- This year's The Radio Awards were held online on Friday and hosted by popular comedian Loyiso Madinga
- Kaya 95.9 FM, Radio 2000 and DJ Fresh were just some who walked away, winners
- DJ Fresh won the Afternoon Drive Presenter award, and Metro FM's Relebogile Mabotja was honoured with the News Bulletin Reader award
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Relebogile Mabotja, Kaya 95.9 FM, Radio 2000 and DJ Fresh were winners at this year’s The Radio Awards. The show has been running for 10 years and Loyiso Madinga hosted the online ceremony on Friday.
Station of the Year awards saw Kaya 95.9 FM – commercial, Radio 2000 – PBS, Hot 91.9 FM – Community and Tuks FM – Campus, walking away with honours.
Thomas Msengana and Pearl Modiadie were awarded the Daytime Show award. The Afternoon Drive Presenter award went to DJ Fresh. From Metro FM, we saw Relebogile Mabotja walking away with the News Bulletin Reader award.
Receiving the most public votes in the, My Station Most Votes Award, had Ligwalagwala FM smiling, as she received the most online votes, Hot 91.9 FM was over the moon after receiving the My Station Loyal Listeners award.
The number of times a nominee appeared as a finalist across all general categories was how the Station of the Year winners were determined. Each finalist had to then submit motivation outlining the station’s innovation, audience growth, community outreach, general achievements and the x-factor that makes them stand out from the rest.
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The Radio Awards advisory panel then sat and reviewed each motivation and scored each one. The motivation score accounted for the first half of a station’s final score, with the second half of the final score been determined by a station’s success in the other categories.
Taryn Westoby, Head of Events for Arena Events, managing The Radio Awards provided a statement to TshisaLIVE, in which she congratulated all the finalists, especially the winners for producing dynamic, captivating radio for the people of South Africa.
"It’s been a challenging period in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic, and making The Radio Awards happen this year – albeit on an online platform – has meant the tireless work of radio stations around the country can be highlighted at a time when good news is really welcomed.
“This year’s awards would not have happened as successfully without firm commitment from numerous individuals. We’d like to thank the members of our advisory board, the adjudication panel, BDO South Africa and the National Association of Broadcasters for giving their time to ensure The Radio Awards remain relevant, credible and independent. A high bar has been set for 2021, and we look forward to the year ahead.”
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