Rhodes Music Radio

Rhodes Music Radio (RMR) is a campus based community radio station located in the heart of Rhodes University Grahamstown, South Africa. RMR was founded in 1981; the station was the first campus based station to be licensed to broadcast legally. A station with a proud broadcast history, RMR has been and still is a pioneer within the campus radio industry in South Africa. RMR is a Youth Lifestyle Radio Station and provides programming that is fun, experimental, challenges the status quo and is informative. RMR continues to provide an educational and practical training ground for some of South Africa’s finest broadcasters. Frequency: 89.7fm Broadcast Times: 24 hours a day Broadcast Languages: English (60%), Xhosa (30%), Afrikaans & other official languages (10%) Broadcast Area: Grahamstown and 50km radius outside of the city Streaming: Worldwide | On Campus

Corona Diaries

22 EPISODES |  Podcast, ±20 min episode every 5 weeks, 5 days
Corona Diaries is a podcast that tells stories about what life is like in South Africa in the time of COVID19, as experienced by a group of students from Rhodes University in the Eastern Cape. In March 2020, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a national state of disaster, and these students were told that they had to leave Rhodes and go home. Now they find themselves studying journalism online and as a part of this learning, they are sending stories back to campus. These stories provide unfiltered and relatable content that captures various dimensions of the new normal established by the pandemic. Each story is unique but together they tell the shared story of life in the moment of the pandemic. By journeying through these stories the series builds a shared understanding of how young people in South Africa are witnessing, from a personal perspective, an extraordinary moment in world history.

Uhambo Lolwimi

6 EPISODES |  Podcast, ±12 min episode every 4 weeks
Uhambo Lolwimi is the first collaboration between the School of Journalism and Media Studies and the Department of African at Rhodes University, Makhanda, South Africa. It is also the School’s first isiXhosa podcast where storytellers have the opportunity to produce content in their home language. This podcast looks into the intricacies of place, being, and belonging through the lens of language.

How to Pitch a Podcast in a Pandemic

18 EPISODES |  Podcast, ±18 min episode every 3 weeks, 1 day
How to Pitch a Podcast in a Pandemic (HTPPP) is a think tank for dreaming up ideas for podcasts, based at the School of Journalism and Media Studies (JMS) in Makhanda, South Africa. The podcast started in 2021 when a group of senior JMS students decided that it was time to convince the school to begin producing its own podcasts. Even if it was the middle of a pandemic. They recorded the journey of pitching the podcast to the school and captured this in the first season of HTPPP. In 2022, students in the school’s second-year program are again pitching podcast ideas. For Season Two of HTPPP, they produced a whole series of pilots, each dealing with a different podcast concept. Because even if Covid 19 is not yet done with us, life continues.

Where RU Now?

4 EPISODES |  Series, ±15 min episode total time 1 hour
In 2022, the Rhodes University School of Journalism and Media Studies will celebrities its 50th anniversary. As part of this celebration, the second-year class is producing a podcast series where they connect with alumni that have gone through the School over the last 50 years. In Where RU You Now? listeners have the opportunity to hear from former students and current media practitioners about what life is like in the industry, where they find themselves at in this present time, and share some of their favorite anecdotes of being a student in the School. You will also hear from current students about why they chose Rhodes JMS.


7 EPISODES |  Podcast, ±30 min episode every 2 days
Asifundisane is a show dedicated to preparing high school learners for life inside higher education. We look at the issues affecting matriculants when they enter higher institutions and discuss some of the choices they could face when leaving high school. Our purpose is to ensure that they have the necessary information about what is happening in the South African Education sector and their options.

Rhodes Music Radio Podcasts

18 EPISODES |  Podcast, ±25 min episode every 3 weeks, 3 days
Catch all the highlights, exciting, informative and thought provokingi nterviews here. The channel will allow you to catch up on stuff you might have missed on air or enyoed them so much that you want to listen again.

During the Lockdown and Covid-19, catch the weekly wrap-up on hyperlocal reporting by Sue Mclennan (Editor of Grocotts Mail) and a series by Dr Nosi Ngqwala (senior lecturer in the Pharmacy department)

Deep Stories

0 EPISODES |  Series
Deep Stories is audio documentary and drama podcast series by the senior Audio Studies students and teachers at the Rhodes University School of Journalism and Media Studies in Makhanda, South Africa. Listeners will go on a listening journey and hear some of the investigative audio documentaries and immersive audio dramas produced by these storytellers. The audio storytellers you will listen to set out on their journey of discovery but also features works from the audio archives of the Audio Studies section.

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