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MetroFM Takes Weekend Radio Seriously

Posted by radio On September - 3 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

By Radiobiz


Let’s take a trip down into Metroville to see what they have to offer their listeners in the next year or so. In April we witnessed a few additions to the Metro FM line-up with a noticeable change of Minnie Dlamini joining Adil on the Saturday Top 40 countdown show.

The weekend team has more or less remained unchanged with the likes of DJ Sbu, Leko, Ismail Abrahams, LuloCafe, Naked DJ, Oskido, Dj Naves & Spectacula , Thami Ngubeni , Wilson B Nkosi the list goes on. While the weekday shows feature Paul Mtirara , Glen Lewis, Azania, Amon , T-Bo Touch  and Eddie Zondi, one could do a bit of DJ reshuffling to illustrate how weekend DJs could easily anchor weekday shows. Adil takes over the weekday afternoon drive show between 3pm and 6pm; Thami Ngubeni to anchor the mid-morning show, Sbu to take over the breakfast show and Oskido serves lunch between 12pm and 3pm.



This is an indication of the expansive talent MetroFM has in its possession; I also think that it shows how seriously they take weekend radio. At any given moment Metro can provide a high quality line-up to fit in a lot of stations around the country. You would commonly find that most radio stations use a weaker line-up on weekends because they don’t take weekend radio seriously.


The question remains whether Metro’s formidable weekend line-up prevents the station from introducing new and young talent. Paul Mtirara first joined in 2002 and has since grown and been progressive in the station. Should Metro not groom a new Paul or Glen in order to maintain their high standards? On the other hand, Yfm provides the most basic radio foundation which allows for the grooming and training of fresh talent that is ultimately pouched by MetroFM. There is a whole list of former Y-fm’s jocks that left the youth station for the commercial giant; this includes Thato Mataboge, William Lehong, Bad Boy T, Oskido, Unathi, Amon Mokoena, Adil and Chilli M.


Whatever it is that Metro FM’s management is doing to attract and retain exceptional talent, they should keep at it. This has translated into the station growing its weekly listenership to over 6,2million according to the latest SAARF RAMS.


What do you think is MetroFM’s secret strategy? Is it effective? Please share your views.

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MetroFM and 5FM Gaga Over Golden Swimmers!

Posted by radio On August - 16 - 2012 21 COMMENTS

By Thato Mokhou


Gold medalists Chad Le Clos and Cameron van der Burgh have received a tumultuous welcome from the media as well as hundreds of supporters since their arrival from the London Olympics 2012. They made an appearance at SA’s top commercial radio stations, Metro FM and 5FM, earlier this week, charmingly showing off their medals. 5FM’s Gareth Cliff celebrated with Cameron on his breakfast show while Chad  appeared on Metro FM’s  TSI with Amon and Thato and he later serenaded the ladies on the Fresh Drive.


Gareth and his team never fail to entertain as they jokingly made references to perculiar stories that emerged from the Olympics, such as the unofficial condoms found in an Olympics village, which headlined on international news sites.  Gareth could not resist exploring the  idea of athletes having sultry engagements outside of the Olympics arenas. However, Cameron shyly denied engaging in any secret rendezvous as he had his eyes set only on his girlfriend, who had joined him over the period of the tournament.   “As athletes we were not allowed to touch a drop of alcohol,” he said.  This must have eliminated all possibility for any wild behaviour.


The conversation continued as Cameron interacted with the listeners who asked about his experience in London, the thrill of winning the 100 metres breaststroke in world record time and also meeting the invincible American swimmer, Michael Phelps.   A picture of his sterling medal was shared on Gareth’s twitter page.


Cameron van der Burgh with Sias du Plessis


A fan, Kirat Diar Lalla, got a snapshot with Cameron which he posted onto his Facebook profile page.


Kirat Diar Lalla with Cameron van der Burgh


Compatriot Chad Le Clos who snatched the gold in the final stroke of the 200 butterfly from American Michael Phelps spent lunchtime with MetroFM’s duo, Amon Mokoena and Thato Mataboge, and joined 5FM’s Nicole da Silva (standing in for DJ Fresh), Poppy Ntshongwana and the rest of the Fresh Drive team an hour later.


During each interview he was praised for his fantastic win against Olympic champion, Michael Phelps and  he admitted to being in total disbelief over the victory.  His success has also attracted attention from eligible girls, he certainly had Nicole and Poppy in his clench as they pleaded with him to serenade them with a classic song but he failed to deliver.   His cute dimple won Nicole over evidently in the photo she posted onto her Twitter page.


Chad le Clos with Nicole da Silva


Metro FM’s Thato comically tweeted about Chad’s surname and only SeSotho speakers would appreciate the humour.

Kaleidoscope ‏@PandoraOL

LOL! RT @MrThato: Apparently Basotho are convinced Chad LeClos are 2 different people.


Other athletes featured on Gareth’s show were gold medal winning lightweight 4: Sizwe Ndlovu, Matthew Brittain, John Smith and James Thompson.   The photo was posted onto Gareth’s Facebook page.

Gareth Cliff with gold medal winning lightweight 4 Sizwe Ndlovu, Matthew Brittain, John Smith and James Thompson


Talk Radio 702 also interviewed a host of athletes including Chad and Cameron.

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