SAfm

17
Oct

SAfm is the SABC’s national English language public radio station with its headquarters at Radio Park, Auckland Park, Johannesburg. It is almost 71 years-old, the same age of its ‘owner’. It was first known as the “A Programme”, becoming the English Service when the Afrikaans Service came into being a year later. In 1985 it changed its name again to Radio South Africa and, ten years later, to SAfm.

Up until 1995, it was known as a “full spectrum” radio station; news, information, music, art, drama, children’s programmes, sport, etc. It was also the first station to introduce ‘talk’ format and current affairs programming (Radio Today etc). During the next 8 years, SAfm moved away from “full spectrum” broadcasting in favour of news and information, dropping drama and cutting back on music in favour of a live, ‘talk show’ format. Children & teenage programming had already been removed from the programme schedule at the birth of SAfm.

However, in 2006, the broadcasting governing body, ICASA, instructed SAfm to re-introduce both drama and children’s programming which it has done.

Visit: www.sabc.co.za/safm

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