RA­DIO AWARDS And the win­ners are...

The coun­try’s main­stream, com­mu­nity, cam­pus and in­ter­net/on­line sta­tions recog­nised for their hard work and pop­u­lar shows

CityPress - - News - CHARL BLIGNAUT charl.blignaut@city­press.co.za

Hot 91.9 FM, a com­mu­nity ra­dio sta­tion from Rood­e­poort that cel­e­brates old school tunes, R&B and fun, emerged as the big­gest win­ner at last night’s Lib­erty Ra­dio Awards.

The awards, which were dished out at a gala ban­quet at the Sand­ton Con­ven­tion Cen­tre in Jo­han­nes­burg, are the big­gest in the in­dus­try and the win­ners get brag­ging rights for a year.

The awards are di­vided into win­ners for com­mu­nity, cam­pus and com­mer­cial ra­dio sta­tions.

Hot 91.9 FM bagged eight tro­phies on the night.

Of the com­mer­cial chan­nels, Al­goa FM in Port El­iz­a­beth beat the com­pe­ti­tion with four tro­phies, and by far the big­gest win­ner of the cam­pus sta­tions was North West Uni­ver­sity’s PUKfm 93.6, which re­turned to Potchef­stroom with five gongs.

Na­tional dar­ling Wil­son B Nkosi, with his grav­elly voice, clas­sic R&B playlist and po­etic touch, was a hugely pop­u­lar ad­di­tion to the Ra­dio Hall of Fame.

Lead­ing the main­stream

Al­goa FM lifted the big one – best com­mer­cial sta­tion – but its other three awards weren’t the big­gest tro­phies. They were for best com­mu­nity project, and also a joint win for best pro­mo­tions for its Big Walk for Can­cer and best day­time show for The Al­goa FM Top 30.

Kaya FM’s David O’Sul­li­van walked away with the best break­fast pre­sen­ter award. He joined Kaya in May when he left Power FM, which was an­other big win­ner last night. Kaya Bizz took the best busi­ness and fi­nance show award, and The Law Re­port was named best news and ac­tu­al­ity show.

The SABC ur­ban sta­tion Metro FM took one of the most pop­u­lar wins of the night when Mo Flava and Masech­aba Ndlovu’s The Drive lifted the tro­phy for best af­ter­noon drive show. Metro also picked up best sports show for The Ul­ti­mate Sports Show.

Power FM, Jacaranda FM and talk sta­tion 702 matched Metro with two awards each. Mia Lin­d­eque from 702 was named best field re­porter, while the sta­tion’s Tara Penny was named best news bulletin reader. Best sports pre­sen­ter was named as Thabiso Mosia at Power FM, though he has since joined SAfm.

East Coast Ra­dio’s Bon­gani Mtolo was named best af­ter­noon drive pre­sen­ter, and Cape Town’s Kfm won best break­fast show for Kfm Morn­ings with Dar­ren, Sher­lin and Sibs. Vuma FM’s Sun­day Gospel Show was the best mu­sic show in the coun­try, and the best night-time show award was won by OFM’s A Touch of Tha­bang, while best traf­fic pre­sen­ter was Rendy S from Pha­laphala FM.

Rock­ing the cam­puses

PUKfm, swept the board with wins for best cam­pus break­fast show, best cam­pus day­time show, best cam­pus night-time show and best cam­pus week­end show.

It’s only com­pe­ti­tion came from Tuks FM, which won best cam­pus af­ter­noon drive show and best cam­pus break­fast pre­sen­ter for Ni­cholas Lawrence. UCT ra­dio’s Naushaad Ma­haraj the won best cam­pus af­ter­noon drive pre­sen­ter award.

More than just recog­ni­tion, a Lib­erty Ra­dio Award can be a big deal for a stu­dent ra­dio host as it of­ten feeds the big com­mer­cial chan­nels with new tal­ent.

Spread­ing com­mu­nity love

Hot FM, un­sur­pris­ingly, lifted the best com­mu­nity sta­tion award. It also took com­mu­nity awards for af­ter­noon drive pre­sen­ter Si­mon Parkin­son, af­ter­noon drive show, most pop­u­lar sta­tion, most loyal lis­ten­ers, sports show, best week­end show and best sta­tion imag­ing.

Since its launch in Novem­ber 2014, Hot FM has sported a top com­mer­cial line-up to win the com­mu­nity au­di­ence. Among its stars are Sasha Marti­nengo, Mark Pil­grim, Kevin Sav­age and Trea­sure Tsha­bal­ala. The sta­tion’s founders, Lloyd Madu­rai and Sav­age, were also in­ducted into the Ra­dio Hall of Fame last night. Its big­gest com­pe­ti­tion came from Mix FM, which took home two tro­phies.

New school ra­dio

The award for best in­ter­net/on­line ra­dio show went to Pul­pit Me­dia Group’s I am Youth and the best pod­cast was #GetReal with Vanessa Goosen on East Coast Ra­dio. There were 12 young up-and-com­ing ra­dio stars recog­nised last night as well, with Adad­ume Ma­gadlela tak­ing the bur­sary award.








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