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Heart FM shuts down studios for 16 days

Posted by radio On June - 1 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Heart FM will shut down its Green Point broadcast studio for 16 days to undertake youth-focused projects across the province in honour of Youth Month. The 16 Days for Youth initiative* journey, which kicks off on the 1st of June 2016 in Vredenburg, will see the radio station broadcast remotely from various locations across the province – with the aim of clothing, feeding, fixing, painting and lending a helping hand to those in need along the way.

Heart FMThe initiative is a spin-off from the station’s #HeartBeats4Youth campaign which started out as motivational talks by celebrities at various schools four years ago. It has since morphed into a 16-day drive to do good within communities with youth focused activities. The aim for 16 Days For Youth is to mobilise communities and raise awareness of what is desperately needed. The frame work of the initiative allows for members of the public to get involved by donating and joining the Heart FM team on the journey.

Heart FM MD Renee Redelinghuys explains the rationale behind the campaign. “The youth of today face enormous difficulties – living conditions, disease, violence and even attending school in some instances. We are not out to solve all these issues but what we are doing is lending a helping hand where we can. We also ask that our Heart Family come on board in assisting us to leave a lasting legacy.”

Heart FM program manager Denver Apollus says the initiative is less about the radio station and more about helping those who need it. “While we are using the station as a platform to raise awareness, the campaign is about telling the stories of others and how they engage in projects that make a difference. Heart FM may have started this initiative but we’d like for our listeners and the rest of the country to adopt it and carry it on. Let’s enable #16DaysForYouth and end it by celebrating Youth Day on 16 June.”

To find out how to get involved and how to join the journey, members of the public are urged to email

For more information visit to follow the journey on Facebook @Heart104.9FM or on twitter@heart1049fm and on Instagram @heart1049fm.

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Durban’s promenade was transformed into a sea of yellow and white this morning, as more than 30 000 people spent quality time with their loved ones at the Discovery East Coast Radio Big Walk.



Families, friends and colleagues of all ages, backgrounds, fitness levels and from all over KwaZulu-Natal came together to for a morning of exercise and fresh air. From the moment they left the start at uShaka Marine World to the time they crossed the finish line at People’s Park, Moses Mabhida Stadium, the atmosphere was nothing short of festive.


Participants had the chance to meet and take pics with East Coast Radio presenters along the routes (5km, 10km, 15km and 20km); littles ones were entertained by face-painters, jugglers and stilt-walkers; and the happy vibe carried through at the finish where East Coast Breakfast host, Darren Maule, gave away spot prizes.


A surprise performance by one of the country’s top music acts rounded off the morning of exercise and excitement. There were no tired feet in sight when Mi Casa hit the stage! Much-loved TV actor, Thato Molamu, also surprised fans at the finish, taking #HealthySelfies and talking about his new show on East Coast Radio. He is taking over the 10am to 2pm slot on Sundays from 29 May 2016.

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“Whether it is the perfect combination of great weather, wonderful people and an electric atmosphere or the fact that the event brings together people to celebrate the unique lifestyle we are privileged to enjoy here in KZN, the Discovery East Coast Radio Big Walk has become a firm favourite on the provincial social and lifestyle calendar, “says East Coast Radio’s General Manager, Boni Mchunu. “On behalf of East Coast Radio and all our sponsors I would like to thank participants for supporting this event and contributing to its phenomenal success. We look forward to doing it all again next year!”


61% of walkers at this year’s Discovery East Coast Radio Big Walk were women. The 5km distance was the most popular distance, attracting 13 900 participants. Proving that this is an event for the young and the young-at-heart, 200 people who signed up this year, are over the age of 70. The oldest participant was 85-years old!  More corporates signed up this year, with 230 companies from around the province having registered 9700 members of staff.


“At Discovery, we aspire to inspire, and we’re hoping this event inspired many people to put their walking shoes on more often,” says Dinesh Govender, Chief Marketing Officer at Discovery. “We are proud to have partnered with East Coast Radio to bring this much loved event to the people of Durban for the eighth consecutive year. Walking is an inexpensive and accessible way to exercise and fits into nearly every busy lifestyle. Studies show that when you enjoy the exercise you do, you benefit from it more. Events like the Discovery East Coast Radio Big Walk help to encourage people to have fun while also getting healthier, as well as provides a platform to bring communities together.”


First Lady, Thobeka Zuma, and the MEC for Arts, Culture, Sport and Recreation, Ntombikayise Sibhida-Saphetha, were among the special guests who started each of the four distances.  Zuma congratulated the walkers for taking their health seriously while Sibhida-Sapetha thanked East Coast Radio for hosting the event, saying fitness and health in KZN are of paramount importance.  Sharkie and Sharks player Francois Kleinhans also stirred up the crowds at the start.


The event has come a long way since it first began 12 years ago and is now the biggest, outdoor, participative event in KwaZulu-Natal.

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Metro FM reaches 1 Million Facebook Fans

Posted by radio On May - 20 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

MetroMETRO FM, the biggest commercial radio station in South Africa, is proud to announce that it has reached the 1 Million Facebook Fans milestone! The brand has had the pleasure of watching the page grow and evolve into what it is has become today. In a year, the station has managed to increase its following organically. With the station’s new leadership METRO FM has employed 360 strategies that include a huge emphasis on developing METRO FMs online presence and digital offerings that resulted in an achievement of this magnitude.

“Over 30 years METRO FM has acquired brand equity. Since 2015 through the inclusion of 360 strategies the brand’s listenership enjoyed a significant growth. This strategy increased the brand’s presence in the minds of listeners awakening all senses of the brand. Listeners are able to touch and feel the brand, allowing conversations to live and continue beyond the radio medium.” Said METRO FM Marketing Manager: Ms Christinah Mazibuko.

The SABC has invested greatly in the development of the SABC digital platforms with a significant investment in the human resources that conceptualize and implement digital content strategies.
What do 1 million fans mean?


Head of SABC Radio Digital Media Strategy: Mr Carlito Sheikh stated: “We as SABC Radio Digital Media are very proud of METRO FM for being the first radio station in the SABC radio network to achieve this milestone. It is testimony to the level of social media engagement that the station has with its tribe of fans online, making integrated media advertising campaigns a reality at SABC Radio.”
METRO FM boasts a Twitter following of over 600 000 on Twitter, 60 000 on Instagram and over 350,000 podcast downloads since the launch of the channel in 2015. The brand also launched the METRO FM VIP Club, a loyalty rewards programme, in March 2016 and it has attracted more than 15 000 registered users to date.

‘This is proof that Radio has a future in the digitally converged world, and METRO FM will continue to re-think and reshape how we play in this place in our quest to add value to the lives of South Africans’.

METRO FM Station Manager, Sibongile Mtyali


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SABC increases royalty payments on radio  

Posted by radio On May - 20 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), as part of its transformation drive on local music content, met with various collecting societies (Southern African Music Rights Organisation, South African Music Performance Rights Association, Independent Music Performance Rights Association and Association of Independent Record Companies).

somali_radioThe engagement was to establish a forum to discuss issues affecting the broadcaster and the music industry to ensure equity and transparency in royalty matters.

A key decision out of today’s meeting is the SABC’s increase of royalty payment from 3% to 4% on radio for all collecting societies. The SABC has implemented royalty parity for the collecting societies. The SABC is aware that there are artists who do not belong to these societies and this move is also a bid to encourage them to register with collecting societies so they equally benefit as the rest of the registered members, as their music is also played on SABC radio.

The SABC’s Chief Operations Officer, Mr. Hlaudi Motsoeneng stated that “This move is meant to stimulate the music industry, through creating jobs and unearthing new talent. The SABC also wants to restore the dignity of creatives to move away from a situation of creatives in the music industry dying as paupers. The SABC will set a budget to honour SA music legends such as Babsy Mlangeni, Steve Kekana and Letta Mbuli and those that have passed on amongst others for their contribution to the industry. This once- off recognition payment will be in July”.

Mr Motsoeneng further stated that “In the advent of democracy, the creatives should not blame the Government, as the mandate has been very clear from the onset that the implementation of policies depends entirely on leaders within different public institutions such as the SABC”.

The SABC has a clear strategy to invest in local industry development as a consequence of the recently amended Editorial policy.

Mr Sean Watson, Chairperson of SAMPRA stated “We’re thrilled as SAMPRA by the bold decision taken by the SABC to beat the 3% rate set by the Courts and up it to 4%. It speaks volumes about the SABC’s passionate commitment to the South African music industry and we are grateful for this proactive approach”.

Mr Dodo Monamedi, Chairperson of AIRCO and IMPRA commented “On behalf of IMPRA and AIRCO, we are embracing and remain committed and grateful of the announcement from the SABC about 4% needle time payments to us as record companies. This means booming sales for our retailers, recording studios and live performances. We will work hand in hand with our stakeholders to educate our people about what needle time is all about and its benefits. We shall all endeavour to promote and defend our local markets for all to benefit”.

Mr Arthur Mafokate, representing SAMRO stated “We are very excited and looking forward to artists’ lives changing. We have waited for 30 years for this and we would like to thank the SABC team led by the COO, Mr. Hlaudi Motsoeneng.”

The SABC values the pivotal role and contribution that musicians play in society.

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Power FM appoints a new station manager

Posted by radio On May - 20 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

South African National Editors’ Forum (SANEF) Chairman and former Sowetan Editor Mpumelelo Mkhabela has joined fast-growing Gauteng based commercial talk radio station POWER 98.7 as its Station Manager effective 01 June 2016.

MpumeleloMkhabela-300x184The station’s founder and Chairman Given Mkhari said POWER 98.7’s growth as a thought leader required a content heavy-hitter to lead its product offering. Mkhari said Mkhabela had a track record of transformative leadership that would be valuable to the station’s positioning as a critical thought leader in the media landscape.

Mkhari said:  “Mkhabela is an industry leader with a proven management and editorial track record and we are thrilled that he has chosen POWER 98.7 as a platform to practice his trade. South Africa is going through interesting changes that require responsible and capable leadership to facilitate the transformation narrative.  In Mkhabela we believe we have found that leader.”

Mkhabela said he was excited about the challenge. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to contribute to a black-owned media institution that has altered the radio landscape in Africa’s influential commercial region,” he said.

“I hope to assist in sharpening the station’s offering in programming, breaking news, in-depth analysis and commentary.  I foresee a station that is growing in reach and influence, a truly indispensable medium for those who wish to be agents of their own destiny,” Mkhabela said.

He said POWER 98.7 has positioned itself as a talk radio station that has the capacity to unleash the power of listeners and other stakeholders in shaping their own aspirations. “The transformative role of relevant and informed talk radio lies squarely in facilitating the agency role of individuals, organisations and communities for the greater good,” he said.

Mkhabela (38) has been a journalist since 1999. He started his career as a junior reporter at City Press. In 2001 he was appointed parliamentary correspondent, a position he held until 2007 when he joined the Sunday Times as senior political writer and later parliamentary bureau chief.

In 2010 he was appointed deputy editor of The Sunday Independent. In 2011 he was appointed editor of the Daily Dispatch before he was transferred to Sowetan as editor.

Mkhabela holds a BA (Hons) in Political Science from the University of Limpopo, Bachelor of Journalism (Hons) from Stellenbosch University and an MA in International Politics from UNISA.


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Celeb Radio is back on OFM

Posted by radio On May - 18 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

In 2015, OFM, the sound of life in Central South Africa, introduced Celebrity Radio – leading the way in innovative radio content offerings.

OFM - GET IT - JUNE - Celeb Radio REPRO

In June this year, Celeb Radio will be back on the OFM airwaves weekdays between 09:00 and 13:00.  Celeb Radio gives well known and well-loved South African celebrities the opportunity to host their own unique radio show for a whole week.  Celebrities are assisted and supported by OFM presenters.


This year, Leah van Niekerk, Kurt Darren and David Kau will join us on the airwaves.


Says OFM General Manager, Nick Efstathiou: “Launching Celebrity Radio in 2015 was a new and daring concept.  However, its success was phenomenal and therefore we decided to host Celeb Radio again this year.  We are excited about welcoming Leah, Kurt and David to our studios and look forward to three weeks of entertaining and totally exclusive radio!”


Capetonian Leah van Niekerk released her first album Wonderwerk in 2015.  She received a Bokkie Award for Newcomer of the Year and was nominated for four Ghoema Awards.  She is probably best known for her hit song “Met Jou Klere Aan”.  She has also featured on the big screen in the film “As Jy Sing” and on the small screen in the television drama “Sterlopers”.


Kurt Darren needs no introduction and is an old friend of OFM.  Winner of numerous awards, including seven SAMA Awards, Darren is one of South Africa’s most loved singers.


“With 21 studio albums under his belt, Kurt is certainly no stranger to the microphone.  We look forward to seeing how he translates his experience on stage to a radio studio environment!” says Efstathiou.


Finally, comedian David Kau will no doubt have listeners in stitches from the get-go. David rose to fame in The Pure Monate Show, which he co-created and produced.  He has headlined numerous comedy festivals and was co-presenter of the Nelson Mandela 46664 concert.


For more information about Celeb Radio, go to

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Lesedi FM has a brand new logo

Posted by radio On May - 18 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Lesedi FM recently reinvented itself as cheerful and daring to be different, by launching its new logo, brand identity and TV commercials. The launch took place at a glittering gala dinner in Bloemfontein and was attended by various stakeholders, including, FS Premier, Ace Magashule, business, government officials, senior SABC executives and media.


Lesedi FM station Manager Mr Dirara Mokoena says, “When people see the logo, we want them to feel a strong sense of affinity towards the brand. We want to create a sense of pride, ownership and belonging. We want them to feel empowered by the station that understands who they are, where they come from and where they are going. As a brand that exists in the lives of our listeners each and every day, we need to keep up with the changes as demanded by our listeners.’

The current Lesedi FM new look is deeply rooted, fresh, relevant and contemporary. When unveiling the logo, the SABC COO, Mr Hlaudi Motsoeneng used the opportunity to encourage the station to continue as in the past, to unearth local music talent.  SABC recently made a much lauded ground breaking decision to play 90% local music in all its 18 Radio Stations. Premier Magashule congratulated the public broadcaster for introducing changes that impact positively on people’s lives.



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OFM’s got an App for that!

Posted by radio On May - 9 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

OFM, the sound of your life, is now available on an exclusive smartphone App.  The station launched the OFM App earlier this week, available on Google Play Store and the Apple App store.


Smartphone users and loyal listeners of the sound of your life will now be able to listen to their favourite radio station on their favourite device. The OFM App has been created to transform the manner in which OFM listeners engage and consume the radio station.


Says OFM General Manager, Nick Efstathiou:  “Access to OFM anywhere and anytime makes the App a must have. Navigating through different radio App’s can be confusing. The exclusive OFM radio App delivers content that is relatable to our loyal listeners. Launching the OFM App is another exciting step in the continued growth of the station.  It’s just another way we keep improving our product offering and adding value to the lives of our loyal listeners.”


By downloading the new App, users will stand the chance to win R1 000 a week for four weeks.  For more information about the OFM app or the app competition, go to


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Old Mutual Live, the digital radio station from Old Mutual, has a stream of content that is dedicated to those who love wine. The Old Mutual Live wine edition brings you all you need to know about wine and the wine industry.

JennyAt the helm of this will be former 702 host Jenny Crwys-Williams who will be interviewing some of South Africa’s best wine makers, producers, wine connoisseurs and enthusiasts as well as broadcasting live from the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show.

The Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show is South Africa’s premier wine competition and recognises the top local wines and winemakers, honours excellence in the wine industry and is widely regarded as the country’s most credible wine show, largely due to the quality of its judging process.

“We are delighted to have a radio powerhouse like Jenny taking the reins on our wine edition. We could not think of a better host to bring to life the essence of wine in South Africa and all it has to offer”, says Karen Thomas, Head of Brand at Old Mutual.

To get the latest podcasts from the Wine Edition, download the Old Mutual app from your app store or go to You can also listen to Jenny Live from the Cape Town public tasting of the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show on 3 June, 2016 from 18:00 to 21:00.

For more information or follow us on Twitter @OldMutualLive

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Good Hope FM announces line-up changes

Posted by radio On May - 3 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS


Pierce back in breakfast


Good Hope FM has announced a change to their weekday on-air line-up in response to the noted change in their listeners’ daily routine. Radio is the preferred go-to medium for immediate news and entertainment for many people, especially during peak-hour traffic. The recent increase of congestion on the roads in Cape Town means the length of time that commuters spend getting to work has significantly increased. People in the Cape are up and about earlier than they were a few years ago and so Good Hope FM has announced a new breakfast show, in a new timeslot. ‘The Good Hope FM Breakfast Show’ will, as of Monday, 2nd May kick off an hour earlier from 05:00 – 08:00 and will be presented by popular and animated Good Hope FM personality, Nigel Pierce.

Sherlin Barends

Pierce is known for his unique brand of wit and humour and has previously been the host of the breakfast show on the station, his on-air banter suits the breakfast slot and is sure to get listeners tuning in for more each morning.  “I know that nowadays I have to get up earlier and start my commute to work each morning because of the increased traffic on the roads, as do so many Good Hope FM listeners. Now we can tune in from five in the morning and expect an energetic and informative, all-new breakfast show including news and traffic reports”, says Brendan Ficks, Good Hope FM Station Manager.  An exciting addition to the Good Hope FM weekday line-up is a brand new show ‘The Hype’ (8:00 – 11:00) to be presented by Dan Corder and Sherlin Barends. The young duo will deliver a lively, informative and entertaining show.

Dan Corder

Corder and Barends both honed their radio talent on campus radio and true to Good Hope FM talent-nurturing culture they snapped them up soon after identifying them as a good fit for the station. Corder has been the stand-in breakfast show presenter for the past few months, while decisions were being made regarding the new line-up announcement. Good Hope FM continues to connect Cape Town with an all-star line-up of presenters including Seano (Fast Forward), Carl Wastie (Afternoon Live), Stan Mars (The Mars Project), Ayanda Dlamini (Ayanda Dlamini Show) and Ready D (The Ready D Show).


The Good Hope FM on-air line-up implemented on Monday, 2 May 2016


Time Slot Show Name & Host Contributors
01:00 – 03:00 Carissa Cupido
03:00 – 05:00 Run CPT with Khanya Siyengo aka Kyeezi
05:00 – 08:00 Good Hope FM Breakfast with Nigel Pierce Sandra Rosenberg (News)Dalin Oliver (Sport)Erin-Lee Saunders (Traffic)
08:00 – 11:00 The Hype with Dan Corder & Sherlin Barends
11:00 – 14:00 The Mars Project with Stan Mars Leigh-Anne Williams (News)
14:00 – 16:00 Afternoon Live with Carl Wastie
16:00 – 19:00 Fast Forward with Seano Vania Cloete-Collison (News)Devon Currer (Sport)Geri Saunders (Traffic)
19:00 – 21:00 Ayanda Dlamini Show with Ayanda Dlamini
21:00 – 23:00 The Ready D Show with Ready D
23:00 – 01:00 The Late Show with Lonwabo Mbadlanyana
19:00 – 22:00 Dr’s in the House with Dr Jules
22:00 – 02:00 Bread & Butter with Khanya Siyengo
02:00 – 06:00 Mark Fitzgibbon & Brandon Bergh
06:00 – 09:00 Weekend Breakfast Show with Makabongwe Tanga Andriques Che Petersen (News)Morgan Newman (Sport)
09:00 – 12:00 Good Hope FM Hot 30 with Carl Wastie
12:00 – 15:00 The Music Lab with Danilo Acquisto Andriques Che Petersen (News)
15:00 – 18:00 The Hangout with DJ Loyd & TK Andriques Che Petersen (News)
18:00 – 22:00 Dr’s in the House with Dr Jules
22:00 – 02:00 The Godfather’s House with Dino Michael
02:00 – 06:00 The Humble Lord Veezus
06:00 – 09:00 Weekend Breakfast Show with Makabongwe Tanga Aimee Bishop (News)
09:00 – 12:00 The FullHouse with Lalla Hirayama & Taryn Louch Aimee Bishop (News)
12:00 – 15:00 The Music Lab with Danilo Acquisto Victoria Mac Cullum (News)
15:00 – 18:00 The Hangout with DJ Loyd Victoria Mac Cullum (News)
18:00 – 22:00 Sunset Smoothie with Bradley Knight
22:00 – 01:00 The Brew with Nosipo Tisani



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