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: 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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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: 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: 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.”

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.

 

Radio: You don’t care about your listeners

I see this write up not going down to well with you already.  

But give me a chance to extend on the title of this blog post, and hopefully come to see the highlights of asking ourselves this important question:  does your radio station care about me?

“Care” about you.  This a free public service that has one job.  To keep you happy. For the 20 or so minutes you might have to yourself in the morning, before your day goes full throttle. Maybe it’s as your daily passive companion while you kill time at the gym or while you’re in public transport. Perhaps it’s your provider of information and insight on current affairs and diverse conversations around thoughts and opinions, that is your day’s private indulgence?

That sounds wonderful, right? The perfect fit for the perfect medium.

But.  This means you ACTUALLY work for them.  The listener. You should be working for them.  An obvious statement. But do you?

Are stations around the world keeping the listener in mind?  All the time? That’s actually very difficult for any station to answer.  Even for the best of the best, of the best.

I watched the conference that hosted Coleman Insights last year in Hollywood, where they highlighted  “Outside Thinking: Flip The Script On How You Think About Your Radio Station”.  The insight of their presentation was around how much we overestimate the loyalty we get from listeners.  Just because we are here doing great radio, we assume we have an actively involved audience that is ready to do quite a lot for their radio station.  This isn’t true though.

We are, however in fact, still important.  To the listeners lifestyle, that is.  Coleman Insights stand by the statement that radio stations are forgetting about modern age technological living and mass diverse changes in people’s lives.  And even still. How we manage, construct, create and converse radio today – is still very important. So what do we do?

Let me repeat.  To their lifestyle.  Not to their lives. We have to adjust to their incredibly dynamic lifestyles.

It’s a big deal.  With massive duty.

We are in a very “trial, test, doom, and unknown” phase in radio.  We are starting to only get a real grasp on what fits where, how much it is of what needs to be out there and where it should be, where the onslaught of social media has REALLY robbed us of a market’s attention, and of course, the constantly changing ways we have to accommodate listeners lives in a consistently changing lifestyle landscape.

I know stations out there are trying their best.  In South Africa, some have opened “off air” channels that supply you with a 12-24 hour music service, some podcasts and even some prerecorded presenter links to personalise the experience.  It’s cool in theory. But I can’t expect that this is a reason why your numbers will be going up. It sounds like a costly, and ineffective way to remain relevant. Here in South Africa, we are definitely not close to that type of devotion yet.  Does it mean we don’t have to start somewhere? Absolutely not. We need to, however, not risk losing focus on what needs to happen right now, and stop chasing ten different goals like chickens without heads.

We had 702 currently release digital transmission with the Amazon Alexa.  This is again, very impressive and pretty bad-ass – but no one cares.  They really don’t. There are stations that are jumping several guns here, while the rest of the industry is struggling to stay on air, period.

Then there are some stations that are doing great things by keeping their focus on core fundamentals, and expanding opportunities to strengthen listener loyalty.

East Coast Radio did well with their 24-hour user playlist promotion, giving the listeners free reign over their music choice for a full day.  Simple. But the listeners are there and they love it. Reaching the “Top 10 most listened to” stations in South Africa comes with giving your listener what they need, which conveniently turns into what they want.

Kaya FM’s remodelled approach to how they objectively offer current affairs and diversity in their listeners lives has definitely grown their listenership loyalty.  And their YouTube views and podcast plays are proof of that. Being a necessary choice to what their listener wants to be a part of in a lifestyle decision.

iKwekwezi FM’s Pastor Maria Jacobs chose to visit inmates in Witbank for a revival ceremony recently (which you might be rolling your eyes over) – but they are a PBS station that is committing to servicing their public on a “touch, feel and see” basis.  Which station can say that their listeners are tuned in for an average of 3 and a half hours? iKwekwezi can.

So what are you doing wrong when all the TSL you can hone in for is an average of 15 – 25 min?

We are quick to judge the simpler approaches to regaining and regrowing a listenership in basic and “nonintellectual” ways.  But it works. Give people what they need, and it will be what they want.

Mission Impossible: Fallout – Next Entertainment Review

 

THE LOWDOWN

Ethan Hunt and the IMF team join forces with CIA assassin August Walker to prevent a disaster of epic proportions. Arms dealer John Lark and a group of terrorists known as the Apostles plan to use three plutonium cores for a simultaneous nuclear attack on the Vatican, Jerusalem and Mecca, Saudi Arabia. When the weapons go missing, Ethan and his crew find themselves in a desperate race against time to prevent them from falling into the wrong hands.

 

THE GOOD

You know there are some celebrities that people always have some “go-to” statements when they hear their name?  Well Tom Cruise, for some reason, is part of that list.  Yes, he did eat his baby’s placenta.  Yes, he is (or was, or who really knows anymore) a promoter and frontman for Scientology.  And for some reason, more than that he is not taken seriously by the majority of the movie going public anymore.

There was, however, a time when we loved Tom Cruise.  I believe in my heart that we STILL love Tom Cruise.  He does no wrong on the big screen.  Granted.  Eyes Wide Shut was a bit much for pockets of people.  But.  I maintain. He does no wrong.  On screen and behind the scenes.

With all the Mission Impossible films including Fallout, he does his own stunts.  And yes, it is a credit to his age, and his commitment to his craft.  But also, they make for some really great action sequences. It is indeed, these sequences, that show us that this film pulls out all the stops.

In a time where big budget superhero films are dominating the box office – action films are a close second to put your money on.  But only the really, really good ones.  Like this one.  Mission Impossible: Fallout, is what some are calling, the best action film of 2018.

What I like about Fallout, is that yes, there are 4, maybe 5 or 6 Mission Impossible films out so far, and you can watch the latest in the franchise and still feel like you are not the spare wheel in-between a private joke.

Also.

Rebecca Ferguson and Vanessa Kirby add class and integrity to the film.  Their performances are subtle and superb at the very same time.

What more do you want?

Action (done right) – Check

Tom Cruise at his best – Check

Scenes that will win you over one act at a time – Check.

Fallout has got all the check boxes ticked.

 

THE BAD

Here’s the deal.  I really enjoyed this film.  So, I didn’t have much to complain about.  But.  I did do some scratching and got a feel for what others had a different opinion on when watching Fallout.

  • Some felt that the villains were not up to standard. Henry Cavill was a bit stock standard with little context to whom his character was and even less more around why he hates Ethan Hunt so much.  I have never really been a fan of Henry Cavill’s performances, so I wasn’t expecting more than 2-dimensional acting on his part.
  • On that note, should we ask ourselves “Has Alec Baldwin had his time on the big screen?” I mean, he has more than proven himself to be a great comedic talent on television – but it almost seems like reusing an old hat for an improper fit here.
  • Some have felt that the plot was rather thin – but in the film’s defence, you should watch all of the films to enjoy the franchise and what it has to offer.

 

RANDOM PERSONAL SIDEBAR

When I was around 5 or 6 years old, I watched Cocktail with my sisters and found Tom Cruise to be my personal hero.  For years, I demanded to have a haircut just like the one Tom Cruise would don and would endlessly comb it in his 80’s lady-killer style – thinking it would bring me closer to being Tom.  That. And we also have the exact prominent nose shape.  It was like it was meant to be.  A Tom Cruise doppelganger every time I looked into the mirror.  Ah. Memories.

 

You can get your copy of Mission Impossible: Fallout now on DVD and Blu-Ray from Next Entertainment

The Meg – Next Entertainment DVD Review

 

THE LOWDOWN

The Meg is a 2018 science fiction thriller film directed by Jon Turteltaub with a screenplay by Dean Georgaris, Jon Hoeber, and Erich Hoeber, loosely based on the 1997 book Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror by Steve Alten. The film stars Jason Statham, Li BingbingRainn Wilson, Ruby RoseWinston Chao, and Cliff Curtis. The film follows a group of scientists who encounter a 75-foot-long (23 m) megalodon shark while on a rescue mission at the floor of the Pacific Ocean.  And of course, many things go south from there on.

 

THE GOOD

I loved this film.  One, the teasers for this film were released around a year and half before it’s actual release date.  So, I had been waiting a really long time to grab my popcorn and watch The Meg.  I am a big monster film fan – so this was right up my alley.  On a quick point, that also made me super-sensitive to whether the film would be done right?  And The Meg delivered on all my expectations.  Jason Statham is great.  Watching him in all his films as an action-hero, and now as an action-adventurer, he always gives an audience what they want.  Men want to be him, and women (and men) just plain, want him.  The cast had a cool dynamic. The action scenes are positively terrifying (in a good way).  You will cheer when the massive Megalodon takes a bite out of, well, anything and everything, that it can.  And there are some great mass casted scenes that will put Jaws back on the shelf and to shame.

 

THE BAD

When a film is released on circuit I always read, listen and watch the public’s reaction to watching it via a lot of social media platforms and forums that I belong to on the net.  It gives me a better idea as to being able to provide a more accurate review of a film, and not have it be a one-sided view, as most critics do.  Even though I thoroughly enjoyed watching this film over and over again, a couple of things did come up.

The first is that those of you that didn’t watch The Meg or won’t watch it – have no interest in a monster film.  It’s definitely a preference.  My sister is one of those people.  Most of the time I can convince her to watch a film – but she has done nothing but flat out refuse to watch this film.  It has nothing to do with a fear or phobia, it’s just not her type of thing.

Another is that those that did watch the film, felt like it was a basic idea with no real innovation to movie making.  But again, I say this quite often with action adventure films.  Are any of them vying for best picture at the Oscars? No.  They are here for pure entertainment.  There are, of course, many, many films in this genre that perpetuate a terrible script – but this film isn’t one of them.  It’s fun. It IS ,indeed basic. But The Meg is free from “cringe worthy” moments.  And that’s a big plus in my opinion.

 

THE CHERRY ON TOP

The DVD release of The Meg includes a great bonus feature called “Chomp on This:  The Making of The Meg”.

Director John Turtletaub takes you behind the scenes in the making of the movie; why he chose to take on a monster film (something he has never done before); and what makes watching people on screen in absolute terror, so enthralling to an audience.

The feature also highlights how everyone, from the director to the stunt director – have nothing but great things to say about working with Jason Statham.   A credit to his name.  If it wasn’t true, I assume it would be just as easy to find a number of other things to put in the special features section.  It’s an honest running theme that he is a great guy!

And that does kind of justify a little as to why it is that we enjoy watching Statham in this, and all his other films.

Barrie M. Osborne, the films executive producer takes you on a play by play as to how the film was shot in the “middle” of the ocean with a skeleton crew and equipment.  This Is great to watch knowing we got some amazing scenes that Statham and the crew had to work well together to sell the believability of a giant prehistoric shark on the hunt for anything it can sink its teeth into it.  We also get to see how “water-acting” was accomplished and a glimpse into the swimming safety lessons that the cast had to take before getting into the water.

What is quite special to watch is child actor Sophia Cie with her experiences on the set and how she got along with the entire cast and crew.

 

The Meg is available now on DVD and Blu-Ray from Next Entertainment.

 

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.