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Drivetime joins forces with Democracy Now…

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…and we get syndicated

Those of you listening to DRIVETIME might have noticed a few more voices on the show. Hope you’re enjoying the variety, something I feel actuality radio needs, especially if it is to flourish.

Sorry that our future president, Julius “Jacob” Malema, hasn’t taken up his “thought of the day” offer on DRIVETIME. Something about a better offer from Nandos? Or ESKOM? Or ARMSCOR? Or Athletics South Africa?

More seriously, producer Dorianne and I have tried to give the show more depth and we reckon our deal with “Democracy Now” might be the medicine.

So who is “Democracy Now”?

“Democracy Now” is one of the most successful community media initiatives in modern times. Founded in 2002 to create political balance on the US airwaves via the medium of Talk Radio and TV, it now airs on over 800 stations world wide..

We chose “Democracy Now” because firstly, they cover the same kind of international ones we do; and secondly, because they have access to people and places we can’t always reach in Cape Town.

The programmes are hosted by experienced journalists Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez.

We hope that you enjoy “Democracy Now”.

On DRIVETIME you might have been hearing the voice of Peter Clottey, African correspondent for Voice of America. VOA have also given us a deal, and we feel their news packages help reach more  places and people, like the President of Botswana, Ian Khama.


As regards to syndication – and no, it’s not what happens if you perform the “wrong” kind of music a la Desert Rose – it’s the exciting news that our own international slots are soon going to be used for wider distribution across the community radio network. Look out for VOC DRIVETIME appearing on the wider airwaves. We’ll keep you posted.

Of course, we’ll still be doing our own special thing too, but I’m sure you’ll agree that our newer feel does lend itself to a more rounded programme.

Soon, insha Allah, we’re going to be re-working our logos and backtracks, something like giving DRIVETIME a fresh coat of paint.

Our popular regulars:  Sawmiet Moos on traffic (actually a frustrated fireman), Helmo (a wannabe Power Ranger) on the markets and Vinniger Fanie (alias Irfaan Abrahams who thinks Tottenham can win something) on Sports Breyani will all be there as always on DRIVETIME, the show that goes places –  and gets you there.

See you after four on DRIVETIME.

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  1. I’m angry that I was not mentioned as a “popular regular” on the Drivetime show…yassis…and there i am working so hard to make a good impression…lol

    but well done on actually using the blog to promote the show…Im sure your bosses will be impressed 😀

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