Friday, February 13, 2015

World Radio Day - Archivist Karen du Toit package for Radio Sonder Grense (Afrikaans)

World Radio Day is celebrated for the 4th time this year after it was established by UNESCO in 2011.

"From the news and public debate, music and entertainment, radio informs us , captivate and inspire us in a way that no other medium can." 
Archivist Karen du Toit , who is responsible for the Afrikaans language collection in the SABC Radio Archives, compiled a short compilation of the rich collection of radio material that is being kept by the Archives. The programme was broadcasted on Radio Sonder Grense, the Afrikaans language radio station at the South African Broadcasting Corporation. (The programme is in Afrikaans)

Translation of the text:

"SABC Radio Archives preserve a rich cultural treasure sound that includes the history and time period of the South African Broadcasting Corporation as well as that of South Africa .
This radio treasure is made possible by radio itself, which is the main source of our collection . The radio stations are in turn dependent on the archive that makes the material accessible to be uses again . We keep the radio material on sound tapes, cassette tapes, acetate records, mini tapes, CDs and electronically.
Most of the time we can not just press a button to give access, but we need to collect the audio format in the storage room, and dub it in real time and adapted it to make it available again to programme makers, journalists and the public.

As the Afrikaans archivist, it is very difficult to pick some sound clips to illustrate this rich diversity .

I would like to share the following from our Afrikaans language collection :

1. The first broadcast of Radio Sonder Grense on 28 September 1996, with a soundtrack of the late President Nelson Mandela on the importance of this medium.

2. Our first melodramatic radio drama from the thirties, Liefdesdroom (Love Dream), which was broadcasted on December 15, 1937. 

3. With the 25th anniversary of Radio in 1949 in the Cape a Mister CD Fuchs ( the then Regional Director of Natal ) aspoke on the first days in radio. 

4. The first newscast in Afrikaans from Auckland Park.
5. Finally, an audio clip of a portion of a reading of a poem of NP van Wyk Louw : "Image of a youth - pigeon and horse". It is read by Fred le Roux in 1965. The youth poem was chosen because World Radio Day this year focuses on youth and radio. 

6. And sometimes we get recognition as archivists, such as the recent death of André Brink. Colleague Bernard Mashiane came in on Sunday to help with sound clippings for producer Wilna Matthee for a feature on the RSG programme Monitor the next morning."

World Radio Day - SABC Radio joins UNESCO in the celebrations today

SABC Radio supports World Radio Day 
"A day to celebrate radio as a medium; to improve international cooperation between broadcasters; and to encourage major networks and community radio alike to promote access to information and freedom of expression over the airwaves."
SABC Radio will be covering this day on all 19 radio stations across South Africa!

SABC Radio Archives helped some of the radio stations in compiling packages for World Radio Day today.

SABC Media Libraries are sharing sharing some photos of the formats used in the SABC Radio Archives to preserve the rich cultural legacy of radio.

A photo posted by SABC Media Libraries (@sabcmedialib) on

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Focus on Youth and Radio for World Radio Day 2015 #WorldRadioDay

Infographic: "Celebrating radio... by youth, for youth... in safety and security"
                                               For World Radio Day 2015 

To help celebrate World Radio Day and
remind ourselves why we need greater participation of young people in radio,
we've made this special Infographic
looking at the three sub-themes of World Radio Day 2015

Related post:

- World Radio Day on 13 February 2015 #WorldRadioDay

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

World Radio Day on 13 February 2015 #WorldRadioDay

World Radio Day
World Radio Day is on 13 February 2015.

The SABC Radio Archives supports this day each year by showcasing our collections from all the SABC Radio Broadcast Services.
We have a duty to preserve this rich heritage, as well as make this collection available for research, re-broadcast and re-use.

Celebrating Radio 
From news and public debate to music and entertainment, radio continues to inform, captivate and inspire us in a way that no other medium can. 
But radio is so much more than a forum for information and entertainment. It reaches more people in more places than any other medium. It’s a bridge of communication for remote communities, developing regions and vulnerable populations, sometimes with no other connection to the outside world. Perhaps no other platform can have the real-time reach between people and across cultures. 
Radio is also the medium best-adapted to navigate the new digital frontiers that are pushing the media and communication into unchartered waters. Technologies such as the Internet, mobile communication and geolocation have shifted the traditional dynamic in which the media operate, with young people at the fore-front of these converging trends, at the same time embracing radio as enthusiastically as ever. 
So let’s come together on 13 February not only to celebrate the importance of radio in our lives today, but to ensure it lives up to its huge potential in the future.

World Radio Day Message: UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova 

Related posts:

 - The importance of radio – on World Radio Day 2013 #WRD13 #worldradioday

World Radio Day 2013 Press Release

Blog post by Karen du Toit, Archivist, SABC Radio Archives.