A croissant and coffee for charity

WINTER COLLECTION FOR CHARITY: Vowfm will give a free breakfast to students and staff who donate clothing to the drive.

WINTER COLLECTION FOR CHARITY: Vowfm will give a free breakfast to students and staff who donate clothing to the drive. Photo: Provided

Campus radio station VowFM kicks off its annual Winter Collection drive with a free breakfast next Wednesday.

Lucky Mdaweni, the station’s marketing manager says, “This is our fourth year running the Winter Collection and we want to encourage the Wits community to give to those less fortunate”.

“People are in need out there… some of us take for granted the four pairs of sneakers we have,”

Students are encouraged to bring two or more items of clothes that are in good condition in order to receive a cup of coffee or tea together with a muffin or croissant courtesy of supermarket chain Pick n’ Pay.

“The currency is clothes,” says VowFM DJ and marketing intern Timothy ‘TMO’ Abrahams.

The Free Breakfast morning will be hosted outside the Great Hall on April 22 from 9am- 12pm while an outdoor broadcast of the show, ‘Mugging Beats’, will be airing live from the venue.

“People are in need out there … some of us take for granted the four pairs of sneakers we have,” says TMO. The station realises that not having good gear to wear can cause alienation among students and wants to give back to the Wits community and their listeners this winter.

According to intern Delisiwe Msibi, the winter clothing will be distributed to Wits students first then the rest will be donated to charities in Braamfontein.

The Wits Citizenship and Community Outreach (WCCO) Food Bank will be responsible for the safe keeping and distribution of the collected clothing items.

Boxes have been placed all over campus so that the Wits community can donate clothes at any time. The boxes will be placed at all Wits residences and at Brammfontein residences.

 

VowFM nominated for 14 MTN Radio Awards

Wits campus radio station VowFM is celebrating the news of 14 nominations in the MTN Radio Awards. VowFM is the second most nominated station in the campus radio section of the awards. 

The finalists for the 2015 MTN Radio Awards have been announced and Wits campus radio station, Voice of Wits (VowFM), has been nominated 14 times.

The shows which were nominated are The Morning Shake-up, Breaking Ground, La Bonne Vie, The Science Inside, Kpop Fridays and Sports Hub. The News and Actuality feature Today in SA has also been nominated, as well as packages and documentaries from Law Focus.

The Morning Shake-Up presenter, Mpumi Mlambo has been nominated for the Breakfast Show Presenter award.

“I didn’t believe it, I thought there was a mistake,” Mlambo said.  She says that people can now understand why she wakes up early every morning to do her show although she is not getting paid for it.

Kpop Experience is a Korean Pop music show and it’s interesting that it was recognised by the panel.”

VowFM Programme’s Manager, Lerato Makate said, “I am excited about every nomination. It is interesting that VowFM is one of the few campus stations that has talk shows and we are getting recognition for them. Kpop Experience is a Korean Pop music show and it’s interesting that it was recognised by the panel.”

Last year VowFM won four awards and they are hoping to get even more this year.

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HEAR IT, FEEL IT, LIVE IT: Ziyanda Ngcobo, Samkele Kaase, Mpumi Mlambo and Macthomas Ntuli are some of the the Vowfm presenters whose shows have been nominated for the MTN Radio Awards 2015. Photo: Queenin Masuabi

VowFM’s strongest competitor, University of Pretoria’s TuksFM, has been nominated nineteen times. This has made TuksFM the most nominated in the campus radio category. TuksFM dominated the category in 2014 winning nine awards, including Station of the year.

TuksFM Station Manager Dewald Noel says they are excited to be nominated for the Programme Innovation Award.

“We are nominated along with commercial radio … We are really proud,” Noel said.

Other stations which were nominated in the campus radio category include the University of Stellenbosch’s MFM, with fourteen nominations and the University of Johannesburg’s UJFM, with ten nominations.

The awards were open to all ICASA-licensed radio stations in South Africa and this year there were 1 750 entries. A category was added for Field News Reporter following suggestions by constituents within the radio industry.

The finalists in the Station of the Year category, the inductees for Bright Stars, Hall of Fame and Lifetime Achiever will be announced on March 31. The finalist in the “My Station listener” competition will be announced on April 8.

The 2015 MTN Radio Awards Gala Banquet will take place on April 18 at the Sandton Convention Centre.

SCIENCE INSIDE: I don’t like cricket, I love it!

We’re one week into the cricket world cup and today’s show looks at the science behind the sport. Experts and cricketers explain how the speed of the ball effects the game, what lucid dreaming can do to improve a batsman and all about the size, shape and make of cricket gear.

Finally, Michael Stevens from Jumping Kids and Dr Mariette Conning from the CSIR talk about how to build a prosthetic limb for a child cricket star.

The Science Inside, the show that goes inside the science of major news events, is produced by Paul McNally, Anina Mumm, DJ Keyez and Lutfiyah Suliman for The Wits Radio Academy. Tune in live to VowFM every Monday at 6pm.

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A new year, a new frequency for VoW

TURN UP: The VoW crew spent O-week outside the Great Hall each day, interviewing first years and makin sure that party-goes could "turn up" at the beer garden and Freshers' Bash. Photo: Roxanne Joseph

TURN UP: The VoW crew spent O-week outside the Great Hall each day, interviewing first years and makin sure that party-goes could “turn up” at the beer garden and Freshers’ Bash. Photo: Roxanne Joseph

With a stronger signal and the opportunity to attract more listeners, Voice of Wits (VoW FM) is “bringing the fire” as the VoW crew say.

This past week they re-launched as a fresh station and are now available on 88.1 FM, a frequency on which no other broadcaster exists, according to station manager Mike Smurthwaite. He said with their previous frequency (90.5) they shared the space with GrootFM, which is based in Pretoria, and found there was often a clash.

“It took four and a half years to find a solution to the problem but finally we managed to find a new frequency which is feasible and gives better coverage,” he told Wits Vuvuzela.

The new frequency will cover most of Jo’burg and reaches places such as Edenvale, Boksburg, Soweto, Dobsonville, Sandton and Rosebank that did not receive it before.

After spending last weekend testing and putting the final touches on everything, the team were able to go “100% live” at the start of O-week.
When asked what would be different about the campus radio station this year, Smurthwaite said being able to reach more people and students, especially those who fall directly into their target market, would encourage people to actually be involved.

“Now, the potential is there for the Wits community and for Wits students to buy into the station and they own the station … fundamentally, the community owns the station,” he said.

One of the biggest complaints, according to Smurthwaite, was being unable to actually hear the station. Even at Wits, which fell directly within the frequency range, the signal was not always good. Even people staying in res, at Junction, often couldn’t hear it.

“So obviously people don’t even try to consume the product, nor do they even try to engage with the station, because they don’t see the point,” he said.

As part of their new look and feel, the team spent the week engaging and interacting with new students and student societies, broadcasting live each day from the Great Hall plaza.

“We’re trying to create a culture that says to students, ‘there’s more to life at Wits than academics’,” said Smurthwaite.

His team worked all through the holidays to prepare for the year ahead. “It’s taking what could not be heard before, polishing it and providing something that’s of high quality.”

SCIENCE INSIDE: Future of fuel efficiency in SA

This week’s show looks at the dropping petrol prices. The team chats to the director and chief economist at Econometrix, Dr Azar Jammime, about the the oil price. They also looked at the eco- challenge and how to build a car that can travel thousands of kms on a single litre of petrol (ridiculous) and wrap up with how a car can be powered by the sun and win a race.

The Science Inside, the show that goes inside the science of major news events, is produced by Paul McNally, Anina Mumm, DJ Keyez and Lutfiyah Suliman for The Wits Radio Academy. Tune in live to VowFM every Monday at 6pm.

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SCIENCE INSIDE: The 2014 matric exams

This week we look at Matric Exams. The exams are happening nationwide and we are going to take the chance to look at how we can use scientific research to improve the education system. We chat to Dr Elizabeth Walton, senior lecturer in inclusive education and then we hear from Prof Elizabeth Henning, Director at the Centre for Education Practice and Research at the University of Johannesburg Soweto Campus.

The Science Inside, the show that goes inside the science of major news events, is produced by Paul McNally, Anina Mumm, DJ Keyez and Lutfiyah Suliman for The Wits Radio Academy. Tune in live to VowFM every Monday at 6pm.

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SCIENCE INSIDE: Mall robberies

We chat to Vanessa Lynch, founder of the DNA project, a project aimed at advancing justice by increasing the use of DNA evidence. And we wrap up with an interview with Lynne Cawood, director of Childline Gauteng, who talks to us about dealing with the trauma caused by crime and violence in South Africa.

The Science Inside, the show that goes inside the science of major news events, is produced by Paul McNally, Anina Mumm, DJ Keyez and Lutfiyah Suliman for The Wits Radio Academy. Tune in live to VowFM every Monday at 6pm.

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SCIENCE INSIDE: Nuclear corruption

This week’s show looks at The Nuclear Corruption Scandal. The team chats to Dr Tristen Taylor from Earthlife Africa to find out if we should invest in nuclear energy, as well as nuclear physicist, Dr Jacques Bezuidenhout on what happens when you blast a sea creature with a nuclear reactor. They wrap up with insights from Dr Petro Terblanche, of Pelchem, on how South Africa has the Number one deposit for the chemical crucial to making nuclear fuel.

The Science Inside, the show that goes inside the science of major news events, is produced by Paul McNally, Anina Mumm, DJ Keyez and Lutfiyah Suliman for The Wits Radio Academy. Tune in live to VowFM every Monday at 6pm.

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SCIENCE INSIDE: The Ice Bucket Challenge

The ice bucket challenge, which went viral across social media earlier this year, aims to promote awareness of the disease amyotrophic laterial sclerosis (ALS) and encourage donations to research. This week’s show looks at the attention the disease has been getting these past few months and speaks to people who are affected by the disease, here in South Africa.

The Science Inside, the show that goes inside the science of major news events, is produced by Paul McNally, Anina Mumm, DJ Keyez and Lutfiyah Suliman for The Wits Radio Academy. Tune in live to VowFM every Monday at 6pm.

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SCIENCE INSIDE: Facebook played with your emotions, here’s how…

You remember what Facebook did to you, right? Playing with your emotions? Manipulating your newsfeed? They used algorithms, maths and science to trick you. Here’s how…

The Science Inside, the show that goes inside the science of major news events, is produced by Paul McNally, Anina Mumm, DJ Keyez and Lutfiyah Suliman for The Wits Radio Academy. Tune in live to VowFM every Monday at 6pm.

SCIENCE INSIDE: Thandi Modise’s pig farm

Is negligent farming common in South Africa? How dangerous is poor farming practice for humans and animals? Is science and technology being used ethically to improve animal health and productivity? Find out in Episode 22 of The Science Inside.

The Science Inside, the show that goes inside the science of major news events, is produced by Paul McNally, Anina Mumm, DJ Keyez and Lutfiyah Suliman for The Wits Radio Academy. Tune in live to VowFM every Monday at 6pm.

 

SCIENCE INSIDE: The science and psychology of protest action and the platinum strikes

During the first 90 days of 2014, South Africa experienced nearly 3000 protest actions, more than 30 a day, involving nearly one million people.

Protests and strike action are characteristic of a democratic South Africa, for better or for worse. In this show we look at the facts around protests in SA, and we look at the role of crowd psychology. And in light of recent unrest in the platinum belt, we look at platinum as a commodity.

The Science Inside, the show that goes inside the science of major news events, is produced by Paul McNally, Anina Mumm, DJ Keyez and Lutfiyah Suliman for The Wits Radio Academy.

Tune in live to VowFM every Monday at 6pm.

If the full podcast does not load automatically, please click here.