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John Robbie was the recipient of the Lifetime Achiever Award at the Liberty Radio Awards. Image © Times Media.
Heroes of the theatre of the mind

Radio is the theatre of the mind and it is the people on the air that bring it to life every day. The 2017 Liberty Radio Awards recognised the people who have made a contribution to the medium, honouring them at a gathering of the industry's stalwarts and rising stars...

By Danette Breitenbach 24 Apr 2017

Team Hot 91.9 FM at the Liberty Radio Awards. Image © Times Media.
Making great radio with the Liberty Radio Awards

This year's Liberty Radio Awards saw Kaya FM crowned Commercial Station of the Year, while Hot91.9 FM, which won 10 awards during the course of the evening, took top honours in Community Station of the Year...

By Danette Breitenbach 24 Apr 2017

Rian van Heerden
#Newsmaker: Jacaranda FM's Rian van Heerden stays put... for now

Rian van Heerden, host of the award-winning The Complimentary Breakfast on Jacaranda FM, was due to leave the station at the end of March but his listeners persuaded him to stay a while...

By Jessica Tennant 17 Apr 2017

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Creative edge

“Taste tomorrow today.” I can just picture the voice-over artist in the dimly lit studio, headphones on, as he delivers the line for the sixth time. This time with more voice and more conviction, while wondering to himself what the hell he's saying...

By Maria Berrios-Carter 1 Mar 2017

LIVE: Jacaranda FM launches its new brand positioning with a world first for radio
LIVE: Jacaranda FM launches its new brand positioning with a world first for radio

Jacaranda FM teamed up with advertising agency Halo to create a world first for radio – a live, lip sync, audiovisual campaign. This stunt marks the station's launch of a new brand positioning that promises to deliver more music you love...

By Jessica Tennant 15 Feb 2017

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What is happening to Western democracy, and is it all the media's fault?

It is a massive understatement to say that it is an interesting time for Western democracy...

By Jim Egan 12 Jan 2017

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Defending Bea Arthur

It's hard work loving radio. Many in the industry view her as the big-boned, frumpy medium, partial to unfashionable trouser suits with elasticated waists. Essentially, she's Bea Arthur and you will be judged harshly for subscribing to her fan club.

By Jenny Glover 11 Jan 2017

Crossing the divide between mining houses and communities
Crossing the divide between mining houses and communities

The relationship between mining operations and surrounding communities is often a tenuous one, tempered by distrust...

By Danette Breitenbach 22 Nov 2016

The radio commercial
The radio commercial

South Africa hasn't always performed well in terms of quality of radio advertising...

By Chris Brewer 1 Aug 2016

Dear SA radio stations
Dear SA radio stations

I've been working in radio for 26 years and I love the medium today as much as I did when I first stumbled across it back in 1990...

By Simon Parkinson 24 May 2016

How commercial is 90% local?
How commercial is 90% local?

It is Thursday afternoon, the first day of playing 90% local music on 18 of SABC's radio stations. I'm driving home and listening to Metro FM...

By Rose Setshoge 20 May 2016

What I know for sure about podcasts
What I know for sure about podcasts

Earlier in the year, I wrote a piece for BizTrends 2016, titled 'The push for podcasts in 2016', where I looked at why I thought podcasts would be popping up more in 2016, what makes them so popular for listeners and why brands need to think about them...

By Warren Harding 26 Apr 2016

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Why is this SA radio legend betting big on personality-driven streaming apps?

Memeburn readers of a certain age might remember blasting their radios to the latest dance hits in preparation for a big night out. And if you were listening to one of those stations in particular, chances are the person mixing those tracks was Derek - aka "The Bandit" - Richardson...

By Stuart Thomas 14 Mar 2016

Have we lost the art of telling a good picture?
Have we lost the art of telling a good picture?

A unicorn army from outer space attacks earth with jelly-powered stun guns...

By Mariana O'Kelly 14 Jan 2016

Business as usual... for now
Business as usual... for now

While the recent All Media and Products Survey for June 15 (2015BA) released by SAARF in October shows an overall picture of relative stability...

By Danette Breitenbach 21 Oct 2015

[NewsMaker] Thabisile Mbete
[NewsMaker] Thabisile Mbete

Thabisile Mbete has been appointed Content Editor at Primedia Broadcasting. She was previously the Executive Producer for the John Robbie Show on 702 and part of 702's management team...

By Louise Marsland 14 Oct 2015

[NewsMaker] Jonathan Lumley
[NewsMaker] Jonathan Lumley

Jonathan Lumley is the new Promotions Manager: Radio, for Jacaranda FM and East Coast Radio. Lumley will integrate both promotional teams, and sell and execute cutting-edge radio promotions...

By Louise Marsland 19 Aug 2015

Liam Wielopolski of DDB on South Africa's world-class radio spot writing
Liam Wielopolski of DDB on South Africa's world-class radio spot writing

Liam Wielopolski, Executive Creative Director, DDB South Africa, was part of this year's Radio judging panel at Cannes Lions. Wielopolski talks us through the 26 hours of judging...

By Ann Nurock 25 Jun 2015

Pete Khoury of TBWA/Hunt/Lascaris on SA's uplifting Cannes Radio wins
Pete Khoury of TBWA/Hunt/Lascaris on SA's uplifting Cannes Radio wins

Last night was a big one for South African ad agencies with our first 2015 Gold Lions awarded in the Radio category. Pete Khoury, Chief Creative Officer of TBWA/Hunt/Lascaris, tells us what the win means for SA creatives...

By Ann Nurock 25 Jun 2015

Hand over the mic
Hand over the mic

It's a strange time for media in general. Spending is shifting like Namibian sand in the wind. TV is cheaper, radio is morphing like food dye in water and the promise of a digital future is waxing lyrical...

By Travis Bussiahn 1 Jun 2015

When content becomes the new billboard
When content becomes the new billboard

Content become a new billboard when audience and listeners trust and rely on a certain presenter or show to deliver on what matters to them...

By Talifhani Munzhedzi 6 May 2015

Marion Scher
Where do all the writers go?

For the last year or so there's been a steady trend throughout the media worldwide of journalists, sub-editors and editors being 'let go'. So where do they go...?

By Marion Scher 16 Apr 2015

Latest from the research front
Latest from the research front

The latest release of the All Media and Products Survey (AMPS), released today by the South African Audience Research Foundation (SAARF), shows overall stability of the media...

By Chris Brewer 2 Apr 2015

Charlie Wannell
2014's mad media mix

Looking back on 2014, it's clear that we are living in an era of converged media where the consumer has a voice, content lives on dozens of scattered platforms, and traditional media is having to move at a lightning pace...

By Charlie Wannell 27 Mar 2015

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Making a tit of yourself in the media

There's been a lot of bleating recently about "freedom of the press". It picked up momentum at the State Of The Nation Address when the cell phone signals were jammed...

By Chris Brewer 2 Mar 2015

The images we were allowed to see... Zuma speaking before an orderly house. (Image: GCIS)
One step forwards, one back for democracy

If journalists in Zimbabwe had stood up in that country's parliament to protest against interference with their cellphone signals, they would have been laughed out of the place...

By Anton Harber 2 Mar 2015

[NewsMaker] Nonkululeko Britton
[NewsMaker] Nonkululeko Britton

Primedia Broadcasting has appointed Nonkululeko Britton as the new Executive Producer of the 947 Breakfast Xpress. She replaces Sam Cowen who left the show in December...

By Louise Marsland 13 Feb 2015

Marion Scher
The state of news

It doesn't take a genius to work out that the way people take in news has totally changed over the last number of years...

By Marion Scher 11 Feb 2015

Anton Harber
Serial - A murder investigation...

An experimental US serial has transformed investigative journalism...

By Anton Harber 2 Feb 2015

Zuma should bash on regardless, suggests the writer. (Image: GCIS)
Let's encourage Zuma to bash whites

I am all in favour of President Jacob Zuma continuing his sniping campaign against whites and blaming everything on apartheid...

By Chris Moerdyk 29 Jan 2015

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