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[By Kagiso Mnisi]


The measure of cost in reaching consumers by buying adverts in the media, as sought by inflation watch organisation Ibis Media Data Service, reveal that Dstv continues to be a strong contender because of its reduced price of packages. Along with that, radio has also been staking its claim with advertising in comparison to other media due to its consistency in audiences and the ability to converge admirably through new digital platforms.


Radio, has soured significantly by 8,01%. Whereas Online media ad rates dropped by 1,3%, cinema rose by 6,2% and outdoor increased by 2,5%. Radio’s talk format, is considered the most reliable as it holds a captive and engaged audience. Primedia’s COO Ryan Till believes radio revenue has the biggest scope for growth of all media in SA and says, “though radio’s share [of the R32bn annual marketing spend in SA] is staying at a relatively constant 13%, the amount of radio ad sales increased 11,4% last year when compared with the previous year.”


Till further say, “Of course one thing that is masked in the radio figures is that the medium, due to its fit with digital, is offering advertisers more solutions that cross over from traditional radio to digital, so this distinction in spend can be a little blurry. The volume of this is still relatively small, but it’s where we are seeing more growth.”


Black format stations upped their rates by +9.9% and Performance by +1.4%, where rate increase through the swing of 2 massive stations Kaya and Metro pushed overall measure to +10.3%.


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Radio Days post the FM era

Posted by radio On July - 4 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

[By Kagiso Mnisi]


Amongst a flurry of speculations about the future of global radio at the first day of Joburg Radio Days, the single point of agreement is that people make the medium and not stations. The annual conference held at University of Witswaterand has a programme with speakers such as Dan McQuillan of Broadcast Bionics, Gregg Maloka, Ravi Naidoo and Randall Abrahams amongst others; has thus far focused on how audiences can be built beyond traditional listening. This factors in the dynamic that broadcaster can longer dictate to audience but should rather track trends via tools such as Twitter, Facebook and YouTube for engagement.



Embedded in that philosophy is the ability to be organic as 94.7 Highveld Stereo programmes manager, Ravi Naidoo put it: “during Justin Beiber’s tour in South Africa we sought to have a 16year old Beiliber to manage our social media”. He further said “this was an opportunity to engage Beiber’s fans from a social perspective that an elderly radio practitioner would not have been able to.” Naidoo’s sentiment were also re-iterated in another fashion by Dan McQuillan by saying “stations should see every moment as a viral one” and that “fans not listeners drove creativity and success for Hamish,” when speaking of a radio comedy show in Australia.



The first day at Joburg Radio Days also gave platform to recently launched Power FM and Kaya fm. The former on its twitter campaign before launch, which was inclusive of comers when the station’s marketers consciously followed anyone who bid them well; and the latter on the merits of winning MTN Radio Awards and its steady rise to where it currently is. McQuillan who has worked with radio giants expressed how the local radio scene is so exuberant compared to the morbid landscape in regions such as the UK and America.



These are some of the tweets that streamed at Joburg Radio Days on day 1


Pippa Green @green_pippa5h

Social media has made radio content live longer says @ravi947 at #jhbradiodays


Andy Carvin @acarvin7h

“The truly marginalized are those who don’t have the opportunity to engage with the rest of society.” – Prof. Adam Habib at #jhbradiodays


Ntumi Kondile @ntumz4 Jul

#JHBRadioDays social networks help enhance radio but shows should not depend on them. It’s a way to engage with some of the listeners!


Wits Vuvuzela @WitsVuvuzela5h

@Ravi947: @947Highveld has two businesses, 1 part traditional, other experimental. Create a lab environment. #jhbradiodays


Denzil Taylor @DenzilTaylor41m

#JhbRadioDays – All great on-air people are crazy – your job is not to fix them – keep them crazy … I like this one …



Joburg Radio Days runs from 2-5 July at University of the Witswaterand

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When you think of the month of July you are without a doubt compelled to think of our former statesman Mr. Nelson #Mandela, 27 years he spent in prison, 67 minutes of doing good on Mandela Day and goodwill. All these remind us of how privileged we are and to take a minute to think of and help those who are less fortunate then us.


Munghana Lonene FM has made it a practice to make this month a month for giving and making a difference in the lives of our communities. Every year the station partners with different organizations or individuals in building houses for needy families amongst other activities.


“Munghana Lonene FM has since 2009 built and handed over more than 15 houses to the needy. We will continue to work very closely with business people and communities on this worthy course”, said Munghana Lonene FM Station Manager, Mr. James Shikwambana.


This July 2013 the station in partnership with Botsoleni local church under the leadership of Pastor Malungani a religious contributor to the station hands-over a house on Mandela International Day – 18th July 2013 to a child headed family in Botsoleni in the Malamulele area. The parents died leaving the four kids to fend for themselves. The event will be witnessed by Malamulele local council members, Thulamele District representatives, local business people, local churches and the community at large.


“We have made it the station mission to work with communities in identifying families that are in dire need and we step in with the help of our stake holders to pledge our services and assist in restoring pride and dignity to our people”, said MunghanaLonenefmMarketing Manager, Ms.Vongi Nkanyane.


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Talk Radio 702 and Liliesleaf will be marking the 50th Anniversary of the Rivonia Raid with a real-time Twitter feed, @RivoniaRaid that will update followers on significant events that led to the raid.


On 11th July 1963 the Apartheid Government Police swooped on a farm in Rivonia, which was then on the outskirts of Johannesburg. The farm, called Liliesleaf, had been the nerve centre for the ANC underground and the Police interrupted a meeting on Operation Mayibuye, which was the plan to overthrow the Apartheid government.




Through the arrests and evidence found at Liliesleaf on the 11th July, 12 ANC stalwarts, including Nelson Mandela, Walter Sisulu, Ahmed Kathrada and Govan Mbeki were convicted through the infamous Rivonia Trial and most were sentenced to life imprisonment on Robben Island.


The Rivonia Trial was also important in South Africa’s liberation struggle as it exposed the injustices of the Apartheid system to the rest of the world.


@RivoniaRaid started tweeting at 12h00 on Tuesday 2nd July. On this day in 1963, ANC leadership instructed Ahmed Kathrada to leave his home and move to a safe house in World’s View owned by the Kreel family, who were ANC supporters. The police had been clamping down on ANC members and Kathrada was also disguised as a Portuguese national.


Over the coming days, the story of the ANC leaders as well as well as the Police officers who were tracking them down, will unfold via 140 character tweets, with links to photographs and supporting material from the Liliesleaf archives. Due to the nature of the underground movement, records from the ANC in 1963 are scarce and much of the history is cobbled together from personal accounts and testimonies, taken years after the events.


For this reason, exact times, and sometimes even dates, are hard to come by and archivists have worked with the information that they have, to piece together the timeline as best they can.


The Twitter timeline will ramp up on the 11th July, when the Jenny Crwys-Williams show will broadcast from Liliesleaf farm, to get more stories from the raid and the subsequent trial. The show will include a real-time re-enactment of the raid itself, which allegedly started at 15h00.


From the 12th July, the Twitter feed will shift focus to the Rivonia Trial.


Follow @RivoniaRaid for all the details.



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SABC presence to be felt at the Durban July

Posted by radio On July - 2 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

SABC partners with the Vodacom Durban July 2013, an annual prestigious event with superb horse racing, high fashion, elegance, fine cuisine and champagne on Sat 06 July at Greyville Racecourse in Durban. This glitzy annual event requires little knowledge of horse racing!


The big day offers an opportunity to let your hair down and show off your creativity in an eye-catching outfit. Based on the year’s theme “POSH? OH MY GOSH!  ”, race goers are encouraged to put together garments for the race day that add to the special occasion. The competitive-minded designers enter the race day competitions, and the edgy and daring are showcased in the Avant Garde race day competition.


SABC’s spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago says: “SABC is delighted to be part of this prestigious event. As the biggest and leading broadcaster in South Africa, the SABC has to look for opportunities that will affirm its leadership role in media and society. The majority of South Africans aspire to attend events such as these and in most cases do not have the opportunity to do so. SABC’s comprehensive “on the ground” coverage will ensure that there is sufficient reach and leverage of the event. The combined power of SABC Radio stations and SABC TV channels will provide a competitive advantage and bring fresh and exclusive content to the listeners and viewers”.


SABC’s involvement at the Vodacom Durban July this year

SABC3: will broadcast a live feed comprising of lifestyle at the horse racing event on Saturday, 6 July 2013 from 14H30 till 17H00.  SABC3’s lifestyle properties such as Top Billing, Expresso, will cover the Vodacom Durban July and 3Talk with Noeleen will do a Vodacom Durban July special with fashion designers and Vodacom representatives in the studio closer to the event.


5FM is bringing the party and the power of virtuous to Durban this July for the station’s fifth Durban Takeover Weekend, with a series of events that have become a can’t-miss on the South African social calendar. Held over four days from 4 to 7 July 2013, the 5FM Durban Takeover Weekend ties in with the Durban July where some of 5FM’s top DJs will be performing live, hosting events and giving back as part of 5FM’s CSI initiative, Youngblood5. 5FM heats up The Miller Boomtown Marquee at the Durban July on Saturday, from 11am with the hottest live entertainment hosted by 5FM’s Poppy Ntshongwana and featuring performances from international rapper 2 Chainz who will be sharing the stage with South African artists to the likes of Dimplez, Khuli Chana, AKA, Vigilante and 5FM DJ’s Rob & Fix, Ms Cosmo, Milkshake and House Head Euphonik.


The party doesn’t end when the races do – (Live) 5 featuring AKA and Khuli Chana hosted by Catherine Grenfell along with the Ultimix: Weekend Edition will broadcast live from the 5FM Miller Boomtown Marquee, keeping the good vibes going from 5pm to 10pm with the beats from 5FM’s Euphonik and guest DJ’s Kent and others. This year 5FM will also host the hottest and Official Vodacom Durban July After Party taking place at the Wave house, Umhlanga.  Don’t miss, DJ’s Nick Supply, Classy Menace, Locnville and 5FM DJ’s Milkshake, Roger Goode, Euphonik and Stephanie B. The man looking after you that evening will be Rob Forbes from 6pm to 2am.


Metro FM  – will be part of the City of Durban marquee during the day at the Durban Vodacom July.  The station will have an Outside Broadcast, 06:00 – 09:00 with Joe (SABC Studio’s), 12:00 – 15:00 with Carole and 15:00 – 18:00 with Sbu, live from the marquee at the racecourse. On 4th July Metro FM will be handing over a house to the family in Umgababa as part of its CSI initiative.  Siphokazi will broadcast live from Umgababa, 09:00 – 12:00 and Amon & Thato will broadcast live from 12:00 – 15:00.


Ukhozi FM  will partner with KZN Tourism department and will host a lifestyle marquee at Vodacom  Durban July and a beach party as a closing.  Ukhozi FM and KZN Tourism department will have a fashion show in the marquee showcasing the best of KZN fashion talent. The guests will be entertained with live performances.


Other platforms that will cover the event include SABC 1 lifestyle programme,  Selimathunzi, Lesedi FM, Good Hope FM

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Heart 104.9FM – Cape Town’s Beat – is proud to announce the acquisition of Lance Witten as News Editor.

Lance Witten


As from today 1 July 2013, Lance  returns to radio – his self-confessed first love – and bring a decade of top-level news and actuality experience to bear for the station.


The focal point of Heart 104.9FM’s news content is ‘what Cape Town wants to hear,’ creating a strong bias toward local stories and local voices and Lance is ideally positioned to lead this approach having started his career as a news anchor on UCT Radio before studying Radio, and later Journalism at CPUT. He has remained Cape Town-focused throughout his successful career, having served as a Breakfast Show producer and later as a presenter on ETV news and ENCA – both broadcast from the Mother City.


As News Editor for Heart 104.9FM, which currently dominates the city’s evening and weekend listenership, Lance will bring a highly professional ethic and passion for investigating and broadcasting news to the local community. Witten’s brief will include a weekly investigative program and the decision to appoint him to the Editor’s chair is calculated to introduce the station to a broader audience.


“Lance’s past experience as an on-air presenter, together with his time in high-pressure newsrooms, will bring a sense of gravitas and a perspective which we believe will be highly attractive to people who are not yet familiar with Heart 104.9FM. There’s no doubt that once they tune in for top-quality news, they’ll also appreciate our genuine commitment to meaningful conversation, and our mix of music,” says MD Gary Petersen.

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Three of RSG’s presenters have been nominated for the annual Huisgenoot Tempo Awards in the category of Favourite Radio Presenter.  Other presenters from commercial Afrikaans radio stations have also been nominated – but only RSG can boast with a whopping 3 nominations! 


The category for Radio presenters is one of 19 categories in the annual Awards, which also includes music, movies, TV and literature categories.  Individuals and programs are nominated by a panel that reviews outstanding Afrikaans talent between the periods of 14 April 2012 and 24 May 2013.


The public are invited to nominate for their Favourite Radio Presenter until Friday, 12 July at 5pm.  The awards evening will be hosted at the Lyric Theatre at Gold Reef City in Johannesburg on Tuesday, 23 July.  Support RSG, the SABC’s Afrikaans radio service and nominate for their presenters.  All that you have to do is to send an SMS with the letters TEM, the code of your choice presenter (don’t leave a space), and your name to 32113.  Each SMS costs R1 and only 20 votes per cell number are allowed.  The codes for the 3 RSG presenters are:  P1 for Amore Bekker, P4 for Lynette Francis, P5 for Martelize Brink.


Amore Bekker is the presenter of Tjailatyd, the afternoon drive time show weekdays from 3pm to 6pm, Lynette Francis presents Praat Saam every weekday morning from 8-9 and is also a SABC2 TV presenter; Martelize Brink is co-presenter of the lifestyle show, Oggend op RSG which airs weekday mornings from 9-12 which is presented from the Sea Point studios. 


Each person that casts a vote also stands a chance to win great prizes – ranging from a car, to cameras, perfume, watches and sunglasses – courtesy of the Huisgenoot Tempo Awards competition.

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New Cape Town audio brand, Smile 90.4FM’s Danie Marais is currently part of a panel featured in the KykNet series 10 uit 10. The show, which airs every Wednesday at 20:30, and is repeated on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, focusses on ten favourites or prominent examples in a specific category.


Each show features the witty and sharp comments from the panel, which consists of Rian van Heerden, Dowwe Dolla, Haidee Muller, Gavin Prins and Ilza Roggeband. Says Danie Marais: “It was fun to reminisce and riff about anything from art festivals, to celebrity embarrassments and Afrikaans movies.”


Marais continues: “I do my regular movie review with the film critic Suzette Kotze-Myburgh on KykNet’s breakfast show Dagbreek bi-weekly on a Friday morning at 07:15. I also do a monthly column called “Spookasem” for the supplement By in Die Burger and Beeld,” says Marais.

Switch to Danie Marais on Smile 90.4 FM on weekdays between 1pm and 4pm.

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Paul again found to us with Power Buro

Posted by radio On June - 27 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

[By Kagiso Mnisi]


Ntone Edjabe, founder and editor of Chimurenga never fails to tell the romantic tale of how he as a newbie in Johannesburg (Yeoville to be specific,) followed close friend Winston Mankunku Ngozi  all the way to Cape Town and that is how the start of the iconic publication oddly began. The belief in a kindred spirit to the point of shouldering your prized possessions and hitting the dirt road is something that Paul Mnisi’s loyal followers have been negotiating ever since he left the airwaves in 2007.


His departure from Y FM after hosting the breakfast show, which was a stint very tepid in comparison to his more exciting days as host to Groove Kamikaze and Kamikaze Heat, left us seeking our friend in lament. We missed him. He is finally found to us as part of Power FM’s roster in his new show Power Buro and this is his gathered wisdom from the wilderness or more appropriately, the school of life.



Radiobiz : Whilst at YFM you positioned yourself as a proud cosmopolitan Pan Africanist through poetry (Politburo sessions), editorship of Y Mag and affiliations with emergent sub cultures (Chimurenga, Amandla doccie, etc.). What can be expected from Paul Mnisi as part of a 100% black owned talk station, whose Chairman was mentored by Chinua Achebe ?


I think this platform will only re-enforce all of the above elements that I am so dedicated to. I have certainly grown over the years but my viewpoint of things around me remains afropolitan.


 Radiobiz : Social media chirps have resolved to make you part of triumvirate that includes Thomas Msengana and Phat Joe. This comes from the fact that you’ll be manning the Power ship at the same time as them at their respective station. Do you feel a sense of pride in this?


Can’t be anything but proud to go head to head with my former colleagues, however I don’t see it as competition. I believe that each station has its own target market and philosophy so competing would be totally be out of the question.



Radiobiz : What is Power Buro’s vision for the next year ?


To deliver a well-rounded dose of Afrocentric edutainment.



Radiobiz : You have been away from the media’s gaze for a while. What have you been up to ?

I’ve been doing life. Living and growing.


Radiobiz : Radio analyst and fundis have been preaching convergence for the last few years. Why such little social media footprint from Paul Mnisi?


I’ve only just got on to twitter in the last week or so.I guess I’m a little old fashioned but I have not really struggled without social media. It was however important that I jump on at this stage so I can better communicate with my audience.



Radiobiz : Paul would diagnose South African contemporary culture as…..




Radiobiz : What is the one thing that Paul cannot do without these days?




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Ligwalagwala FM aims to help fight crime

Posted by radio On June - 25 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

Crime is the epicentre of our social ills in South Africa, like all citizens of our country Ligwalagwala FM is equally concerned. In order for the station to play a role in the fight against crime, it has, in its programming mix conceptualised an Anti-crime or a fight against crime campaign called Ntjitja Guluva (change gangster) a concept that will live both on air and on the ground.


This is a campaign aimed at discouraging crime elements and activities in our society, especially amongst our youth since they are the future of our country. This campaign will run from the 1st of July until the end of October 2013. It is embedded in the station’s mandate as a Public Broadcaster to play an active role in the fight against crime and also ensure the curbing of the recycled crime.


“Crime in our country has evolved over the years from petty to brutal and this has contributed hugely to the decay of the nation’s moral fiber. Government’s efforts of fighting this scourge and its recycled form needs total support from everybody concerned and the station is no exception,” said Rio Mabunda, Station Manager, Ligwalagwala FM.


The station will visit prisons through Outside Broadcasts around Mpumalanga in order to discourage recycled crime and inspire inmates to develop themselves whilst in prison and enrol in skills development programs. The station will present live cases of individuals who were involved in crime and how they were able to reconcile with their victims, families and how they were re-integrated into society. Students will visit juvenile centres where they will be exposed to such institutions. The station will also host a number of experts, who will share knowledge and provide solutions to crime related problems encountered by South Africans.

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