947 has announced Ravi Naidoo as its new station manager.
The announcement comes after Thando Makhunga who served as manager announced a decision to take on a new broadcasting opportunity outside radio. Naidoo, a Programming guru step up into her role as of Monday, November 8.
Primedia Broadcasting‘s chairperson Geraint Crwys-Williams said Makhunga was instrumental in 947’s ability to effectively respond to the unprecedented challenges brought on by Covid.
“Under her leadership, the station has demonstrated dexterity through challenging times, identifying and pursuing new growth opportunities and sounding great on air. On behalf of the entire Primedia Broadcasting team, I thank Makhunga for her many contributions and wish her success with her new opportunity,” added Crwys-Williams.
Makhunga oversaw the successful migration of 947’s flagship music festival Huawei Joburg Day to the virtual eventing space. The station also revealed that Makhunga cemented its refreshed presenter line-up earlier in the year.
“I will be taking up a broadcasting opportunity outside radio in due course, which I am very excited about,” the former station manager said. “I have been afforded the most amazing opportunities at Primedia, worked with some phenomenal individuals and been a custodian for one of the most innovative and creative radio stations in the country. I’m proud of the work 947 has done and the people who have devoted their time and passion to the brand.”
Crwys-Williams welcomed Naidoo to 947, expressing his excitement by the opportunity to leverage Naidoo’s creativity and deep experience of broadcasting gained over the past 30 years in radio.
“I have no doubt that through Naidoo’s intuitive understanding of the brand, his programming excellence and commercial understanding, 947 will enhance its response to the many opportunities the market is presenting,” he added.
For him, the new station manager Naidoo said he was excited by the vision for the Primedia Broadcasting business and specifically for 947, adding it is great for him to be taking on such an important leadership role.
“I am looking forward to working with the team to deliver awesome music radio, grow our listenership and offer even more compelling propositions to our advertisers,” he concluded.