COMMUNITY radio station Bay FM radio presenter Luvuyo Nyembezi won the late night presenter: community and campus award at the MTN Radio Awards held at Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg on Saturday.
This year’s awards attracted 866 entries, twice the number of entries received two years ago.
The MTN Radio Awards’ aim is to promote excellence in radio.
Bay FM sales and marketing head Antonio Venturini said everyone at the station was happy for the presenters – Nyembezi (also known as Star) and Jason Aitken – who made it onto the making nominations list.
“We are happy the guys got nominated, that gave us confidence that we are doing a great job. We are ecstatic about Star winning the award. At least we did not come back empty-handed from the awards.
“It is a great achievement for him and the station. For Jason there is next year to prepare for, the fact that he was nominated shows that he is doing something good”.
Star, the Late Night Ride show presenter said: “I am very happy I won. I did not expect to win because I was nominated for the same category last year but did not win.”
He added that he was grateful to his listeners for supporting him and making sure that the show became a success.
“I want to say thank you to my supporters for upholding me. The show is what it is today because of them as everything I do is for them,” he said.
Star said his passion for radio came from seeing his disabled brother, who could not talk, enjoy listening to radio. “I used to see how happy my brother would get and I thought I would love to make people happy listening to me likemy brother gets happy listening to radio.”
Nyembezi received nominations in three categories: on-air packaging- community, campus promotion stunt/ event and late night presenter: community and campus award.
Jason Aitken received nominations in two categories: afternoon drive show: community, and in afternoon presenter: community.
Selwyn Willis and Ettiene Carlitz were also nominated.