The Radio Awards 2020 Winners

The Radio Awards 2020 have succumbed (like everything else) to the pandemic of the COVID-19 virus, and so announcements were made online earlier today. Industries have suffered globally over the past couple of weeks, but radio has peaked as a number one source of both companionship and reliable information.

There was a great variety of winners this year which really reflect the diversity of the radio industry in South Africa, where they seemed very one sided over the past couple of years.

From Umholobo Wenene to Kaya to Tuks FM to Groot FM, this year we really had some stand-out performances.

The Station of the Year was awarded to the phenomenal Kaya FM, who have been leaders in reshaping radio for the 2020 listener – and also bagged a record 24 nominations.

For the full, announcement of all winners, join the fun and watch the live annoucements here

For the full list you can download the document here

Chris Jordan Media Training Prospectus 2020

Please note that training around these knowledge areas will be customizable to your station format, mission and vision statement

Candidates

This training is specially designed for adopters who practice radio management, both commercially or in a community environment.  The programming training is aimed at on air staff (presenters, news and sports, production, online producers). Sales and Marketing staff are focused upon separately to strengthen profession outputs.

Training Prospects

Management Training

1. Corporate governance

  • ICASA, BCCSA, and NAB compilation and adherence
  • Managing station risk
  • The role of board members
  • Stations policies and procedures

2. Basic Management Skills

  • Creating your Brand
  • Connecting with the Audience
  • Leadership in Radio
  • Evaluating Performance

3. People Management Skills

  • Talent management: growing great talent
  • Managing People and magnifying the best in their personalities

4. Compiling Business Plan

  • Mission vs Vision statement
  • Building a station template
  • Strategic Focus
  • Analysis of typical station listener
  • Market competition
  • Licence requisites 

Programming

1. Programming Roles

  • The on air personality role in 2020
  • Current affairs and sports broadcasting roles 
  • Content producers vs digital producers
  • Bigger picture orientation vs islands of reinvention within the programming team
  • Servicing your community

2. Building shows that matter

  • Propriating correct content for the correct audience
  • Navigating unlimited content resources
  • AIR Methodology (Approach, Ingest, Relay) mindset to show preparation
  • Developing a PLAN approach to show content (Perspective, Lay of the Land, Adding Value, New Kind of Normal)
  • Executing immaculate interviews
  • Pre-Production of show content
  • Mandatory show formatics 

3. The 4th dimension broadcaster

  • New media platforms
  • Show presence vs brand presence vs personality presence
  • Do’s and Don’ts of social media presence
  • New Media Content Specifics

Sales and Marketing

1. Basic Financial Skills

  • Financial Management core principles
  • Marketing and Selling Advertisements
  • Performing SWOT Analysis

2. Rate Cards and Advertising Opportunities 

  • Reinventing your rate card
  • Understanding hot leads vs cold leads
  • Live reads vs live promos
  • Advertising packages
  • In-house production
  • Strategic Promotions
  • Community Buy In

Contact Details

Office Number: (+27)72 643 5502

Email: info@chrisjordanmedia.net, chrisjordan007.cj@gmail.com 

Radio 1 on 1 Audiobook
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SMU FM 97.1 FM Board Training – The Ultimate Voice Airborne

SMU FM Board

About SMU FM

As our vision and mission state, SMU FM was formerly called Channel Med and later transformed into the present Radio SMU, which is established as a non-profit organisation (NPO) i.e. not for gain but to provide a community radio service to the SMU and the broader community of Ga-Rankuwa and its neighbouring communities.

SMU FM is a communication platform that seeks to promote community participation in support of democracy, freedom of expression, diversity of opinion, and broadcast ownership and combating of Racism, Sexism and all forms of discrimination.

Vision

To augment the cross-cultural activities of the community at large through broad media broadcasting spectrum.

Mission

The connotations of SMU FM are to express and positively empower cross- cultural and socio- academic atmosphere through inspirations and phenomenal community’s epitomes of its desired future

SMU FM Board Training Lessons Learnt

  • SMU FM has just recruited a fresh board that has the goal to move the station to its next great phase in its on landscape lifetime. The station only being licenced 4 years ago has undergone the beauty of a newborn radio station, finding their feet from an operational stance, streamlining a foundation for the growth of broadcasting, and sedimenting a dedicated, talented, and pioneering station manager – Precious Pheelwane.
  • This is an exciting time for SMU FM, starting at the refinement of their mission statement, where the station is in a unique and powerful position to be a service centered around the greater awareness, infotainment provider , and community educator of matters and material that pertain to the medical knowledge ownership arena.
  • New station strats need to be focused on how to ground yourself in your feeder area. For both your community, and also advertiser retention, the brand and product need to provide a unique and relevant presence in their listener’s lifestyle. This would include at reshaping the programming to, in this case, showcase a number of strong, and served speciality programs centered around, firstly, the interests of the SMU students and university, and secondly, around the dictated format of medical learning, promotion and awareness.
  • With strat planning, always start small, simple, practical, executable and attainable. Target areas of action that require no financial constraints to the station (especially in its infant years). It is advised to start with a “bottom-up” approach to these goals. For instance
    • What do I want to achieve on air every 15 minutes.
    • What impact and relevance should each show have to my listener’s lifestyle.
    • What would I like a day’s programming goals to be if I were to quantify that in terms of a service rendered, a format sustained, a brand identify maintained, and a vision statement pursued.
    • What “seasonal” content, activisms, and events have I both planned for, and made a tangible positive effect and presence in.
    • What “on-year” goal or brand vision have I accomplished with beneficial growth to what I intended for the station.
  • Always see the merit in working with a skeleton staff that wants to contribute aggressively to your station, as opposed to a staff centered in mediocrity and dead weight.
  • Most importantly, in reference to the stations that have (and are listed to still be) lost their licences, service your dynamically changing community FIRST, and always do what it takes to keep you far from being considered a wallpaper medium.

Top 5 Most Bankable Radio Shows of 2019

  1. Talk with Ayabonga Cawe  (Metro FM)

Metro FM has had a hard year.  With both its drive shows having drastic changes being made over the year, the Metro FM landscape has had to pull out all their stops and budge literal miracles to keep its listenership solid.  We’ve always had some really great evening talk shows on Metro FM hosting the likes of Penny Lebyane and Robert Marawa. And the time slot has gone through some flux. But landed upon the coveted position, is Ayabonga Cawe.  A confident, well learned and definitely strong, relatable personality that hosts night talk on Metro FM weekdays.  

  1. Afternoon Drive with Joanne Joseph (702)

Joanne Joseph is a household name in South Africa, having spent 20 years in the media industry, including a number of years hosting prominent TV news shows on eNCA and the SABC.

Joanne has presented several high-profile live broadcasts including the live coverage of Nelson Mandela’s passing broadcast internationally, Thabo Mbeki’s presidential inauguration, Walter Sisulu and Beyers Naudé funerals. She regularly MCs corporate functions in English and French and has produced documentaries for the United Nations Development Programme among others.

But bio’s aside, Joanne showcases a high level of quality and eloquence to the broadcast medium.  Her guests are open books that are infatuated with giving Joseph what she wants. Her listeners love her.  And the industry cherishes her.  

  1. The 947 Breakfast Club with Anele (947)

Since I started this list 3 years ago, Anele Mdoda has never failed to feature in the top 5.  She is bankable, if not the strongest money maker in South Africa. She also has a knack for creating hype.  This year her KO against Black Twitter (including American Black Twitter) surrounding her remarks on Kelly Rowland was spectacular to watch, and also trended her globally. As abrasive as Anele is, she still managed to come out tops.  The show has been to the Oscars, bombarded local Schools, and remained firmly in your Joburg backyard. The show has a great team dynamic with Frankie, Cyndi, Thembekile and Alex all adding their own personal thumbprint on every morning encounter of the “golden radio” kind. 

  1. East Coast Radio Breakfast Show with Darren Maule (ECR)

This team has done, dare I say it, the undo-able.  They were “thrown” together a couple of years back, and (from an external point of view) immediately rose up to the occasion and punted out a kick-ass show from the get go.

Darren Maule, Keri Miller and Sky Tshabalala – are well oiled, respectful of each other’s roles, and all add a fresh taste of breakfast flavour to the ECR morning edition.  The listeners love them. They (almost) can do no wrong. And that comes from a very strategic and disciplined leadership. ECR has been climbing the radio SEO ladder more than competently with a number of 1st timer social media initiatives and digital strongholds, and has become a massive force to be reckoned with in the SA radio landscape. 

  1. Kaya Breakfast with David O’ Sullivan, Thabiso Sikwane & Jason Goliath (Kaya FM)

You see, the thing with Kaya, is that they have this aggressively effective broadcasting content strategy that no one really come close to.  They even have the time to solidify in house research teams, and dominate their digital platform presence to a huge staggering dedicated audience. The morning show, which was at first predominantly talk at face value, was quite a noble move from its predecessors – but has the perfect balance of infotainment and hard hitting journalism to service their afropolitan audience.  Well done to David and the team. Radio at its best.

Pheli FM – Training the Voice of Atteridgeville 

Pheli FM team

This week I had the privilege to start training the broadcasting team at Pheli FM.

Pheli FM is a Community Radio station based in Atteridgeville, Pretoria. The station aims is to capture and keep the imagination of listeners in Atteridgeville and surrounding areas. The coverage spectrum of the signal provides a wider coverage from areas that also include: Madibeng Municipality (Greater Hartebeesport), Brits, Tshwane Municipality – Lotus Garden, Atteridgeville, Laudium, Olivenhoutbosh, Valhalla, Wierdepark, Centurion, Pretoria CBD, Hatfield, Pretoria West, Danville, Kwaggasrand, the entire Pretoria North

BROADCAST MANDATE

The station is broadcasting 24/7, with an emphasis on local and community generated content. The Format of the station is talk (40%) and music (60%).  All official languages will be encouraged and most importantly the unique Pretoria Lingo which is used across Pretoria as well will be covered. Community involvement is the cornerstone of the station and all issues of concern to the residents of Atteridgeville are communicated with the expert guest invited to add to the station.

MARKET OVERVIEW

Community radio is a crucial part of the South African broadcasting landscape, providing  diversity for listeners and much-needed skills for the commercial radio sector. However, community radio, by its nature, struggles to access advertising and other forms of financing. There are an estimated 15, 4-million radio sets in South Africa, with community radio garnering almost 8, 6-million listeners a week.

WORKSHOP OVERVIEW

  • As presenters we sometimes get into a bit of a rut when it comes to preparing our shows.  By this i’m talking about losing touch with what our community’s lives ACTUALLY entail. Yes we have an educated idea, but it is massively advantageous to get in there (the community) and touch base.  Be a documentation on what you see and experience when you step out and engage in the community. What are they talking about? How does this vary from day to day, time of day, during the week, or over the weekend?  Where are they spending their time, either socially or socio-economically influenced? Why are they there? What does their attitude on finances dictate their daily decisions? What is it about the world around them that is either inspiring them, presenting an obstacle, or creating opportunity for growth to what is important to them?  
  • Have you listened to your listener? Really listened?  How and what is dominating their conversation? Think of a situation where two people are talking about the concern of renovating a local church, and perhaps even start care facilities and services to their local community.  Imagine yourself entering this conversation, but suddenly talking about the funniest things that happened on the first day at work. It isn’t the correct time, nor place, nor targeted audience. Even if your content is ground breaking, contextually, it is wasted on the incorrect placement.  Know what your audience needs, and when they need it. There is a time and place for that first date anecdote, as well as your charity initiative. Match the right content with the right context, and your listener will thank you for empowering them through the medium of broadcast communication. 
  • Develop your own professional culture when approaching your work.  Arrive earlier and leave later. Take time to get to know the station team, and to have them get to know you.  Build a rapport with your station. Cultivate your own ongoing growth instead of waiting for someone to tell you what to do.  Have a passion for your work. But more importantly, decide what it is that fires your passion for what you do as a professional.  You, and your served community will always be better for it.
  • Develop the mindset that you are a creative, and that you will never run out of ideas.  Your entire career is a craft built on this one fundamental.  
  • Community news is just that.   News about and for the community.  As a community journalist you must indeed keep the community informed about what is happening both nationally and internationally, but can’t develop news bulletins without forgetting about what is happening in the immediate world around them.  All the news that is developed on air will ALWAYS have a direct or indirect impact on the life of your listener.
  • Remember.  Your listeners love you for what you do for them.  Be the conduit between everything that is happening in this world, to everything that is happening in their world.  

Go visit the site at Pheli FM

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Radio 1 on 1: Interview with Frequency Magazine

Frequency Magazine

“Radio 1 on 1: 25 of the Most Asked Questions in Radio Broadcasting” has been well received by the campus, community, online and retail markets.  PART 1 covers an in depth arrival on finding your voice and place in the broadcasting industry, and stations like Tuks FM, Alex FM, Moutse FM, UJ FM and more have welcomed the knowledge of upskilling their movement in their media careers.

I was fortunate enough to be interviewed recently by Frequency Magazine, who showcase and celebrate local talent and the thriving of the South African media market.

Chatting to editor Chabbie Matsapola, we conversed over getting into the industry, finding your “40 year plan”, the current talent regime, and what being in the industry is all about.

Frequency Interview Part I

Frequency Interview Part II

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Google Accreditation: Onward and Upwards

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I have been part of the Google family since 2017.  Accrediting and upskilling in the media market has become rather dynamic.  Being a media practitioner requires an authority on a few, but dedicated, roads.

Google Cloud certification in G Suite signals to employers that you possess the digital skills to work collaboratively and productively in a professional environment. By earning the G Suite certification, you prove your ability to complete common workplace activities using cloud-based tools to create and share documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and files. You demonstrate that you can communicate effectively with email and online meeting solutions.

This exam verifies proficiency in key features of the G Suite platform:

  • Drive
  • Gmail
  • Hangouts Meet
  • Docs
  • Sheets
  • Forms
  • Slides

Google for Education

Whether you are a school’s go-to technologist, a stellar classroom teacher or an enterprising consultant, Certified Trainers are passionate about helping educators transform classrooms with technology. In order to prepare for this application, you will be taken through the Trainer Course below. Our hope is that you will grow as a trainer by learning and building upon your abilities to create and deliver training plans. We all want educators to experience how Google tools can change the way they teach, which is why our Trainer Course covers in-depth information on Google for Education, including our educator Fundamentals and Advanced courses.


Working with Google, Cloud Partner Opennetworks, and Edu trainers D6 – I have developed an ongoing passion for learning and professional training in this new media field.

For training in the Google family, start a conversation with me and let’s move forward together.

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MCRS FM Broadcast Management Training

MCRS FM Management Team

This past weekend I was invited to Limpopo to head up management training for the MCRS FM team.

As per the MCRS FM mission statement:

Moutse Community Radio Station (MCRS) was founded by members of the Rural Women’s Movement (RWM), a national organisation in South Africa, which lobbies around issues of concern to rural women. Rural Women’s Movement (RWM) changed it’s name to National Movement of Rural Women (NMRW).

The station operates with a board of trustees who set the overall vision and perspective, four management staff members who coordinate the training, administration, technical and programming departments, and 41 volunteer staff members who work as radio announcers or presenters (30 full-time and 11 part-time). Moutse Community Radio is a member of the National Community Radio Forum.

Our Current listener-ship is at 102 000 and we are aiming to reach more than 300 000 in the next three years.

MCRS broadcasts from studios located on R573 Waalkraal, on 96.3MHz in the FM band in Moutse in the local Municipality of Elias Motsoaledi and Sekhukhune District in Limpopo.

Moutse Community Radio broadcast area covers Limpopo and Mpumalanga, Nkangala District, Sekhukhune District and other parts of Polokwane and Pretoria. The radio station also has audio streaming whereby people tune via internet. We can be reached on 96.3fm in the most municipalities in both Limpopo and Mpumalanga.

It is a non-profit organisation, run by dedicated team of volunteering staff who receives stipend at the end of each month.

MCRS commenced operation in 1997, with a small band of volunteers broadcasting a limited range of programs from an old Department of Agriculture building. 10 years later, it transferred to its current location in Waalkraal provided by Elias Motsoaledi Local Municipality.


The workshop included leadership training that included rich discussions surrounding community radio presence, sales and marketing strategies, managing departmental teams, risk management, and listener profiling.

A couple of lessons learnt:

  • Community support is bigger than we give it credit for in broadcasting.  The Limpopo audience is aggressively loyal to MCRS FM.  As any community station, your mandate is to always put the community first.  Conversations and content that are deeply involved in the feeder area’s workforce, daily obstacles, education, religion and well being is a first in servicing them patriotically with your platform.
  • Loyalty is gold.  If they make you their P1 choice without any other alternatives, then you are taking first place as a lifestyle in their daily needs.
  • Management synergy is mandatory.  So is station ethos and culture.  To lead a team within your brand and purpose, one cannot lead with chaos and altercation.  A mission and vision statement that is lived by a station’s management team as a second skin, will instill a second nature of success in their teams and product.
  • Don’t underestimate the importance of selling station promotions as opposed to floundering isolated ad spots in community radio.  Where a client stakeholder will more than likely not have the inclination for cashing out on produced spots, they can see value in a solidified presence that is achieved through on air promotions with longer lifespans and heavier listener impact.
  • Corporate culture is key.  Don’t let your employees lead you, lead your employees.
  • Community stations are not abstained from structure.  Formats, business processes, and company regulations make outputs easier to reach, and more likely to achieve success in.
  • Report writing and business writing skills are non-negotiable in a corporate culture.  Take some time to recondition the way your station communicates.

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Radio 1 on 1 : Supported by SRN

Student Radio Network

I am humbled to announce that “Radio 1 on 1: 25 of the Most Asked Questions in Radio Broadcasting” has been supported by SRN.

SRN’s mission statement states

“SRN is an initiative set to revolutionize access to all the communities across South Africa. Encompassing a full turn around solution, clients are able to gain access to all mediums across the country. We ensure our clients’ campaigns are relevant and professionally run across our radio advertising network. With our 360° approach, we offer the most cost effective national coverage available from one point of contact.

The services of SRN are plentiful and add quantifiable quality to their clients.

  • Conceptualizing radio ads for spot-on demographically aimed needs.
  • Marketing your brand product to the accurate insights on social media
  • Brand activation that is effective and entertaining to the robust nature of your core listener
  • And Out of Home Advertising (OOH) that is focused on marketing to consumers when they are “on the go”

The audiobook aims to empower broadcasters in their journey of radio broadcasting, aiming to answer questions that otherwise take a broadcaster destructive “trail and error” periods to work through.

In PART 1, this is mainly focused on the definitive question of “How do I make this a viable career?”

More often than not, broadcasters hit the ground running, and spend years perfecting the craft, but loose focus on the bigger picture of being an asset contributor to growing the industry.

SRN has helped in spreading the empowerment of aspiring broadcasters to the following stations:

·       Alex FM

·       Bay FM

·       Bush Radio

·       Bushbuckridge

·       CUT FM

·       DUT

·       DYR

·       Fort Hare Community Radio

·       Inanda FM

·       Kovsie FM

·       Madibaz Radio

·       MFM

·       Puk FM

·       Radio Turf

·       RMR

·       Tshwane FM

·       Tuks FM

·       UCT Radio

·       UJFM

·       Uni FM

·       Unisa Radio

·       Univen

·       VOW FM

·       Vukani

·       VUT

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Radio 1 on 1: My personality on-air has changed. Isn’t this growth?

The short version of that answer is “No”.  But it’s all in the interpretation of that statement.

If you have this change happen because you changed a slot on air, it is most probable that the answer is “no”.  I’ve heard presenters change their entire persona just because they have changed time slots on radio, and they sound foolish.  This is mainly because they are playing the “who do you expect me to be” game with their listeners.  This is a problem that begins with your first slot your assigned to.  Yes, you have to become versatile to commit and blend into the ethos of that show, but you should never alter an ego to achieve this.

Listeners will eventually be confused with what you offer as a public server.  They won’t know who it is that they are connecting with sooner or later.

Growth, on the other hand, is organic.  Everyone is able to grow, both personally and professionally.  If the answer to “growth” is moving one step closer to becoming a practitioner – then encouragement is all that I wish for you.

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Radio 1 on 1 Preview: I know the basics. I don’t have to waste my time with relearning them.

The basics concepts of radio broadcasting are mandatory.  No one will pat your back for getting them right.  This is more of a reason to keep them sharp and fresh.

Remember:

  • Deliver promos and competitions with enthusiasm and precise execution.
  • Know how to balance your show as second nature. I something works, exploit it. If something doesn’t, you more than likely would get rid of the concept before going on air with it.  A seasoned professional bleeds good content, and so bleeds great shows.  There is no viable excuse for a bad show.  If you’re rusty, polish yourself.
  • Do you promote your station? You should never be to egotistical to think that you are bigger than your brand.
  • If you are on a team, do you play your role? If you are losing focus, or your team is, it’s time for some team building.  Reconnect with one another and know why your place on the show brings relevance and strength in the long run.
  • Follow the format of your station! Don’t go rogue with the station image, it always ends badly.
  • Love your listener! They’re the reason you will stay behind the mic.

Listen to weekly updates of my new audio book in radio broadcasting here, and don’t forget . 

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Radio 1 on 1 Preview: But I don’t know where my broadcasting career is going?

Firstly, let me calm you by saying, this is very normal.  To get to a point, or a few points, in your on-air career where your doubts about the future are reigning supreme, this happens to every broadcaster.  But those points need to be positive and constructive.  This is called a broadcasting career, for the same reason you would call working in any other profession a career too, it’s got to last.

Very few on-air presenters have a growing and illustrious career by being on air exclusively.  You have to think of the long run.  Somewhere you can retire happily, having contributed both to your passion, but to the industry too.  Look at exploring different avenues of broadcasting that interest you, and also fill a contribution to what is happening in the industry throughout your career.  Land up in a senior role or in management.  Teach.  Educate people about where the craft is, and where it’s heading too.  Lead teams in new media where broadcasting plays its important role in prospering the growth of communication as eras to continue to dynamically change.

Most of all, have a plan.  Even if you change it along the way.  Just always have it.

Listen to weekly updates of my new audio book in radio broadcasting here, and don’t forget subscribe

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