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The Bay Celebrates World Retina Week 

BY BayFM

World Retina Week is set to begin today the 19th of September and will run until the 25th of September. This awareness week and Retina SA aim to bring attention to the strides made to cure retinal blindness.

 

Genetic retinal conditions have caused blindness in 150?000 South Africans. The objective if World Retina Week is to bring awareness to the fact that early identification and treatment of generic retinal conditions can reverse symptoms before blindness sets in.

 

World Retina Week is observed in 42 countries. It creates global awareness and focus on treatments available for people affected by retinal blinding conditions.

 

In celebration of the week, BayFM’s brunch presenter The Pushhh, will be interviewing members of Retina SA. Sighted and none, K9 and Homo sapiens alike will be in the BayFM 107.9 studio to discuss ways to battle genetic retinal conditions.

 

 

For more on Retina SA check out: http://www.retinasa.org.za/about-us/the-foundation/ 

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 September 19, 2017
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Blaq Tye is this weeks #LekkerMos star

BY BayFM

Blaq Tye is one of the freshest and hottest properties of the Nelson Mandela bay and the Eastern Cape. His origional song, 'Dudlu Ntombazana', has been a hit on the BayFM playlist. It is for that reason that the team felt fit to award Tye the very first #LekkerMos star of the week award. His track 'Dudlu Ntombazana' is a smooth and soulful song that is guaranteed to get you singing along. 

 

Blaq Tye has performed in sold-out shows and has thus been commissioned as the solo act in many Live Music Venues. His 13 track debut album titled “Mamela Mna” was released on the 11th of August 2017. The BayFM team thinks it is definitely worth a listen.

 

Blaq Tye has performed at a number of festivals including Ebubeleni Annual Music Festival. Our local artist has also shared stages with the likes of Lira; Casper Nyovest; Caiphus Semenya; AKA; Oliver Mtukudzi; The Soil; Donald; Heavy K; Selina Johnson; Ringo; Nathi; Sankomotha to mention but a few. 

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 September 18, 2017
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Know Your National Parks

BY BayFM

The annual SA National Parks Week (SANPW) campaign will kick off from the 18th to the 22nd of September. The 12th annual SANPW allows all South African citizens free day access to the Frontier Region of SANParks. Parks that take part in the campaign includes Addo Elephant, Garden Route, Camdeboo, Mountain Zebra and Karoo National Parks.


Some of South Africa’s most beautiful flora and fauna will be open to you for free. Not just a day in the sun, parks staff will also hosting some great activities including informative sessions about the Parks, their history, conservation ethics and initiatives and much more. Some lucky guests will also be treated to a guided game drive.


The campaign which began in 2006, is aimed at showcasing the best of South Africa’s national parks to its public. By opening up the gates of our national parks, SANParks hopes to realise their vision statement of “A sustainable National Park System Connecting Society”. The theme of this year’s SANPW is “Know Your National Parks”, so why not make the half an hour drive from Port Elizabeth to Addo Elaphant’s closed gate between the 18th to the 22nd and get to know your national parks.


 
For more information on the SANPW campaign check out the SANParks site at www.sanparks.org

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 September 15, 2017
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substance abusers turn over a new leaf

BY Bay FM

 A group of substance abusers in the Gelvandale area have been given a new lease on life this past week, after attending the Anathallo 10 Step Recovery & Life Skills Impartation Workshop.
The program, written and presented by Ignacio Schneider, aims to assist substance abusers towards recovery and restoration. It couples biblical principles with experience of substance abuse and formal rehabilitation. Mr Schneider himself was a substance abuser for 12 years.
The first workshop, which started on 10 October, was attended by Weldon Mentoor, Sagren Erasmus, Georgia Langford, Lester Stevens, Christopher Moss and Jillian Williams
 
“The visible change in the attendees after merely days was amazing. From scruffy to clean-shaven, from sagging shoulders to heads held high,  the change of heart has become apparent on their exterior”, said Schneider.
Facilitator Lucius Hufkie commented that Anathallo focuses not only on the physical and emotional effects of substance abuse, but mainly on the spiritual aspect. Abusers don’t only damage their bodies, but they lose self-confidence and hope. “These substances erode the good from every area of an abusers’ life”.
 
Extensive media coverage in week 1 has sparked the demand for more workshops, particularly in other parts of the Northern areas.
Subsequent workshops will be held as follows: West End Community Centre, 24-28 October; Booysens Park Community Hall 24-28 October; Harvest Christian Centre, Jacksonville 31 October to 4 November. All workshops are from 8am until 2pm on daily. Cost is R500 per participant, inclusive of all learning material and catering.
A call is being made for sponsorship. “Not everyone who expresses interest in the program can afford it. We appeal to our communities to support the initiative and in doing so, help put a life back on the right side of the tracks”, said Schneider.
Contact Ignacio Schneider at 073 302 7666 for further information and registration.
The workshops continue weekly.

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 October 26, 2016
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Local is “LekkaMos” with Bay FM 107.9

BY Bay FM

 
BayFM 107.9 is making good on the slogan ‘Our Community, Your radio’ with the launch of its exciting new campaign ‘#LekkaMos’.
 
 The # LekkaMos concept, aimed at providing a platform of exposure for home-grown talent, is set to revolutionise both marketing of and appreciation for local talent, across all genres.
 
“As a radio station functioning in the Eastern Cape, we have recognised both the abundance of exceptional talent, as well as our responsibility to said talent. It’s with this in mind, that this concept was birthed,” said BayFM Acting General Manager, Angelique Graaff.
 
#LekkaMos is derived from Local is Lekker, a phrase often used in conjunction with music or anything home-grown. Mos, an Afrikaans word, implies that what has been said is well known or self-evident.
“This is exactly what we, as a station, discovered. Our local talent has unique appeal. Gone are the days when aspiring artists relocate to other provinces in an effort to establish themselves.  With #LekkaMos, they can now step it up in their own backyard,” Graaff remarked.
 
With a listenership of 100 000, BayFM has the base to become a stepping stone for budding artists. #LekkaMos will create a platform for artists to show case their talent, by providing airplay to artists looking to break into the industry. This in turn provides the scope to harness local support and encourage greater awareness.
 
“#LekkaMos has the potential to develop beyond radio; it is however essential that we start somewhere. Local artists will soon know that BayFM 107.9 supports home-grown talent. Its #LekkaMos”, said BayFM Programs Manager, Luzuko Qoba.
The Lekkamos show, where only local music and artists will be featured, debuts this coming Saturday at 8pm.
Artists may visit www.bayfm.co.za   for more information on how to submit music.

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 August 23, 2016
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BayFM provides opportunity for community support

BY BayFM

Bayfm has enjoyed amazing support from listeners in the last while. The support has been evident, particularly during the period the station was challenged with signal distribution issues. Earlier this year, lightning caused damage to critical equipment, resulting in frequent off-air status. The current, ongoing load-shedding further affects the station’s uninterrupted broadcasting ability.
“We have since sourced a permanent solution to both our power supply and signal distribution challenges. As we implement these solutions, we will have more time to focus on delivering excellent community radio. We know our listeners in our broadcast area are behind us 100%; we therefore want to give them an opportunity to contribute financially to building a sustainable on-air service”, says General Manager Antonio Venturini.
BayFM has to date been managing its own signal distribution. Within the foreseeable future and with sufficient financial support, signal distribution will be outsourced to Sentech, a state-owned enterprise responsible for various types of signal distribution. This will ensure greater coverage within and beyond our broadcast area, zero off-air incidences and enhanced radio quality.
To facilitate listener and corporate financial support, BayFM will launch its Telethon at 6am on Monday 15 December and continue until 9pm on Sunday 21 December.
During this time, pledges can be made by calling 041 360 0909, or emailing studio@bayfm.co.za or by sending an SMS with the word ‘pledge ’and your commitment to 34852. SMS cost R1.50
BayFM is a not-for-profit organisation and therefore able to issue Section 18A tax-deductable donation certificates to those individuals and businesses making contributions

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 December 12, 2014
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BAYFM RENEWED LICENCE, ENHANCED LINE-UP

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The broadcasting license for Bay FM has been renewed for a further 5 years. The license, as issued by the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA), provides Bay FM with another 5-year window to educate, inform and entertainment its close to 90 000 listeners within its broadcast area.


“We serve a diverse, dynamic, rapidly developing community and are delighted to be allowed to continue. As a community broadcaster which is in touch with its people, ours is to contribute to the growth and development of our broadcast area which includes Nelson Mandela Bay, Kouga and Sundays River Municipalities. These areas combined is in essence a microcosm of South Africa” said General Manager, Antonio Venturini.

 

The station is experiencing exciting developments, designed to strengthen its position as a leader in its field.

 

“The next 5 years will see us go from strength to strength, entrenching our catchphrase “Our Community, Your Radio”, Venturini said.
Saturday, 18 October kick starts changes with an all new Saturday Breakfast Show.

 

“We’ve seen an increase in demand for an interactive, lively weekend breakfast programme”, says Venturini. The presenters of Weekend Breakfast – Luzuko Qoba, Siba Swartbooi and Lerato Thipa are no strangers to radio, having been involved in weekend programming on BayFM to date.  This new programme is followed by the ever popular “Group1 Saterdagjolyt”, presented by the Alberts brothers, Kobus and André. 

 

An all new Afrikaans programme makes its debut on Saturday 18 October. “My Kontrei”, presented by Dr Brink Botha; it will run from 2pm to 5pm and will focus closely on local content, artist profiles and an unpacking of cultures and its nuances- an element of present day society, which is often held dear to many. The final hour of the show will be dedicated to property talk and developments in and around our broadcast area.


Sunday line-up has seen its only change recently, with Pieter Huysamen anchoring the Sunday music show “ Musiek met Feel”. Pieter, who is totally blind for the last 12 years, is the first blind radio presenter in the Eastern Cape.


Weekday Breakfast, which runs from 6am to 9am, sports a facelift, with the addition of two new voices. Armand De Lauwere and Anja Cole join Marlon Primo, while Alida Senekal bids farewell to the show. Rochlé Bloem previously co-host in the Breakfast Show now joins Kevin D on the “Out to Lunch” programme (12 noon to 3pm).

 

The weekday music programme, “Nightschool, is graduating, with a new name to boot. "Studio 041", as it will now be called, will provide weekday listening pleasure and dynamic conversation-a platform for 20 to 30 year olds to “tell it like it is”. The show will be anchored by DJ Spectrum (Chad Smith), Leah Moodaley and Taku Mharapara (DJ Marbles). The station plans to host an official Studio 041 launch party during November.


Friday evenings from 10pm to 12am will see the return of the once-popular creative arts programme, "Present Testament". This platform is specifically re-introduced to cater for all forms of local creative skills ranging but not limited to hiphop, spoken word and even fashion design.


“We have in recent times done our level best to address burning issues and beneficial community matters. Creating a bigger platform to discuss that which matters in our community seems only fitting”, commented Venturini. The talk show “Community Matters”, previously aired on Monday evenings, will now run from Monday to Wednesday evenings from 8pm – 9 pm, thereby providing more time to address matters of interest to our community.


October also saw the return of traffic news fundi Tobie Jonck. Traffic News has since been increased to include lunch time reporting over and above the regular Breakfast and Drive Show reports.


Weekday line-up changes will commence on Monday, 20 October 2014.

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 October 18, 2014
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BAYFM PAVING THE WAY FOR BLIND PASSION

BY Bay FM

BayFM 107.9 recently welcomed a new voice to the airwaves when Pieter Huysamen took over anchoring the popular Sunday evening music programme “Musiek Met Feel” a few weeks ago.

 

What makes this addition to the BayFM team significant is the fact that Pieter is blind, making him the first blind radio presenter in the Eastern Cape.

 

Pieter’s eyes were irreparably damaged when acid was thrown in his face in 2002; his eyes were surgically removed as a result.

“Pieter has the voice, life experience and extensive knowledge of music - a perfect combination for Musiek met Feel”, says BayFM General Manager Antonio Venturini. He believes Pieter’s passion contributes immensely to the success of the programme.

 

“When I still had my eyesight, I tackled everything in life systematically. When I became blind, I merely adapted my systems accordingly. The same applies to being on air. I’m not blind – I just can’t see”, said Huysamen.

 

While Pieter has a co-host to operate the playout system, he prepares and researches playlists for each show.

“I didn’t have time at my disposal to pursue my passion for music before. The opportunity presented to me by BayFM107.9 is truly fulfilling.”

 

Musiek Met Feel airs every Sunday evening from 18h00 to 21h00 on BayFM 107.9

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 October 07, 2014
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BayFM and Boot Camp SA promote better help in the Bay.

BY BayFM

Boot Camp Academy South Africa and Bay Fm 107.9 are teaming up to make the Nelson Mandela Bay community healthier!

With Boot Camp Academy SA’s main goal to make South Africa healthy and Bay FM 107.9’s mission to serve the Nelson Mandela Bay community, this venture will prove to be a force to be reckoned with!

 

BayFM 107.9 has been informing, educating and entertaining the Bay for years and have recently caught the fitness bug. Presenters and staff have signed up for the boot camp program and cannot wait to see and feel results!

“We cannot stress enough how important it is to become and remain fit and healthy; we invite our listeners to come along and train with us”, says BayFM Breakfast Show presenter and Boot Camp Brand Ambassador, Rob Taylor.

Boot Camp Academy SA provides military style FUN fitness training focusing on health and wellness and sustainable lifestyle changes.

 

Boot camp training provides a unique and exciting way of getting into shape. By offering different exercises every day, focusing on team-work and using the natural outdoor environment to provide innovative routines, it combines fun and excitement with social interaction whilst getting fit and burning body fat.

“Boot Camp is but the start of many exciting ventures to promote health and fitness in the Bay”, says Sharon Jessop, Boot Camp Academy fitness training specialist.

 

The BayFM team will participate in weekly exercise routines at various Boot Camp Academy SA venues around Nelson Mandela Bay and will keep listeners up to date on their experience and results

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 March 13, 2014
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