Tue, 04 Aug 2020 / Published in AlgoaFM, LATEST NEWS

Algoa FM is honouring the women behind the success of the leading media house serving the Eastern and Western Cape from the Garden Route to the Wild Coast and inland through the Karoo.

“We invited three of our leading women to share some of their insights on how to be successful in what is a very demanding industry,” says Algoa FM programme manager Baydu Adams.

“Algoa FM honours Women’s Day by focusing on the true power of women this year. The campaign is driven by the Algoa FM presenters, with individual messages from the team and interviews with dynamic women until 9 August.

“We are featuring women from business, charity organisations, fashion and the arts. They include songwriters, musicians, lawyers, engineers, lecturers and sports stars.

“This mix is reflected in the Algoa FM on-air team,” he says.

Early morning presenter and Ironman athlete Siobhan Momberg is a fashion design graduate.

Her introduction to the world of radio was through voice overs recorded during her childhood. “It was for an ice-cream company, so I got paid a small change but got loads of free ice-cream, I mean as a kid what could be better right?” says the youngest member of the on air team.

She became a part of the Algoa FM family after submitting her recorded demo in 2017. “The challenges have been tough. They have tested my true character and made me question many things about myself, my beliefs, my peers and my life. It is important to know that in any industry you will be challenged, and it’s up to you to decide if it will affect you in a negative or positive way,” she says.

Momberg is happy to provide support for others: “When I am asked for advice, or if I see that something I know could make their life a little easier, I share. I believe that what goes around comes around, and rather attracts the good vibes than the negative ones!”

“Siobhan is a star in the making. Her natural talent is being nurtured and developed at Algoa FM,” says Adams. For Momberg, the popularity of her five to six am weekday slot is due to teamwork, she believes. “Always have your team’s back. There will be a day when you need them to have yours,” she says.

Mother-of-two Queenie Grootboom, started her journey at Algoa FM with husband Mio Khondleka as part of an on-air couple.

After years of broadcasting together, Queenie says the hardest challenge was accepting that she could do it on her own when she was offered a solo slot. “Queenie is one of the most experienced and polished presenters on air in South Africa. We knew it was time for her to shine on her own.

“Her empathy with her listeners is one of the key factors which makes her 7pm to 10pm show so popular,” says Adams.

“There’s understanding radio as a workspace but it’s a whole other challenge understanding the people, the person behind the radio. The person listening, getting to know you, your flaws, your strengths and then accepting you?

“I had a very tough time because it was very personal for me but with great support, I’ve been able to embrace the change and I’ve grown into my own person who has a voice and an opinion. Strange opinions and views … but that’s me,” says Grootboom.

“No one has to prove themselves to me. Who am I to judge anyone when I do not know what battles they have to fight every single day?

“Every opportunity I get, I share life lessons, for me those are so important. Every day I learn something new and I’m genuinely surprised by the free advice that we share with each other when I’m doing a show.

“Not everyone will agree but plant the seeds, plant those ideas; those solutions, and who knows we could be saving one person a day?” she says.

Roch-Lè Bloem, a broadcast journalism honours graduate who also holds a degree in media, communications and culture, is an Eastern Cape media powerhouse.

She started her radio journey at the age of 19 when a friend told her a local community radio station was looking for presenters.

“I believe that every milestone is a victory and adds value to your journey, meaning you succeed and ‘make it’ with every milestone achieved. Never limit yourself. It’s always great to have short term and long-term goals and a vision, and it’s okay to celebrate the short-term goals you’ve achieved,” she says.

In addition to reading the news and co-presenting the Algoa FM afternoon drive show, Roch-Lè runs her own Port Elizabeth-based media and communications company.

She also co-founded the Cycle Sisters non-profit organisation with another NPO, Love Story. Cycle Sisters provides sanitary towels to disadvantaged women and girls.

Her numerous roles include being a mentor to many women and girls in the Eastern Cape; a motivational speaker; a master of ceremonies; a public speaker; fitness instructor and broadcasting and media lecturer.

“I encourage people by sharing my story and creating hope within young individuals. I also empower by sharing my knowledge and supporting people. I believe one should never break anyone down. Support and share knowledge to uplift and empower individuals to follow their dreams and make it a reality.”

Her message to women is “women in modern society need to be authentic. Don’t try to be someone else or find the need to look like someone else. Learn to love your imperfections and embrace it all. Make other women around you feel loved, supported and empowered.”

“These are just three of the inspirational women on our team of champions at Algoa FM and it’s a privilege to work with people who are making such a marked difference in the lives of others,” says Algoa FM managing director Alfie Jay.

As a community radio station, Fine Music Radio (FMR) receives no funding or government grants and, understandably, the Covid-19 crisis has forced many of its advertisers to cease trading. Therefore, at the beginning of lockdown, they turned to their listeners and asked for their help.

“The response: Since early April 2020, FMR’s listeners have donated R800 000 towards helping the station survive the catastrophic loss of advertising revenue. That figure is growing, by the end of July it should reach R1 million!”

“Unprecedented” has become the buzzword when describing the pandemic, however, FMR is grateful that it can now be used in a positive context. They believe that this display of audience loyalty is unprecedented in the history of broadcasting in South Africa.
 
FMR, the only classical and jazz music station in the Western Cape, are deeply grateful and share this story only to demonstrate the value the station has in their listeners’ lives.  

Who are these listeners with open hearts and pockets?

According to BrandMapp 2020 audience research, FMR has approximately 113 000 listeners in Cape Town.  They are the crème de la crème: highly educated and wealthy…professional people, company CEO’s, IT specialists, people who own their own companies…and people who appreciate the finer things in life.

There is a roughly even split of male and female listeners, and a 60/40 split between English and Afrikaans speakers respectively. Around one-third of listeners are under the age of 45. A further third is between 45 and 65. The final third is over the age of 65.

The fact is, they take FMR seriously enough to voluntarily pay money to keep the station on air!

As advertisers, how could you not want to reach this substantial, wealthy audience?

Wed, 17 Jun 2020 / Published in AlgoaFM, LATEST NEWS, Uncategorized

In what appears to be a ‘mad rush’ away from traditional and proven ways of communicating with their customers, many companies are allowing their brands and messages to be placed between fake news and questionable posts.

Company reputations and brands run the risk of suffering collateral damage by being associated with the plague of fake news surrounding hot-off-the-press topics.

Do you really want your message to appear alongside a post which proclaims that it has been proven that the current pandemic escaped from a sample of pixie moon dust?

Having your brand in close proximity to sensationalised (clickbait) posts puts your credibility at risk.

Readers may assume that you placed your advertisement either ahead of or behind a particular post because you agree with its contents.

Ask yourself, is this third-party algorithm designed in such a way that it is making the right decisions for my brand?

The veteran advertising executive, Chris Brewer, says in his latest “Brewers Droop”: “Social media is like the parson’s egg – good in places and disgusting in others. With a few (very few) exceptions, it disseminates fake news; hate; racism; extreme irritation and basically rubbish. A handful of our very good writers get published on the internet from time to time but who knows how many take any notice?”

As the head of Algoa FM, I am naturally biased towards radio, of which Brewer says ‘it works’.

A station like Algoa FM ‘works’ for advertisers and listeners because we put credibility and their needs first. Our news team’s maxim is ‘we’d rather be right than first’.

Or, as historian and author Yuval Noah Harari put it in the opening line of his latest book, 21 Lessons for the 21st Century: “In a world deluged by irrelevant information, clarity is power.”

Our commitment to fact extends into our online presence.

We are among Brewer’s ‘very few exceptions’ that share quality content and listeners have taken note.

A recent Colony Live study found that the majority (69%) of respondents rely primarily on the radio for their Covid-19 information, followed by television (53%), news websites or news mobile apps (46%) and then social media (41%).

Results Summary of the Colony Live Research

At Algoa FM, the figures confirm that there is a strong correlation between the credibility of the radio station and its online presence.

Both we and our advertisers know just how many people take ‘notice’ of the content in our online presence.

Visits to the Algoa FM website and social media pages spike almost every time we report on a major announcement prior to the pandemic and now during the lockdown.

Online traffic to Algoa FM’s social media pages has increased by 44% during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Visitors click through from the social media pages to our website, which has fact-checked and curated content that adds to the credibility of the advertising messages displayed on the site.

To answer the question posed earlier, the content in your feed is prioritised by the likelihood that you actually want to see it and we’ve seen results through our integrated and targeted approach.

Algoa FM listeners hear it on the news (which they know is credible), check their social feeds and then visit the website for more detail or to be able to spend more time analysing the information.

Advertisers who place careful and strategic thought into their image and how they spend their money are observing approaches of this nature that prove the success and are in a less questionable space because you get to choose where you go.

Our sales team is seeing a trend towards advertisers seeing the value in more integrated offerings.

Our clients are also realising that radio seamlessly integrates with their social media and digital strategies, thus creating more reach and frequency for their campaigns, a known fact from countless studies done the world over.

Thirty years ago, it would have sounded foreign for any brand other than air-conditioning manufacturers or air-conditioning retailers to sponsor weather reports.

But, over time, the advertising community realised that ‘the point of connection’ had nothing to do with the weather, but everything to do with the audience.

I’ve heard so many ad agencies and corporates say that they don’t want their brand associated with the news because it is negative and filled with murder, rape and corruption.

But here’s the thing: audiences with high levels of disposable income want to be informed, which is exactly why they ‘tune in’ to listen to the news or visit the news pages on our website.

Covid-19 may have amplified the figures but ‘consumer behaviour’ with respect to accessing their news was no different prior to the lockdown.

Radio, more so than other mediums, also carefully curates the content on our websites, which, as a result, attract millions of impressions to an environment free of fake news, questionable posts and random algorithm placement.

In an era where fake news is widespread, people are turning to brands they trust and Algoa FM’s philosophy is to report the facts – do so fairly, accurately and within context; all the while serving the interests of the audience and advertisers and ‘that isn’t ever going to change!’

Tue, 09 Jun 2020 / Published in LATEST NEWS, OFM

OFM, Central South Africa’s premier commercial radio station, has started the year on a high note and is continuing to inspire listeners to live the real good life despite the unique challenges the global community is facing at the moment.

OFM took the opportunity of a new decade to rethink its offerings and finding ways to give the best radio listening experience to its audience. This included brand new line-up including a brand-new breakfast show – the flagship of any radio station. 

OFM embraced this shake-up by giving its established presenters new challenges, introducing fresh new voices, and creating a solid mix of music, news, and entertainment.

Says Tim Thabethe, OFM programme manager: “Our new line-up demonstrates the direction OFM is taking by fulfilling Central South Africa’s passion to ‘live the real good life’ – a commitment by OFM to reflect what it means to be from this vast central region. It celebrates family, friends and community. Our new presenter line-up is real, honest, proud and caring to its listeners and reflects the spirit of its audience.”

To host the new The Good Morning Show, weekdays from 06:00 to 09:00, popular mid-morning host Shandor Potgieter took over the reigns, assisted by new Capetonian recruit Lesley Piet and Supersport presenter Sam Ludidi.

Former presenter Yolanda Maartens made a welcome return to OFM to present Mid-Morning Magic, while Enriko Klopper keeps the afternoon crowd entertained.  The established crew of Nico van der Westhuizen and Mienke van Rooyen takes you home with The Joyride, joined by Jaybee Makhalemele and Aaron Masemola.  Cyril Viljoen slides into the OFM Nights time-slot with Alucius Mocumi giving our listeners VIP Access until 01:00.

“OFM enjoys one of the highest instances of time spent listening to radio in South Africa. Come rain or shine, OFM is there to keep our loyal listeners company!”

~ Programme manager, Tim Thabethe

A logo change was also on the cards for OFM. It came about a result of the station’s expanding role within the media environment; signifying not only the fact that the station is no longer bound by an FM frequency, but truly available to any listener, anytime of the day, in any part of the world.

Naturally, OFM is also embracing the audio streaming trend with exciting new digital offerings. The OFM desktop application allows listeners to stream OFM anytime of the day. The app is easy to maintain and because it’s a standalone application, Internet connectivity isn’t an issue.  

OFM Stasie 2 is an exclusive Afrikaans streaming channel with uninterrupted Afrikaans music. In future, OFM is looking to create even more digital offerings on its website to give listeners the opportunity to have access to their favourite music on their terms, including a channel with the best music from the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s.

Serving the influential SEM 7-10 market and with one of the largest footprints in South African radio – including the Free State, Northern Cape, southern Gauteng and North West – OFM spends a lot of time in people’s cars, homes and offices.

This also allows the station to offer a number of niche features – including an agricultural programme weekdays from 05:00 tot 06:00, agri news twice daily, entertainment and sports features. 

“OFM enjoys one of the highest instances of time spent listening to radio in South Africa. Come rain or shine, OFM is there to keep our loyal listeners company!” says Thabethe.

Go to www.ofm.co.za or tune in to OFM for more.

Moneyweb has announced the launch of a new daily morning show, MoneywebNOW, with Simon Brown. The show aims to offer South Africa’s business and investment community the latest financial and company news to prepare them for the day ahead.

According to Moneyweb, the 20-minute show is live streamed via the Moneyweb website or mobile App between 06:30 and 06:50. A full show podcast will be available to download at 07:00 for listeners who missed the live stream.

Brown is known across various business platforms in his capacity as an investor, trader and founder of the financial educational platform Just One Lap. “I’ll be getting to the day’s big stories before the day even starts. Listeners can expect a tight show, full of fun with three guests in twenty minutes,” says Brown.

Brown says that he is passionate about helping people understand money in all its aspects — from saving to investing — making him a veteran in the field.

MoneywebNOW will feature:

  • the day’s top local and international stories
  • market analysis
  • insights on stock picks, and
  • key company news with guests ranging from top CEOs to industry experts.

“The world around us is changing at a phenomenal rate and it is critical for all to stay informed of the latest news that will affect their pockets,” says Ryk van Niekerk, editor at Moneyweb.

“This is an exciting new offering and a first for South Africa. MoneywebNOW with Simon Brown will be the only comprehensive business radio show in the morning. Listeners can either listen to the live broadcast or download the podcast and listen to it on their way to work,” adds van Niekerk.

The show is live streamed via the Moneyweb website and a brand new Moneyweb app, which is available in the Apple and Android app stores. Listeners are encouraged to subscribe to the podcast on various podcast platforms to listen to at their convenience. Listeners can also subscribe to the Moneyweb newsletter for daily alerts.

For more information, visit www.moneyweb.co.za. You can also follow Moneyweb on Facebook or on Twitter.

Mon, 20 Apr 2020 / Published in HOT 91.9FM, LATEST NEWS

For the fourth year in a row Joburg`s hottest station Hot 91.9FM, has scooped the prestigious STATION OF THE YEAR award at the 2020 South African Radio Awards on Friday, 17 April. This is a landmark achievement considering the station has won this award every year since 2015.

Added to this, Hot 91.9FM won another eight awards including the MY STATION accolade which is given to the radio station with the most loyal listeners. The litmus test for any radio station is its appeal to its audience. Station loyalty is of paramount importance to a radio station and is perhaps the most important aspect of broadcasting.

A ship is only as good as it’s captain, and Lloyd Madurai, Managing Director of Hot 91.9fm has steered the station from inception in 2014 to the multiple award-winning business it is today. His vision for making a meaningful difference in the community has paid dividends . He firmly believes that ‘the future for Hot 91.9fm is so hot, you are going to have to wear shades’!

Hot 91.9FM’s flagship show Mansfield in the Morning, once again proved to be Joburg’s most popular breakfast show picking up both Best Presenter and Best Breakfast Show awards.

Reacting to the impressive array of awards Hot 91.9FM Managing Director, Lloyd Madurai, said, “What brings us to the finishing line every year, is Hot’s total commitment to our audience and community. It is our combination of world-class entertainment and social engagement which is a testament to our station’s passion for radio and our core values. We are blessed to have some of the greatest radio talent in our country, some of whom are graduates of our landmark Radio Academy”.

Hot 91.9FM won awards in the following categories:

Station of the Year (Community)

For the 4th year running, Hot 91.9FM bagged the highly-coveted Station of the Year title in the Community Radio category. This award bears testimony to all that Hot has achieved throughout the year – from its various community engagement projects aimed at making a meaningful difference in the lives of those around us to the line-up of shows and, of course, the great music it plays every single day. 

My Station – Most Loyal Listeners

The My Station Award recognises the listeners choice and we are proud to be this year’s recipient which underscores our core value of ‘listeners first’.

Breakfast Show Presenter – Jeremy Mansfield

During his 20 odd years in breakfast radio, Jeremy Mansfield embodies the adage “the master has failed more times than the beginner has even tried.” As the flagship presenter of the radio station, Jeremy sets the tone and style for the rest of the day’s broadcasting effortlessly. His wit, charm, easy confidence and verve, as well as his infectious laugh and larger-than-life approach to radio have seen him become one of Johannesburg’s favourite sons. After an 8 – year hiatus, Mansfield came out of retirement in November 2018 as the new host of the Hot 91.9 FM morning show. His gravitas and impact were instrumental at the Hot 91.9 FM Teddython 2019 which raised over R3.8 million in 12 hours. The return of his much-loved Christmas Wish has seen countless lives impacted through the incredible heart he has for people, a core principle at Hot 91.9 FM. His partnership with Sam Cowen and the rest of the team has resulted in a morning show that oozes ‘listenability’ and originality, that has created an incredible connection with his listeners. He is, quite simply, one of the best to have ever graced the South African radio airwaves.

Breakfast Show-Mansfield in the Morning

Mansfield in the Morning is everything a breakfast show should be: funny, edgy and informative. Capturing the energy and essence of its target market, both geographically and demographically, Mansfield in the Morning, through the enduring partnership of Jeremy Mansfield and Sam Cowen, boasts content and presentation that is original, creative, exciting and enticing. With award-winning production from William Scott, Mansfield in the Morning stands out for its engaging and relatable content. Throw in award-winning sports journalist stalwart John Walland and Stephen Kirker on the news desk, and Mansfield in the Morning emerges as a formidable outfit at ease on air, producing a product that is head and shoulders above their competitors while delivering real value for advertisers. The show has all the right ingredients including a large CSI component, consistent with Hot 91.9 FM’s mandate as a community station making a tangible difference in its footprint.

Content Producer-Sam Cowen & William Scott – Mansfield In the Morning

Mansfield in the Morning is so much more than just a get up and go show; it’s the inimitable chemistry between Jeremy Mansfield and Sam Cowen, who is pivotal to the content creation on the show. With 25 years of radio under her belt, Sam’s quick wit, quicker tongue and delightful humour add the distinctive sparkle that yields engaged listeners, relatable content and the ‘je ne sais quoi’ to the winning formula that is Mansfield in the Morning. Coupled with the peerless talent of content co-producer Will Scott, the flagship show on Hot 91.9 FM demonstrates the adage ‘teamwork makes the dream work’ perfectly.

News Bulletin Reader- Nobuhle Nkhoma

With over a decade of experience, Nobuhle Nkhoma is a journalist with the coveted ability of writing balanced, informative and engaging stories. Having worked in several newsrooms including at Kaya FM, eNCA, ANN7 and Channels Television Nigeria, Nobuhle is a multi-skilled individual with writing, editing and investigative reporting experience.

Having received an SABC News Award for Best Student Journalist in Current Affairs in 2008, Nobuhle has become an invaluable addition to the Hot 91.9 FM News Desk.

Promotions Stunt Event – The Hot 91.9FM Hot Cares Teddython 2019

Teddython embodies the spirit in which the radio station was conceived; fun, family and community. It is through Hot Cares that we’ve awarded bursaries at all levels of education, assisted those in need of medical attention and helped victims of unforeseen, life-changing circumstances.

Taking place as it has for three years now at the Sandton City Centre Court, the goal for Hot91.9FM Teddython 2019 was to raise R2 million to continue the great work we so love to do within our community.What began as the mammoth task of raising R 2 million turned into the extraordinary, breath-taking feat of smashing through the R3 million barrier! And almost touching the ceiling of R4 million. Tears of joy and relief flowed freely not only at Sandton City but in cars, homes and offices around Johannesburg as we took a final tally; R 3.9 million raised to continue to change lives in our community.

Sports Show – Hot Sport 18h30 – 19h00

The award-winning Hot Sport on Hot91.9FM is a show presented by the highly experienced and well-loved John Walland. Featuring two topical one-on-one interviews of sporting individuals and previews and reviews on major sporting events by way of post-match analysis, Hot Sport truly stands out above the rest; this can be attributed to John Walland’s 35 years of experience. Drawing from his rather large little black book of big name sporting personalities to produce Hot Sport, this daily show (Monday to Thursday) is a 30 minutes blitz of the day’s sports as well as developing stories in the local and international sporting world. John’s ability to strike the iron while it’s hot, delivers relevant content and makes for compelling listening and a superbly curated and well-produced show; demonstrating his enthusiasm and passion for sport broadcasting.

Weekend Radio Show – The Classic Countdown with Kevin Savage – Sat 12h00 – 15h00

Radio legend Kevin Savage takes the helm at noon on a Saturday on Hot 91.9FM with the Classic Countdown. Counting down the hottest songs of a given year, the show is dedicated to remembering the hits of days gone by and have you thinking “Damn, 1984 was a pretty good year of music!” Between the ’Old Skool’ tunes and Kevin’s dulcet baritone, his years of experience on radio translates into show that is entertaining and informative, fun and engaging, and makes the Classic Countdown a must-have in your weekend radio listening routine.

Wed, 25 Mar 2020 / Published in HOT 91.9FM, LATEST NEWS

For the fourth year in a row, Joburg`s hottest station, Hot 91.9FM, has scooped multiple finalist nominations in the prestigious South African Radio Awards scheduled for April 2020. Included in their impressive showing this year is their fourth consecutive nomination for the “Station of the Year” gong, which Hot 91.9FM has won for the past three years. Almost all of Hot 91.9FM`s key shows and community projects have struck the right note, including the hotly contested Afternoon Drive Show and Presenter award, the station`s ever-popular Mark Pilgrim and Bunny Majaja Daytime shows as well as Hot Cares’ successful community outreach events, “Teddython” and “A School for Madiba”. Hot 91.9FM`s pivotal breakfast show, “Mansfield in the Morning”, hosted by the highly entertaining Jeremy Mansfield, clocked in with a staggering five nominations for, among others, the Breakfast Show and Breakfast Show Presenter as well as Content Producer categories.

Hot 91.9FM`s Managing Director, Lloyd Madurai, was naturally amped at the station’s performance. “We are deeply humbled by the faith shown in Hot 91.9 FM by our industry, our advertisers and at the top of the list, our listeners, who are the most important component in our success as a station. We remain committed to our fundamentals of providing quality entertainment to our listeners and our unwavering belief in assisting the community that we serve.”

The nominations are:

The Radio Awards gala dinner which was initially scheduled to take place in Sandton on 18 April 2020 has been replaced with an online winners announcement to be aired via digital channels on Friday, 17 April 2020, at 14h00.

Wed, 25 Mar 2020 / Published in LATEST NEWS, OFM

OFM, inspiring listeners to live the real good life in central South Africa, received three nominations for the prestigious SA Radio Awards – two in the coveted Commercial Weekend Radio Show category.

Shandor Potgieter, presenter of Shandor’s Wild Weekends, and Pieter Venter, host of The Weekend Breakfast, were both nominated. Shandor will soon host The Good Morning Show weekdays from 6am to 9am as part of a new on-air lineup. Senior production engineer Lloyd Bosman was nominated in the Commercial Station Imaging category.

Says Tim Thabethe, OFM programme manager: “Three Radio Award nominations is a great accolade. We are proud of Shandor, Pieter and Lloyd Bosman for the nod. A nomination represents a position on the podium in a space that represents 290 radio brands across South Africa. To OFM’s nominees and all the Radio Award entrants, congratulations and thank you for making radio a pivotal part of 37 million people’s lives, daily.”

Left to right: Lloyd Bosman, Pieter Venter and Shandor Potgieter

Says Nick Efstathiou, Central Media Group CEO: “The talented OFM team, with these nominations, is a reward for the beautiful work they do on a daily basis. OFM is very proud of the recognition given to a talented producer and two talented presenters.”

The SA Radio Awards is the only industry-wide awards in the South African radio industry and seeks to recognise excellence in the industry. It is widely seen as setting a benchmark for radio stations and professionals to strive towards.

The SA Radio Awards ceremony is cancelled but an online winners announcement will be aired via digital channels on Friday, 17 April 2020 at 2pm.

Tue, 10 Mar 2020 / Published in LATEST NEWS, OFM

In line with OFM’s 20-20 vision for the decade, central South Africa’s leading commercial radio station has chosen the increasingly popular messaging application, Telegram, as the main platform through which listeners can interact with the on-air team.

From March 2020, the OFM tribe will join the more than 250 million users worldwide, who have already come to rely on this innovative, safe, secure and a stable application. Not only does Telegram boast some exciting new features for its users, it is also fully integrated with OFM’s systems resulting in a better communication and user experience. But, most importantly, it affords programmers the ability to use listener preferences to generate a better listening experience for OFM’s audience.

Listeners are encouraged to download the free Telegram app in their respective smart phone app stores and use the number 084 222 9497 to relay various information, send in requests and enter competitions on OFM.

Says Tim Thabethe, programme manager: “Telegram Messenger will allow the OFM family to interact better across central South Africa and through Telegram we want to surprise and delight everyone who is part of it. Telegram opens up opportunities to have more fun and #LiveTheRealGoodLife.”

At first glance, new users will see the messaging app looks very similar to the well-known, WhatsApp. However, there are a few features that make it stand out:

  • Telegram is cloud-based. This means you can access your messages from multiple devices. You also do not need to back up your messages before you switch devices
  • It’s fast. Telegram is said to deliver messages faster than any other application due to its servers that are spread worldwide for speed and security
  • This also means it’s private. Telegram messages are heavily encrypted and can self-destruct. It also keeps your messages safe from hacker attacks
  • Telegram is free forever. They promise no ads and no subscription fees
  • And, it’s incredibly powerful. Telegram has no limits on the size of your media and chats. Other examples include connecting from most remote locations, coordinating groups of up to 200,000 members, synchronising your chats across all your devices, sending documents of any type up to 1.5G in size each, encrypting personal and business secrets, storing you media in the cloud, and building your own tools on their API

Says Lindiwe Mtwentula, marketing manager: “We are very excited about this new emerging messaging app; we believe that it will definitely better our touchpoints with listeners. One of its main benefits is ease of use with less limitations and this makes communicating with listeners effortless.”

Telegram also has a desktop application for ease of use, especially if being applied in a corporate setting.

To find out more or to download the app, visit telegram.org.

For more info, please contact Lindiwe Mtwentula on 051 5050 900, 082 416 1665 or lindiwe@ofm.co.za

Who is OFM?

OFM is central South Africa’s premier commercial radio station offering a mix of music, news and entertainment.

The station serves the influential SEM seven to 10 market with a footprint across the Free State, Northern Cape, southern Gauteng and North West. The brand is synonymous with the people of central South Africa and covers the full spectrum of listeners: from urban youngsters to retired pensioners, from working moms and dads to successful professionals, from rural communities to agricultural producers. As such, OFM offers a number of niche features – including an agricultural programme, Agri news twice a day, entertainment and sports features.

Our audience is incredibly loyal and supportive and as such OFM enjoys one of the highest instances of time spent listening to the radio in South Africa. OFM is part of the Central Media Group with its head office located in Bloemfontein and a studio in Welkom. Find OFM at www.ofm.co.za.

Tue, 10 Mar 2020 / Published in Classic 1027, LATEST NEWS

Classic 1027 has successfully emerged from a Business Rescue process at the end of 2019 and has announced a refreshed presenter line-up.

The aim is to attract a larger, more diverse audience and to maximize the station’s reach on FM and digital platforms. In order to deliver a valuable and much sought after audience to its advertisers, Classic 1027 is focusing on an easy listening approach, playing more of the World’s Most Beautiful Music.

Mike Mills makes a welcome return, to host an invigorated Breakfast show on weekday mornings. Mills is an accomplished broadcaster who previously spent several years with the station. Mills is followed by talented musician and conductor Kutlwano Masote, who hosts the Classic Brunch between 09:00 and 12:00.

At midday, Carolyn Steyn takes over with Classic Lunch. Carolyn’s evening show has been extremely popular, and she now has the opportunity to bring her style and passion to a wider audience. Much loved Shireen Hollier hosts the Classic Drive from 15:00 until 17:30 before handing the reins to Michael Avery who presents Classic Business.

Classic Business is followed by renowned conductor Richard Cock, who focuses specifically on Classical Music in his show “The Full Works”.

Weekends have also been given a shake-up. Peter Terry presents the breakfast show on both Saturdays and Sundays. On Saturdays, he is followed by Kutlwano Masote and on Sundays by Shireen Hollier. Deano Maduramuthu presents Classic Afternoons, followed by Carolyn Steyn’s Weekend Wind-Down on Saturdays and Richard Cock’s People of Note on Sunday evenings.

Deano Maduramuthu presents the morning News and Traffic from 06:00 to 12:00 and Anne Williams takes over for the afternoon News and Traffic between 12:30 and 18:00.