My interest other than radio is India and its various sights, sounds and smells, including the Indian Diaspora. Featured elsewhere on this blog are profiles of three luminaries Seth, Ghosh and Coovadia. Read on in Sights, Sounds and Smells of India …
In South Africa back in the seventies and eighties, radio was terrible (to put it mildly). It was controlled by the government and no private stations were allowed. This was so that the government could censor the news and music and all other content. Even though the rest of the world was already watching television from the 1940’s, South Africa still had no television because, according to the government, it was “evil”.
So, it was radio until 1976, when finally, television arrived. Still, in the seventies, television in South Africa was boring, so most people still listened to the radio, and growing teenagers in South Africa were forced to listen to the only music station, Radio 5 (now called 5 FM). Censorship of music was in place. No way could South Africans listen to Pink Floyd or even The Police.
Boring radio ended in 1979 though when Capital Radio 604 came along. Plagued from the start by engineering problems and (as many claim) the South African government continually trying to shut them down or block their signal, etc., but WOW! What a great station! This station single handedly changed radio in South Africa forever by introducing South Africans to great music, slick DJ’s and a great attitude (not to mention Bill Mitchell)! Plus, no news or music censorship!
Sadly, in 1996, Capital Radio 604 was forcefully shut down by the South African government in a move that most believe to be orchestrated by East Coast Radio and the IBA, to disallow 604 an FM license and then to close them because of “financial concerns” when everyone knew that without an FM license, advertises would pull out.
The 18-year-old, who has been backed by Pele to go to the World Cup finals this summer, is reluctant to leave his homeland at such a young age after being told to stay put by the City loan star and his own father.
Chelsea have tracked the forward for more than two years and are weighing up a £20m move, but Santos recently tied Neymar to a contract till 2014 and insist he will not be sold for less than his £31.5m release clause.
Manchester City are so impressed with the skilful teen that they demanded first refusal on him when allowing Robinho to join Santos on loan, but the option expires on August 4.
Third-party investors Grupo DIS secured 40 per cent of Neymar’s economic rights when the new contract was agreed with Santos in February.
DIS deny reports that they met Chelsea officials earlier this month and say they agreed with Santos that their star player should stay in Brazil for at least another year.
Meanwhile, Santos deny that sponsorship problems mean they are struggling to pay Robinho’s wages and the 26-year-old has reiterated his desire to extend the loan from City till at least the end of the year
Categories: SWC 2010
Tags: Fifa World Cup
Despite a career that has featured triumph at the 2002 FIFA World Cup™, English Premier League and FA Cup, plus victory in the 2007 Copa America and FIFA Confederations Cup 2009, A Seleção stalwart Gilberto Silva has not been immune to criticism in recent years. Yet it is the simplicity with which he plays the game, a quality that means his contribution in central midfield is often underestimated, that makes him such a vital cog in Dunga’s Auriverde machine.
Categories: Radio Tips
Categories: Dorf Street
First up we ask and hope to interrogate this question to death; does South African radio kick ass? Can any South African radio station claim to have found the perfect mix? Do radio stations – including community stations – even know the definition of attention span? More than just poor content, it appears that SA DJs suck! There is no radio DJ-cum-presenter who is the complete package with all the right attributes. Presentation, voice articulation, sense of humour, a moderate understanding of world events, are some of the attributes conspicuously absent.
Yet, why do listeners subject themselves to this masochistic drivel? I’ll hazard a guess and say that neither they, nor management in media institutions know any better. DJ’s do not factor professionalism into their structure which is possibly why we have sub-standard radio presentation.
I would love to hear how and what should be introduced to make radio a better companion in SA. As it is, radio is losing a bitter war against the web, by dint of poor knowledge. Or is it just anathema for South Africans to aspire to success?