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AFM back on the Airwaves! General Nonsense 13 NOV 2012

I mentioned a while ago how excited I was to stumble across an alternative/rock radio station on the Cape Town airwaves, finally giving me something worth listening to in the car.

Unfortunately for me though, the excitement didn’t last for all that long, because quite unexpectedly, the event licence they were using in order to be allowed on the airwaves expired, meaning the plug was pulled and they disappeared from both the airwaves (91.3 FM) and their streaming audio channel (afm.radiostream.co.za).

It took a month or two but finally they got the go ahead from ICASA to return to the airwaves (though from what I understand, still not on a permanent licence), and needless to say I’m stoked. You have seriously no idea of just how hard it was returning to and trying to listen to the likes of 5FM, KFM or any other radio station we have active in my surrounds.

Seriously, it got so bad that I was forced to buy two CDs just to have something to listen to in the car, the first being Limp Bizkit’s Greatest Hitz, and the second a greatest hits album from Blink 182. Both of which have been pretty awesome in supporting me during my long commute during AFM’s downtime by the way.

Anyway, I’m still not entirely digging the DJ lineup, but a plus is that they have now lost the ill-fitting Darren Scott’s Ballz afternoon drive feed, meaning even more time for some pretty rad alternative and rock, both Afrikaans and English (the majority) in case you’re wondering – after all, they are primarily an Afrikaans radio station.

They’ve had a little bit of bad luck here and there with lightning strikes and power interruptions, and their playlist is still a little on the short side, but despite all that it is SERIOUSLY good to have them back!

Good luck guys.

(And if you’re interested in keeping up with all the goings on, catch the on FaceBook – they seem to enjoy the activity).

Tuning in to AAFM or is that AFM (They aren’t that sure either) General Nonsense | My Life 19 SEP 2012

I’m not particularly into music any more these days – that was pretty much confined to my University days truth be told. However, seeing as I sit with a hour long commute both ways to work, radio still plays a small part in my life.

Up until now I must say that I haven’t exactly been spoiled for choice when it comes to tuning in to a radio station that I actually like mind you. I pretty much frequency hop between 5FM and KFM depending on what DJ or music is playing, sometimes tuning into Radio 2000 if there is some national sporting event worth listening to, or Cape Talk 56.7 if I don’t feel like music at all. (I kind of like Bruce Whitfield’s Money Show starting 18:00 mind you).

However, I’ve recently discovered a brand new radio station on the 91.3 FM band which has quickly become my new favourite, edging out the horrible make-do stations I had been forcing myself to consume all this while. It’s a new kid on the block, grabbing the airwaves spot that the now defunct Radio Houtstok briefly held a year or two ago, appropriately named Afrikaans Alternative FM (or just Alternative FM) – and led by station manager Hein du Plooy (with whom Rolling Stone recently had a nice chat with).

Unsurprising, this new station is Bellville-based, which is after all pretty much acknowledged as the heart of the Afrikaans rock music scene anyway.

I must be honest, the Afrikaans DJs are pretty rubbish for the most part (particularly the two female ones which I’ve come across), but the fact that they don’t have a lot of advertising to push on us (yet) is refreshing, and even better than that – their music selection is absolutely awesome as far as I am concerned, feeding me all the stuff that I truly want to hear.

Finally a station that caters to people who happen to pretty much like rock, alternative and precious little else.

Chantelle is finding it funny that I (a through and through ‘soutie’) now listens almost entirely to an Afrikaans radio station, but if I tune the DJ’s out, then I’m left with pretty much 90% English alternative rock favourites, so it is a pretty much win situation for me as far as I’m concerned! :)

They are pretty new meaning that their playlist is still fairly small, but pleasingly growing all the time. They mostly spend their time playing music from my era, i.e. 90’s and 00’s, but every now and then they do slip in something new. A further plus is of course the fact that a lot of South African music gets a chance at airplay – which is particularly good news for someone who owned all the Springbok Nude Girls material that Arno and the boys saw fit to release once upon a time!

Internet streaming also forms a big part of their broadcasting strategy (as their radio broadcast only really covers the greater Cape Town and Overberg regions), and I quite often find myself tuning in to http://afm.radiostream.co.za/ to listen to some decent tunes while I code at home on a Tuesday and Thursday afternoon.

One thing to note though – for some reason they’ve seen fit to partner up with Darren Scott’s Ballz Radio and switch over to that feed for the afternoon drive time show – which is great if you love your sport, but not so great if you’ve tuned into the station because of their musical inclination.

Nevertheless, thus far they have me hooked, so hats off to this new venture and here’s holding thumbs that these boys do well for themselves! :)