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Be great, in order to build greatness in others
Be great, in order to build greatness in others

Chris Jordan offers some tips about what to keep in mind when teaching radio broadcasting to your students...

By Chris Jordan 10 Oct 2017

Peter Langschmidt, the PRC’s lead research consultant.
The Establishment Survey, a foundation for a brave new world

The Establishment Survey (ES) is a multi-purpose, multi-media survey providing context for all media platforms and all media currencies in South Africa...

By Danette Breitenbach 6 Oct 2017

Taking a closer look at media monitoring, AVE and regulation - Part three
Taking a closer look at media monitoring, AVE and regulation - Part three

In the final chapter of this three-part series on media monitoring, ROI Africa's Tonya Khoury shares insight into some of the biggest campaigns she's witnessed as well as some of the trends emerging in PR...

By Angie White 4 Oct 2017

Taking a closer look at media monitoring, AVE and regulation - Part one
Taking a closer look at media monitoring, AVE and regulation - Part one

In this three-part series, I chat to ROI Africa MD Tonya Khoury about the ins and outs of media monitoring, how AVE fits into it all (and if it should), the need for regulation in the industry, and what this all means for Bizcommunity...

By Angie White 15 Sep 2017

#Loeries2017: KFC's sad radio ads win a Grand Prix, not quite the saddest thing of all
#Loeries2017: KFC's sad radio ads win a Grand Prix, not quite the saddest thing of all

Ogilvy Johannesburg did particularly well at the Loeries this year, as runner up (in second place) to the Agency of the Year with 17 awards, the highlight being a Grand Prix in the Radio Station Commercials category for its KFC Double Down Sad Man Meal campaign...

By Jessica Tennant 5 Sep 2017

Kui Kariuki
#Pamro2017: The challenges in changing media consumption habits

How does ‘going digital' in the television market affect content and viewership patterns? Kui Kariuki from Ipsos Kenya looked at what happened with Kenya's digital migration...

By Louise Marsland 28 Aug 2017

#WomensMonth: Jacaranda FM hosts advocate Thuli Madonsela
#WomensMonth: Jacaranda FM hosts advocate Thuli Madonsela

Martin Bester and Tumi Morake hosted advocate Thuli Madonsela at Jacaranda FM on their breakfast show this morning...

By Jessica Tennant 3 Aug 2017

#CSIMonth: How Smile 90.4FM uses the power of radio to make a positive difference
#CSIMonth: How Smile 90.4FM uses the power of radio to make a positive difference

To end off its recent Winter Wish programme, the Smile 90.4FM team went to meet with the children of The Learning Vine Tutor Centre, delivering boxes of stationery and toys to the value of R10,000...

By Sindy Peters 17 Jul 2017

#Newsmaker: Kojo Baffoe the Afropolitan
#Newsmaker: Kojo Baffoe the Afropolitan

The Afropolitan recently celebrated its 50th edition with a gala evening where publisher Sean Press announced philosopher, Kaya FM radio host and writer Kojo Baffoe the new editor of the magazine.

By Jessica Tennant 26 Jun 2017

Clare Bowen
Clare Bowen from Radiocentre sees radio differently

In an exclusive interview between sessions, Bowen and I discussed why creativity and effectiveness go hand in hand and why radio is still very much an effective medium for advertising when done well...

By Jessica Tennant 20 Jun 2017

#Newsmaker: Darren ‘Whackhead' Simpson to host KFM Breakfast
#Newsmaker: Darren ‘Whackhead' Simpson to host KFM Breakfast

Having achieved national fame through his notorious ‘Whackhead' pranks, Darren Simpson will soon host the KFM breakfast show between 6am and 9am, bringing his brand of fun, funny, relatable radio to Western Cape listeners - and yes, there will be a daily prank...

By Jessica Tennant 5 Jun 2017

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

Bea Arthur. Image credit © – .
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

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