Wed, 27 Jul 2022 / Published in MIXFM

Johannesburg: Mix93.8FM will bring seasoned broadcaster Samantha Lehoko to its lineup next month. Samantha steps into weekday mid-mornings from August with a brand new show The Morning Wave. 

Lehoko’s show replaces Lundi Khoisan’s popular Morning Shot, hosted by Lundi Khoisan, between 9 and 11 am from 1 August. Khoisan leaves the station at the end of July to pursue personal career growth opportunities.

Sanele Mlotana, programme manager of Mix93.8FM said: “While it’s with heartsore that we bid Lundi farewell, it is with equal excitement that Samantha joins the weekday lineup. Daytime radio is a companion to listeners in the workplace and today, in a hybrid or work-from-home environment, even more so. We have seen music and magazine-based shows like the Morning Shot soar in popularity.”

Mlotana does not doubt that Lehoko’s new show will build on a strong foundation. She said: “Samantha’s experience as a life coach and enquiring demeanour promises to deliver daily content that entertains, informs and shares. It’s radio, at its very best as a companion, best friend and confidant.”

Said Lehoko: “Joining one of the country’s fastest growing stations is really exciting. But the enticing part is getting to know the listeners, and building relationships with them. Radio is personal, and what I absolutely love about Mix’s format is the creative freedom that the station gives its presenters. It’s a big part of the success and the legend that the station has become. I plan to build useful, enjoyable and snackable content that delivers daily-life value, hacks and good music. Everything listeners would expect from Mix.”

About Samantha Lehoko

Eastern Cape born Samantha Lehoko found her passion for entertainment and the performing arts at 13.

She honed her radio skills on UCT’s campus radio, hosting a myriad of shows and keeping audiences glued to their speakers. From taking Dramatic Arts as an 8th subject in high school to, in tertiary, studying Ethics, Anthropology, Language and Communication, to English and Sociology, Sam has managed to use her knowledge and experiences, and channel them towards the media and broadcasting industry.

YFM caught hold of Samantha in 2014 and found exactly what they were looking for; someone young, fresh, fun, but most importantly, someone DIFFERENT. This diverse and multi-talented young woman, who fearlessly conquered and become a favourite in the different media platforms ranging from radio, television, event emceeing and public speaking, indicates that this young and dynamic young beauty is more than just a sensational ‘IT’ girl.

With exceptional articulation, Samantha is a great MC and presenter. She is now also a Certified Life Coach and is very involved in service and the community, holding a Directorship position in the NPO, Rise Against Domestic Violence.

Mon, 31 Jan 2022 / Published in Audio Streaming, LATEST NEWS

The new year is in full swing, and the audio revolution is showing no signs of slowing down. Audio creation and consumption have both gone through major shifts over the last two years, as the world continues to grapple with the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. The face of audio is set to continue changing in 2022. Perhaps even faster than we might think. 

From the rise of unconventional new competitors, all the way to opportunities to listen to, repurpose and distribute an abundance of premium content from all over the world, there’s quite a bit going on. Mindful of this, it’s worth taking a look at the potential impact of these changes within the evolving audio landscape over the next twelve months.

Radio’s essential role during the pandemic

Although it might feel like the first lockdown in 2020 was a long time ago, in the grander scheme of things the pandemic has only been a part of daily life for a relatively short period. Radio has been one of the mediums that really stepped it up since then, diving in head first and keeping people entertained and informed in a period of high uncertainty, and with the threat of fake news around every corner.

This has contributed to the now booming face of audio — which has long been on the radar of tech companies and Silicon Valley startups — but is only just beginning to gain a lot of mainstream momentum. The widespread adoption of voice notes have played an important part in this too. Radio is the master of reinvention, but as powerful as it is, it is going to come under more pressure from a variety of new sources this year. This is especially true considering the revenue growth numbers many commercial radio stations are posting in what is a very delicate global economic climate.

The revised face of audio?

The changing face of audio might be better described as a revised face of audio. Media consumption habits are going through major shifts all over the world. In the US, the average adult consumes about 11 hours of media every day; 20.2% more than a decade ago. Mobile consumption is up to an average of a rather staggering 252 minutes a day.

Audio content creators and distributors are having to think out of the box to meet the changing needs of their audiences, in order to get a slice of the (attention) pie. These all have to be mindful that consumption habits are generation-specific too. Baby boomers still prefer traditional media, whereas GenZ’s are quite predictably glued to their mobile devices. Knowing who you’re speaking to matters, but it’s about more than just high quality content these days. How it gets delivered and how that slots into the life of the consumer can mean the difference between good engagement, or simply being passed over for something else.

New competition from non-traditional establishments

Not being passed over means keeping an eye on all the new competition popping up. These are increasingly coming from non-traditional establishments that spot the opportunity of poaching a traditional radio audience. A prime example of this is the Los Angeles Times; formerly a written publication that has had to pivot over the last decade to counter dwindling revenues in print media.

By creating The Times — a popular daily podcast that has great monetisation potential — they have successfully navigated some very murky waters. They haven’t changed what they have always done best: high-quality journalism. The difference now is that these in-studio interviews, detailed reports and more are all going to live online forever, with the potential to repurpose the content elsewhere at a later stage too. Other podcasts are knocking on the doors of the attention spans of traditional radio audiences too.

Wonder(y) and podcasting power

That’s not to say that radio isn’t ready to put up a good fight. In a bid to get ahead of the curve, African Media Entertainment recently signed a deal to partner with Wondery, the biggest independent podcast distributor in the world. The collaboration means that AME has the rights to promote some of the countless Wondery podcasts through subsidiaries, like Algoa FM and OFM.

The latest PWC Media Outlook estimates 19 million monthly podcast users in South Africa by 2024.  By working together, both radio and podcasts have the ability to transform the audio landscape even further. I have a particular love for podcasting, and thoroughly enjoy being a guest on insightful shows like The DOC and the GURU. From a content creators perspective, podcasting is fun, engaging and relatively uncomplicated to get going with. Done well, it can be alluring to listeners in the same way radio has always been. It will also be big business in the future.

A view towards the year ahead

It’s safe to say that 2022 will see more players entering an already competitive audio landscape. On top of new apps entering the market, streaming platforms like Spotify are gunning for radio listeners in a big way. The Swedish powerhouse has already launched its own morning show that is free to listen anytime from 7am on weekdays. It differentiates itself from traditional radio by (1) letting the listener consume the content on their own time, (2) by allowing them to skip stories they aren’t interested in, and (3) by playing music specifically curated to the individual.

Online audio is only going to continue to explode during the course of this year. More people are going to open their own stations, dabble with podcasting and explore new ways of finding niche audiences. Radio has got to do what it can to get ahead of it, or to collaborate with the platforms in a mutually beneficial way.

By having the training, skill and expertise to create better products than the average teenager in their bedroom, the industry does have a leg up in many ways. How it uses that to satisfy the ever changing habits and needs of audiences begs to be seen this year.

Who else is ready to give it their best shot?

Dave Tiltmann is group chief executive officer of African Media Entertainment.

Mac G, who recently bagged Podcaster of the Year at the VN Global Media and Entertainment Awards, is the voice behind Podcast and Chill with Mac G. He has over the course of more than 200 podcasts, interviewed some of the most influential guests in SA and his star power is attracting more than one million downloads to his individual podcasts. 

With over 300,000 subscribers, Mac G is firmly established as SA’s No 1 podcaster and the partnership with United Stations is designed to accelerate his expansion and leverage the power of his growing audience base.


Mac G said: “We are thrilled to partner with United Stations, their team brings tremendous knowledge of the marketplace and they have a stellar track record in delivering creative solutions for marketers and brands to connect with audiences”.

Head of Digital for United Stations, Chris Borain said: “We are equally delighted, honoured and inspired by the opportunity to represent such an iconic creative powerhouse as Mac G. His ability to captivate audiences, tap into current events and entertainment news and bring the journeys of Blue Chip Brands and Business Personalities to life, is gold for advertisers. South Africans have an insatiable appetite for great storytelling and are becoming more and more obsessed with podcasts. The opportunity to work with Mac G in creating powerful value for brands across the country is a dream come true.”

For further information or to advertise, contact Chris Borain on 078 165 5855 or chris@unitedstations.co.za.

Mon, 25 Oct 2021 / Published in LATEST NEWS, MIXFM, United Stations

Are you interested in finding an inexpensive yet powerful way to boost your campaigns in Gauteng?

Mix 93.8 FM punches way above its weight when it comes to return on investment for marketing campaigns. Let’s focus on just a few reasons why Mix 93.8 FM is such a powerful marketing tool in Gauteng.

Meet the consumer that is driving economic growth

The core Mix 93.8 FM target audience is 35 to 55 years old (*97% of the audience is 30+ years of age), are confident, yet grounded and are enjoying their lives. They are entrepreneurial (*64% are employed full time and *23% are self-employed), open to new experiences, energetic, outgoing, enjoy music and have money to spend (*84% SEM 8-10).

With the myriad of media options available, they only choose what they enjoy, so everything Mix 93.8 FM does, is focused on winning their love and attention.

Mix 93.8 FM is strongly tied to its community and their love for the station is sincere and profound

Mix 93.8 FM is authentic, colourful and confident, just like its audience. The music (basically the “sing out loud” songs of your life), the presenter delivery, the topics that the presenters pick, the way guests are interviewed, is focused on making the station feel like a very optimistic, warm and welcoming place.

Mix 93.8 FM is personal, local, and reliable

The lineup includes Breakfast with Blewitt, award-winning, light-hearted, fun, and hilarious, the perfect way to get you going every weekday and Just Plain Darren featuring Darren Scott’s smooth delivery and wealth of knowledge. It’s almost impossible to fault his handling of current affairs or sports topics and listeners are aware that Darren will “Just Plain Say It Like It Is.” These key shows are backed by many other fantastic entertainers. The chemistry and friendship between the team can be clearly felt, and makes you feel like you are part of the show. No nonsense, no frills, quick wit and humour, unrivalled knowledge of music, arts and culture and great chats to keep you company.

The connection with listeners is unmatched

When a presenter believes in the quality of your brand or product and promotes it, listeners take notice.   

The expanding influence of Mix 93.8 FM is testament to the power of musical nostalgia; the extraordinary emotional hold that the songs we hear when we are young have on us when we are older. Everyone loves the music they grew up with.

Even if you’ve heard a song a thousand times, there is something special about hearing it on the radio. That combination of comfort and the occasional surprise, and you just sitting back and experiencing it, that is what the Mix 93.8 FM listener is looking for.

ADVERTISERS: We want you to be a part of our success story

We RELATE to you. We UNDERSTAND you. We are LIKE YOU. 

#AddMixToYourMix

*FGI, BRC, BrandMapp

Written by Rivak Bunce, Managing Director at United Stations.

Covid-19 and South Africa’s subsequent lockdown protocol have had cumulative negative impacts on the small, medium and micro-sized enterprise (SMME) sector. Big and small business owners have had to change their business approach to survive these uncertain times.

In collaboration with Business United, Moneyweb editor Ryk van Niekerk hosted an insightful webinar with Genera Capital investment specialist Dr Adrian Saville and senior research fellow at the Institute for Global Dialogue, Sanusha Naidu.

For insights on how businesses and investors can better equip themselves during these turbulent times, please watch the webinar recording below.

Business United delivers the most powerful business network in South Africa, with an engaged audience of unmatched quality.

The focus is on valuable business content presented by well-respected journalists.

Our network includes Moneyweb.co.za, SAFM Market Update and RSG Geldsake which is the largest business show in South Africa, hosted by multiple award-winning Ryk van Niekerk.

In addition to the national reach afforded by Moneyweb, we also offer targeted regional reach into niche business environments which include dedicated business shows on:

  • OFM: The Business Hour with Olebogeng Motse reaching central South Africa
  • RISE fm: Talking Business with Zingisa Chirwa reaching Mpumalanga
  • Vuma FM: It’s All About the Money with Nhlanhla Makhanya, reaching KZN

There are also numerous opportunities to reach business decision-makers on AlgoaFM, Jozi FM and Mix 93.8.

The real power behind the Business United network is not just the valuable audience of business decision-makers that currently stands at 900,000, it is the fact that it is supported by a high-level team that offers tailored content creation and integrated media solutions. We connect your brand to the business decision-maker, through our digital, radio, video, podcast, webinars, events and social media platforms.

For more information on Business United and its offerings, please contact Tracy Parsons.

Tue, 31 Aug 2021 / Published in LATEST NEWS, United Stations

The race to the bottom for quality click-through rates is accelerating, people’s attention spans have become more fragmented, ad blockers are on the increase and banner blindness is real. So, how do marketers effectively engage the right target audience?

“We need to stop interrupting what people are interested in, and be what people are interested in.” — Craig Davis

The best way to be what people are interested in is to be relevant and add value. When you walk into a room, you don’t just start talking, first, you listen, sense the mood, and then join a conversation.

“The best marketing doesn’t feel like marketing.” — Tom Fishburne

People will part with their precious time and attention to engage with brands that tell stories and provide relevant and useful information. Content marketing allows you to join an existing conversation and weave your brand message into the fabric of the platform. It allows you to tell your brand story, position your expert’s opinions, establish credibility via information sharing and elevate your brand’s status in the mind of the reader.

“Content marketing is all the marketing that’s left.” — Seth Godin

What Seth Godin meant by this is that content marketing allows your brand the opportunity to deliver important and useful information that the audience genuinely cares about, rather than just a re-worked advertising pitch.

If you would like to engage with our valuable audiences, speak to your AE about the full range of United Stations Content marketing opportunities across radio, digital, podcasting and video.

Written by Tracy Parsons, Moneyweb Brand Manager.

Fri, 30 Jul 2021 / Published in AlgoaFM, LATEST NEWS

Algoa FM’s financial director Kevin Reed is retiring after 35 years in the media industry – and a job interview during which he was dressed “in lumo green shorts, a white T-shirt and white flip-flops”.

There is an explanation – having started a financial consulting business in 2000, he thought he had been invited for a studio interview.

Fortunately for all, Algoa FM is the place where “fun is a serious business” and following the February 2000 interview he was hired as the financial manager. Within three years he had been appointed financial director and deputy managing director.

It sometimes comes as a surprise to people who know the outgoing and extroverted side of Reed to find out that, once behind his computer, he has a totally different approach to life.

“Accounting is the most exact science. Debits always equal credits and don’t try to reinvent the abacus.

“The accounting team must never lose sight of the fact that accurate, timeous and meaningful financial and analytical information empowers management, the board and the group, to make informed strategic decisions that benefit all stakeholders,” he says.

Reed’s introduction to the media was with the then EP Newspapers, as financial accountant between 1985 and late 1998.

After joining Algoa FM, he gained an in-depth knowledge of radio by attending international conventions such as the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show in Dallas, Texas, and spending time at various radio stations in London, including the iconic Capital Radio and Virgin.

He has also worked with NRSmedia in Sydney, Australia, to develop new advertising packages and approaches for Algoa FM’s clients.

Radio is now firmly in his blood, and Reed believes that it is now the most powerful communication medium for companies wanting to connect with their customers in a defined broadcast area.

“In an evolving media landscape Algoa FM is best positioned to partner with clients to help them promote their brand from the Garden Route to the Wild Coast and through the Karoo,” he says.

Looking back, the professional achievements of which he is most proud are 21 years of clean audits at Algoa FM and building a strong team, which will now be headed by Desiré Killian.

“The small finance team is well equipped to take care of the financial and statutory obligations. I have to thank them for their commitment and professionalism, which allows me to retire knowing that the finances of Algoa FM are in very competent hands,” he says.

Then there is the fun aspect – through Algoa FM, Reed has met “in person” a number of superstars, including Shaggy, Belinda Carlisle, James Blunt, Will Young, Josh Groban, Celine Dion and Sting (with his family).

“In the media, we often take for granted how fortunate we are to share our working environment with champions who have diverse talents, creativity and passion. Media houses are a hotbed of human capital and intellectual property”.

The outgoing financial director is the epitome of the lifestyle of the typical Algoa FM listener – “my passions are food, travel and aircraft. Food and travel I believe are the greatest ways to appreciate and try new things and experience cultural diversity,” he says.

Thanks to Covid, travel plans are on the back-burner.

“I will be letting the corporate spring unwind and spend time with the way too many people I need to catch up with. I have worked for almost 50 years, starting as a packer at the first Pick n Pay at Lynwood in Pretoria, so it is now time to chill.

“I look forward to making awesome meals and travelling with my hubby. If that’s not physically possible, I can be found checking out planes at the airport or using an app to follow flights around the world”.

His advice to a younger Kevin: “Do not take time for granted. It goes by in the blink of an eye, especially when you are working hard and having fun at the same time.

“Start saving as soon as you can, but ensure you balance your life’s journey with treats and spoils.

“Surround yourself with the best people, for the right reason. But, mostly, ensure that your life is made up of a sequence of entertaining and engaging stories”.

Mon, 26 Jul 2021 / Published in LATEST NEWS, United Stations

Has anyone else noticed how conversations with agencies and clients are different now, especially about radio?

Ordinarily, these conversations focused on the radio station’s listenership stats and how much audience could be bought for how little. The cut and thrust of radio sales, I guess?

I am just not seeing that anymore. Advertisers are just not that interested in a station’s listenership as much as they are in a stations impact and connection with its audience. They are also not that interested in rates anymore (rate cards have become irrelevant anyway). Advertisers now need business solutions, not media plans.

The agency mantra of “how much for how little” is also being replaced by “results before reach”. Smaller media owners and their agility, hunger and innovation is competing (quite nicely in fact) with the larger stations who (and good for them) could always rely on a massive audience and historical momentum.

OK, so why is this? Well, maybe it’s because radio listening has changed too, certainly since lockdown. Where previously there was a clamour for space in the morning and afternoon drives, now the listening patterns are more evenly spread, and not as reliant on commuters pushing up the numbers.

People working from home (our clients included) are realising that you can’t work and watch TV, or work and read a newspaper, or work and browse the internet, or work and see a billboard. But you can work and listen to the radio, or a podcast even. In fact, radio has become so much more powerful now that many mainstream media are less relevant. Of course, this will not be forever, but the love affair with radio will last long after the pandemic becomes history. Radio needed a refresh, a rethink and a renewal, and I think we may have just got it.

I think I like it this way.

Written by Greg Norgarb, Creative Director at United Stations.