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
Based in: Durban
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.
Meet the Trainer: Kevin Reed
Based in: Cape Town
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 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.
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: Alex
Based in: Cape Town
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!
Meet the Trainer: Brad Kirsten
Based in: Cape Town
My name is Brad Kirsten and I’ve been involved in the art of radio for over 2 decades. I’ve been honoured to have received a nomination for a Liberty Radio Award and have been the recipient of a continent-wide award for Radio Journalism. I love radio, I love teaching, and I’ve created a platform to see the art of radio meet practical application. Over the years I’ve been privileged to share some fresh ideas as well as tried and tested methods with media students from across Southern Africa, and abroad. We have various Training Options available and I know we have something to meet the needs you may have for your team, no matter how long they’ve been in the game!
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.
Courses the Brad Offers
Radio Presenter Training:
• Do you really love radio?
• Understanding your WHY
• Accepting your new on-air responsibility
• How to do radio ‘badly’
• What makes ‘great radio’
• Working on your craft
• Planning and preparation
• Content is King
• Program reviewing
• Practical Application
The Program Organiser Training Program covers the following:
• Understanding your WHY
• Program Goal-Setting and Action plans
• Content is King
• Program Planning
• Creativity and Brainstorming
• Team communication
• Program Reviewing
Meet the Trainer: Peter Rice
Based in: Kranskop, Kwa-Zulu Natal
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.
Meet the Trainer: UCB Africa
Based in: Pretoria
UCB Africa seeks to speak hope to the nations of Africa. We work in partnership with Radio Pulpit to train and help other Christian broadcasters in Southern Africa. The African Christian broadcaster is faced with unique challenges. Problems like the Aids pandemic, poverty and internal conflict has caused the rest of the world to refer to Africa as the “Dark Continent”; many have given up hope for Africa to ever be part of a so-called first world.
I am however totally convinced that God has a special, rapidly unfolding plan for Africa, and although the digital divide is a stark reality, the contribution of Christian radio and Television to transform the hearts and minds of people and complement moral regeneration initiatives is not to be underestimated. Radio is still the most cost-effective, most accessible medium of reaching out on a large scale with a Christian message of hope, healing and reconciliation.
We pray that lifes will be touched , and souls be won to Christ through the modest contribution that the UCB Africa brings to Africa. May God’s territory be greatly enlarged through our efforts to empower African Christian broadcasters.
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.
The Courses that UCB Offers
Basic Sound Engineering and Content Training
1. Voice Technique / Vocal Presentation
2. Radio Interviews
3. Script Writing
4. The Role of Music
5. Microphone Technique and Desk-operation
- for Studio
- for Live Applications
Meet the Trainer: Stanley Maphosa
Based in: Johannesburg
Stanley Maphosa serves in the leadership team at Rhema North Bible Church’s Western District. He is an author of the book Christianity 101 Understanding the First Principles of the Oracles of God with many more still coming. He is a recording artist, a former journalist lecturer and former producer and presenter of Christian youth programs with Trans World Radio. He is the founder member and former Public Relations Director of All Believers in Christ Ministries. In ministry Pastor Stanley has worked as a church leader and pastor since 1987 with excellent service history at the African Gospel Church, the Gospel Assembly Church, Glad Tidings Fellowship and Watchmen Ministry.
Professionally, Stanley Maphosa is the International Liaison Manager of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf). His work covers science diplomacy, internationalisation of science, science advice and science communication. He build and maintains science relations with countries and organisations for South Africa across the globe with women and young scientists being his key cross cutting issues. He previously worked for 12 years at World Vision International in South Africa and Southern Africa, from grassroots to senior management level. Stanley is currently studying for a PhD in Social Sciences. He holds a Master’s degrees in Development Studies, Post Graduate Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance, Honours Degree in Development Studies, Bachelor of Arts in English and Communication Studies and a Diploma in Primary Education from various universities.
Stanley is married to Soneni and they are blessed with two young adult children Shekinah Mayibongwe (21) and Rejoice Nozuko (18).
Courses that Stanley Offers
Stanley Maphosa trains organisations including churches and business in a variety of courses that enable them to the both effective and efficient. He trains to develop and professionalise people and organisations. Through is organisation called S3R Consulting, Stanley can tailor make his training program to the needs of any organisation. His modules cover the following areas:
1. Community organisation and mobilisation