Local voice wins big

2017-02-22 06:02
Jerry Kale, the well-known J2DE voice on RTS FM local radio, has scooped two awards, (for the best music and chat show and the best entertainment show), during the First National Community Radio Week Awards over the weekend.Photo: Emile Hendricks

Jerry Kale, the well-known J2DE voice on RTS FM local radio, has scooped two awards, (for the best music and chat show and the best entertainment show), during the First National Community Radio Week Awards over the weekend.Photo: Emile Hendricks

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Jerry Kale, the well-known J2DE voice on RTS FM local radio, has scooped two awards.

One was for the best music and chat show. The sought-after award for the best entertainment show also ended up in his hands.

This was during the First National Community Radio Week Awards hosted in Bloemfontein over the weekend.

It was hosted and sponsored by the Free State government on Friday night (17/02). Kale dedicated his moment of glory to the broader community, especially the community of Kimberley.

The awards ceremony is a sponsor­ship programme to enhance the power of community radio.

“I am ecstatic, really happy for the fact that the commmunity appreciates what we as the station are doing.

“This is not only my win, but also a win for the community, the radio station and the Northern Cape as a whole,” Kale says.

According to him, the award places Kimberley, which boasts the oldest community radio station in the country, on top because, “we are recognised as an institution from which a lot has been and can still be learned.”

The awards have thus far strengthened the love between Kale and his community, as it would not be possible without them.

“They showed me so much love and continue to say good things about me.

“I would get comments like ‘ke go woutetse, ke go woutetse’ (I voted for you), where ever I go,” he says.

Describing the toughness of the competition, Kale emphasises that they, as a radio station, never made the mistake of taking the opportunity for granted.

“We were aware that the majority of the nominees stood a better chance due to their bigger audience and therefore could get more votes easier. They are also more established than us,” he explains.

“But the RTS FM management and my friends and family have been giving me full support throughout and I must acknowledge them for that.”

Recalling the night of the announcement, Kale relives how he felt a bit of satisfaction after being announced the winner of the best music and chat show.

“I must admit that I was a bit satisfied that at least I had one award in my pocket, so what.”

He continues to say how nerve-racking the second award announcement of best entertainment show was.

Kale was not expecting his name to be called out at all.

“It was a total surprise to me,” he says.

“I had to wait for the news to sink in first. The intention was also to give the programme director a chance to correct his mistake of calling out the wrong name before I made a fool of myself by going on stage.”

Due to his admiration of his province and its people, Kale has no intention of allowing his achievements to take him anywhere else.

He pledges to fully participate in grooming future local presenters to inspire them to work harder and become better.

“There is a great need to create future presenters in our province,” he says.

Expressing their pride in Kale’s achievement, Malik Kau, the production manager of RTS FM, says the station will work on incorporating some of his skills towards better programming.

Kau points out that there is still a lot that needs to be done to improve the radio station to stay on top, where Kale put it.

“To us this is an indication that we are heading in the right direction, thus we need to keep our standard high.

“We thank the voters and are ready to work hard on honing other presenters’ skills to learn from all the right things that Kale did,” Kau says.

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