National Radio Week Awards launched at Naval Hill

BLOEMFONTEIN - The Edge Restaurant at Naval Hill in Bloemfontein hosted the second edition of the National Radio Week (NCRW) Awards with aim of celebrating the good work of community radio in the province and across the country. The event is powered by the Free State provincial government. NCWR CEO Tumi Mogoera said stated that the nominations were opened and anyone in the community radio industry is eligible to enter. The launch was also attended amongst other guests by provincial government officials, radio fraternity and station managers. The event’s sole mandate is to celebrate World Radio Day by raising capital, building capacity, acknowledging the market and promoting community radio sector. Entries were opened as from last week on Monday and cater for a wide range of skills across the sector of radio. NCRW programme is initiated, designed and packaged to embrace the community radio industry. “Due to the growth of the awards we have decided to increase the number of catagories from 11 to 20. Earlier this year we hosted a successful awards event and we hope this year it will be bigger,” said Mogoera. He added:”the aim of the awards is to celebrate the establishment, growth and existence of community radio broadcasting sector in modern democratic South Africa, to invest in management and governance skills as well as development within the sector through training.” “We aim to identify, embrace and celebrate excellent talent abundant in community radio broadcasting sector. To identify and develop unique “fit-for-purpose” revenue generation models that will promote and ensure financial sustainability of community radio stations,” said Mogoera. From the Premier’s office Setjhaba Maphalla they were delighted to be part of the ground-breaking initiative. He said they will look back at last year’s event and identify challenges they faced.

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