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.

The Liberty Radio Awards 2019 – All the Winners

The 2019 Liberty Radio Awards was held last night at the Sandton Convention Centre, and all the hopefuls in the best of the best of South Africa’s radio industry attended.

Lead by radio veteran Lance Rothschild, the team who organise all the logistics of the eventful and well-run evening, have to be congratulated firstly for their hard work, and secondly for reviving the class and integrity of radio awards over the past couple of years.

Highlights of the evening included everybody’s favourite “man next door”, Jeremy Mansfield (Hot 91.9) taking the honour of Best Community Breakfast Show host.  Kaya FM walked away with Station of the Year, while Ligwalagwala FM was voted as the most popular in the “My Station” award.

Campus station Tuks FM continued their ongoing yearly wins grabbing Best Breakfast Show (The Tuks FM Breakfast Show), Best Music Show (Locals Only), Best NightTime Show (The Tuks FM Hip Hop Show), Best Radio Innovation (Tuks FM Hear The Sights), and Campus Station of the Year.

Some enchanting moments included The Bright Star Inductees Awards and the Hall of Fame honouring radio champions who have made the South African radio industry go from good to great in their illustrious careers.

Congrats to all the nominees and winners for giving us a reason to switch on this amazing medium every day.

                                                   WINNERS: RADIO LIBERTY AWARDS 2019
Afternoon Drive Presenter
Campus Mike V (Voice of Wits)
Community Simon Parkinson (Hot 91.9 FM)
PBS Amaza Ntshanga (Umhlobo Wenene FM)
Commercial Bongani Mtolo (East Coast Radio)
Afternoon Drive Show
Campus The Tuks FM Drive Show (Tuks FM 107.2)
Community The Big Joburg Drive (Hot 91.9 FM)
PBS The Glenzito Super Drive (Radio 2000)
Commercial Uncaptured (Kaya FM 95.9)
Breakfast Show Presenter
Campus Pamela Davis (PukFM93.6)
Community Jeremy Mansfield (Hot 91.9 FM)
PBS O’neil Nair (Lotus FM)
Station Martin Bester (Jacaranda FM)
Breakfast Show
Campus The Tuks FM Breakfast Show (Tuks FM 107.2)
Community Mansfield in the Morning (Hot 91.9 FM)
PBS Monate Breakfast Show (Lesedi FM)
Commercial East Coast Breakfast (East Coast Radio)
Business and finance show
Combined Kaya Bizz (Kaya FM 95.9)
Community Project
Campus Cause4Paws (PukFM93.6)
Community Touching 100 Lives (Hot 91.9 FM)
PBS Sedibeng (Thobela FM)
Commercial Baby Hannah (947)
Content Producer
Campus and Community combined William Scott And Sam Cowen for Mansfield in the Morning (Hot 91.9 FM)
PBS Joey Johannah Legodi for SAFM Facts of Faith
Commercial Khetha Mkhize for 947 Breakfast Club
Daytime Show
Campus That Lunch Show (Voice of Wits)
Community The Mark Pilgrim Show (Hot 91.9 FM)
PBS Khanya Gqiyazana (Umhlobo Wenene FM)
Commercial Power Talk (Power 98.7)
Drama Programme
Combined Late Night Serial – Jozi Dark (SAFM)
Field Reporter
Combined Nompumelelo Ngubeni (Kaya FM 95.9)
Internet Radio Show
Combined Home Run (Vision View Sports)
Multi-Channel Promotion
Combined #KFMLovesKaapstad Summer Campaign (KFM 94.5)
Music Show
Campus Locals Only (Tuks FM 107.2)
Community Quiet Nights (Aganang FM Community Station)
PBS Ikwayala Eziphambili (Umhlobo Wenene FM)
Commercial The Block Party (Gagasi FM)
News and Actuality Show
Campus and Community Combined Rea Fahlolloha (The Rock FM)
PBS Incoko (TruFM)
Commercial Today With John Perlman (Kaya FM 95.9)
News Bulletin Reader
Campus Rebecca Cullum (UCT Radio)
Community Gladys Sithole (Hot 91.9 FM)
PBS Dimakatso Motaung (Motsweding FM)
Commercial Tara Penny (702)
Night-Time Show
Campus The Tuks FM Hip Hop Show (Tuks FM 107.2)
Community Symphony Concert (Fine Music Radio)
PBS Mekonko (Motsweding FM)
Commercial Late Nights with Sara-Jayne King (Cape Talk 567 AM)
Podcast
Combined Mahlakung Drama Soap (Thobela FM)
Promotions Stunt/Event
Campus Findthejoy (PukFM 93.6)
Community Touching 100 Lives In Honour Of Madiba’s 100th Birthday (Hot 91.9 FM)
PBS Promotion of 16th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture Delivered by President Barack Obama (SAFM)
Commercial Malcolm X (Jacaranda FM)
Radio Documentary
Combined 1860 (Lotus FM)
Radio Innovation
Combined Tuks FM Hear the Sights (Tuks FM)
Sports Presenter
Combined Robert Marawa (Metro FM And Radio 2000)
Sports Show
Campus and Community The Sports Mix (Mix 93.8 FM)
PBS Ezemidlalo (Umhlobo Wenene FM)
Commercial Marawa Sport Worldwide (Metro FM And Radio 2000)
Station Imaging
Campus and Community Hot 91.9FM
PBS Ligwalagwala FM
Commercial 702
Traffic Presenter
Combined Zoe Brown (KFM 94.5)
Weekend Radio Show
Campus Serenade (North West University FM)
Community Gister Se Grootes (Groot FM 90.5)
PBS The Morning Masala (Lotus FM)
Commercial High School Hits Weekend With Kenzy (Jacaranda FM)
Station of the Year
Campus Tuks FM 107.2
Community Hot 91.9 FM
PBS Umhlobo Wenene FM
Commercial Kaya FM 95.9
My Station – Most Votes
Combined Ligwalagwala FM
My Station – Most Loyal Listeners
Combined Overvaal Stereo 96.1

 

Bright Stars Inductees

 

Station Names
702 Presley Makhombothi
947 Zanele Potelwa
East Coast Radio Sky Tshabalala
Hot 91.9 FM Simon Hill
Kaya FM 95.9 DJ Keyez
Kovsie FM Gerben Van Niekerk
OFM Thabang Moselani
OFM Wr Van Der Merwe
RX Radio Noluyolo Ngomani
UJFM Olivia Mabitsi
Voice of Wits Kutlwano Serame
Vuma 103 FM Patricia Nonkululeko Malemia

 

Hall of Fame Inductees

  • Hall of Fame Inductees
  • Rodney Trudgeon
  • Greg Maloka
  • Mpho Nefale
  • Denzil Taylor
  • Heinrich Marnitz
  • Alan Maker
  • Kid Nkayi
  • Zolani Mark Bongco

For more information on the Awards, visit the Liberty Radio Awards website.

 

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.