Archive for September, 2011

Tune into the Bush Radio 89.5 FM Marathon pledge show

30/09/2011

Tomorrow, Saturday the 1st October from 9am to 6pm, Bush Radio 89.5FM is going to be shaking up the airwaves in Cape Town and the world (via audio streaming on www.bushradio.co.za) by bringing you a marathon show as part of its 2011 Pledge Drive to help the Mother of Community Radio in Africa stay on air.

You will be able to hear some of the best specialist music and talk show presenters on the station drum up support for the station and call in your pledges to 021 448 5450 or SMS your message to 32158.

Starting at 9am, we have the legend of afternoon talk and community issues inCape Town, Bassie Montewa getting you ready to open your mind and, hopefully, your pockets to pledge.

Then another legend of radio broadcasting in South Africa, Tom London hosts the 10 to 12 slot and will be assisted by our King of the Mix, Freedom “Flex Darkskin” Raphela.

Our intrepid newsteam member Lusanda Bill will be live from 12h00 – 13h00, bringing you some smooth and silky sounds.

Then we go jazzy and old school, the three musketeers of radio get a chance to cut through 89.5 FM – so don’t forget to join Roger Lewis, Calvin Peters and Dr Victor Davids from 13h00 – 16h00.

At 4pm we bring a special edition of The Wrong Rock Show with Botha Kruger who will be joined by The Breakfast Rush’s Sive Msolo. You’ll be the judge of how that unusual combination of House and Rock will go down…

Ending off the marathon pledge drive from 5pm will be the team from the Unhappy Hour, who promise to take you on a musical journey into the recesses of your soul “where your grass is blue”.

Visit http://bit.ly/r9OBIi for details on making a bank transfer to Bush Radio. Remember this pledge drive runs until the 3rd October 2011, but donations are ongoing. 

Some more information on the presenters of the Bush Radio 89.5 FM Marathon Pledge Drive Show (Saturday, 1 October 2011, 9am to 6pm):

Bassie Montewa – Backchat

This is where you find out what the CapeFlats is thinking and feeling. Bassie’s emphasis is on township developments and events. Backchat includes local and international musicians & artists and other dynamic individuals and groups.

Tom London

Tom London has gained 17 years media industry experience working for SmartFM, CaniFM, Radio Bop, 94.7FM, SAB/Miller, Siemens, Vodacom and Talk Radio 702/ Cape Talk, mastering all facets of media and communication, including the production of corporate and web video products for large corporates. He is currently founder and Chief Executive Officer of the digital media company, MormorMedia. He is known by the public as the host of The Tom London Show which featured on talk radio and took radio markets by storm.

Freedom Raphela

We call him the King of the Mix and a genius of the studio Freedom hosts Bush Radio’s Everyday People where not only the latest R&B, Hip Hop, House and Kwaito is played but raw, undiscovered talent is exposed.

Lusanda Bill

The shortest member of the Bush Radio newsteam with the biggest mouth – always up on current events and producing excellent radio features – Lusanda is proof that news does not have to be dry or boring, especially when combined with the smooth tunes she spins.

Roger Lewis

Just call him Mr Sensual, Roger spins the best in classics. If you want to reminisce or be re-educated on the hits tune into Roger. Nobody caresses the airwaves with more sensuality.

Calvin Peters

The host of Flashback on 89.5FM – Flashback is a social movement for people who appreciate 70’s, 80’s and 90’s Disco, Soul, New Wave, Pop and Jazz-Funk. The music is strictly retro. Flashback is the only true old school experience

Dr Victor Davids

Victor D hosts Jazz on Bush, where smooth jazz lives. Dr Victor takes you a fantastic jazz journey, interviewing artists and playing only the best in international, local (especially that specialCape Townflavour) music

The Wrong Rock Show

Taking you on a journey beyond the limitations of the mainsteam, to a place where vintage rock ‘n roll can rub shoulders with anarchic post-rock.

The Unhappy Hour

Their mission is to guide you beyond your musical journeys and into the recesses of your souls to where your grass is blue. Need we say more?

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Snakes in a studio

30/09/2011


Shaun MacCleod was in studio this morning talking about snakes; the myths and their habits.

Check out the photos of our staff and volunteers handling the snakes on our Facebook group.

Keep community radio free

23/09/2011

Watch Thandiswa Mazwai’s (multi-award winning SA musician) message in support of Bush Radio

Help keep the Mother of community radio free and on-air by supporting Bush Radio’s pledge drive and investing in your community radio station.

Bush Radio has decided to embark on a radio pledge drive taking place from the 26th September – 3rd October 2011. During this week, we are asking YOU to donate R10 or more towards Bush Radio’s sustainability and continued provision of quality programming and training.

You can deposit it into the Bush Radio bank account, with account details as follows:

Name of account : Bush Radio

Name of bank : Standard Bank

Name of branch : Mowbray

Branch code : 02-4909

Account number : 07 122 0194

Swift code : SBZA ZA JJ (only for international transfers)

Address of bank : 37 – 39 Main Road, Mowbray, 7700

Please email to mother@bushradio.co.za  or fax to +27 21 448 5451 the confirmation so that we can keep track of the funds expected and mention you on-air.

We appreciate your assistance in helping Bush Radio to continue providing the quality service and media training that it has in the past.

For more information, please do not hesitate to contact Sharon on the above email, fax or on phone: +27 448 5450.

Lets work together to sustain our community radio station

Win with 89.5fm and My Cape Town (Week 2/3)

23/09/2011

Bush Radio's Aphelele Radebe enjoying the view of Cape Town during our broadcast from the top of Table Mountain this week

Congratulations to Thumeka Mfaxa from Gugulethu who won our first fantastic MyCapeTown pack

Now there only two more weeks left for this great competition on 89.5FM. Every week until the 7th October we will be giving lucky listeners the chance to win vouchers to Cape Towns top attractions

This week you could win a MyCapeTown pack which includes:

2x Kirstenbosch Gardens Tickets

A Family Pack (2 kids and 2 adults) for a City Sight Seeing Bus

2x Table Mountain Cable Car Tickets

2x Spur Vouchers

This pack is valued at R 720.

To stand a chance of winning, sms the keyword MYCAPETOWN to 32158 by no later than midnight this Thursday – the winners name will be announced in Sakhisizwe each Friday just after the arts update at 1pm

Sms cost R 1 and free minutes do not apply.

Journey of learning about Fair Trade

23/09/2011

Lusanda Bill: YHUUU sis what are you doing here? Pic courtesy of Aarni Kuppamakki

As part of our partnership with the German national broadcaster – Deutsche Welle, Bush Radio had the opportunity to connect one of it’s trainees with an experienced radio and multi-media producer for the South African part of a large international co-production on Fair Trade. From the 22nd August to 9 September 2011, newsroom trainee, Lusanda Bill was selected to join Aarni Kuppamakki from Deutsche Welle in exploring what Fair Trade means in South Africa.

The completed productions are being distributed to all community radio stations in South Africa and can be downloaded via the links at the end of this post.

We asked Lusanda to document her experiences:

Being selected by Bush Radio to be part of a co-production on Fair Trade between Deutsche Welle was a great honour.  I must say I had no idea why management chose me. My guess is they probably wanted to get rid of me for three weeks. *wink*

Fair Trade was a word that I did not use in my daily vocabulary. So when I was told that the topic was Fair Trade, my confused face popped up.  My initial definition of Fair Trade was “fair trading between countries”, well in the three weeks that I was doing the production I found out how totally off the mark I was.

Lusanda out in the field - Pic courtesy of Aarni Kuppamakki http://bit.ly/nc0Wk2

I had some fears of doing the production and many questions: Would I match up to the standard of an international production? Would I understand the topic fully and be able to interpret it for Bush Radio listeners? And would I cope with the travelling and editing that would be involved?

My partner for this co-production from Deutsche Welle was Aarni Kuppamakki and we had been in contact via emails, sharing our ideas about the production.  My job before he came was to set up as many interviews as possible beforehand.  When Aarni and I finally met it was off to work from the first day.  It was great to work with someone with so much passion and experience.

The best part of the whole production was the travelling – I loved what we called our “road trips”.  We travelled to Stellenbosch, Citrusdal, Franschoek and Simons Town.  The best experience was when Aarni and I went shark cage diving. Now shark cage diving is not a normal activity for most black people in South Africa.

A funny story that had everybody in stitches, even at the Bush Radio office, is when I arrived at boat, one of the crew, who has worked on the boat for six years, took one look at me and said – in the loudest voice possible – “YHUUU sis what are you doing here, you are the first black person I have seen here in a long time!”.

But you are probably still asking yourself when I will share the meaning of Fair Trade?  Briefly, Fair Trade is when a premium is placed on a commodity like wine, bananas, fruit, tea and coffee.  In South Africa it’s mostly wine that is Fair Trade, so for a bottle of Fair Trade wine 50 to 60 cents of the total cost would be the premium.

Lusanda and Aarni present their final productions to Bush Radio MD, Brenda Leonard and Marco Schmitt of the German Consulate

On average a bottle of Fair Trade wine costs R39.99.  The premium goes to a separate bank account and is managed by the Joint Body of elected worker representatives and farm management. The premium cannot be paid out in cash, so in most cases it is used to improve the lives of farmworkers.

Let me share some interesting facts about Fair Trade:  The joint bodies of Fair Trade certified farms received a total of R10,4-million in Fair Trade premiums in 2010 and most of it was used on education.  South Africa is the only country that has Fair Trade Tourism. Fair Trade farms are audited annually which normally costs between R15 000 to R20 000, depending on the size of the farm.

Overall the whole experience was amazing and a great learning curve.  I am a better journalist and a happier one after conquering one of my fears, sharks.

To listen to the three features produced by Bush Radio and Deutsche Welle click below to download:

Fair Trade Wine in South Africa – How workers profit

Fair Trade Wine in South Africa – A challenge for producers

Fair Trade Tourism in South Africa

Win with 89.5fm and My Cape Town (Week 1/3)

20/09/2011

Over the next three weeks Bush Radio is giving you the opportunity to win with MyCapeTown.

Every week until the 7th October we will be giving lucky listeners the chance to win vouchers to Cape Town’s top attractions

This week you could win a My Cape Town pack which includes:

2x Robben Island Tickets

2x Two Oceans Aquarium Passes

2x Wheel of Excellence Tickets

This pack is valued at R 730.

To stand a chance of winning, sms the keyword MYCAPETOWN to 32158 by no later than midnight this Thursday.

The winners name will be announced in Sakhisizwe every Friday just after the arts update at 1pm. So tune to 89.5FM or on your computer or cellphone via www.bushradio.co.za

 Sms cost R 1 and free minutes do not apply.

Calling all Matrics – time to revise

19/09/2011

The 2011 Matric exams are fast approaching and Bush Radio 89.5 FM and the Western Cape Education Department is attempting to ease the stress of matrics through a series of revision programmes. Please check below for a schedule of what will be aired, the dates and times.

If you are in Matric or know anyone who is, you owe it to yourself to tune into 89.5FM or on your mobile/computer via www.bushradio.co.za  and listen to the advice and tips in these programmes.

Let’s get through these Matric exams together on 89.5 FM!

Schedule for the Matric Revision Programmes on Bush Radio:

Monday – 19 September – 7pm – Afrikaans (Home Language)

Tuesday – 20 September – 7pm – Afrikaans (Home Language)

Wednesday – 21 September – 8pm – English (First Additional Language)

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Monday – 26 September – 7pm – English (First Additional Language)

Tuesday – 27 September – 7pm – Business Studies

Wednesday – 28 September – 8pm – Economics

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Monday – 10 October – 7pm – Accounting

Tuesday – 11 October – 7pm – Life Sciences

Wednesday – 12 October – 8pm – History

I write what I like #zamediafreedom (repost)

12/09/2011

originally published 10/09/2010

Donald Woods on Bush Radio (CLICK TO LISTEN)

What are they doing now? – (Foreign interns)

09/09/2011

We contacted a few of our former foreign interns to give us an update on what they have been up to after they left Bush Radio. (click on the picture below to see their stories)


If you would like more information on Bush Radio’s Foreign intern programme click here.