Touch HD ex­tends and im­proves line-up

Ra­dio re­vamp comes af­ter grow­ing de­mand

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - KARISHMA DIPA

FROM to­day, Touch HD will of­fer its lis­ten­ers im­proved con­tent as it in­tro­duces new tal­ents, ex­tends the line-up of some shows, while other fan favourites keep their slots.

The changes to the on­line ra­dio sta­tion were part of the re­vamp in a bid to ex­pand their au­di­ence base and reach.

Among the changes to the line-up are lo­cal rap sen­sa­tion AKA pre­sent­ing his own pod­cast.

Although this will be avail­able only from the end of the month, the Su­per Mega, as he is af­fec­tion­ately known, is ex­pected to draw in many lis­ten­ers as he has an im­pres­sive fol­low­ing.

The mu­si­cian’s show will be in­tro­duced as part of Touch HD’s spe­cially cre­ated shows, which will not form a part of the daily line-up but will be made ex­clu­sively avail­able on the dig­i­tal ra­dio sta­tion’s ap­pli­ca­tion as a pod­cast for down­load and stream­ing.

Another of these ex­clu­sive-for-down­load pod­casts is a com­edy show hosted by fun­ny­men Eu­gene Khoza and Simmi Ar­eff. The show, called, Funny You Said That, will be made avail­able on Mon­days and Wed­nes­days.

Broad­cast­ing veteran Thabo “Tbo Touch” Molefe, who founded Touch HD, said he was thrilled about the changes to the line-up.

“Touch HD is about mak­ing moves that are com­pletely un­ex­pected. We are all about cre­at­ing a fu­tur­is­tic lis­ten­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for our au­di­ence,” he said.

“We’re in­cred­i­bly proud to make Touch HD a new cre­ative haven for AKA, Eu­gene Khoza and Simmi Ar­eff.”

The sta­tion’s man­ager, Martin Vi­lakazi, said the spe­cially cre­ated shows made ex­clu­sively for down­load or stream­ing were be­com­ing in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar and would be made to fit into the lis­tener’s life­style.

“We have dis­cov­ered that peo­ple en­joy lis­ten­ing to their favourite shows at their own con­ve­nience by down­load­ing pod­casts to lis­ten to at a later stage,” he said.

“Some shows have en­joyed thou­sands of down­loads per show and this has led to a fo­cus of cre­at­ing shows that are strictly avail­able on pod­cast.”

Mean­while, the cur­rent af­fairs show The Tim Modise Net­work, which had the high­est num­ber of pod­cast down­loads at the sta­tion, has been ex­tended from its Mon­day and Tues­day slot to in­clude Wed­nes­day and Thurs­day.

“This is largely due to the high cal­i­bre of guests that Tim has played host to from all spheres of in­flu­ence, such as pol­i­tics and busi­ness,” said Vi­lakazi.

Modise will also be host­ing a Sun­day Jazz show, which Vi­lakazi said would get lis­ten­ers to wind down af­ter the week­end and get ready for the week ahead.

For­mer Our Per­fect Wed­ding lo­cal re­al­ity show host Them­bisa Mdoda will also be get­ting more air­time.

Her show, Let’s Do Lunch, will be ex­tended by two hours ev­ery week­day and will have the new time slot­sof 10pm-1pm from Mon­day to Fri­day.

Apart from these changes to Touch HD’s line-up, other shows and their hosts will re­main the same.

This in­cludes The Ex­pen­sive Break­fast hosted by Glen Lewis and Nina Hastie from 7am to 10am ev­ery week­day morn­ing, and T-Bo Touch and Kat­li­cious on Touch­down from Mon­day to Fri­day from 3pm to 6pm.

In­de­pen­dent Me­dia’s very own jour­nal­ist He­len Herimbi will be pre­sent­ing a show on the sta­tion on Sun­days be­tween 7am and 10am.

Thabo “Tbo Touch” Molefe

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