The Eastern Cape is home to South Africa’s top commercial radio station.
Algoa FM received the Commercial Station of the Year award as well as three category awards at the annual Liberty Radio Awards ceremony hosted in Gauteng on Saturday, April 14.
“It is the first time in history that a commercial radio station outside of Gauteng has won Station of the Year and we are both proud and thankful to our loyal audience, our clients and our staff who continually inspire us to new heights,” says operations director Alfie Jay.
In addition, Algoa FM managing director Dave Tiltmann was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame.
Tiltmann started as a music compiler and announcer in 1989 on what was then a SABC station, Radio Algoa.
He was part of the team, which 20 years ago privatised the station and made it the first independent commercial radio station in the Eastern Cape.
Tiltmann has been managing director of Algoa FM since February 2000.
He was appointed as an executive director of Moneyweb in October 2017, and is responsible for radio and strategy, and is also chairman of the board of Classic FM 102.7 in Gauteng.
Tiltmann also attends the board meetings of AME, the listed company which owns Algoa FM.
“In radio I live by the motto – ‘Fun is a Serious Business’ he says.
In recent years, Algoa FM has been a regular nominee in the Commercial Station of the Year category at the Liberty Radio Awards.
The annual Big Walk for Cancer, which is the Eastern Cape’s biggest charity event, won both the commercial radio award for Community Project and the commercial radio award for Promotion/Stunt/Event.
The Algoa FM Top 30 with Wayne Hart, won in the Daytime Show category.
“These awards demonstrate the breadth and depth of the talent at Algoa FM, and the dedication and professionalism of the team,” says Tiltmann.