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VowFM scoops five radio awards

Queenin Masuabi
April20/ 2015

Wits campus radio station VowFM  has continued their winning streak by taking five awards at the annual MTN Radio Awards held at the Sandton Convention Centre on Saturday evening.

HEAR IT, FEEL IT, LIVE IT: MTN Radio Award winners Felicity Mdhuli and Mpumi Mlambo. Photo: Michelle Gumede
HEAR IT, FEEL IT, LIVE IT: MTN Radio Award winners Felicity Mdhuli and Mpumi Mlambo with their award. Photo: Michelle Gumede

Campus radio station VowFM walked away with five MTN Radio awards this part Saturday after being nominated for 14 awards. In the campus radio category K’pop Experience Fridays on Mugging Beats won Best Music Show while Mpumi Mlambo took the award for the Best Breakfast Show presenter. The Best News and Actuality presenter award was won by Paul McNally for The Science Inside. 

McNally, who works with the Wits Justice Project, also scooped the award for Best Radio Documentary for his work on The Story of Farouk Meyer and Oscar Pistorius. In the campus and community category The Science Inside also received the award for Best News and Actuality show.

“Using radio strengths and intimacy with listeners”

McNally, who scooped three out of the five awards that VowFM won was thrilled with his success at the awards. “Using radio’s strengths and intimacy with listeners” is part of his winning formula, acording to McNally. He says that it was a really good moment for the station and credits his own success to his hard working team.

HEAR IT, FEEL IT, LIVE IT: Paul McNally holding one of his awards. Photo: provided
HEAR IT, FEEL IT, LIVE IT: Paul McNally holding one of his awards. Photo: provided

VowFM station manager Michael Smurthwaite says that the awards show that the station’s standard has improved regardless of  the competition. “Between us and TuksFM and MFM it’s really tough,” Smurthwaite said referring to Vow’s closest campus competitors.

University of Johannesburg’s UJFM won four awards while UCTRadio (of the University of Cape Town), won an award for the their breakfast show Rise and Grind.  While VowFM and the University of Pretoria’s TuksFM took the same number of awards, TuksFM walked away with coveted Campus Radio Station of the Year award for the fourth year in a row.

 

Queenin Masuabi

Wits Vuvuzela Journalist and music lover.