The Table View shopping centre buzzed on Saturday as residents came out to see the faces behind the voices at the final round of the Voice of One FM.
One FM was started by the non-profit Blouberg Development Foundation and is a community radio station which services Table View, Blouberg, Parklands, Milnerton and surrounding areas.
Over the past month, the station embarked on a search for a female and male voice to give the station a unique community voice. Only residents living in the areas covered by the station were allowed to compete. Each week individuals auditioned and residents were allowed to vote online.
All 38 contestants gathered in the centre court to hear who would be revealed as the finalists, who were then required to go head to head with pre-written scripts.
Listeners were required to vote for their favourite voice, which assisted the judges on deciding who the three male and three female finalist would be.
On Saturday finalists Cameron Connelly, Charl Theron and Stashi Pronk for the male category and Nelia Henry, Kelly November and Yolisa George for the female category participated in the final round.
The judging panel included Martin Myers (Heart 104.9/Music Exchange), DJ Mixi (5FM), Kieno Kammies (Cape Talk 567) and Tammy B (Good Hope FM), who had a real challenge picking the Voice of One FM 94.0 as the talent was really great.
“It was heart warming to see excited youth coming through who have the ability to shine at a national level in years to come. Community radio is a vital ingredient to expose not only musical talent, but all-round other talent, in not only marketing and on air personalities, but articulating the hopes and aspirations of the community. It needs to be a critical and objective voice in the new South Africa,” Myers said.
The first round saw the finalists read a script which was handed to them minutes before they went on stage. The second round allowed the judges to get to know them a bit.
The judges deliberated and crowned Theron and November as the male and female Voice of One FM 94.0 respectively.
This title will be held for one year and they will be used as the station’s identifying voices in jingles and adverts. Each winner walked away with a hamper to the value of R15 000, which included a photo shoot from MegRob photography, Pick n Pay vouchers, jewellery from WW Watches, vouchers from Books Galore, free water for a year from Breathe Water and Laundry, and hampers.
Station anager for One FM 94.0 Ian Ward says: “We’re very pleased with the public and judges’ choice. The judges had a tough decision to make, but their professionalism in their industry shined through. I want to thank the judges for offering their expert opinion and time to help One FM 94.0 get the best voice for the station. I would also like to extend a big thank you to the contestants, the public, Table View shopping centre, the sponsors, our volunteers Lizette Maritz and Living Legends, Andrew Brace, Lyndal Cilliers, CJ Duckitt and Ankarien Oelofse, TygerBurger, the board of One FM and my team – Neil Ovens, Stacey Robertson and Anne Marie Jordaan – who tirelessly worked on this exciting event. I am very excited to get in the studio with our new voices”.
One FM 94.0 broadcasts 24 hours a day. Visit www.onefm.co.za for more information.