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Jenny Crwys-Williams to leave her 702 show

Posted by radio On October - 10 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Jenny Crwys-Williams announced yesterday that after 22 years with 702, she would be leaving her popular afternoon show.

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Jenny is one of South Africa’s best known broadcasters and an authority on book, food and lifestyle matters. She joined 702 in 1992, already a respected editor and journalist and has grown that reputation to include broadcaster, author and literary guru during her time with 702.

 

 

At the end of the year, Jenny will leave the show that she has been hosting between 13h00 and 15h00 but will remain with 702 as she will continue to host her book show. She will also work with 702 on special projects that will be well-served by her expertise.

 

“Jenny has been part of the 702 family for two decades and has been a versatile broadcaster, able to handle any story but with an unparalleled flair for lifestyle content – a sphere in which she has become an authority,” said 702 station manager, Pheladi Gwangwa.

 

“We will miss her passion for arts, culture and the promotion of amazing places and we are delighted that we are able to continue to call on her for coverage of these elements on the station,” said Gwangwa.

 

Sam Cowen will be taking over the afternoon show. Sam started her broadcast career at 702 but has spent the last 18 years with sister station, 947 on the breakfast show.

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“I’ve known Sam for years and we’ve shared many experiences. She’s going to be fabulous!” said Jenny.

 

 

As part of the Breakfast Xpress team, Sam has entertained listeners across Joburg with her wit and compassion. Her interest in current affairs and her extensive experience as a radio host stand her in good stead to transition to the talk format. She has already served as a regular fill-in for Jenny on 702 in recent years.

 

“This is an exciting opportunity and one that I welcome,” said Sam. “I will miss 947 but have always been a big fan of Jenny’s and of the show and I look forward to joining the conversation on 702.”

 

947 station manager, Ravi Naidoo thanked Sam for her contribution to the station, “Sam has been a constant feature in Joburg’s favourite breakfast shows since the beginning of 947 and she has expertly played the counterfoil to some of the biggest personalities on South African radio. We will miss her and wish her all the very best.”

 

Jenny approaches this change with the same panache that she handles everything that comes her way, “I will miss the thrill of live radio, and the people who have listened so loyally for many years but I look forward to the freedom of not being tied to a specific time and location each day.”

 

Primedia Broadcasting CEO Terry Volkwyn wished the presenters well. “Both Jenny and Sam are valued members of the Primedia Broadcasting family and both are remarkable broadcasters, I know they will make a success of their respective new ventures.”

 

Jenny will continue to host the 13h00 to 15h00 slot on 702 until the December break. Sam will take over the show in the new year.

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702 brings you Kenny G, live in Johannesburg

Posted by radio On September - 15 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

702 and Canoc Productions, present the legendary Grammy Award winning saxophonist Kenny G, live in Johannesburg

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With his passion for rhythm and deep understanding of soulful melodies, he is hailed as the legend of jazz. He’s in a league of his own and his melodies have soothed souls for almost three decades.

Now, for the first time, South Africans will be able to enjoy the best of his career spanning almost three decades, live in concert.

 

Don’t miss out on his one and only show in South Africa

Date: 20 November Venue: Coca-Cola Dome.

Tickets available here.

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Who Owns Who on Mzansi’s Airwaves?

Posted by radio On August - 24 - 2012 2 COMMENTS

By Radiobiz

 

We all know that the State through the SABC owns three commercial radio stations (namely 5fm, Good Hope fm and Metro fm) and fifteen public service stations. But as to the rest of the commercial stations we don’t seem to know all the details as far as ownership and control are concerned. Lets unpack a few and see exactly who is controlling the information in the country through the airwaves.

 

Talk Radio 702, 567 Cape Talk, 94.5 Kfm and 94.7 Highveld Stereo are all owned by Primedia Broadcasting.  The ownership of these premium brands gives Primedia access to Gauteng, Eastern Cape and Western Cape. I guess KZN is the only primary market where they don’t have footprint however, they do syndicate broadcasting between 702 and 567 Cape Talk on a regular basis.

 

Hosken Consolidated Investments (HCI) owns 64% of 99.2 Yfm; they also own the same stake on eTV. This basically gives them a controlling interest in the radio station, thus HCI can influence the youth (mainly black) of Gauteng and the rest of the country through their media assets.

 

Kagiso Media has interests in quite a few stations across the country, they have minority stakes in KZN based Gagasi 99.5fm , Cape’s Heart 104.9 FM, Orange fm and an economic stake in Kaya FM. They are majority shareholders in Jacaranda FM and East Coast radio; this gives them access to both primary and secondary markets. Some might say the control of these private commercial stations is in the hands of the few, which could be a problem in the long run as far as diversity is concerned. We are hoping that ICASA would take note of this when deciding who to award the primary markets licences to commercial radio stations.

 

Kaya FM does not have a majority shareholder, alongside Kagiso Media there is Thebe Holdings, Shanike Investments, Kaya Investments and Mokgosi Holdings.

 

African Media Entertainment (AME) has a controlling interest in Orange FM of 70%, in Eastern Cape’s Algoa FM they have a 100% stake and 24.9% interest in Mpumalanga based M-Power FM. Orange FM has a footprint in five different provinces namely, Free State, North West, Northern Cape, northern KZN and southern Gauteng making it the regional station with the largest footprint in the country.

 

Up north, Limpopo based Capricorn FM is partly owned (37.5%) by MSG Africa Given Mkhari’s company, Safika Holdings and Limpopo based business people.

 

Makana Radio Communication (MRC) a company founded by former Robin Island political prisoners, they have controlling interests in Heart FM and iGagasi FM.

 

Radio North-west is owned by Direng Investments, SADTU Investment Company and other BEE company. Direng Investments and Mbombela Investments Holdings also have a stake in M-Power FM.

 

Classic FM doesn’t have a majority shareholder; it is owned by Liberty Life foundation, Ingoma Trust. Moneyweb Holdings and London-based Classic FM PLC.

 

Well now that you know, do you think the industry is diverse enough or more still needs to be done? Keeping in mind that there are more commercial radio licences still to be issued by ICASA.

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