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 

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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.

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.

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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.

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Radio 1 on 1 Preview: Constructive Criticism of Your Programming Performance

Pay attention when you are being trained in broadcasting, because that training comes few and far between.  This makes the industry sound cold, but your programme manager will only have regular snoop sessions that have to do with feedback on your show.  The rest of it is up to you.

Evaluate your performance after every show.  Firstly, ask yourself whether you had any “magic moments”.  Magic Moments are times in the show that shone brighter than your regular great performances.  And they should be celebrated.  It’s important to hone in your accomplishments on air by seeing what you did and what was the essence of what it was that created a magic moment.  Magic moments are not supposed to happen in every hour of your show, and even to a large extent, not every day on your show.  Those that will culminate from producing, preparing and performing good radio.  And that is your aim for every hour of every show.  To make good radio.

Do the same crit for elements of your show that were mediocre or perhaps dismal.  See them as growth experiences that need to be corrected immediately.  Again, it is important for you to ask yourself why these elements of your show were anything but good, or great.  Focus on repairing this before trying anything gutsy.  People will hold it against you if you have done a bad show, and if you’re lucky, you will be able to redeem this either during that show or in the next that you host with better preparation.

Why is “mediocre”, the worst feedback you can get, or give yourself while criticising your show performance?

Because it is not memorable.  If the opinion of your show by a listener is that you are “mediocre”, meaning they don’t care whether you’re on or not, it is the same as experiencing career suicide.  So, dare to be great.

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Collaborative Fan Fiction – A GEEKDOM FIRST

This weekend at the ICON Games and Comic Convention held at Emperor’s Palace, we will introduce the first of it’s creative kind in Collaborative Fan Fiction.  A game for creative fandom writers and geek heroes/heroines.

This isn’t an idea owned by anyone, but an idea that everyone can enjoy to lift their creative writing skills to the next level.

Start with a group of 5 people.  Begin at writer number 1 and move in a round-robin to 2, 3, 4, 5 and back to number 1.  Each time adding to the fandom story that as been developed.  No communication is aloud between you all.  Except the communication of a beautifully dynamic short story that continues from one writer to the other with surprise twists and characters.

Excuse my French – but it’s a crap load of fun.

Firstly, I want to say a big thank you to all that participated in this first experiment.

Cass, Zaid, Jonathan, and Bill.  You are rockstars, and rock-writers!


Here are their details

Zaid Motola on YouTube here

Bill Masuku on his website here

Cassarica Nadas and her blog here

Jonathan Harding and his blog right here


Without further a due.  Here is the first in Collaborative Fan Fiction.  A short tale of Dr. Who, Harry Potter, The X-Men’s Wolverine, Pokemon champion Ash and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

The Beast with a Thousand Dead’s

Acid rain. Again.  Raphael stood peering out the broken window into a city he wants called home, and all he could see was pouring, black, putrid, acid rain.

“Good morning Raph”, Donnie spewed out as he powered up from sleep mode.

Watching his brother’s channels fire up to give his cyborg body life every morning reminded Raphael of his brothers.  Mikey.  Who disappeared years ago helping the mutant underground against the war with the last of the surviving fascist humans. Leonardo, who was lost to in the final battle against the Kraang to cease power over the world.  The Kraang had created a mutagen that would mutate the entire planet, and that’s when it all went wrong.  Mutating the planet had brought about the birth of a new kind of mutant.  Mutants who could read and control minds.  Mutants who could shape-shift and create the power of gods.

“Are we switching on to some Radiohead this morning?”, Donnie buzzed as he walked across the room.

“No, Don.  Nothing for today.  Today we take New York City back.  Today we take back our home. Our lives.  For us. For our brothers.  And for father.  Today we bring down, her.

Vworrrp Vworrrrp

CRASH!

The Tardis shuddered before coming to a sudden halt. Materialisation is always tricky business when you’re one woman flying a six pilot, space-time vehicle. This old girl never took you where you wanted to go but rather where you needed to be.

“Everyone, alright?”

“Ye, we’re all good, Doc” Graham responded.

“So, where are we? Home?” Ryan inquired while helping Yaz to her feet.

“Not quite. Almost” said the Doctor, carefully studying the console, her eyes fixated on the figures rapidly appearing on the screen. The look of concern furrowed her brow as she established where the blue box had materialized this time. Yaz, who knew that look all too well interjected “So where are we then?”

“Earth. United States. 2059. Manhattan. New York City.”

“That’s fifty years into the future. How’d we get here?” Graham protested woo-woo-woo

The danger signal echoed through the Tardis, bringing everyone’s attention to the warning on screen that flashed amber and red. Without skipping a beat, the Doctor swiftly moved over to the warning visual.

“Right then, we seem to have landed in some sort of dystopian future. There seems to be traces of sulphur nitride in the air.”

The doctor twirled around and retrieved three silver patches from under the console.

“Put these on your neck, this will help you breath out there”

“This means the air is a synthesis of noxious gas that is deadly to humans. This also means that whatever inhabitants are currently here have taken over the planet. And I need to have a quick look at what’s going on.

“Are you all ready?” the corners of her mouth pulled into a smile. They were almost never ready for the perils beyond those blue doors, but they were with her, the Doctor.

Stepping out of the Tardis doors into a thick pink mist that settled on the unrecognizable Manhattan street, the Doctor whipped out her trusty sonic and began to scan the area.

Squinting her eyes to get a better look at her surroundings as she blurted out “Turtle?” quizzically.

Right then, Raphael stepped into the light of the Tardis surrounding them, his brother behind the travellers. “Who might you be?” he said with a snarl.

The doctor perked up and cheerily introduced everyone to the strange creatures “I am the Doctor and these are my friends, Graham, Ryan and Yaz, pleased to meet you.”

Donatello shouted from the back “What do you want here?! Are you part of the Kraang?!”

Raphael moving closer to the group, bared his teeth and screamed “Answer him!”

“We’re friends, we are not part of this Kraang? To be honest I’ve never heard of them and I’ve met a lot of different races in my time. We were on our way back home but somehow our ship muddled up the coordinates. We’re home alright, just not the correct year. My friends and I decided to have a look around since discovering the strange mixture of sulfur and nitrogen components in the air, which doesn’t make sense at all.” The Doctor answered.

The brothers stepped down, they looked human after all. They had not seen humans in what felt like eternity. All but wiped out by the Kraang. “How are they still standing in with this toxic air?” Donnie wondered. Even with his mechanical parts, after all this time his mind was still sound. He knew that something was odd about the group but not menacing.

“I’m Raphael and this is my brother Donatello. We are survivors after the Kraang took over the world. They mutated the entire planet. We lost a lot…” his voice trailed off.You could see the water in his eyes before he caught himself. “Today we take her down.”

“Turtles, hey? Aren’t you supposed to be in the sea?” Graham pipped up from behind the

Doctor. “Who is her?” Yaz, interrupted.

Raphael narrowed his eyes at Graham and turned to Yaz “Haze. After the Kraang mutated most of the planet. The Haze arose, a mutant unlike those who came before. She was the princess of darkness and led the first generation of mutants to cleanse the earth of anyone who was not like them… The worst part of it all. In another life I called her ‘friend.’”

“Righty-O then! Let’s help these brothers. Firstly, we’d need to find out who this Haze is? Are?” once again whipping out her sonic the Doctor scanned the sky. “Oooh! That looks good, the noxious gas is coming from that way. Come on, then you lot, let’s go”

The brothers looked at each other and then at the rest of the group, “You’ll get used to it,” Ryan said as they started following the Doctor.

“I don’t know about this lady, but she looks like she knows what she’s doing.” Donatello responded.

As the group moved along the outer edge of the city, the Doctor badgered Donatello and Raphael with questions, piecing things together from their answers and whatever information her sonic could give, they spotted a man resting on the sidewalk.

“Another human?” Raphael asked.

“We’re about to find out, look.” Donatello motioned towards a small group of armoured androids walking towards the man.

“Those robots,” the Doctor started, “Kraang, yeah?”

“Oh yeah, Enforcers, not the friendliest, not that the Kraang are friendly to begin with, though.” Donatello answered.

“Should we take ‘em?” Raphael asked.

“We need to keep-” Donatello started

“Watch.” the Doctor silenced him, “There’s something different about that man, even from over here, my sonic is giving me strange readings. It seems his skeleton is made of a strange metal…”

Before she could elaborate further, one of the Enforcers kicked the man, who coughed blood as he shuffled to his feet. A second Enforcer gave him a gut punch, the man was clearly confused, and somewhat dazed, but he expertly regained his footing, and before one of the Enforcers could raise another hand against him, the audible sound of metal slicing through metal could be heard.

The first Enforcer fell to the ground with a metallic clang, having been sliced in half.

“What the…?”

“Is that…” Donatello started, “the Wolverine?”

By the time he was done asking, a very old James Howlett had ripped the three remaining Enforcers to shreds and was now looking in their direction.

“You said my name?” he asked.

Meanwhile…

“Empress… Please you can’t…”

She raised her blood red eyes and glared at her First Commander.

“This is too much- the remaining animagi-muggle hybrids, these “mutants” or whatever aren’t a threat to us anymore. When will enough be enough… Please Herm- ”

A green light flashed and a light thump echoed through the chamber as the body of Neville Longbottom slumped to the floor.

“There is no Hermione, only the Haze,” she muttered.

An eerie silence lingered as she the Haze rose to her feet.

“Trump, Ramaphosa, Xavier – all around me there is betrayal- and now after everything they put us through this imbecile has the audacity to suggest that I have gone too far?!” Hermione seethed with rage as she began pacing in front of the ornate throne.

Harry slumped a little deeper into his wheel chair as he felt an imaginary tingle in the stump where his wand hand used to be. “How did it all go so wrong? ” he wondered.

His mind cast back to the morning when the international statue of secrecy was abolished and wizards and witches announced themselves to the muggle world.

It was supposed to be the dawn of an era of peace and prosperity. Yet the Muggle leaders sought only to abuse the balance of nature.

“How ironic, ” he thought, “that you have now become the very instrument of death that you warned us about.”

“You! Summon General Krang – I want an update in his trans-dimensional transporter so I can cast the Apparition charm on it. This world is dead and I want the migration of all magical beings complete before the fortnight”.

The blue masked turtle beast rose to his feet, “at once empress” he announced as he turned and hastened out of the chamber.

“Come Harry… Let’s go say hello to our guests…”

A lump rose in Harry’s throat as the wheels of his chair began to turn and they made their way down the long corridor to the dungeon.

­­­­­­­­­­A young man clothed in a sleeveless denim jacket and cap, skulked the shadows watching the aged man claw through the robots with merciless ease. It stirred his heart nostalgic as he remembered how many countless battles he watched upon and commanded.

He resigned himself to be remaining hidden. Caution was a currency that kept you alive in this world. He had been transported here when testing technology made by his friend, it was meant to be a chamber that connected him across time. He had been the best where he came from. A champion. And the hunger to fight those who rose to the same title in generations to come became an itch. A hunger.  And that greed became his hubris.

He wasn’t going to learn anything from this distance at an obscure angle. Removing a small device from his jacket pocket, the lettered R, E, D, was scratched into the cover. The screen lit up accompanied by the voice of a digital assistant. “While no new Pokemon have been detected, the life forms in the vicinity register as mutant, human, and one non-terrestrial organism.”

‘Good to know.’ He thought to himself.

The gases around him were slowly being converted into breathable air by the bulbous two headed creatures floating behind with a barely audible, “WEEEEZING!”

Observe and pursue, they might be the key to getting out of this place and back to his own world.

An alert spewed out onto the Enforcers communicators, “The prisoner has escaped”, Harry shouted frantically.  “The Wolverine has escaped”.

“I see him”, Ash responded.

“I caught you once, I can do it again.  Freak.”

These mishaps of nature were his prize.  The rebellion of mutants that faced Empress Haze and her “tyranny” of this third earth.  The more he caught, imprisoned or got out her way – were one step closer to the close of their deal.

“Serve Empress Haze, and she will transport you back to where you belong.  Home.”, he kept telling himself.

“This one has to go.  The Rioter should do the trick”.  Ash pulled and aimed the deadly ball towards his prey.

SCHWING.

Ash felt the warm smell of his blood seeping through the crown of his throat.

“What the f….”. Ash muttered as he peeled out of the cold Sai and fell to the ground.

Raphael drew out his sword as he picked out the communicator from the corpse and said, “Tell your queen we’re coming for her head.”

Harry was silent.

“Whoever you are, you are only mocking your own inevitable death”, came the voice as Raphael held the comm closer to his ear.

He had suddenly turned icy under his green skin.

“Leo?”

Silence.  Ice cold silence.

“Leo, is that you?”

The Doctor turned to Graham and whispered, “Lock the Tardis.  I think we’re going to be here for a while.”

Matwetwe (Wizard) – An Interview with Kagiso Legadi (Director), Sibusiso Khwinana (lead) and Tebatso Mashishi (lead)

For immediate release:

Matwetwe is a coming of age adventure following Lefa and Papi, best friends and recent high school graduates, on the hustle of their young lives.  Over the course of an action packed New Year’s Eve in the iconic township of Atteridgeville, the boys try to score a huge deal, dodge a kingpin and his violent minions, get the girl and ultimately save their lives in this hilarious escapade.  (more at Nu Metro)

MY TWO CENTS

Without giving away any spoilers about the film – I will say that it does leave you thinking “I have not seen a film like this in a really long time, and I’m glad I did.” Interviewing the guys from Matwetwe was refreshing, and answers to how Black Coffee joined the project, it’s international success and how the leads were picked out of a crowd – are all answered in the podcast below.  Head out and watch Matwetwe releasing nationwide on the 25th January 2019.

I have carte blanche on what I put out compared to local television or radio stations, so I decided to give you the full, uncut and uncensored interview with all the guys.  Enjoy.

 

Black, White and Everything In Between – A South African Comic Podcast Series

A while ago I decided to test out recording my first podcast series.  Knowing that producing a passion project is the easiest when you have an actual passion for the subject material – I chose looking into different facets and people within the South African comic book industry.

Rules for podcasting is something we can definitely talk about in future posts, but I wanted to put out a spot of my first journey into series podcasting.  If I had to advise you on one thing, it would be to keep it simple and safe for your first go –  kinda like this 5 part series.  I sourced different people in the industry that would allow me some really interesting conversations around what fanboys and girls would love to hear.

As you advance, you should implement the core principles of storytelling, and take your time in a mass load of pre and post production.  But again.  This will be a conversation for a soon-to-be-published later date.

I just want to encourage everyone out there to tell their story.  Your life is important and interesting, and it should be shared with the world.  Find the pearls and make almanacs of your journey, in whatever you want to delve into.

This series has five parts.  And my guests were really cool.  An artist, and influencer, a comic store owner, a horror fiction author – and myself as a panelist at the 2018 ICON Comic and Games Convention.

Please feel free to ask ANY questions about podcasting in the comments section and I will be glad to help out.

But in the meantime.  Enjoy.

 

Black, White And Everything In Between –  A South African Comic – Jason Masters (Marvel/DC)

 

Go find out more about Jason Masters here

 

Black, White and Everything In Between – A South African Comic – Zaid Motola (Influencer and all out Awesome Fanboy)

 

Go watch Zaid’s YouTube Channel here

 

Black, White and Everything In Between – A South African Comic – The Rise of Central City Comics

 

Black, White and Everything In Between – A South African Comic – Jason Hes (Our Immaculate)

 

You can get your copy of “Our Immaculate” from Amazon here

 

Black, White and Everything In Between – A South African Comic – Chris Jordan (The Art of Conversation, ICON CGC 2018)

The 5 Most Bankable Broadcasters in South Africa 2018

Every year I reflect on the year we’ve had in radio. I listen to some of the best pieces put together that were thought provoking and are creative or well informed with insight. Pieces and radio that are moving the industry.  People and shows that are restoring or maintaining integrity to doing what we do 7 days a week, 365 days a year.  This isn’t to say that these broadcasters on this particular list are the best, but they are the 5 we can put our money on.  They are the 5 that if we have a message both in public service or within a commercially financial capacity – these 5 get the message across, and the people of South Africa listen.

This year, I added a poll on my social mediums to allow the public to weigh in to the conversation.  Who was their voice? Their person? Their show they felt a part of? And station they make a choice to listen to as part of their daily life and style?

So that was great.  Many people within respective communities who came through on pushing their local heroes and many others that definitely contributed to this year’s Top 5 list.

  1. Fresh

 

Fresh is a local powerhouse.  He is also synonymous with South African radio.  He has been making South African audiences feel right at home for decades.  But does this mean he deserves the nod?  Well, just ask the public.  For Metro FM audiences core market of 25 – 34, the Fresh breakfast keeps audiences captivated with a variety of relevant topics and guests.
If there was any reason that I would beg to differ, is that he doesn’t take enough risks.  Fresh keeps his content quite safe, but more so, stretches his features out for months on end with no real intuition for what a listening public might want to hear.  Nevertheless, Fresh is in demand, and here to stay.  At least for the foreseeable future.

 

  1. Joanne Joseph

The owner of Joanne Joseph Productions and Promotions, we know Joanne best from her almost 10 years as a news Anchor at eNews (eTV, ENCA).  But Joanne holds the coveted role of drive presenter at Talk Radio 702.  And as far as talk radio goes, she is radio gold.  Conducting herself with a decorum and poise that make an audience feel informed and at home, Joanne has stolen the hearts of the public.  Joanne has been in broadcasting for over 20 years and lends a large amount of integrity to the medium.  She is a perfect role model for all budding broadcasters that want to get into talk and actuality, and we salute her.

 

  1. Thando Thabete

5FM’s extremely popular host has been carving her own footing well enough over the past year to make people stand up and take notice.  She is also a television host, actress, brand ambassador and motivational speaker.  She sells Thabooty’s Underwear and Shapewear.  According to her site “Thando has mastered the art of conveying the desired message to consumers using various social and digital media platforms, by not just representing a brand but truly embodying the essence of what her clients stand for.”

And no one is arguing that fact.  Young girls across South Africa are hanging off her every word, and Thando is showing no signs of not giving the public what they want.

 

  1. Anele Mdoda

When will Anele slow down?  Never seems to be the answer.  So much backlash against the radio superstar has plagued here career from the get go, but Anele doesn’t stop.  And this is proof that the backlash is in the minority.  Anele has managed to make her breakfast show on 947 one of the most lucrative (if not THE most lucrative) show in the industry, continued to be a marvel of a mom, AND secured the solo spot of the successful SA version of The Voice.  No. Anele isn’t slowing down, and again, to phrase a cliché – you either hate her or you love her, but at the end of the day, Anele is on everyone’s radar.

 

  1. DJ AnkleTap

People want an explanation for number 1.  And here it is.  I work with and communicate with hundreds of the youth in this country yearly, and the name that shone most brightly in their eyes and praises was DJ AnkleTap from YFM.  Never mind putting YFM back on the map after a harrow some 2 – 3 year period at the station, which presented them with opportunities for new business models and reclaiming their OG fans plus a little more – AnkleTap is the voice of the youth.  And like it or not, the youth (as it always has) has been the road to success, influence, change and progress.  When AnkleTap speaks, the youth listen, and he deserves this year’s number 1 Most Bankable Broadcaster in South Africa.

Creed II – Interview with Michael B. Jordan, Florian Munteanu and Director Steven Caple Jr.

Creed 2 sees the return of Adonis Creed taking on Viktor Drago, the son of Ivan Drago.  Ivan killed Adonis’ father, Apollo Creed, 30 years ago. And in a showdown of epic proportions, we see Adonis and Ivan face off .

The film also sees the return of Sylvester Stallone and Dolph Lundgren reprising their original roles as Rocky Balboa and Ivan Drago.
I had a chance to sit down and chat to the stars of the film, Michael B. Jordan (Black Panther) and newcomer Florian Munteanu about what they learnt on set.

I was also joined by the film’s director, Steven Caple Jr. who tells us all about the this chapter in Rocky saga, and what he dreaded most about making this film.

3 Things I learnt from Stan Lee

On the 12th of November 2018 we lost a legend in Stanley Martin Lieber (1922 – 2018), at the age of 95.  His first big break was found in authoring a two-page Captain America Issue 5, published in 1941, where before he started his career in 1939 as a 17-year-old errand boy at Timely Comics.

Known for his amazing work in the comic book industry, Stan Lee inspired millions of people around the world with his storytelling.  As a fan, and a person, it is hard to lose a goliath in the media industry – but I did learn a couple of things from the man, the legend, Stan Lee.

  1. Go against the grain

When Stan contributed to the creation of some of our most popular comic book characters, they were all pretty much based on doing something that other people weren’t.  An example is Spider-Man, an idea about a superhero teen with a ton of personal problems from being an orphan to the weight of being a superhero while trying to balance being a goof at love and not bringing harm to those closest to him.  An idea, which by the way, his boss hated. And said would never work.  An idea much like The Incredible Hulk, whom Stan felt was close to the story of Quasimodo, in that people wanted to cheer for the monster.  Something as simple as creating the Human Torch, Johnny Blaze, but giving him a sister in Susan (the Invisible Woman).  (Another odd fact is Stan created the ‘Thought Bubble’ to show that superheroes had inner feelings!)

Simple ideas maybe, but all against the grain of what was already working, and others said should stay the way they were, so that they could keep on working.

To quote Shuri from Black Panther “Just because something works, doesn’t mean it can’t be improved on”.

  1. Be an advocate for every part of your passion

You could say that when you look up Marvel in the dictionary, a picture of Stan Lee’s face will pop up.  But even though all things Marvel are associated with Stan, you will find Stan loved everything about his passion – the comic book and fiction industry.  As a sidebar fact, Stan’s boss told him to throw his Superman comics away, as they would be worth nothing one day.  Stan pushed everything, and that included his ‘competitors’.  From Superman to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, it’s refreshing to see someone put their ego aside and support everything about the industry they contribute to and love so much.

  1. Live like you’re going to die young

Stan said that his mother believing in him, gave him all the confidence in the world.  (In fact, another random fact, she believed he would be president one day, and he felt that he was a bit of a disappointment working in the comic book industry).  But that changed quickly.  Living a full 95 years, Stan, married the girl of his dreams Joan Clayton Boocock (of which he did so only after a couple of dates in), served in the army and amongst many awards, won the National Medal of Arts, was inducted into the Will Eisner Award Hall of Fame, has his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, was the winner of the Vanguard Award, a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Visual Effects Society, and was named a Disney Legend.  He said ‘yes’ to following his dream, and he made it all happen, all the time.  He took every opportunity to live his life for the better.

Stan, you will be missed. Excelsior!