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We like to keep our readers informed of proudly South African facts, and one of the things we can be proud of is our heritage of great radio. With the world going digital, you don’t even have to be in South Africa to keep ‘rocking on’ to South African Radio. So here are a few facts about South African radio and how to tune to it while you are living abroad.

A brief history of South African Radio

South Africa’s first radio station was called JB Calling and was broadcast from Johannesburg on 1 July 1924. This was then followed by a second Cape Town-based radio station in 1942 and another in Durban in the same year. In the 1940s, the first direct transmissions in African languages were made by telephone and in the early 1950’s the very first commercial radio station – Springbok Radio – came into being, introducing South Africa to radio entertainment. In the mid-1970s, the SABC took over the Mozambique-based LM Radio and re-launched it as Radio 5 and later as 5fm. The 1980’s saw the creation of Radio Metro, later called Metro FM, which catered to progressive Black middle classes. Radio South Africa, now called SA FM replaced Springbok Radio in 1985.

The early 1990’s resulted in a major restructuring of the SABC and today there are 18 SABC radio stations, six greenfield radio stations, nine independent radio stations and more than 60 community radio stations.

Top South African radio stations

Metro FM
Listen Live: http://beta.sabc.co.za/metrofm/
This is broadcast in English and is the largest national commercial station in South Africa, targeting 25-34 year old black urban adults. The focus is on contemporary international music, hip-hop, R&B, kwaito and more.

Jacaranda FM
Listen live: https://www.jacarandafm.com/
This is one of the largest, independent commercial stations and offers a mix of easy-listening music and news.

5FM
Listen live: http://www.5fm.co.za/sabc/home/5fm#
This radio station is aimed at the youth and emphasises the latest music, movies and South African youth trends. Its music style is international and has a strong component of South Africa’s best artists.

Good Hope FM
Listen Live: http://www.goodhopefm.co.za/sabc/home/goodhopefm
This is Cape Town’s largest radio station and features contemporary music ranges from pop, R&B, ballads, hip hop, dance, jazz and old school. It targets the 22 – 32 year old age group.

702
Listen Live: http://www.702.co.za/
702 is Gauteng’s leading current affairs and information radio and features sport, business and news.

Kfm 94.5
Listen Live: http://www.kfm.co.za/
Kfm 94.5 broadcasts adult contemporary music and it is very popular in the Western Cape.

Classic FM
Listen Live: http://www.classicfm.co.za/
As the name implies, Classic FM has been broadcasting classical music throughout Gauteng since September 1997. It also offers in-depth business coverage, news, financial updates, sport and interviews with local artists and composers.

947
Listen Live: http://www.947.co.za/
This is a popular radio station in Johannesburg and broadcasts contemporary music.

RSG
Listen Live: https://radiosa.org/rsg/
RSG or Radio Sonder Grense (which means Radio without Borders) is a South African radio station that broadcasts nationwide in Afrikaans. This radio station was found in 1937 and belongs to the SABC.

Radio Expat SA
Listen Live: https://onlineradiobox.com/za/expatsa/
Radio Expat SA promises you “All the hits, all the time” and their music format focuses on “Old Skool” classics with an extensive music collection ranging from pop and soul through to house music.

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