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)
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.


Heritage Day: A (very) quick run through of my legendary radio journey hook-ups

So, this is going to be fun. I wanted to share a quick timeline that makes me really feel Heritage Day here in SA. This post stems from where my radio heritage comes from (oh, an origin story, yes) – and who I met on the way, and this is essentially a “big, BIG” thank you to these people for how amazing it’s been so far.

From my earliest (cognisant) memories to the year 2017, here we go.  Thank you:

To Alex Jay who drove me to school every day, where something as simple as your “This Day in History” made me feel as though I was part of a broader knowledge having my own copy of a massive almanac from my Godmother called “On This Day”.  I would read it every day hoping I would be on point with what you were going to mention as big moments.  Perfect listener engagement.

Barney Simon, who put me in my room at nights with the door closed alongside a lot of teenage rebellion. He never came through the door, but your love for rock and a spirit of statement was always a haven for this bullied kid.

Still in school, around my senior years, and working behind a cash register in my parent’s supermarket, Cleone Cassidy and Tich Mataz on 5FM’s days and weekends…trailblazers with the way you communicated new and fresh personalities that were all the reconditioning I needed to pop with personality once I finished my Matric and went out into the world.  You guys, and of course Mark Gillman.  No one forget Mark. The other Mark is coming up, just a sec.

Flash forward to Varsity. Just-Ice in the mornings, Phat Joe in the afternoon, Glen Lewis on Drive and the powerhouse Penny Lebyane on evening talk. Metro FM.  You set the standard for why it was worth taking a chance a changing the frequency on my radio set.

Working at Tuks FM in its newest golden era – alongside so many, many, many legit talented people – Rian van Heerden, Station Manager has of course thanks for bringing me over to the dark side.  Well, that’s where you should start your first radio show – in the middle of the night in a studio that has got your cold lonely echoes of insecurity if you don’t fill it up with a throw down of personality and brilliance.

Mark Pilgrim, who I first followed to his parties at Seventies club in Midrand for “The 80’s Pilgramage”- and then later, as a resident jock, played before his sets, then later worked as colleagues in the same building at 947.

Ah, Primedia Broadcasting.  Passing John Robbie working on his show relentlessly in the early hours of the morning when I would finish my late-night graveyard training.  Simon Parkinson who took a super scared newbie commercial jock, and always had a kind word of encouragement to say before every show.  Jeremy Mansfield and Alex Jay for the many, many conversations both in and out the studio.  News Editors Benita Levin and Katy Katapodis for the round the clock professionalism and ethic that inspired me for a lifetime.   Redi Direko and Leigh Bennie for being the talk counterparts we spent studio side by studio doing talk vs music radio.  And they are just down right amazing people.  The institutions of Jenny Crys-Williams and Barry Ronge, whom look around, know that they are living artifacts of radio history – have a conversation with you and you still are fanboying so much, you can’t help but fanboy even more when you step out and chat to Bob Mabena for another “professional” catch-up.   It’s professional in quotes because it’s hard to not say that inside me there was always a screaming girl throwing metaphorical bras at these greats.

Stacey Norman and Brad ‘O Regan – team members, radio minds, certified friends.

Growing up with constant conversations had with Neil Johnson.  A manager with a difference. Difference is, that he keeps making one in the industry.  And he does so with respect.

Tom London and Tony Blewitt – who sat shoulder to shoulder alongside mine as part of their team with a vision for greater things. Hendrik and Ethan Baird who let me part of such greater things of which visionaries like Tom and Tony, lay the trail tracks down for with their passion and belief.

The team of On Air with Ryan Seacrest and James Cridland who lent their international prowess to my growth and progress.

It’s been real.  A real journey of heritage of all you great people I carry with me into what lies ahead.

Thank you.  For all.

— Chris