BAYFM RENEWED LICENCE, ENHANCED LINE-UP

BY BayFM

The broadcasting license for Bay FM has been renewed for a further 5 years. The license, as issued by the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA), provides Bay FM with another 5-year window to educate, inform and entertainment its close to 90 000 listeners within its broadcast area.


“We serve a diverse, dynamic, rapidly developing community and are delighted to be allowed to continue. As a community broadcaster which is in touch with its people, ours is to contribute to the growth and development of our broadcast area which includes Nelson Mandela Bay, Kouga and Sundays River Municipalities. These areas combined is in essence a microcosm of South Africa” said General Manager, Antonio Venturini.

 

The station is experiencing exciting developments, designed to strengthen its position as a leader in its field.

 

“The next 5 years will see us go from strength to strength, entrenching our catchphrase “Our Community, Your Radio”, Venturini said.
Saturday, 18 October kick starts changes with an all new Saturday Breakfast Show.

 

“We’ve seen an increase in demand for an interactive, lively weekend breakfast programme”, says Venturini. The presenters of Weekend Breakfast – Luzuko Qoba, Siba Swartbooi and Lerato Thipa are no strangers to radio, having been involved in weekend programming on BayFM to date.  This new programme is followed by the ever popular “Group1 Saterdagjolyt”, presented by the Alberts brothers, Kobus and André. 

 

An all new Afrikaans programme makes its debut on Saturday 18 October. “My Kontrei”, presented by Dr Brink Botha; it will run from 2pm to 5pm and will focus closely on local content, artist profiles and an unpacking of cultures and its nuances- an element of present day society, which is often held dear to many. The final hour of the show will be dedicated to property talk and developments in and around our broadcast area.


Sunday line-up has seen its only change recently, with Pieter Huysamen anchoring the Sunday music show “ Musiek met Feel”. Pieter, who is totally blind for the last 12 years, is the first blind radio presenter in the Eastern Cape.


Weekday Breakfast, which runs from 6am to 9am, sports a facelift, with the addition of two new voices. Armand De Lauwere and Anja Cole join Marlon Primo, while Alida Senekal bids farewell to the show. Rochlé Bloem previously co-host in the Breakfast Show now joins Kevin D on the “Out to Lunch” programme (12 noon to 3pm).

 

The weekday music programme, “Nightschool, is graduating, with a new name to boot. "Studio 041", as it will now be called, will provide weekday listening pleasure and dynamic conversation-a platform for 20 to 30 year olds to “tell it like it is”. The show will be anchored by DJ Spectrum (Chad Smith), Leah Moodaley and Taku Mharapara (DJ Marbles). The station plans to host an official Studio 041 launch party during November.


Friday evenings from 10pm to 12am will see the return of the once-popular creative arts programme, "Present Testament". This platform is specifically re-introduced to cater for all forms of local creative skills ranging but not limited to hiphop, spoken word and even fashion design.


“We have in recent times done our level best to address burning issues and beneficial community matters. Creating a bigger platform to discuss that which matters in our community seems only fitting”, commented Venturini. The talk show “Community Matters”, previously aired on Monday evenings, will now run from Monday to Wednesday evenings from 8pm – 9 pm, thereby providing more time to address matters of interest to our community.


October also saw the return of traffic news fundi Tobie Jonck. Traffic News has since been increased to include lunch time reporting over and above the regular Breakfast and Drive Show reports.


Weekday line-up changes will commence on Monday, 20 October 2014.

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 October 18, 2014
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BAYFM PAVING THE WAY FOR BLIND PASSION

BY Bay FM

BayFM 107.9 recently welcomed a new voice to the airwaves when Pieter Huysamen took over anchoring the popular Sunday evening music programme “Musiek Met Feel” a few weeks ago.

 

What makes this addition to the BayFM team significant is the fact that Pieter is blind, making him the first blind radio presenter in the Eastern Cape.

 

Pieter’s eyes were irreparably damaged when acid was thrown in his face in 2002; his eyes were surgically removed as a result.

“Pieter has the voice, life experience and extensive knowledge of music - a perfect combination for Musiek met Feel”, says BayFM General Manager Antonio Venturini. He believes Pieter’s passion contributes immensely to the success of the programme.

 

“When I still had my eyesight, I tackled everything in life systematically. When I became blind, I merely adapted my systems accordingly. The same applies to being on air. I’m not blind – I just can’t see”, said Huysamen.

 

While Pieter has a co-host to operate the playout system, he prepares and researches playlists for each show.

“I didn’t have time at my disposal to pursue my passion for music before. The opportunity presented to me by BayFM107.9 is truly fulfilling.”

 

Musiek Met Feel airs every Sunday evening from 18h00 to 21h00 on BayFM 107.9

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 October 07, 2014
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Port Elizabeth entrepreneurs excel at the ENGEN Pitch & Polish workshop

BY Greenqueen

Celebrating five years of polishing entrepreneurial pitches, the ENGEN Pitch & Polish 2014 programme was attended by eager entrepreneurs at the first event, held in Port Elizabeth.

Engen Petroleum Ltd, in partnership with business incubator, Raizcorp, and media partner SAfm, as well as local partners, Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber and SEDA and Kingfisher FM joined forces to bring the fifth annual Pitch & Polish workshop to Port Elizabeth. The workshop and competition continues to be a highlight for entrepreneurs, where they can have their ideas brainstormed, tested and challenged – and ultimately to polish their pitch.

Almost 300 people filled the Feather Market Convention Centre with a keen interest in learning how to pitch their businesses successfully. The day began with delegates watching a clip, which captured the essence of events from previous years, setting the scene of what could be expected.

Stephen Reid, Business Incubator Manager from Raizcorp facilitated the workshop and competition and guided the delegates throughout the day. It was soon evident that the workshop is an active process where each individual is stretched and pushed towards a deeper understanding of entrepreneurship and their business.

Myth 1:        Pitching is easy.
Myth 2:        Being a delegate at an ENGEN Pitch & Polish workshop is a passive act of listening and note-taking.

It was a gruelling day of pitching for Asa Mazomba, Loyiso Gongqa, Luvuyo Ponase, Lezáne van Niekerk and Siphamandla Javu. They shared the stage and braved the audience-come-investors’ polishing and difficult questions. Their initial 30 second pitches were fleshed out to become well-rounded three minute pitches delivered to judges, Lungile Dumse, Human Capital General Manager, Engen Petroleum Ltd; Glenton De Kock, Project Manager, Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber and Vernon Naidoo, Manager: VW Community Trust. Throughout the day, delegates diligently filled in their worksheets to compile their individual pitches.

Characteristic to this format, is that entrepreneurs are given feedback on their pitches, there and then. The truth, whether harsh or positive, is shared in the moment so that the kinks can be ironed out and the brightness turned up.

Through to Round 2, from Port Elizabeth, are Asa, Luvuyo and Siphamandla.

A few key learnings from the day included the importance of:
•         Research
•         Being understood
•         Knowing your value proposition
•         Identifying who your target market is – it is not “everyone”
•         Portraying yourself professionally

“It is remarkable what can be achieved in eight hours. Those who have invested the time in being here today, are walking out knowing which area of their business needs work.” commented Glenton De Kock, the Project Manager from the Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber.

After the event, the contestants were inundated with support, feedback, ideas, business cards and sincere encouragement from their peers.

This winning formula of workshop-and-competition makes ENGEN Pitch & Polish one of the most stimulating business events of the year – where everyone leaves victorious and with tools to become a successful entrepreneur!

For more information or the opportunity to pitch on SAfm visit www.pitchandpolish.com.

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 July 03, 2014
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