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702’s well-loved daytime darling, Azania Mosaka has announced her resignation from South Africa’s premier talk station.

 

702 which serves over 740 000 listeners per week (according to BRC RAMS Amplify April-August 2021) will say goodbye to the seasoned media personality this Friday.

“As they say, all good things must come to an end. After twenty years of radio, I am stepping away from the microphone to pick up the active citizenry baton through my NGO, Peo Impact Gardens in Soweto. My next includes supporting four pillars in our communities: Health – through our vegetable garden, Body and Soul – through our breathwork offering and Mind – via the library program. I look forward to moving into a space of implementation, physically and actively doing community outreach and to use my voice to raise the profile of communities in need. I have so loved my time at 702 and will miss our loyal listeners,” said outgoing daytime host, Azania Mosaka.

 

 

702 Station Manager, Mzo Jojwana reflected, “Azania has contributed significantly to 702’s success over the last six years. We will miss her and wish her well as she continues to Walk the Talk through her NPO work”.

 

Jojwana added: “We are thrilled to welcome Relebogile Mabotja back to the station. We know her voice, fearlessness, and ability to listen and really connect with our listeners will once again hit the right note with our audience.”

 

Mabotja, who makes her big return to the station’s airwaves on Monday 22 November from 1 to 3pm weekdays, is an accomplished radio, tv and news personality. The 702-audience will remember her as the 702 Early Breakfast show host from 2017 to 2019.

“I look forward to stepping back behind the 702 microphone and growing with the audience as we walk the talk together. Listeners can look forward to light, irreverent and meaningful conversations. I am happy to be back home.” said Relebogile Mabotja, the new host of #702Afternoons.

Azania Mosaka’s last show will be on Friday 19 November 1-3pm. Listeners are invited to tune into her farewell show to bid her a fond goodbye and then to welcome Relebogile Mabotja back to the station on Monday 22 November.

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The official evolution of Y

Posted by radio On November - 1 - 2021 ADD COMMENTS
YFM, iconic in its mere existence and fondly referred to as ‘Y’, has undergone an official evolution. The station synonymous with youth culture in South Africa will now also be visually identified as Y.
The official evolution of Y

In keeping with its digitally native young adult audiences – who don’t just play in the space of traditional media but create and develop digital spaces – it became apparent that the iconic YFM logo required an evolutionary step to mirror this dynamic.

As custodians of this inimitable brand that has signified opportunity, aspiration, elevation and connection, intense deliberation and care was taken in sculpting the visual representation of Y.

The Y logo represents the new, the here, the now… but also speaks to the future of where the brand will venture and how the brand CI and its platforms are able to remain relevant in any context.

YFM is a content brand.

In addition to launching a refreshed logo, Y launches its new campaign ‘Y _NOT’ using a bold digital and on-air campaign coupled with a television commercial.

Y _NOT’ promotes and heroes individualism and supports young adults embodying their greatness.

Y believes that the most powerful catalyst for progress is when young people have an enabling space to pursue their ambitions and seeks to ensure that its platforms promote creation through collaboration.

“It has been an exhilarating journey to this point, and I am confident that this natural next step will strengthen our connection with our listeners and propel Y to new heights,” says Haseena Cassim, MD of YFM.

“Y is at the pulse of youth culture and as a content brand we create with our audience. The brand’s fluidity is a mirror of their mindset. We tried to capture this in our new CI and campaign, making sure the essence of what Y represents, to young people, continues to resonate with them. It was a task that we didn’t take lightly, understanding that we are responsible for an iconic South African brand. Involving our talent in the TVC was so important as they are the voices and faces of our platforms. We are very proud of what we have produced,” says Natasha Wadvalla, Marketing and Communications Manager at YFM.

In addition to these exciting new developments, the station this month relocated to its new studios in Hyde Park, Johannesburg, where it occupies space along with its sister brands e.tv, OpenviewHD and eNCA.

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East Coast Gold launches national campaign

Posted by radio On October - 7 - 2021 ADD COMMENTS
East Coast Gold, an award-winning digital radio station that was launched by the team at East Coast Radio, is making headway in the South African landscape of online entertainment as it powers towards its second year of operation. East Coast Radio (ECR) is the first commercial radio station in South Africa to launch a digital music radio station.
For one of the country’s most pioneering entertainment mediums, the latter part of 2021 is gearing up to be eventful, with East Coast Gold launching a brand-new campaign aimed at savouring and celebrating the nostalgia that surrounds classic hits from the 60s, 70s and 80s. Currently, the station’s footprint extends throughout South Africa, with the majority of its listenership being in KwaZulu-Natal. With this soul-warming campaign, it aims to win over the hearts (and ears) of more listeners.

Under the slogan, “Times change, the music doesn’t,” East Coast Gold’s national campaign honours the timeless quality of classic hits. Ironically, in an evolving world that has changed beyond recognition from what many would refer to as the “golden years,” the messages behind classics by seminal artists like The Beatles, Elton John and Queen, remain relevant.

 

“We’re geared up to end 2021 on an iconic note with a new campaign that talks the language of the classics. The ‘Times change, the music doesn’t’ campaign will communicate the fact that good music never ages, and that’s something our listeners have come to appreciate and love. We’ve fine-tuned our offering to provide a truly unique online destination for music that topped the charts from the 60s to the 80s. It’s a musical trip down memory lane and we’re excited to take South Africa with us,” says East Coast Radio programme manager, Zane Derbyshire.

 

The campaign will be launched in October 2021 across a range of digital mediums. Currently, 53% of the audience listens via mobile devices and 16% via desktop devices, while the rest access East Coast Gold via smart speakers, Facebook, or through home entertainment systems.

 

“At ECR we are committed to innovative, cutting-edge offerings and East Coast Gold is testament to that. We’re excited to see how passionate our East Coast Gold audience is about the station and how word-of-mouth marketing has seen it grow organically. This national digital campaign will help to propel East Coast Gold into even more SA homes and office spaces,” says East Coast Radio managing director, Boni Mchunu.

The station is accessible via various platforms, including the East Coast Radio app, Radio GardenFacebook, Alexa and on the station website. Classic hits which would now be considered, “vintage” music are interspersed with up-to-date news, weather, traffic and talk show components by hosts like Dave Guselli, Alex Jay, Gordon Graham, Damon Beard and Guy McDonald.

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Joburg’s iconic radio station Kaya 959 turns 24 in August. To celebrate the milestone, the station is awarding cash to listeners whilst celebrating the moments that put it on the map.

 

Dubbed ’24 Kaya Magic’, the radio station is awarding cash to its loyal listeners from 24 – 29 August. 24 listeners will each win R2400 to mark the 24th birthday. The winning moments happen from 6am to 6pm. 

 

“There are so many reasons to celebrate this birthday,” says Kaya 959 Managing Director Sibongile Mtyali. “In this year we have repositioned the station as part of our strategy to appeal to a bigger audience. We have made extensive changes to the brand’s look and feel. We have brought on board new talent and reconfigured existing shows to bring them into alignment with this strategy. We are continuously improving our playlist for a stronger music offering. And we are constantly challenging ourselves to meet the needs of our listeners and clients.” 

 

“The history of this station is very rich,” says Commercial Programming Manager, Maekanya Morotoba. “Some of South Africa’s most-loved public figures have at one time or another been part of Kaya. Former presenters over the years include the late Bra Hugh Masekela, Bob Mabena, Mam Sibongile Khumalo and Dr Sindi van Zyl, pop act Mark Alex (Mark and Alex Rantseli), Lawrence Dube, Masechaba Moshoeshoe, David O’Sullivan and so many more. In 2021, we continue to be home to Gauteng’s leading radio talent including Thomas and Skhumba, T-Bose, Unathi, Sizwe Dhlomo, Gugulethu Mfuphi and many other excellent personalities”.

 

Two current presenters have been on Kaya 959 since the radio station first opened its doors in 1997: Nicky B and Colin Kgari. “There have been some remarkable moments. Some of those that stand out include the first Breakfast show broadcast by Lawrence Dube, winning Station of the Year twice, 2013 in 2017, as well as seeing two listeners marry in Newtown as part of the Two Strangers and a Wedding competition,” says Morotoba. 

 

How to win cash with #Kaya24Magic:

Listeners are invited to register on www.kaya959.co.za to enter the competition. 

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SAMA winner and now platinum-selling recording artist Simmy, is adding more trophies to her collection after a surprise on the Kaya 959 Top 30 Show this weekend. During an in-studio interview with chart show presenter DJ Keyez, Simmy was caught off guard with an in-studio plaque handover by record label Sony Music, celebrating her platinum success on her “Umahlalela” single and additional gold plaques for her “Ubala”, “Ngiyesaba” and “Nawe” singles.The heartwarming moment was captured on video at the Kaya 959 studio in Johannesburg.

DJ Keyez is the popular host of the new Kaya 959 Top30, Saturdays from 12 – 3pm

Simmy is best known for her hits on her Tugela Fairy album such as Ngihamba Nawe and Emakhaya.

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Channel Africa add The African Passport

Posted by radio On August - 12 - 2021 ADD COMMENTS

Channel Africa is proud to announce a brand new IKB Programme The African Passport’. The online radio show will be produced and hosted by author, Mr. Godfrey Madanhire popularly known as Mr. G and will premier this Thursday, the 5th of  August between 08h00 – 09h00 Central African Time. The programme addresses how Africa is often portrayed as a dark continent both in the media and everyday conversations. It seeks to change the narrative by providing a platform to showcase homegrown high rollers and pacesetters, who dream and strongly believe in a United Africa.

 

‘The African Passport’ brings a new perspective to Africa’s reality by giving the younger generation a platform to appreciate what their motherland can offer. This is the generation that often is negated when it comes to programmes that aim at reconstructing the continent. This is a high energy programme that is a home to our young professionals and the youth.

 

Another exciting addition to the Channel Africa family is Mr. Luyanda Maome who has made his comeback to the station as the producer and presenter of ‘Africa of the Future’ which broadcasts Tuesdays between 08h00 -09h00 Central African Time.

 

Acting Business Manager of Channel Africa, Mr. Maurice Mate stated “nowhere across the continent will you find a combination of radio programmes that tackle the issues of Africa like at Channel Africa. Indeed, this platform offers a plethora of insights that would empower our citizens in creating a better life for themselves”.

 

Tune into Channel Africa on www.channelafrica.co.za, Dstv channel 802, Openview channel 628 and on PAS10 satellite.

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Cheer on your favourite English Premier League (EPL) team safely from the comfort of your home as newly launched Vodacom Sports Radio brings all the action of the 2021/22 season live to mobile phone users in South Africa.

EPL is one of the most widely followed soccer leagues in the world, and through Vodacom Sports Radio, Vodacom customers can conveniently use their mobile phones and tablets to keep up with the latest news, listen to live matches and follow their favourite teams.

 

“We’re excited to add another innovative digital service to our product portfolio and to connect our customers to more of what matters most to them. Like many of our other digital services, Vodacom Sports Radio’s mission is to democratise access to football in order to achieve inclusion for all fans,” says Mariam Cassim, Chief Officer of Vodacom Financial and Digital Services.

Vodacom Sports Radio provides audio commentary of all 380 EPL games, which from 13 August are broadcast live. These are accompanied by pre-match banter and post-game discussions from soccer experts, with fans having the choice of which teams they would like to listen to. Subscribers also have access to daily news updates, highlights packages, a variety of podcast content, announcements of upcoming fixtures, and in-depth player and club information.

“On the launch of Vodacom Sports Radio, Rob Tomalin, Commercial Director, talkSPORT International, the global audio partner of the Premier League says, “We are very pleased that our digital audio service will now be available to the many fans and followers of the Premier League in South Africa. Working with BCI and Vodacom Financial and Digital Services has allowed us to do this effectively ahead of what promises to be a very exciting new season”.

 

Harris Blass Director of BCI, the local rights holders of the EPL digital audio, says, “This is a landmark moment for consumers in South Africa wanting affordable access to the Premier League experience. With the official live audio commentaries of all the games, as well as other great audio content, Vodacom Sports Radio provides an opportunity for millions of EPL followers and supporters across the country to enjoy the excitement and action of the Premier League directly on their mobile phones.”

 

Cassim adds, “This is an example of how important partnerships are in providing technology solutions that enhance the lives of our customers. Through collaboration with other industry stakeholders, we are able to expand our digital services and respond to the needs of South Africans both now and well in the future.”

Vodacom Sports Radio delivers premium sports content at an affordable rate to Vodacom mobile phone users. Subscribers can choose daily, weekly or monthly packages, starting from as little as R3 a day. The platform is available to Vodacom customers on mobile smartphone and tablet devices.

To find out how to access all the exclusive sports content on Vodacom Sports Radio, visit www.sportsradio.co.za using a mobile phone connected to the Vodacom network.

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Leading radio stations in KZN – East Coast Radio, Gagasi FM, Lotus FM, Ukhozi FM and Vuma FM – have taken an all-important decision to read from the same script, spreading the same word in what seldom happens in the world of radio. #UniteKZN is a much-needed campaign, conceptualised with the aim of uniting KwaZulu-Natal in the wake of recent events. After the wave of violent looting that spurred racial divisions in the province, the biggest stations – mouthpieces to millions – came together to share messages of unity.

The #UniteKZN campaign launches on-air today on the afternoon drive shows on the respective stations with a virtual round table conversation between one presenter from each station, talking frankly about the impact of the recent events and what we can do as KZN to come together. Watch the video here:

 

This comes at a time where we need to all clean up our act, not only to preach unity but also show unity in action. Although commissioned and conceptualised by radio, this campaign will spread far beyond the airwaves in reaching the ears, eyes and hearts of our people. It goes without saying that the results of these unfortunate events will be with us for a long time, having sowed divisions and mistrust amongst the very same people who make KZN what it is today – the warm, friendly, creative, innovative and proud province.

 

 

 

This campaign is not about looking back – it’s about looking forward to all the things that we all love about KZN. The entire province stands to benefit greatly from this initiative as it is also about creating opportunities, rebuilding businesses, cleaning up our communities, giving to those in need, promoting togetherness – basically revisiting and practising the concept of ubuntu. In isiZulu we say izandla ziyagezana and we look forward to seeing the results of these hands that keep each other safe in order to be of service. Join the movement for unity in KZN. #UniteKZN

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Bonolo “BEE STING” Molosiwa joins KAYA 959

Posted by radio On July - 26 - 2021 ADD COMMENTS

Kaya 959 has announced Bonolo “Bee Sting” Molosiwa as the latest personality to join the station’s new weekend line-up. She will present “The Hive”, Fridays and Saturdays 18:00 – 21:00.

 

Molosiwa is no stranger to the microphone. Best known as a successful recording artist, she has until now also held down a successful radio show in the North West. How does she feel about the move to Gauteng’s Kaya 959?

 

“This is an opportunity of a lifetime!” says Molosiwa. “I’ve been a fan of Kaya 959 for a long time. Their weekend sound is iconic and I’m feeling so blessed to be a part of it”.

 

Kaya 959 has recently added several fresh voices to their new weekend line-up, including MaBlerh, Kgomotso Meso, Andy Maqondwana and DJ Keyez, as well as radio stalwart Sammy T. 

 

“Kaya 959 is the destination for listeners looking to enjoy the best weekend music mix,” says Commercial Programming Manager, Maekanya Morotoba. “Adding Bonolo to our line-up is part of the on-going focus to keep Kaya 959 the market leader.” 

 

Over recent months Kaya 959 has also introduced a new morning show with Thomas & Skhumba, more focus on talk programming at night with the addition of Point of View with Phemelo Motene and an extra hour with Gugulethu Mfuphi on her award-winning show Kaya Biz.

 

More about Bonolo:

 

Bonolo “Bee Sting” Molosiwa is a South African singer who was the 11th-placed contestant on the reality show Mnet Idols III, in 2005.

She was born and raised in the capital of the North West Province, Mahikeng. As an Afro-Jazz singer she has shared the stage with Letta Mbulu, Caiphus Semenya, Thandiswa Mazwai, Amanda Black, as well as the late Busi Mhlongo, Thandi Klaasen, Sipho Gumede, Sibongile Khumalo, to name but a few.

Bonolo Molosiwa aka “Bee Sting” co-wrote and recorded the song Tselatshweu on KB Motsilanyane’s album El Musica, collaborated with HHP, Speedy and Ishmael on the album Mafikeng and worked with various house DJ’s including DJ Clock. 

In 2015 she released her debut album Platinum Product, recorded with a six-piece live band.

Her bubbly personality is infectious, and she radiates a positive energy effortlessly to all those close to her.

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Sechaba Gqeba joins SAfm

Posted by radio On July - 25 - 2021 ADD COMMENTS

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) radio station SAfm, is pleased to announce that Ms. Sechaba Gqeba will be the new host of its midday lifestyle show, Living Redefined with Sechaba Gqeba 13:00-15:00 on weekdays following the resignation of Ms. Phemelo Motene at the end of June.

 

Ms. Gqeba has over a decade of broadcast experience and her commercial radio breakthrough came up when she won a region-wide annual talent search hosted one of the country’s commercial radio stations and subsequently worked for another commercial radio shortly after. She has also worked as a news reader for some of South Africa’s two leading national radio platforms; SAfm & Radio 2000, which were overtaken by her desire to host her own radio show. She is also a television presenter, a seasoned MC and speaker. She also presented Motswako on SABC 2.

Ms Gqeba will start presenting the show from 01 August 2021. “We are excited to welcome Ms. Sechaba Gqeba to the SAfm family.  Based on her experience, the station is happy to have her as the new show host for the Living Redefined with Sechaba Gqeba”, said Fortune Combo Acting Business Manager, Ms. Kina Nhlengethwa.

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702 bids farewell to Azania Mosaka and welcomes Relebogile Mabotja back

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