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Gauteng’s biggest youth radio station, YFM, is proud to have the talented Phindile Ziqubu return to the station as newly appointed content manager.

Ziqubu is no stranger to the YFM brand, after graduating top of her class at Boston Media House, her career in radio began in 2010 as an intern in the Y Academy. She completed her internship and went on to produce and co-host some of YFM’s flagship shows. In 2016, she left YFM to join 5FM as a producer. Thereafter, she joined Primedia Broadcasting as 947’s execution specialist where she managed 947’s commercial and programming campaigns.

 

Says Ziqubu: “To be part of a brand that is one of the greatest pioneers of South African youth culture is monumental. Needless to say, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to return to the place that ignited my love for radio. I look forward to rejoining the YFM family, breaking boundaries and taking the brand to new heights.”

 

Says YFM’s managing director Haseena Cassim: “In understanding the need for a more robust content development focus, Phindi’s name was top of mind when the position opened. I watched Phindi and her content wizardry, with awe, from afar in my early years at YFM. Her post YFM experience and natural rapport with talent and peers creates the perfect combination to take on the challenge of meeting the audience expectations. I am delighted to have such a fiercely passionate and driven woman working alongside me in creating great radio.”

Tune into YFM 99.2, on the YFM app or on DSTV channel 859.

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Durban-based tech company, immedia has invested R10-million to help African media entrepreneurs to build sustainable community radio by using Fabrik (www.Fabrik.cloud), a set of cloud-enabled digital tools that empower media entities to live-stream shows, grow and engage with audiences around the world, and benefit financially by monetising their audiences.

 

The 25-year-old company, which has the backing of Microsoft and the Industrial Development Corporation, has been developing their Fabrik technology since 2017. Fabrik allows media entrepreneurs to upend the traditional notion of “we broadcast and you receive”, by creating a feedback loop that directly helps the stations and listeners that use it to leapfrog old technology, to become citizen journalists, and find their strategic space in a digitally transformed world. It is already being used by 15 commercial clients, including radio stations Gagasi FM, Smile 90.4FM and YFM.

 

 

 

As part of its Digital Leap programme (https://bit.ly/2Z8oQme), immedia will be giving its platform to qualifying media entrepreneurs across Africa for free for a year. This includes consultation, training and support to help monetize the technology, cumulatively valued at R10 million.

 

 

 

Phil Molefe, a veteran of broadcast radio in South Africa, Fabrik’s Head of Business Development & Strategy, says the programme was key to the company’s vision to spearhead media transformation. He says the uptake of Fabrik by energetic entrepreneurs at community radio stations showed how empowering the suite of digital tools is. “It enables them to deepen their relationship with their audience and monetise it sustainably because the quality of their engagement with listeners is meaningful.”

 

 

Building stable, sustainable community radio across Africa

Molefe points out that while community media is often under-resourced and struggles to retain skills, the company’s case studies have shown that it is more than possible for them to thrive – and that the Digital Leap programme is the kind of opportunity they need, and can succeed on. Fabrik helps media entrepreneurs by solving key challenges for them, including:

  • Providing them with a mobile application that allows community and campus radio stations to live-stream shows, as well host podcasts, allowing them to reach audiences well beyond the geographic constraints of their traditional radio broadcast signal.

  • By shifting to a cloud-based tool, radio stations get access to archival and backup that is compliant with BCCSA and ICASA regulations. This helps them to significantly cut down on time and resources required to manually back up radio content to on-site servers or even tape.

  • Messaging functionality, including push notifications, so that stations can better engage with their communities, publish written or multimedia content, and even promote active conversation between listeners. Push notifications help drive engagement by bringing attention to active competitions, surveys and polls, recently published content, and more.

  • By encouraging listeners to register as a member and provide some of their personal information, such as geographics and demographics, stations are able to build audience profiles for their listeners, and gain a better understanding of their needs and preferences.

  • These detailed analytics provided by Fabrik gives stations the data they need to convince advertisers and marketers of the value of promoting their products and services through the station’s app, helping bring in much needed revenue.

 

 

 

Fabrik has a range of users, and about 60% of their listeners have an opt-in relationship with their broadcasters. By building and growing owned communities, stations then stand to benefit financially by serving highly relevant ads to their digital listeners. In addition, where sales conversions on social media are around 2%, Fabrik users enjoy 8%.

 

 

 

According to Tamie Mbombo, head of Marketing and PR at Izwi loMzansi, one of the largest community radio stations in South Africa, says that the platform has revolutionised the station’s engagement with its listeners, and has led the digital charge with featured podcasts and integrated advertising campaigns on the Izwi mobile app. “Community media’s aim is to provide trusted information and expression, and Fabrik has helped do that,” he says.

 

 

 

 

A change of mindset is required

The Fabrik team made some interesting observations based on the experiences of early adopters of the technology, including around community radio, where many advertisers and business decision makers are often dismissive of the audience. “For example, one of our clients is a station with an audience in the LSM 4-6 range. That audience is typically regarded as ‘too poor’ or too marginalised to go digital and yet our clients are proving that they are taking to it like ducks to water,” Molefe says.

 

 

He says that the take up by media entrepreneurs, either regarded as ‘on the fringes’ or as outliers, is the best showcase for Fabrik. “They are doing what they do because nobody told them they couldn’t – and it is proving to be a great leveller. We’ve seen how powerful this platform is in the community media space, which is why we are looking at boosting the rate of transformation.”

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Radio professionals: you have been heard!
Entry deadline for The Radio Awards extended to 31 March 2021

With a whirlwind start to 2021 that has seen a more stringent lockdown imposed, we know it’s been quite a task to reorganise, work remotely, and overcome numerous tech challenges to keep everyone on air. Finding one’s feet in 2021 has not been easy.

After receiving industry-wide requests to shift the entry deadline for this year’s Radio Awards programme, we have agreed to extend the entry deadline date to 31 March 2021.

It remains, however, that only content broadcast from 1 January 2020 to 31 December 2020 is eligible.

Mark these NEW important dates…

16 February 2021 – Station Managers Choice nominations open
31 March 2021 – 2021 Entries close
14 April 2021 – My Station Competition closes
15 June 2021 – Finalist announcement (Part 1: general categories)
02 July 2021 – Finalist announcement (Part 2: nomination categories)
16 July 2021 – Virtual Winners Announcement

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2020 marked 100 years of radio across the world, and in 2021 we look to celebrating the next century by shining a spotlight on the enduring value of radio in South Africa, and continue honouring outstanding achievements in the radio industry.

 

MARK THESE IMPORTANT DATES

10 December 2020 Entries open
20 January 2021 My Station Competition opens
05 February 2021 Entries close
16 February 2021 Station Manager’s Choice nominations open
14 May 2021 Virtual Winners Announcement

2021 ENTRIES

Entries for The Radio Awards 2021 have officially opened and radio stations across the country are invited to submit their entries via the online entry portal available at www.radioawards.co.za.

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STEP 1: Register your profile via www.radioawards.co.za, complete the registration form and then click submit. Radio stations that already have a profile can use their existing username and password to login. If you have forgotten your password you may reset it. Stations entering for the first time will need to register their profile on the entry system before being able to submit any entries.

STEP 2: Once logged in, you will be redirected to The Radio Awards dashboard. Use the toolbar to navigate your way around the entry system.

STEP 3: Select and complete the appropriate entry form for the category you wish to enter by clicking the ‘New Entry’ button on the toolbar. Ensure that you complete all the fields required for each entry you wish to make.
Entries close on 5 February 2021.

For entry enquiries, please contact Phila Nkanunu
NkanunuP@arena.africa | 011 340 9465​

TUNE IN DIALOGUES SERIES

“Tune In” series of virtual dialogues will continue into 2021. These online dialogues will focus on various topics of interest for radio broadcasters and radio marketers, allowing people across the country to learn from the experts while maintaining social distancing.

Stay tuned for the latest updates and news on social media by following us on
Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. #SARadioAwards.

 

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Joanne Josephs bids farewell to 702

Posted by radio On August - 16 - 2020 ADD COMMENTS

Station Manager Thabisile Mbete says Joanne has contributed to, and shaped, important social and political narratives in SA

Talk Radio Station 702, part of Primedia Broadcasting’s portfolio of radio stations, last week announced that the station will be bidding farewell to well-known radio presenter Joanne Joseph on 28 August 2020. Joanne currently hosts The Afternoon Drive with Joanne Joseph from 15:00-18:00, Monday to Friday.

Joanne joined 702 in May 2018, returning to her radio roots after a number of years hosting TV news shows with the SABC and eNCA. Over the past two decades, she has anchored several high-profile live broadcasts, most notably the live coverage of former president Nelson Mandela’s passing and his successor Thabo Mbeki’s inauguration.

Joanne has also used her media platform to raise awareness for causes close to her heart, including engaging the Minister of Justice to prioritise abuse cases and expedite interventions that safeguard society’s most vulnerable.

Commenting on her journey at 702, Joanne said: “I want to express my particular thanks to The Afternoon Drive team for their professionalism and collegiality. They have been a wonderful support system for me during my time at 702, showing infinite enthusiasm, dedication, and acting as a buffer in times of crisis. The media landscape is evolving, traditional consumption habits are changing rapidly and with the energy and agility that have characterised my work of the last twenty-odd years, I am preparing to take up the challenge in new ways.”

 

702 Station Manager Thabisile Mbete adds: “Joanne has encouraged a culture of empathy in tackling systemic societal issues that many would hesitate to take on. As a member of the 702 team, she has contributed to, and shaped, important social and political narratives in South Africa. We know that her next chapter will be an exciting one and we wish her well.”

 

 

702 will announce Joanne’s replacement in due course.

“Joanne has brought her own voice to The Afternoon Drive and has a unique ability to articulate key issues, bringing them to the fore. We recognise her contribution to 702 and know she will continue to be the voice for those who are still finding theirs,” comments Geraint Crwys-Williams, Acting CEO of Primedia Broadcasting.

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The Gagasi FM Shero Awards are back. Now in its fourth year, the awards celebrate extraordinary women who push boundaries and excel in their respective fields. Recognition is given to women who are making a difference in their communities, oftentimes with limited resources and without expecting anything in return.

This year, the Gagasi FM Shero Awards will once again pay tribute to such remarkable women and it’s all happening in August as part of celebrating the Women’s Month. The big change this year is that the awards will take place live on -ir and online, there will be no awards ceremony this time around due to Covid-19 pandemic. Listeners can look forward to the exciting Gagasi FM Shero Awards live winners’ announcement, full details to be shared in due course.

 

 

“We are very excited with this year’s edition of Gagasi FM Shero Awards and we believe that being unable to host the awards ceremony gives us an opportunity to explore other creative ways to execute. The awards have been growing each year and we are aiming for an even greater impact this year. From the listener’s participation in the form of submission of entries, to the selection of nominees and getting to know who they are and, ultimately, the announcement of winners and celebrating them, we are anticipating a very successful campaign,” says Gagasi FM head of brand Phinda Magwaza.

 

The overall Shero Award category for this year has been named after the late television icon Mama Mary Twala. Every year, this award is named after a female icon whose journey has been inspirational and whose life significantly represents a true Shero. The winner for this overall award is chosen among winners of the other categories.

 

 

Submission of entries is now open, listeners can visit www.gagasiworld.co.za and click on the Gagasi FM Shero Awards 2020 banner to access the nominations page. More details will also be available on the official Gagasi FM social media pages with a link to the nominations page.

The categories for the Gagasi FM Shero Awards are as follows:

  • Entertainment and music

  • Sport

  • Science and technology

  • Big Business Professional (legal, medicine, finance, administration, HR, marketing etc.)

  • Enterprise (small business)

  • Social entrepreneurship

  • Education

  • Public service

  • Community leadership

  • KZN ambassadors

  • Mama Mary Twala Award

The winners’ announcement will take place on the 28 August 2020 live on-air and online.

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  • The show will focus on bringing about change and driving solutions through conversations.

  • The first and second episodes will unpack the triggers and trauma of rape through the stories of three incredible young women.

  • The first two shows will interrogate the idea that South Africans do not understand consent.

  • Perspective on Y will explore legal structures available for victims of rape, the criminal justice system’s resources and shortcomings.

  • The conversation will end with a discussion on the way in which boy children are being raised.

 

YFM 99.2, Gauteng’s number one youth station is launching a one-of-a-kind talk show – Perspective on Y. The hard-hitting show will air between 7pm and 9pm every second Thursday, starting on 9 July.

The first two episodes of Perspective on Y will focus on the prevalent and very serious issue of rape, its consequences, victims and the people behind the laws that are meant to protect. The Perspective on Y, rape episodes, will be hosted by guest presenter and YFM news editor, Mfundo Mabalane.

 

“There are several burning issues in our country that need honest conversations but, more importantly, solution-driven conversations. Perspective on Y will be that platform. This generation must play its part in the deconstruction of a society, which has enabled a culture of violence against women and children, corruption, and injustice against the marginalised,” says Mabalane.

The Perspective project is a concept created by YFM’s weekday producers, who are also at the helm of their respective daytime shows. This is the team behind Y Mornings, Krunch with Khutso, The Shakedown, The Best Drive, Anathi’s Nights on Y and Y Talks. The group has teamed up to share their talents and editorial skills on this latest addition to the YFM programming lineup.

 

Taking the reins as senior producer of the first Perspective episodes is Lumko Johnson, who also produces Anathi’s Nights on Y.

Johnson is a Wits University-trained creative content specialist, who over a career spanning close to 10 years, has conceptualised content solutions in the urban youth space, for television, digital advertising as well as radio.

 

Episode one

Expect a raw and frank discussion about rape and the subjects that underline it. Mabalane will be joined by three experts who have worked extensively in the space of gender-based violence and the show will address multiple talking points such as rape culture, structures and resources available for victims, trauma and triggers, toxic masculinity as well as the psyche and/or pathology of South African men that incite violent behaviour towards women.

 

Date and time: Thursday, 9 July 2020, 7pm–9pm.

 

Episode two

Here, the topic of gender-based violence will remain front-and-centre, with the focus on consent. Joining Mabalane in the studio will be a panel of guests sharing their stories, including the devastating and traumatic impact the abuse has had on their personal lives and the experience of someone refusing to hear the word no. Accompanying them will be credible voices from the legal, justice, and psychology fraternities to explore the topic even further. There will be a discussion on the Sex Offenders Register, its purpose in our society, and ways in which the general public can gain access to it.

 

Date and time: Thursday, 23 July 2020, 7pm– 9pm.

Says YFM’s MD, Haseena Cassim: “The effects of gender-based violence can be life-long. We want to use our platform to create a safe space to provide some kind of guidance about how to deal with the horrors of this type of violence. This show is one that we are very proud of at YFM and hope that we can make a difference in our listeners’ lives by offering a voice to those who need it most.”

 

In the following months, many other topics and themes will be tackled and produced by YFM’s top brains behind some of the great content that is heard on YFM.

 

The show plans to educate listeners by tackling a wide range of social issues affecting the South African youth by having frank and honest discussions on air. Each episode will feature well-informed guests, thought leaders and credible experts to discuss the issues and solutions.

 

Listeners are encouraged to join in the conversation by sending any questions, comments, or relevant stories on the YFM app or YFM’s social media channels.

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SAfm makes changes to its 2020 line-up

Posted by radio On May - 1 - 2020 ADD COMMENTS

The South African Broadcasting Corporation’s (SABC) talk radio station SAfm, remains the only national talk radio station with the largest footprint in South Africa. In order for the station to retain relevance in the broadcasting space, it is imperative that it continuously refreshes, strengthens and rotates talent to ensure that it leads the conversation as it has in the last 83 years. The station believes its existing talent and with the introduction of new personalities, will ensure it remains current and attractive to its audience.

SAfm is excited to officially announce the addition of Cathy Mohlahlana, KG Moeketsi, Ernest Pillay and Patricia Ntuli as presenters joining the SAfm family from the 1st of May 2020. Cathy Mohlahlana will anchor the mid morning show ‘The Talking Point’ from 09h00-12h00, Monday to Friday, while Bongi Gwala takes over the afternoon drive, now called ‘Beyond The Headline’ from 15h00-18h00 on weekdays. Masechaba Mtolo will be moving to the early morning slot ‘Sound Awake’ between 03h00-05h00 Monday to Friday. Another new member of the family is none other than Patricia Ntuli, who will host the educational, late- night talk show ‘The Late Night Conversations’ from 22h00-00h00, Monday to Thursday.

 

Listeners can look forward to the familiar voice of KG Moeketsi, who will be taking over the show ‘The World Stage’ on Saturdays & Sundays, between 10h00-13h00. Back by popular demand is Ernest Pillay, with the best music selection on ‘The Soundtrack of Your Life’ between 13h00-16h00, on Saturdays and Sundays. The rest of the weekdays and weekend schedule will remain the same.

 

SAfm’s Acting Station Manager, Kina Nhlengethwa stated “it is vital to keep abreast and adapt to the ever changing media landscape and serve our audiences holistically. The station would like to welcome all the new presenters to the SAfm family, and wish them well. The changes to the SAfm line-up aim to ensure that we remain relevant, exciting and ultimately deliver more on our public mandate”

 

For more on the new line-up  visit  SAfm website.

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5FM makes changes on station line-up

Posted by radio On May - 1 - 2020 ADD COMMENTS

5FM yesterday announced their changes to the presenter line-up for 2020.

The station will continue to focus on a strong music offering in addition to nurturing all current on-air talent listeners have grown accustomed to. The changes reflect the 5FM teams’ tenacity to maintain the station as an entertainment powerhouse and multimedia brand through incredibly talented presenters, carefully curated on-air and digital content. All while remaining on trend and with its’ finger on the pulse.

The Roger Goode Show (Monday – Friday, 06:00 – 09:00) has already introduced Zanele Potelwa, (a.k.a. Young Boomerang) to listeners. Zanele, who’s been the digital expert within the team, will take on a permanent role as the show’s traffic reporter as well as continue as one of the station’s digital producers.

 

Afternoon drive listeners will hear familiar voices – Nick Hamman along with Nadia Romanos on News, Jude
van Wyk on Sport, and newcomer Bibi Mbangula on Traffic – who has been part of the station’s digital team – will accompany listeners home on 5 Drive, weekdays 15:00 – 18:00.

 

 

Taking over from Nick (weekdays, 09:00 – 12:00) is Stephanie B and Msizi James. This means that Justin Toerien will continue to host Music Capital (Monday – Thursday, 22:00 – 01:00) on his own. Smash Afrika gets an additional hour to his show 5FM Nights, as he takes over from 18:00 – 22:00. The ever popular and now legendary Ultimix at 6 will get the Smash treatment and have new life breathed into it.

 

 

Programme Manager Siyanda Fikelephi says that this decision was taken because as a youthful brand 5FM wants to continue being trend-setters in both current and relevant content to young adults. When the 5Squad was announced last year, the station introduced listeners to a host of young people from various parts of the country who each held down one day of the week on the 01:00 – 04:00 slot. “We are proud that a year later we have identified potential in young radio broadcasters, absorbing them into our lineup to address other regional strategies,” says Siyanda.

 

Tulani Madala was one of those talented five and will be taking over the slot for the whole week, while his Cape Town counterpart Marilize du Plessis takes over All Night Music (01:00 – 04:00) on the weekends. Durban-based 5Squad member Leah Jazz takes over The Recovery Zone on weekends 04:00 – 07:00.

 

 

Seasoned Sport reporter Duran Collett finds a new home on the weekends alongside host Nicole da Silva and newsreader Sibs Matiyela on 5FM XL Mornings, 07:00 – 10:00. The 5FM Weekender5 who maintain the strong and cutting-edge music offering will see some minor show changes which include a new show for Ms Cosmo. She gets an additional show on Saturdays from 17:00 –19:00, which means that Ryan the DJ’s show 5tarting from 5cratch moves up an hour from 19:00 – 22:00. The Kyle Cassim Show then follows on from 22:00 – 01:00.

 

 

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On 17 April 2020, members of the radio fraternity tuned in from various parts of the country to celebrate the most outstanding achievements in South African radio broadcasting. Now in its 10th year, the prestigious South African Radio Awards went virtual for the first time in history due to the nationwide Covid-19 lockdown.

It was another triumphant moment for the Home of the Afropolitan, as Kaya FM was named Commercial Station of the Year – an award the station won previously in 2017 and 2019. With a total of 24 nominations, the station came up top in multiple categories including Best Station Imaging and Best Promotion and Stunt Event. We are thrilled to have a list of winners who include radio veterans and rising talent, a testament to the calibre of people who make up the fabric of Kaya FM and are crucial in our commitment to shift the cultural needle.

A huge congratulations to all of our winners and honourees. The full list of awards are as follows:

Commercial Station of the Year
Best News and Actuality Show – Today with John Perlman
Best Field Reporter – Gavin Emmanuel
Best Podcast – 25 Years Of Democracy
Best Promotion and Stunt Event – The BSide
Best Station Imaging
Hall of Fame – Neil Johnson
Bright Stars – Christopher Baloyi
Bright Stars – Thabang Maluleke

“It’s a surreal time in the world, given that the globe is in turmoil over Covid-19. Our win today is not just a win for Kaya but the total contribution of the industry at large in serving our country whilst under lockdown. My congratulations go to all our individual winners and a massive thank you to the entire team behind the Kaya brand,” said Kaya FM’s MD, Greg Maloka.

For more information visit kayafm.co.za or connect with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. To set up interviews, please contact PR@kayafm.co.za

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