Friendly Wesselsbron face #OFMFanWall grand prize winner

One of OFM’s biggest competitions of the year, the #OFMFanWall, reached its epic conclusion with the awarding of the grand prize of R20 000 cash on 1 July 2022 – OFM’s 36th birthday.

Listeners were able to enter the competition by visiting any of OFM’s outdoor broadcasts to have their photo taken from March until the end of June. These photos now form part of a huge digital photo album and will also feature on highway billboards as well as prominent places in Central South Africa.

During the last phase of the campaign, 16 semi-finalists were selected in a random draw. Finally, four finalists were randomly drawn during the last week of the competition. They were Patrick Rose from Upington, Riana Oosthuizen from Vanderbijlpark, Taytum Adonis from Klerksdorp, and Marghalet van der Linde from Wesselsbron.

On the morning of 1 July, during the Good Morning Breakfast show, finalists were eliminated throughout the morning. Rose and Van der Linde were the final contestants left standing.

After much suspense, Van der Linde was announced as the grand prizewinner.

She entered the competition when her photo was taken at OFM’s outdoor broadcast at Grain SA’s NAMPO Harvest Day in May.

“I can’t believe it, it feels unreal!” Van der Linde exclaimed. “Thank you OFM and have a great birthday. It feels like my birthday as well!”

Van der Linde also used the opportunity to express what the radio station means to her: “You mean so much to us (listeners), encouraging us, playing songs that make your day, giving us interesting stories… My radio is constantly on OFM. You travel everywhere with me!”

According to OFM Content Manager, Elzette Boucher-Krüger, this was another amazing #OFMTwenty20You campaign from The Sound of Your Life.

“Towards the end of 2021 already, OFM endeavoured to create opportunities for our listeners to turn 2022 into ‘Twenty-20-You’. Our first campaign saw a deserving student win a year’s tuition at Potchefstroom Academy and SAAST. We also established our monthly Bucks for Bills competition to help listeners pay their bills in these trying times. Then, The Real Good Travel Book competition awarded R15 000 cash for a bucket list travel story. Now, the big one – the Fan Wall – has concluded. We not only made an OFM fan R20 000 richer, but through this campaign we’ve crisscrossed our broadcast region, meeting the people who tune in and collecting a myriad of friendly faces, representing the beautiful people of our special broadcast region.”

OFM would like to thank our loyal advertisers without whom these campaigns would not be possible.

We look forward to the second half of 2022 and making sure that we keep on creating opportunities for our listeners to have the best year ever.

The OFM Fan Wall digital photo album can be accessed here: https://www.ofm.co.za/competition/3413/win-big-with-ofmfanwall-.

For more information, contact: marketing@ofm.co.za.

OFM excited for Bloem Show ‘Comeback’

OFM, the sound of your life is excited to announce its involvement in the highly anticipated return of one for Central South Africa’s proudest establishments, the Bloem Show, set to take place in the Free State capital, Bloemfontein, 27 April – 7 May 2022.
According to Elmarie Prinsloo, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Bloem Show, the trade fair is one of only two shows in the country that successfully combines commercial activities and agricultural art, boasting just over 100 000 visitors annually, contributing more than R100 million to the local economy while creating 1 150 temporary jobs during the period of the show.
Bloem Show famously hosts the largest open-air saddle horse show in the world, and more than 22 agricultural championships.

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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

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Winners of the coveted OFM Music Awards announced

The winners of the coveted OFM Music Awards were announced today during a special, live two-hour radio broadcast from midday to 2pm.  One of South Africa’s favourite rock bands, Monark, performed live during the show.

 

In the run-up to the awards show, listeners had a chance to vote for their favourite artists, albums and songs in national and international categories.

 

In the international categories, British-Norwegian record producer Alan Walker won Best Male Artist International. Walker is best known for his electronic dance music single “Faded”, which has reached number 1 in many countries and boasts the one of the top 40 most liked YouTube videos ever. Ever popular British singer/songwriter Adele won Best Female International and Album of the Year International for her album – 25.  It was another win for the British as One Direction won Best International Group, while Song of the Year International went to the Yanks, with Ben Haenow and Kelly Clarkson’s Second Hand Hart taking top honours.

 

In the national categories, Elvis Blue’s Optics, won Album of the Year. Both Riana Nel and Bobby van Jaarsveld were second time winners in Best Female Artist, and Best Male Artist categories.  The Parlotones won this year’s Best South African Group.  Finally, listeners chose Karlien van Jaarsveld’s “Woorde” as the Song of the Year.

 

Says Nick Efstathiou, OFM General Manager: “The OFM Music Awards was an engagement success.  We are satisfied with the inputs of our loyal listeners and can honestly say that this year’s winners were chosen by those who matter the most – the fans.  Congratulations to all our Golden Note winners.  May you continue to make music and more importantly, make magic!”

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PARLOTONES FEVER HITS CENTRAL SOUTH AFRICA

OFM, the sound of your life is bringing one of South Africa’s best loved and most successful bands, The Parlotones, to Central South Africa in May.

The multi-platinum selling band will play hits from their new album, ‘Antiques and Artefacts’ at Emoya Estate in Bloemfontein on 14 May, Rio Casino in Klerksdorp on 15 May and The Barn in Vereeniging on 16 May. 

Says Nick Efstathiou, OFM General Manager: “The Parlotones is one of South Africa’s music success stories and we are thrilled and proud to bring them to Central South Africa. We hope to see our listeners come out in numbers to support this brilliant band.”

The Parlotones has been making music for more than 10 years and have achieved massive success in South Africa and abroad. The band released their debut album Episoda in 2003 and have since released five more studio albums. They have toured internationally since 2007 and have toured with big names such as Coldplay, Snow Patrol and Blue October.

For more information about the Central South Africa tour, go to ofm.co.za or tune in to OFM, the sound of your life.

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Enquiries: Nick Efstathiou
Tel: (051) 5050 900