The Top 5 Most Bankable South African Broadcasters of 2016

I’ve never
written my own top “anything” list before, but with the growth of “A Word on
Radio”, having such wonderful support on the my social media sites, and feeling
progression within the industry working with a number of stations and peers in
their own development and training – I would like to take a moment to say “well
done” to the biggest newsmakers and industry professionals we look to for
consistent art in the execution of broadcasting.  This list was also pulled from the people who
received the most traction and support from my #radiofridays “honours”
throughout the year.  So it’s really
about the fans.
Let’s do
Number 5 – Stacey Norman (947/The Voice SA)

The ever
increasingly popular Ms Stacey Norman has gone from strength to power strength
in 2016. From a numbers game, her show (now nearly 3 years in maturity) between
9 – 12 weekday mornings on hit station 947 has flattened competition.  Focus groups keep coming back as 110% positive,
and she is only getting started.  With
the 2nd Season of The Voice SA, Stacey has been leveled up to play
a much bigger role due to the massive amount of support and personality she
added to the 1st season.  2017
is truly the year of the Norman.
Number 4 – Bonang Matheba
(Metro FM/Top Billing) 
Still.  Bonang reigns (maybe not as much from the
craft perspective of doing radio) – but for everything else, you can’t ignore
the force of nature that is, Bonang. 
Hosting on Metro FM, too now in her 3rd year, she is also now
a household name across every demographic for
hosting the South African television entertainment programs Live Amp (on the
SABC 1 channel) and Top Billing (on SABC 3). 
Also a model and fashion icon, she won an SA Style Award and was
photographed for the covers of Grazia, Elle, and Cosmopolitan South Africa.
3 – Rian van Heerdan (Jacaranda FM)
Rian is STILL here.  That sounds bad, but it’s really not.  This man has been working this industry so long;
one cannot but sit back in awe, and wonder how he still remains relevant. The answer: 
hard work.  Moreover, talent with
no bounds.  Rian announced earlier this
year that he would be stepping down from his breakfast show on Jacaranda June
2017, with a lot of ambiguity as to what he will conquer next.  He has stated he will write a book, which
will most likely be a best seller, and a great read – as we only have come to
know quality is what Rian produces.  Here’s
to the next chapter!
2 – Eleni Giokos (CNN)
A red
herring most would not expect to have made this list, only as Eleni is in the
often overlooked sect of our industry that covers news and current affairs.  Eleni is by far our greatest export at the
moment working on CNN international interviewing everyone from the man on the
street to Bill Gates.  Poise,
professionalism, and pure “unmatchable” talent – Eleni does us proud.
Number 1 – Anele Mdoda (Real Talk with

This is no
surprise, and no small feat for Anele. 
Recently becoming a mother, the industry had underestimated Anele’s commitment
to her career – but in true Anele style, she not only kept her drive show on
947 powering through, she debuted “Real talk with Anele” weekdays on SABC3 this
year, taking the coveted role from previous talk show Queens Oprah and
Nolene.  “Success under pressure” might
as well be Anele’s playground.  Well done
Anele. You take the crown, well deserved, once again.

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