Lindiwe Mpanza was Vow FM’s only radio award winner for best campus news reader, at this year’s online ceremony

Voice of Wits (VoW FM) only came out with one award at the South African Radio Awards, held on Friday April 17

Before the online award show took place this afternoon, the campus radio station had 14 nominations.

Lindiwe Mpanza (23), won in the category for best news reader for campus radio stations. “It feels absolutely amazing. I’ve always wanted to win this award,” said Mpanza.

Although she is now working as a news anchor at YFM, words of congratulations have been pouring in from her former colleagues and managers at VoW FM. “People are really happy for me and everyone at VoW has always been so supportive.”

Taryn Westoby (41), head of events for Arena Events, who ran this year’s awards, said there were over 2 000 entries this year, 400 – 500 finalists and ultimately 80 winners at the end of the day. “VoW FM might have only won one award, but they were nominated for station of the year in their category.”

The fact that they (VoW FM) have been nominated across so many categories shows they are an excellent station.”

Good news for VoW from Westoby is that, for the first time, there will be formalised reports from the judges to show where each station fell short. “The ultimate goal of the awards is to improve the industry as a whole and we decided a formal report would be better than a call to the station manager”

Find the full list of winners here.

FEATURED IMAGE: Lindiwe Mpanza at home during lockdown. PHOTO: Provided.