Adam Wakefield was at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg where the very best in South African radio were recognised for their excellence over the past year.
The evening was opened by master of ceremonies David Kau, who throughout the evening disarmed and kept attendees and award winners on their toes with his wit and sense of humour.
Lance Rothschild, CEO of the Liberty Radio Awards
, in his address before the awards were announced, said over 1860 entries were received for this year's edition.
“Tonight we celebrate the eighth rendition of the Liberty Radio Awards
and it has been a privilege for me – I’m a self-confessed radio addict – to witness at such close hand the exceptional talent within this industry," he said.
“You see, there is a certain magic when you listen to the radio. That’s because as you hear the audio, you create visual images and these images are so vivid, far more vivid then can be captured on any other medium.”
Rothschild said that every year, when listening to some of the entries, he is moved to tears by submissions that raise the bar of what can be achieved through the seemingly simple use of sound.
“I wish to pay tribute to you, the custodians of this wonderful, vibrant industry, for the important work you do in this incredibly diverse country,” he said.
Apart from nabbing Commercial Station of the Year
, Algoa FM
also received the following awards:
Community Station of the Year
- Commercial Community Project – Big Walk for Cancer;
- Commercial Daytime Show – The Algoa FM Top 30;
- Commercial Promotions Stunt/Event – Algoa FM Big Walk for Cancer (shared with Jacaranda FM, for Jacaranda FM Billboard);
, Hot 91.9
, walked away with several other awards, being:
- Community Afternoon Drive Presenter – Simon Parkinson;
- Community Afternoon Drive Show – The Big Joburg Drive;
- My Station Most Votes;
- My Station Loyal Listeners;
- Campus and Community Sports Show – Hot Sport with John Walland;
- Campus and Community Station Imaging;
- Community Weekend Radio Show – The Tony Murrell Show;
Adadume Mgadlela received the Bursary Award
, while the following people were inducted into the Hall of Fame
- Dave Tiltmann;
- Dudu ‘Lady D’ Khoza;
- Haider Ali Dhorat;
- Kevin Savage;
- Lloyd Madurai;
- Mel Gahler;
- Phumzile Mnci;
- Thuso Motaung;
- Wilson B Nkosi;
- Zweli Nokhatywa;
The full list of award winners can be found here
For more information, visit libertyradioawards.co.za
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