All of these training opportunities can be tailored to your specific needs and time constraints etc. The cost of the training will vary depending on the trainer, duration of the course, travel expenses etc.
Meet the Trainer: Dave Hotchkiss
I am an electrical engineer by profession and worked on the development and design of communication equipment for many years. In parallel with this, I became involved in media content as a radio programme producer, and then presenter, and produced radio programmes & AV’s in the 1980 / 90’s for African Enterprise. (Definitely old technology!).
I headed up the group that was awarded the first 1-year Community Radio station license in 1995 (Radio Maritzburg). I was subsequently involved in the setting up of a number of Community Radio stations.
As the General Manager of the ACB / ACM, 2003 – 2012, I facilitated training in various Christian radio stations.
In 2012 I moved to Commercial Radio, and did the set-up and was the technical manager for the Vuma 103 FM radio station until 2014.
In 2016 I founded a small non-profit consulting company to assist Christian radio stations – Sarepta Radio Consulting.
Since 2016 I have facilitated in the Nemisa MK1 Radio Production learnership course in KZN.
Courses that Dave offers
- What is needed to start a Christian radio station in South Africa.
- Overview – radio from voice to listener.
- How to do your own audience research.
- Basic pillars of a radio station.
- Technical set-up for a low-budget start-up radio station.
- Basic radio presenting.
- Programme planning for radio.
- Interview skills.
- How to set up your news-room.
- Basic low-budget reporting skills.
- Income streams for Christian community radio.
- Sales and marketing for radio.
- Writing news for radio.
- How digital media boosts your radio station.
Meet the Trainer: Alex
After graduating in Audio Systems Engineering, Alex worked in public and commercial broadcasting for 4 years and then for the past 7 years he has been involved with establishing community radio stations across Sub-Saharan Africa. He is passionate about training and empowering people to learn!
Courses that Alex offers
- Studio layout - design & planning to help your studio to help you.
- Studio acoustics - making a normal room sound like a radio studio.
- Choosing new equipment on a budget - being smart with your resources to obtain the right equipment.
- Preventative maintenance - why and how to make your equipment last.
He is very happy to offer technical advice at any time through the Africa By Radio Help Desk. E-mail .>.
Alex also offers consultation and advice to radio stations who are wanting to "go it alone" and not use Sentech.
Meet the Trainer: Kevin Reed
I served for over 7 years as production manager for CV Africa and 1Africa. During this amazing time, I worked closely with our presenter pool and producer's to help create meaningful content for our Pan African listeners and affiliate radio stations. I was privileged to have also been part of various training workshops across Africa which were focused on improving the effectiveness of community Christian radio.
Apart from this I have also authored a successful sound engineering course for Damelin and Intec colleges. My passion for sound design and radio continues.
Courses that Kevin offers
Creative radio production
- Advanced sound design
- Pre production techniques and methods
- Developing world class radio commercials
- The vital role of creative production in radio
- Creating radio dramas
- Building a strong production team on a budget
Progressive radio course
- How to optimizing every program
- Developing presenter skills for the modern listener
- How to build your brand on a budget
- Reinventing old radio formulas
- Developing a holistic strategy to attract advertising
- Competing with other mediums.
Meet the Trainer: Peter Rice
Peter Rice is a leading community radio practitioner who heads the Training Department for the award winning community radio station Radio Khwezi. Khwezi which means “the morning star” in isiZulu broadcasts news, current affairs and educational programmes, talk shows and local dramas reflecting the local flavour of the rural community it serves. Peter holds a technical diploma and joined Radio Khwezi as a volunteer in 1995 at its inception. He developed a passion for training, and after completing an international ‘Train the Trainer’ course at Radio Netherlands Training Centre (RNTC) in Amsterdam, went on to become an accredited outcomes-based assessor with Assessment College of South Africa (Pty) Ltd.
His contribution to the development of the community radio sector in South Africa has been significant having served both on the provincial and national structures of the National Community Radio Forum (NCRF). He has served on the board of the Association of Christian Media in Southern Africa as training officer, and is accredited by ICTI. His ability to communicate in isiZulu is an added advantage as a radio trainer.
The Course that Peter Offers
News Production for Radio
This course introduces you to news production for radio news and current affairs programmes. You will learn the basic skills of covering news including writing and presenting as well producing current affairs. The course is intended to develop and strengthen your skills and knowledge in the way you plan and produce your news. It will concentrate on giving essential guidelines used in producing news and current affairs based on journalistic ethics. While imparting information, it will also focus on problem solving.
News is a major draw card in attracting audience and keeping them. Radio broadcasters need to be creative in reporting objectively on news stories that will make the listener sit up and take notice. Your news needs to be relevant, immediate and interesting.
To get the most out of this module you should be listening to as many a variety of radio news as you can. These might include SABC news and current affairs on SAfm and Ukhozi, as well as independent commercial radio stations such as 702 Talk Radio, Yfm or Highveld Stereo to name a few. You should also log on to news websites. Recommended information is provided at the end of this booklet.