The winners of the 2019 Liberty Radio Awards were announced at a gala banquet in Sandton on Saturday evening. The annual awards programme is widely regarded as the Oscars of the SA radio industry. This year’s big winners were Hot 91.9 FM in the community radio station category, Kaya FM 95.0 in the commercial category, Umhlobo Wenene FM in the public broadcasting service category and Tuks FM 107.2 in the campus radio station category. The aim of the event is to promote excellence in radio, says Lance Rothschild, CEO of the Liberty Radio Awards. “Excellent performance and content reward listeners for the time they spend listening to a station or programme and compel them to remain tuned in for longer. They also reinforce the relationship between a station or programme and the listener, which contributes to the sustainability of radio.” Rothschild says the standard of this year’s entries was exceptionally high and though the adjudication scoring was close, he is confident that the resu...

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