Big blast for local radio

Yoliswa Sobuwa

EASTERN Cape radio stations walked away with seven awards at the fourth MTN Radio Awards in Johannesburg at the weekend. The awards promote and recognise excellence in radio. There were more than 1000 entries this year.

Public broadcaster Umhlobo Wenene FM won three awards, commercial radio station AlgoaFM scooped two awards, and Zwide-based community stations KQFM and BayFM each won one.

Big winner Umhlobo Wenene had been nominated in nine categories.

There was some confusion when MC Anele Mdoda incorrectly announced Umhlobo Wenene as the Weekend Radio Show winner, only for it to be corrected minutes later.

Station manager Phumzile Mnci said while the mishap had been unfortunate, the station was happy with its overall achievement. “As we were celebrating the win there was a U-turn and Mdoda went on to joke about it.

“However, we are happy with the three awards that we got,” she said.

“We won the My Station [listeners’ choice] award and we knew that our listeners would never disappoint us when it comes to voting. Nonela Tose won the Bright Stars Club award for young achievers after having been at the station for only a year.

“We also won an award in the daytime category for SJL, presented by Tose and Amaza Ntshanga,” Mnci said.

AlgoaFM’s Daron Mann, who hosts the Daron Mann Breakfast show, beat finalists Kieno Kammies (567 Cape Talk), Ryan O’Connor (94.5 Kfm), Guy McDonald (Good Hope FM), Bob Mabena (Kaya FM 95.9) and John Robbie (Talk Radio 702) in the Best Presenter: Commercial category.

“This is not just for me but also for my team who do the show with me, Charlton Tobias and Carol-Ann Kelleher. I could not have won the award if I did not have their support,” Mann said.

Mann’s colleague, Wayne Hart, won the Best Music Show: Commercial category for his Algoa FM Top 30, which he hosts every Saturday.

Nelson Mandela Bay-based KQFM’s Percy Lamani took the Best News and Actuality Producer: Community and Campus category.

“God is great because he knows the effort we put into the show. To be nominated was an achievement on its own. This is the best of the best,” he said.

Bay FM’s Star Nyembezi won the Late Night Presenter: Community and Campus award.

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