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

Listeners and advertisers have welcomed a new Algoa FM line-up that includes exciting new voices, and a fresh sound, says managing director Alfie Jay. This refresh and new energy celebrates Algoa FM’s move to its own iconic purpose-developed building in Port Elizabeth’s trendy Baakens Valley.

“We are capitalising on the excitement about having our own building for the first time in the 34 years since Algoa FM first started broadcasting,” says Jay, who has been in the broadcasting industry for 30 of those years.

“Our music mix has been given a tweak together with new on air imaging and some other changes to refresh the sound,” adds programme manager Baydu Adams.

On weekdays listeners wake up to Algoa Country’s favourite early morning voice, Siobhan Momberg, who is on air from 5-6am weekdays.

Multi award-winning broadcaster Wayne Hart has joined Charlton Tobias and Lee Duru “in an all-new breakfast show adventure, which promises to entertain listeners with some fresh and interactive radio.

“The team know each other well, and the energy and creativity that sparks in the room when they are together is really energising – just what is needed first thing in the morning while preparing for a day at work,” says Jay.

Mio Khondleka and KayCee Rossouw have traded morning weekday slots.
“From 9am-12pm Mio provides some mid-morning magic for listeners, with KayCee hosting us through lunch until three in the afternoon.

“We have added more vooma to the high-octane Afternoon Drive where Roland Gaspar has teamed up with Roch-Lè Bloem,” says Jay.

There are two parallel Afternoon Drive transmitter splits serving the Garden Route, with Lance du Plessis, and the greater Buffalo City metro with Brian Ndevu.

The two evening shows with Queenie Grootboom Khondleka and Vinny Nogemane have proven extremely popular with listeners and “if it ain’t broke… don’t fix it, so we have not made any changes there,” says Jay.

The station is also attracting national talent.

Among the new broadcasters is Linda Nzuzo, who started her broadcasting career in Port Elizabeth and was most recently on Kaya FM, after stints with Tru FM, Bay FM and Nkqubela FM.

“Algoa FM has also introduced some fresh voices to our highly-acclaimed news team.

“Two-time Vodacom Regional Journalist of the Year Award Winner, Siyabonga Sesant, who is originally from Port Elizabeth, is on duty behind the news mic from early until mid-day during the week.

“Siyabonga is a sought-after freelance radio and television news journalist who has spent many hours refining his craft on 5FM, Eye Witness News, eNCA and Newzroom Afrika.

“Popular Algoa FM presenter, Roch-Lè Bloem takes over the hot seat from Siyabonga from the one-o-clock news report and sees us through to the end of the afternoon drive with Roland Gaspar.

Popular broadcaster and sports fundi Mio Khondleka kicks off Saturday mornings from six till nine with the Saturday breakfast.
Next is the popular award-winning Top 30 with Wayne Hart from nine till noon.

He is followed by Nzuzo, who “brings an authoritative yet smooth vibe to the Saturday lunch-time show from 12-3pm.

“Then we unite the province with East London-based Brian Ndevu and Briony Sparg from Port Elizabeth, who team up in a show which crosses the divide between the eastern and western halves of the Eastern Cape and Garden Route.

Another new voice is Jean-Pierre Botha (JP), who is on air from seven till ten on Saturdays.

He is the former breakfast show presenter of community station Bay FM.

The Sunday line-up starts with Roch-Lè Bloem, who says she wants to keep listeners “calm but motivated.”

Lance du Plessis continues to present the very popular “Sounds of Time” from 9am-midday, followed by Charl Leslie.

“From 3-7pm KayCee Rossouw continues with his Sunday Soul, another show that is a hit with our listeners.

“The rest of the day is unchanged, with Queenie Grootboom Khondleka on air from seven till ten, followed by Vinny Nogemane.”

In addition to a new iconic building and fresh on air sound, the station has also re-launched its new responsive and mobile friendly website: www.algoafm.co.za

Fri, 06 Mar 2020 / Published in LATEST NEWS, OFM

OFM, inspiring listeners to live the real good life in Central South Africa, is preparing for an exciting year ahead with a new programme line-up, new logo roll-out, new digital offerings and a new split programme for the Welkom studio.

OFM’s logo change is a result of its changing 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.

As a result, OFM is embracing the audio streaming trend with exciting new digital offerings. These are the OFM desktop application and OFM Stasie 2. The OFM desktop application is a desktop app through which listeners can stream OFM anytime of the day. Wherever they find themselves, OFM will be there to keep them company, without them having to navigate the internet.

OFM Stasie 2 is an exclusive Afrikaans streaming channel with uninterrupted Afrikaans music – no commercials, no hosts, no news, and no traffic. Nothing to disconnect listeners from their favourite 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 60’s, 70’s and 80’s – all in a bid to live the philosophy: living the real good life.

Says OFM’s Marketing Manager, Lindiwe Mtwentula: “OFM is taking the opportunity of a new decade to rethink its offerings and finding ways to offer the best radio listening experience to our audience, and the most effective marketing partner to our clients.”

OFM has big plans for its Welkom studio as well. In the pipeline is a split day-time programme for the Goldfields area with a local Welkom presenter. The show will only be available to listeners in that area and as a result will promote unique content and advertising opportunities for the Goldfields.

A brand-new breakfast show and on-air talent completes the exciting opportunities the New Year will bring. The new breakfast show will launch in April and more information about the presenter line-up will follow.

Sat, 22 Aug 2015 / Published in AlgoaFM, LATEST NEWS

A record crowd of nearly 13 200 walked in celebration with cancer survivors and all those affected by cancer at the annual Algoa FM Big Walk for Cancer presented by the Eastern Cape Department of Health on Saturday.

Funds raised by the biggest mass participation charity event in the Eastern Cape will go towards purchasing a passenger transport vehicle for the Cancer Association of South Africa (Cansa) Eastern Cape.

“The vibe at this year’s event is a wonderful testament to a civil society determined to find common ground and integrate socially,” said Algoa FM managing director Alfie Jay.

“Our loyal audience has once again proven that they stand as one to celebrate every step and contribute towards humanity.

“Through the Algoa FM Big Walk for Cancer, we have brought various corporate businesses, government, NGOs and the people of Algoa country together, and I am extremely grateful for the ongoing support,” he said.

The benefits stretch beyond the Nelson Mandela Bay metro.

Examinations using a Fotofinder mole analyser purchased for Cansa in 2018 with the funds raised have found that at least one in 20 people in the Eastern Cape is at risk of developing skin cancer, according to Gavin Kester, divisional manager of Cansa Eastern Cape.

The passenger transport vehicle to be purchased this year will be used to take patients to treatment centres in Port Elizabeth.

Many of the patients stay at the Cansa facilities because they come from out of town.

Most do not have transport, according to Kester.

The 2019 event was held in perfect weather, with a light breeze and partially overcast skies.

Leading the walkers were the two 2019 ambassadors, Xylon van Eyck and Dr Lesley Lee, both of whom celebrated their own steps and victories against cancer.

Dr Lee, who is a divisional head at Volkswagen South Africa in Uitenhage, lost her right leg to a rare form of cancer when she was in grade 11. Undeterred, she continued to study and today holds a PhD in change management.

TV presenter, sports promoter and keen cyclist, Van Eyck grew up in Booysens Park, Port Elizabeth. He was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma at the age of 26, and has been in remission since 2014.

In the run-up to the event, the Eastern Cape Department of health held free screenings and information days in Maclear, Peddie and Graaff-Reinet.