Online radio stations are a fantastic means for those living / travelling outside of their home countries to not only keep up to date with the many fun and interesting local happenings back home, but also to enjoy the music close to their hearts, brought to them by the dj’s they have grown up listening to.
Afrikaans is a language native to African regions, and although many Afrikaaners reside / work in various locations throughout the world, Afrikaans radio stations do not.
Cue: Online Afrikaans Radio Stations (ie: radio streaming) – an online piece of the on-air action from all the way back home, in the language indigenous to the many out-of-towner’s, originally from South Africa.
1: Bok Radio:
Bok Radio is one of South Africa’s leading radio stations, reaching both on-air as well as online listeners throughout the country.
A firm favourite among the South African masses, Bok Radio is a Cape Town based Rock radio station that knows no limits in live entertainment by means of hit songs and darling DJ’s.
The Bok Radio statistics speak for themselves:
22 190+ Likes
676+ People are talking about Bok Radio (via Facebook)
9 370+ Followers
Bok Radio has a sizeable following and aspires towards an age market of 14 year olds to 55 year olds, though the majority of its listeners are within the age bracket of 25 year olds to 44 year olds.
This Rocking and Rolling Afrikaans station is based in Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa, however reaches listeners throughout the country, and beyond – universally – thanks to the genius that is online streaming.
24 hours a day, 7 days a week, Bok Radio serves its listeners well with 65% of their on-air time offering up awesome music – 80% of the songs played being Afrikaans and 20% being English music. The other 35% of Bok Radio’s airtime offers listeners news, weather, traffic, sport and general entertainment and chitchat.
Bok radio is on-air Afrikaans entertainment at its finest and 2012 saw the stations very own Karlien Krier win the MTN Radio Award for Best Community News Bulletin Reader.
This station also includes a fun website chat room as well as an SMS chat line (SMS: 45989) which ensures followers are always in the loop – transmitting with all the frills.
Bok Radio is available for hire for MC functions which is a wonderful opportunity for fans to not only meet and mingle with their favourite on-air hosts, but to ensure the event in question has some slamming sounds and a continuous cool commentary all the way through.
2: Overvaal Stereo 96.1 FM
Overvaal Stereo 96.1 FM was founded on 6 December 1993, under the name of Radio Koppies, however was only officially in full swing by February 1994.
The station is situated in the Northern Free State.
An Over-vaal favourite for many:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OvervaalStereo96.1 FM
Overvaal Stereo has both a vision and a mission which they strive for:
Vision: To make every effort to better Afrikaans as a whole, by means of culture, language and the Christian Afrikaans religion.
Mission: To keep the Afrikaans culture, language and religion alive and to present radio programs that are largely focused on Christian Afrikaans listeners; to create more and more opportunities for people – regardless of culture or religion – to have input into their programs.
Overvaal Stereo’s target market is an Afrikaans audience of 25 year olds to 49 years olds who have an average income of R3000 per month, with 70% of the music aired in Afrikaans and the further 30% of music played being of international origin.
With 60% on-air action being of the musical sort, 40% is left for features such chatting, discussions, news and competitions where listeners stand the chance to win cd’s, among other prizes.
Overvaal Stereo is also renowned for their charity projects towards the community, which goes to show that this small station has a big heart in all the right places.
3: Lekker FM:
Lekker FM, based in Johannesburg, South Africa, has a motto as heartfelt as it is simple, in Afrikaans it is: ‘Lekker FM, Local is mos lekker’ which in English quite easily translates to: ‘Happy FM, Local is just nice’. And boy are they nice, what with all the musical offerings and applications to keep their listeners entertained and informed.
Lekker FM has a following as delectable as their name insinuates:
5 008+ Likes
93+ People are talking about Lekker FM (via Facebook)
Lekker FM Listeners are invited to enjoy the Lekker FM Happy-Tube videos which can be found on YouTube or via the Lekker FM website.
Furthermore, followers of this very local and very lekker radio station are encouraged to indulge in even more music by following Lekker FM’s Sound Cloud link: https://soundcloud.com/#lekkerfm
Lekker FM not only promises, and delivers, music to their fans both on air and online, but also via Mobile Applications which are compatible with Blackberry cellphones as well as Android devices, allowing listeners to tune in on their favourite radio station, Lekker FM, wherever they are in the world – conveniently, and oh-so-chicly, from their mobile devices – streaming innovation.
These are only 3 of the available Afrikaans radio stations currently available for your online listening pleasure. There are others such as the ever-popular RSG, Boervolk radio and Radio Afrikaans.
Online streaming audio is here to stay, so logon and tune in!