In the season of radio presenter shifts at the SABC, the line-ups for three more of its stations; Umhlobo Wenene, Munghana Lonene FM, and Phalaphala FM have been revealed.
No new presenters
Umhlobo Wenene took the decision to add no new presenters to its line-up, instead opting to shuffle its talent around and introduce new shows.
‘Iingcebiso Ngezomthetho’ has been introduced (weekdays, 21:30-22:30), which will look into legal matters and will be presented by Luckeez Matyolweni, with a resident advocate.
‘Zibuzwa kuthi’ (weekdays, 12:00–13:00) will now be presented by Siphosethu Nonganga. Mafa Bavuma moves to the ‘BEE Show’ (weekdays, 06:30–09h00). These changes will be effective from 3 June 2019.
Another new programme ‘Masixolelane’ (Mondays, 22:00–00:00), which replaces ‘Usagoduka Nha?’, will be presented by Tsidi Monteiro.
Elvis Mali will continue to present the ‘Umculo WeJazz’ (Sundays, 22:00–00:00) and ‘Ezolimo’ (Fridays, 03:00-04:30).
Station manager Phumzile Mnci, who is also the acting provincial general manager of Eastern Cape says, “I am thrilled to introduce this new line-up, which I believe will deliver innovative and cutting edge programming. Umhlobo Wenene FM listeners can also look forward to new and vibrant features across our programmes that will be introduced incrementally in the next three months”.
New morning drive time anchor
Over at Munghana Lonene FM, several exciting changes are happening.
The station will kick-off weekdays with 5 hours of listener’s choice music (00:00–05:00). The breakfast show ‘Phaphama’ will now be anchored by DJ Brian and Conny Mashimbye with Rhandzu Optimus Mthombeni on sport and Xolani Wale Kenhuk presenting traffic. The show will now be from 05:00 – 09:00 (moving to 06:00-09:00 from June), making time for the current affairs show, ‘Tiko Axi etleli’ (weekdays, 06:00–07:00).
Lindiwe Lin Diva Makhubele retains the 09:00–12:00 slot, but will now be followed by Khalanga Pat Mathebula on ‘Africa wa Vulavula‘ (weekdays, 12:00-13:30). Veteran broadcaster Eric “Khel Khel” Makelani joins the daytime team presenting ‘Dzumba na Mina’ (weekdays, 13:30–15:00).
Quinton “The Quintonizer” Baloyi remains the host of the afternoon drive show (15:00-18:00), but will be joined by Khensani Nyango as a new addition. Augmenting the afternoon crew will be Mzilikazi Nziane on sports and Vongani Bongiwil Maluleke on traffic.
The current affairs show, ‘Tiko Axi etleli’ will follow (weekdays, 18:00-19:00), and then Ras Nyiko delivers sports between 19:00 and 20:00, and Beka Ntsan’wisi will happen at 20:00–21:00.
The educational programmes have been shifted to 21:00–22:00, with Chiechie Rikhotso on Mondays to Thursdays and Rooitjie Rikhotso presenting ‘Youth ke Yona’ on Fridays. Risimati “N’wana n’wa Gee” Kwinika completes the weekday line-up, presenting ‘Gongomela’ (22:00–00:00).
New weekend breakfast show
Saturdays and Sundays start with nonstop mix tapes by in-house and guest DJ’s (00:00-05:00). ‘Tiko axi etleli’ follows on Saturdays (06:00–07:00) before an all new show arrives, ‘Saturday Breakfast’ with Morris Sibuyi (Maningi wa Ntamu) from 07:00-09:00. Sibuyi will also present the Gospel show ‘Sisimuka U Vangama’ (Sundays, 06:00–09:00).
Thembzana Reloaded will present the Top 30 Chart Show ‘Switshongo’ (Saturdays, 09:00–12:00) and the ‘Live and Unplugged sessions on Sundays (09:00-12:00).
12:00–15:00 on Saturdays is Rooitjie Rikhotso, on a brand new weekend lifestyle show ‘Saturday Cruize’ and on Sundays Themba “Techtonics” Chauke presents the Soul session with ‘Pyupya’ (12:00-15:00). 15:00–18:00 on weekends is ‘Etimbaleni ta Mintlangu’, the weekend sports live show with Matthews Mokoena (DJ Matt).
DJ Soulcrusher oversees the 18:00-21:00 slot on weekends with a new music and talent show ‘New Music Space’ on Saturday and a Live Gospel fiesta on Sundays with the show ‘Sunday Revival’ (19:00-21:00).
Xitsonga Hip Hop Pioneer Mchangani completes the station line-up with ‘Emanembenembeni ya Hip Hop’ (Saturdays, 21:00–00:00) and ‘Ta Mbilu yanga’ (Sundays, 21:00-00:00).
The station’s programme manager Lawrence Ubisi says, “The new line-up and innovative content will reflect the station’s new strategy of attracting audiences who were not necessarily following Munghana Lonene FM, it will also serve the Vatsonga nation, speak to new age listeners, whilst retaining our programming content that will resonate with loyal listeners.”
“The Luv Doc” and presenter switches
Phalaphala FM has also made some changes to its line-up. These include an all music show between 00:00 and 05:00 (weekdays). From 00:00 to 06:00 on weekends, the station will usher in the fresh voice of Rampsie Rampfumedzi ”The Luv Doc” (Sundays, 10:00-12:00).
There are also personalities changing slots. Jones Netshipise ”Mr Lover Lover” will now present ‘Ri a Dzedza’ (Sunday – Thursday, 21:00–00:00).
Given “G Voice” Nekhumbe will now present ‘Nambi Ya dzi Nambi’ (Saturdays, 09:00–11:00) and ‘Phenyadzinwe’ is moving to Saturdays (21:00–00:00), hosted by DJ Laguga.
Acting station manager, Rudzani Mashamba comments, “Given the relatively good number of listenership for Phalaphala FM, the station felt bringing minimal changes will retain consistency in line with listener’s demands, at the same time working on strategies for expansion and growth within the current paradigm and few innovations.”
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