OFM STALWART APPOINTED AS NEW CMG CEO

Nick Efstathiou, General Manager of OFM, a division of Central Media Group (CMG), has just been appointed as new CEO of CMG.

Efstathiou will take over from Gary Stroebel, who was at the helm of the company for the past 11 years.

Efstathiou has been with OFM since 2001 when he was appointed as Morning Show Producer and Marketing and Events Coordinator. In 2004, he took over as Marketing Manager and in 2011, he was appointed as Group Marketing Manager of CMG. In this capacity, he was responsible for the implementation and management of marketing strategies for OFM, as well as other companies within the group, namely Mahareng Publishing, Redstar Agency and Digital Platforms.

In 2012, he was appointed as General Manager of OFM. Under his leadership, OFM achieved the highest instances of time spent listening (TSL) in South African commercial radio, a Grand Prix Loerie and thirteen nominations at the Liberty SA Radio Awards 2018, with two outright wins.

Efstathiou says he is excited to lead Central South Africa’s leading media company into the future.

“We have incredible talent in this organisation,” says Efstathiou. “Through our people we will deliver value back to our audiences, shareholders and holding company.”

According to Dave Tiltmann, CEO at African Media Entertainment Ltd, CMG’s holding company, Efstathiou’s appointment bears testimony to the talent within the company.

“I am delighted to announce Neoclis (Nick) Efstathiou’s appointment to the position of CEO at Central Media Group. I am a firm believer that our number one customer is our very own people. To the extent that succession at this level in our organisation can come from within, is a testament to the intellectual capital in the AME Group. Consistency is the key to a change in leadership and Nick certainly is the right person to guide CMG through its next growth phase. I wish him every success.”

Efstathiou says he looks forward to the new challenges lying ahead.

“My vision for this company is to sustain and grow this business and continue to be Central South Africa’s leading media company. We have the best jobs in the world. Through passion and commitment we can positively affect the lives of the audiences we speak to on a daily basis.”

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Enquiries: Lindiwe Mtwentula
Tel: (051) 5050 900

OFM WANTS TO MAKE YOU A WORLD-FAMOUS DJ

OFM, the sound of your life in Central South Africa, have brought back the popular “Make you a world-famous DJ” competition.  The competition was launched for the first time in 2017, and proved to be a huge hit.

Every evening, between 19:00 and 01:00 listeners will have the chance to identify a well-known South African or international DJ with the help of some clues, such as snippets of audio or songs that the DJ has released, or a small biography on the person.  Correctly identify the famous DJ and stand a chance to win R65, 000 in prizes in partnership with TOMS.

The lucky winner will win sound equipment to the value of R65, 000, which includes two Alto TS218 powered subs, two Alto TS215 powered main speakers, one Numark CD Mix USB, two five-inch studio monitors and two on-stage speaker stands.

Says Nick Efstathiou, OFM General Manager:  “TOMS is a great partner of OFM and we are privileged to launch this competition with them.  Music is our business and DJ’s are what makes music unique and exciting.  We look forward to finding the next world-famous DJ right here in Central South Africa!”

Listen to OFM for more info, or go to OFM’s website at www.ofm.co.za.

Enquiries: Nick Efstathiou (051) 5050 900

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OFM is spreading the joy on #HappinessDay

On Tuesday 20 March 2018, OFM will dedicate a full 24 hours of broadcasting to happiness and positivity in celebration of International Day of Happiness.

From midnight on the 19th to midnight on the 20th of March, happiness will take over the station entirely.

On this day, OFM will only play happy, upbeat music and all content will have a positive spin. That means feel-good news and sports bulletins, weather and traffic. Our presenters will also do their bit to ensure that happiness is at the order of the day in their programmes. Listeners will also have the chance to win cool prizes, which will definitely generate feelings of happiness!

Even the OFM Street Squad will be in on the action and will certainly put smiles on a few faces when they surprise some of our listeners with treats.

Finally, making sure Happiness Day makes a lasting impression, OFM will fundraise for “smiling meals” to support vulnerable children in Central South Africa.  The station will work with Child and Family Welfare Free State, Northern Cape and North West by encouraging our listeners and businesses to pledge funds for this great cause.  Only R20 will buy a hungry child a meal.

Says Nick Efstathiou, OFM General Manager: “We celebrated International Day of Happiness on OFM for the first time last year and the day was a huge success! This year, we will build on the concept by introducing “smiling meals”.  What better way to spread the joy than by feeding hungry tummies and putting smiles on the faces of children in our region. We are all very excited to be part of this fantastic initiative and I would like to encourage every listener and every business in our region, big or small, to contribute to this great cause.”

International Day of Happiness was established on 28 June 2012, when UN Resolution 66/281 was adopted by consensus of all 193 member states of the United Nations.  It is celebrated around the world on 20 March.

To make a pledge, contact OFM at 051 5050 909, or send an e-mail to info@ofm.co.za.

Enquiries: Nick Efstathiou (051) 5050-900

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LUSH Festival 2018 Early Bird Tickets On Sale Now

Live performances from Bowling For Soup (USA), Kyp Malone (TV On The Radio) (USA), Pierce Brothers (AUS), Anton Goosen, Fokofpolisiekar, Jack Parow, Goodluck, TiMO ODV, Dewald Wasserfall and many more!

Early Bird Ticket Sales End 15 February 2018 – http://www.lushfestival.com/tickets/

LUSH Festival – presented by OFM – is bringing their best line-up yet as they announce the first group of artists for Easter weekend 2018 with limited Early Bird tickets on sale until midnight on February 15th at http://www.lushfestival.com/tickets/.

Clarens will once again be flooded with thousands of music lovers as the 3rd annual LUSH Festival takes place from 29 March to 2 April 2018. Fans have been following the great news via social media as the LUSH team announced a host of great international and local acts for the next festival.

Artists announced so far are Bowling For Soup (USA), Kyp Malone from TV On The Radio (USA), Pierce Brothers (AUS), Anton Goosen, Fokofpolisiekar, TiMO ODV, Jack Parow, Goodluck, Dewald Wasserfall, Albert Frost, Desmond & The Tutus, PHFAT, BOO!, aKing, Grassy Spark, Van Pletzen, We Are Charlie, Retro Dizzy, Charlie Finch, Cap Guns, Hello Beautiful, Jon Casey, Kid Robot, Leeu, Missu, Nicpreen & the World of Birds, Okayyy, Robin Thirdfloor, Runaway Nuns, Silva Black & The Midnight, Tha Cutt, The Ceramics, Veridium, Deity’s Muse, Yo Grapes, Made For Broadway, and there’s still loads more to be announced!

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CUT forges collaboration with a key media partner

IMMEDIATE RELEASE – 08 February 2018 development of partnerships with the two strategic partners in the Province.

Earlier, CUT signed an Memorandum of Understanding with the Black Management Forum; later with the Central Media Group (CMG) as part of its commitment to building partnerships with various institutions to enable the University to initiate social and technological innovations towards the socio-economic development of the Central Region.

The parties sealed the deal which will focus on a range of joint projects that are aimed at propelling these partnerships forward in terms of advancement of the region; and CUT views CMG as a key media partner to its Vision 2020.

These signing ceremonies are an important course of action for CUT, as they reaffirm its commitment to Vision 2020.  The vision talks about building partnerships to contribute meaningfully to the aspirations of the region in areas of socio-economic development and innovations.

“We view Central Media Group as a key media partner to support our vision in much broader ways than media. We want to make an impact globally; most importantly in the region, and cannot achieve this without partnerships, as we need robust partnerships to help us position and reimagine CUT as a university”, said Prof. Henk de Jager Vice-Chancellor and Principal.

“Gone are the days when people used to refer to us as a Technikon, said Prof de Jager.  He said that the chapter of CUT being referred to as a Technikon must be closed so that communities begin to appreciate “CUT as a fully-fletched university of technology; focusing on innovative problem solving, career directive, academic programmes and leading research programmes and contributing to technological innovations”, he concluded.

Mr Gary Stroebel CEO Central Media Group said that CUT and CMG share a common goal of empowering and uplifting communities. “Our ability to stand together and take on an adventure in our own community is an essential part of our future success. Our role within communities is to empower and uplift the economy. I believe that empowerment and upliftment comes from two vital elements which is education and experience; often education without experience is meaningless and experience without the ability to transcend your immediate experience into another is also sometimes a limiting factor. When these two can come together we create an uproot draft that is able to drive progress,” he said

For more information about CUT, visit their website at www.cut.ac.za.

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2017 was the sound of your life on OFM

OFM is a brand that is synonymous with the people of central South Africa. From the radio in the kitchen, to the car and the one at the office, OFM speaks to people during the various stages of their day, supplying information and influencing decision makers with a unique listening experience. The OFM audience is incredibly loyal, interactive and passionate about “The Sound of Your Life”. With a unique connection to the audience OFM is not only a radio station but a well-trusted friend.

From offices, warehouses and small businesses, to kitchens, motor cars and living rooms, OFM is an entertainer, a source of information and a companion. Our footprint includes the Free State, as well as large parts of the Northern Cape, North West and the Vaal Triangle.

During 2017, OFM continued to grow and expand as a radio station, to push its boundaries and to make a difference in the lives of its communities, who remain the reason why we do radio. OFM embarked on several new and exciting initiatives in 2017 that were engaging=, entertaining and informative for a loyal audience.

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OFM ringing in the festive season

OFM, the sound of your life in central South Africa, will be ringing in the festive season with the ever popular “SPAR Carols by Candlelight” in Potchefstroom and Bloemfontein. As always, the night will be dedicated to charity.

The two events will take place on Monday 27 November at Senwes Cricket Oval in Potchefstroom and Wednesday 6 December at the Kovsie Cricket Oval in Bloemfontein. Gates open at 16:00 and both events will start at 19:00.

This year’s line-up of artists includes the king and queen of the South African music scene Kurt Darren and Juanita du Plessis, as well as Monique Steyn and the Mzanzi Youth Choir.  There will also be loads of entertainment for the little ones, such as balloon sculpting, face painting and Santa in the dedicated children’s areas.

To enter, bring an unwrapped gift in the form of toys, care packages or stationery for children aged 0 to 18.  Donations of tinned food are also welcome.

Says OFM Station Manager, Nick Efstathiou: “Carols by Candlelight is a highlight on the OFM calendar.  Not only is it a fantastic way to get into the spirit of Christmas, but the toys and other gifts collected at both events bring so much joy to children, who really don’t have much to look forward to during Christmas. We hope that this year’s events in Potchefstroom and Bloemfontein will once again spread a little Christmas cheer!”

Attendees are reminded to bring their own picnic blankets or camping chairs to sit on. Food stalls will be available but picnic baskets will be allowed. Unfortunately, no glass or open fires will be permitted.

For enquiries, contact Nick Efstathiou at 051-5050-900.

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OFM scoops four awards

OFM, the sound of your life in Central South Africa, has won four awards in two prestigious competitions in recent weeks.

The radio station won two categories in the 2017 Best of Bloemfontein Reader’s Choice Awards and two of its journalists were recognised for their outstanding work in the annual Vodacom Journalist of the Year Awards in the Central Region.

In the Best of Bloemfontein Readers’ Choice Awards, OFM won the Best Local Radio Station category for a fifth consecutive year and The Big Breakfast on OFM won the Best Local Radio Show category.

Says Nick Efstathiou, OFM General Manager:  “At OFM, the sound of your life, we love music! Good music does not have an expiration date. We love that we are being rewarded for doing what we love each day. We are in love with our listeners and appreciate that they ‘hear’ us as their favourite radio station for five years running. The award-winning Big Breakfast on OFM with Martin van der Merwe is, without doubt, the best breakfast show in central South Africa and bring such joy to our morning commute to school and work.”

The Big Breakfast on OFM is hosted by Martin van der Merwe, produced by Duncan Bayne, and also features Adrian Botha on sport and Christina Kouveld on traffic.  It is presented every weekday from 06:00 to 09:00.

In the Vodacom Journalist of the Year Awards, Katleho Morapela scooped the Best Young Journalist Award.  She will now compete in the national round for an opportunity to win an all-expenses paid overseas trip and visit to the Thomson Foundation. Bulletin producer and news reader Earl Coetzee won the Radio Feature Award for his insert State Capture Fallout.

“OFM is extremely proud of our news journalists and the hard work they put in to produce quality news content. We wish both Katleho and Earl all the best going forward into the national competition,” says Efstathiou.

All the regional Vodacom Journalist of the Year winners will go through to the national awards in Johannesburg on November 16.

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The MUSIC MARATHON comes to town

OFM, the sound of your life, in partnership with Chatz, Vodacom and Bloemfontein Achilles, will host central South Africa’s most colourful, fun-filled and music inspired road race.

The Music Marathon will take place on 11 November 2017 and will feature a 42,2km marathon, 21,1km half-marathon, a 10km run and a 5km fun run. At a number of stations along the route, runners and spectators will be treated to themed music zones, such as the 80’s, dance, hip-hop and more. There will also be a special Music Marathon radio show which will be streamed exclusively on the OFM app.

According to Nick Efstathiou, OFM General Manager, the Music Marathon will be an official qualifier for the 2018 Two Oceans and Comrades ultra-marathons.

“The Music Marathon represents a re-entry for OFM into major sports events. Running and music is a perfect fit. What better way to combine the two than with a spectacular, entertaining event in which literally anyone can participate!  We are looking forward to this event and we really hope to see our listeners take on the challenge, feel the music and have fun on the 11th of November at the Bloemfontein Achilles Running Club. We could not get something of this magnitude done without key partnerships. Chatz, Vodacom and Bloemfontein Achilles have come on board and we can’t wait for the journey to start.”

Enter online at Entrytime.com from Monday 16 October 2017, or SMS ‘music’ to 36636 at R1.50 per SMS for details.

For enquiries, contact Nick Efstathiou at 051-5050-900