New radio station for PMB

2011-06-09 00:00

A SECOND radio station, KZN Capital FM, is due to start broadcasting to listeners in Pietermaritzburg within two months.

The founder and chief executive officer of KZN Capital FM, Jerry Jones, said the station is waiting for equipment from Sentech to be shipped into South Africa so that it can get connected and up and running.

He was talking at a briefing at the Royal Showgrounds.

“We hope to be on air by the first week of August.

We’re still waiting for transmitters and all the wiring to be installed.”

Jones said he wants the station to be the number one broadcaster in the city.

Pietermaritzburg Chamber of Business CEO Melanie Veness said, “Jones is so passionate and no one is more deserving of something like.” She said chamber is 100% behind the project.

The radio station was granted a licence by the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa in November.

Jones said the aim is to attract a wide range of listeners in Pietermaritzburg.

The format of the radio station is 40% talk and 60% music. The frequency is 104 FM.

“We’ll have mixed programmes to accommodate the rainbow nation that we live in,” Jones added.

Legendary East Coast Radio DJ Dave Guselli will host the weekly afternoon drive from 3 to 6 pm.

“I just want to start,” said Guselli, who is ready to entertain listeners.

He said he is confident that the station is going to succeed.

Another local radio station, which seems to be doing well, is uMgungundlovu Community Radio.

It was launched in October last year by Muzi Sibiya.

The station targets marginalised and underprivileged communities in the city.

Jones and Sibiya are both former DJs of Maritzburg Radio, which closed down in 2004 .

Jones has risen from humble beginnings, cleaning toilets and scrubbing floors, to being the head of a radio station.

He said KZN Capital FM’s line-up will includes motivational programmes, current affairs, sports, funeral announcements, youth programmes, a children’s corner, taxi-related slots and lots of music.

“Everything is set and in my eyes we’re already successful.

I thank Tourism Pietermaritzburg and PCB, where everything began,” Jones told The Witness.


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