Since its inception in 2010, the Radio Awards have grown to become the most prestigious recognition platform for radio professionals in South Africa, according to the awards.

Having been in the South African communications space for more than 140 years, Telkom says that it offers a dynamic synergy in celebrating the power of radio as South Africa's most popular broadcast medium.

"Our partnership with the Radio Awards is a celebration of the powerful medium and the dedicated individuals who bring it to life. As a brand deeply committed to connecting South Africans, our sponsorship of this event serves as a meaningful avenue to raise awareness of our support for access to information," says Gugu Mthembu, Telkom's chief marketing officer. 

"By engaging with radio audiences, we aim to forge new connections and foster a sense of belonging. Through this collaboration, we are not just endorsing a medium, but reinforcing Telkom's identity as a brand that is making waves and leaving no one behind in a connected world, regardless of the medium you choose," adds Mthembu.

"We stand at the forefront, celebrating excellence in the entire radio ecosystem and supporting broadcasters in their over-the-air, streaming and podcast initiatives. Together, we ride the waves of progress, ensuring that every connection celebrates our shared commitment to a connected, informed and enriched South Africa," Mthembu says.

"We're excited to have Telkom on board as our naming partner and look forward to a collaboration over the next three years that raises the profile of radio in reaching millions of people across the country," says Taryn Westoby, general manager of events for Arena Holdings, which owns the awards programme.

"Ensuring the quality of this vital medium is essential for keeping people informed and entertained. The Telkom Radio Awards will continue as an annual programme that industry professionals and listeners know and love," concludes Westoby.

The category finalists, Hall of Fame and Bright Star inductees and the Station of the Year finalists were published earlier in November, and winners will be announced at the Telkom Radio Awards gala dinner on Saturday, 2 December at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg.

The 2023 awards will be presented in person. Tickets for the gala dinner can be purchased through the Quicket booking link. 

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