.

 

COMMUNITY

Winner — Sportsfire — Radio Today 1485AM

Clear consistent presentation by a real sports enthusiast make this an excellent show.

 

CAMPUS

Winner — The Sports Network — UJFM 95.4

As a comprehensive production from a small campus station, this show punches above its weight.

 

TRAFFIC PRESENTER

Winner — Kgomotso Meso — Kaya FM

Concise and straightforward traffic reports which take listener input into account. This is traffic reporting as it should be.

 

WEEKEND RADIO SHOW

COMMERCIAL

Winner — The Epic Rhythm — Kaya FM

This show is entertaining, informative and relevant. Listeners are left wanting more.

 

PBS

Winner — The Bollywood Billboard — Lotus FM

A delightfully presented look at the highlights of Bollywood. Interesting and entertaining radio.

 

COMMUNITY

Winner — Screaming Reels — Radio Islam

This fishing programme appeals to the pastime of a large selection of the audience and is captivating. One could say that an enthusiast could get hooked on this programme.

 

PROGRAMME INNOVATION AWARD

Winner — Sedibeng — Thobela FM

This is an empowering, informative and interesting show that covers a variety of topics without skirting controversial issues.

 

PROGRAMME CONCEPT AWARD

Winner — Phat Joe Morning Show — Heart 104.9FM

 

DOCUMENTARY – LONG

Winner — Gangsterism — The Voice of the Cape

A brave and dramatic insight into gangs in the Western Cape.

 

DOCUMENTARY – SHORT

Winner — Metered Taxis — 567 Cape Talk

Whistle blowing on the metered taxi industry in the City of Cape Town.

 

BURSARY AWARD

Winner — Most Number of Votes — Ukhozi FM

Winner — Most Loyal Listeners — Radio Islam

 

STATION OF THE YEAR

COMMERCIAL

Winner — 5 FM

 

PBS

Winner — Ukhozi FM

 

COMMUNITY

Winner — Radio Tygerberg

 

CAMPUS

Winner — TUKS FM

Visit www.mtnradioawards.co.za for more information.

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SABC Scoops ‘Em Up!

Posted by radio On April - 18 - 2012 Comments Off on SABC Scoops ‘Em Up!

 

The South African Broadcasting Corporation’s (SABC) can proudly raise its pennon in celebration as the broadcasters’ radio stations have done extremely well.  The broadcaster managed to rake in over 20 accolades at the MTN Radio Awards, which were held in Sandton on Saturday the 14th of April.

Excellence must be applauded and celebrated. The SABC radio stations proved to be the crème de la crème of an arguably competitive radio industry by emerging as top performers in the previous financial year, which was between April 2011 and March 2012. The top radio stations were namely; Ukhozi FM, 5FM and SAfm as these three stations scooped up various awards. Of the three top contenders, Ukhozi FM proved its tenacity by pocketing 9 well deserved awards including the coveted Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) Station of the Year award.

5FM managed to bag the Commercial Station of the Year award, as well as walking away with 4 awards. Also on par, SAfm claimed five 5 awards and sealed that it is the station of choice when it comes to credible information by winning the News and Information Leader award.

Metro FM, Thobela FM, RSG, and Lesedi FM each walked away with an award, and Phalaphala, Lotus FM, and Chanel Africa each pocketed 2 awards. SABC Acting Head of Radio, Lesley Ntloko is appreciative that there is a platform which acknowledges excellence in broadcasting, because indeed, hard work pays off. He is quoted saying: “these awards are most valued by the SABC, especially the Station of the Year awards, which are voted for by the listeners. It becomes meaningful to note that the SABC still by far, heeds the call to inform, educate and entertain the South African audience. These awards are a testament to the hard work and dedication of all the SABC Radio stations.

 

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YFM ESCAPES HATE SPEECH CASE

Posted by radio On April - 18 - 2012 Comments Off on YFM ESCAPES HATE SPEECH CASE

 

The Registrar of the Broadcasting Complaints Commission of South Africa (BCCSA) has received a complaint regarding the use of the word “nigger” in a broadcast of an afternoon YFM programme titled ‘Prime Mode’ on 15 March 2012 between 14h00 and 15h00.

The complainant, Tshepo Motaung, contends against the use of the word “nigga” which he heard being used quite liberally on the afternoon show. Motaung’s claims rest on the issue of “hate speech based on race clause”.

The applicable clause to the case as it stands is:

Clause 4(2): Broadcasting Service licensees must not broadcast material which, judged within context, amounts to (a) propaganda for war; (b) incitement of imminent violence or (c) the advocacy of hatred that is based on race, ethnicity, religion or gender and that constitutes incitement to cause harm.

The judgment observed that “it cannot seriously be suggested that the broadcast was intended to or indeed even had the effect of advocating hatred, less still that it constituted incitement to cause harm. The use of the word “nigga” was plainly not intended to have any of these effects nor did it indeed have such effects”.

Therefore upon revising the case, the judgment did not find the broadcast station (YFM) in violation of clause 4.2 of the BCCSA code of conduct and the complaint is therefore not upheld.

To read the full adjudication, visit: www.bccsa.co.za

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MTN Radio Awards Countdown Begins!

Posted by radio On April - 13 - 2012 2 COMMENTS

 

There is officially less than a week to go, and the countdown to the long-awaited MTN Radio Awards 2012, which will be hosted on 14 April, 2012, at the Sandton Convention Centre is in full effect.

The station categories have been divided into 4 main categories, namely; Commercial, PBS (Public Broadcasting Station), Community,  and Campus. Radiobiz brings you a synchronized package of the show-business report.

 

1.         BREAKFAST SHOW

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and if your first meal does not set your day off to a good start, then you should revise your diet, in this case- what you are listening to. The saying “if a station is not in profit by 9 a.m., then it never will be” makes this particular award one of the most important. The judges will be looking for a show that captures the energy and essence of its target market both geographically and demographically. Morning radio can often sound the same in many markets, so the judges will look for style, content and presentation that is original, creative, exciting and enticing.  Morning radio is often about team-broadcasting, and judges will, therefore, pay special attention to how the team blends together and plays off one another. The best morning radio, while often tightly packed and pre-produced, can be a meaningful vehicle for advertisers.

The contenders for this coveted category go to:

COMMERCIAL -5FM / 94.7 Highveld Stereo / 567 Cape Talk / Good Hope FM / KFM / Kaya FM / Talk Radio 702
PBS – Phalaphala FM / Ukhozi FM / Umhlobo Wenene FM
COMMUNITY – East Rand Stereo / Impact 103FM / Mix 93.8FM / Radio Islam / Tygerberg FM
CAMPUS – Tshwane FM / TUKS FM

 

2. NEWS AND ACTUALITY SHOW

This category is open to all radio stations that have a bona fide news and actuality programme comprising original news and current affairs of fifteen minutes in duration or more, and broadcast at any time of the day or night.  This excludes hourly news bulletins. The category would also be open to a broader talk show that covers current affairs. The show will be assessed on the way in which stories and issues are handled in terms of presentation, immediacy style and objectivity.
COMMERCIAL – 567 Cape Talk / Kaya FM / OFM / Talk Radio 702 X 2
COMMUNITY – Radio Islam (The Big Picture Programme, Al Masaa Afternoon Drive and Sabaahul Muslim) / Radio Pulpit (Josie Raath) / KQFM (KQ Talk)
PBS – RSG / SAfm (Andries Tatane and United Nations)

 

3DAYTIME SHOW

This category is open to all shows broadcast on all radio stations across the time channels that typically are not defined as either Breakfast time, or as Afternoon Drive time (e.g. between 09:00 and 16:00) during weekdays and over weekends. The show will be assessed on how well it understands the unique needs of the time channel and programmes accordingly, and judges will be looking for freshness in presentation, and how uniquely each broadcast hour is used.  Consideration will also be given to whether advertisers have got value for money, and whether the show deserves the accolade of being a regular essential appointment with the listener. High production values are a must.

The contenders for this category are:

COMMERCIAL – Alex Jay Show (94.7 Highveld Stereo) / Grant and Anele (5FM) / Lunch with Ayanda (Good Hope FM) / The Jenny Crwys Williams Show (Talk Radio 702) / The Midday Report (567 Cape Talk) / The Redi Thlabi Show (Talk Radio 702)
PBS – Ashraf Garda (SAfm) / Sedibeng (Thobela FM) / The Real Deal (Trufm)
COMMUNITY – Aboo Bakr Dawjee & Sulaimaan Ravat (Radio Islam) / Helen Desbois (East Rand Stereo) / Sameera Buccas (Radio Islam) / Saskia V (Mix 93.8FM)
4AFTERNOON DRIVE SHOW

Although it doesn’t pull the same audience numbers as Breakfast, afternoon drive is critical to the station’s mix on air and plays a significant role to the overall Time Spent Listening (TSL) and cumulative audience figures. The pace of the show is critical with a substantial volume of news and information having to be incorporated into the mix. Getting this show right requires a skilful mix of the ingredients that will keep the listener locked to the station and provide that mix of information, and entertainment that shortens the ride home and reduces the stress of rush-hour traffic.

The contenders for this Category are:

COMMERCIAL – 5FM / 567 Cape Talk / 94.7 Highveld Stereo / Algoa FM / East Coast Radio / Good Hope FM / Jacaranda 94.2 / Kaya FM / Talk Radio 702 /
PBS – Lesedi FM / Phalaphala FM / Ukhozi FM / Umhlobo Wenene
COMMUNITY – Bay FM / Mix 93.8FM / Radio Islam

 

5. NIGHT TIME SHOW 

This category is open to all radio stations across all categories broadcasting from 19:00 to 05:00 in the morning, weekdays and over weekends. Night-time broadcasting typically requires a change of pace and mood and the show must reflect this.  Judges will also look at how the show best addresses the needs of the audience, as well as excellence in presentation and production. Given that night-time radio audiences tend to dwindle as it gets later, judges will be asking one key question:  “What compels me to stay with this show?”

The contenders are:

COMMERCIAL – 5FM / 94.2 Jacaranda / 94.7 Highveld Stereo / Good Hope FM / Kaya FM / Talk Radio 702 and 567 Cape Talk
PBS – Lotus FM / SAfm (Chiawelo and Andries Tatane)
COMMUNITY – Radio Khwezi / Radio Islam / Radio Pulpit / RadioRiverside

 

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By Nyeleti Machovani

Photo: The V Drive Show Team

From Left to Right: Bonga Zulu (Technical Producer), Linda ‘TheGame’ Ndimande (Presenter) & Nokwanda Ngema (Content Producer)

 

Vibe FM’s Linda ‘The Game’ Ndimande who presents the show V-Drive, has been nominated for the category ‘Afternoon Drive Presenter’ in the MTN sponsored Radio Awards.  The prestigious event which is to be held at the Sandton Convention Center on 14, April, 2012 is around the corner. It therefore makes sense why the community radio anchor’s infectious enthusiasm resonates as we speak about his nomination. “I’m very excited, I was not aware that my craft is acknowledged; even if I don’t walk away the official ‘winner’, being nominated- that alone is amazing. It inspires me to work even harder”, says Ndimande humbly.

 

Even as a youngster, the 37 year old Umlazi born radio jock never felt ambivalent about his life’s journey. He knew that he wanted to see himself in the radio industry. To achieve this goal, he set out to lay a foundation of solid media references by building a portfolio of relevant working experience.  Ndimande started out as a radio presenter at Cani 96.7 FM in 1997 and then relocated to present at the Durban News Radio in 2005. He honed and refined his skills at Gagasi FM in 2010, before joining Vibe FM 94.7 FM in 2011. Evidently, the years spent cultivating his skills have rewarded him with recognition in a very competitive industry. “I’m at home at Vibe FM. I have the freedom to be myself and enjoy radio. I have the freewill to give my show direction, and I have gained the confidence to mature my craft here”, says Ndimande.

 

The community radio station Vibe FM which officially aired on 20 March, 2009, is situated in KwaMashu within the Ethekwini Metropolitan Municipality. It was granted a four-year broadcasting license by ICASA which took effect on 5th April 2007 to broadcast to the community of KwaMashu and surrounding areas. Ndimande believes that radio is still very much a relevant media outlet in contemporary South Africa; “radio stations reach millions of listeners, and can effectively change people’s mindsets”, says the V-Drive Show presenter.

 

Affectionately nicknamed ‘The Game”, Ndimande describes his show, the V-Drive, as young, fresh, current and energetic. “Our show speaks to 18-25 year olds. We remain current, popular and relevant because in radio you need to know what you are doing. We also engage the community through outreach programmes”, he says. Part of the stations’ social responsibility is to empower an otherwise impoverished rural community. “We are working together with various Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO)’s in the area which assist us to build houses for the underprivileged , as well as to host educational talks in schools regarding issues affecting South Africa, such as HIV/Aids and unemployment amongst other issues”, he says.

 

When asked about the likelihood of bagging this coveted award of Afternoon Drive Presenter, Ndimande evades attributing the success of the show to his own outstanding skills, but gives praise to his equally commendable team, which comprises of two other co-presenters, namely; Bonga Zulu, the shows’ technical producer, and the content producer Nokwanda Ngema.

 

Even in the face of tenacious competition, being that Radio Islam received 24 nominations for the MTN Radio Awards 2012, and managed to walk away with four awards in the previous year, Ndimande seems optimistic about Vibe FM’s chances of taking the prize this year. “I believe that we may be likely to win this category because of the advantage we have over our competition. The show I present considers the diverse South African youth, in ethnicity, religion, and language. We are not specific to a certain group. We also incorporate English and Zulu in presenting so that we can appeal to a wider audience”, he explains.

 

Clearly an avid believer in hard work, drive and initiative, Ndimande holds a Boston certificate in Communication. “It is a great initiative for a large company like MTN to sponsor these Radio Awards. It shows that there are big investors who are backing the radio industry. That should inspire people to believe in their craft and to not be afraid to start something new because you never stop learning, so you should never stop enquiring”, concludes Ndimande.

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