Radio personalities honoured
7 November 2016
The inaugural Zimbabwe Radio Awards (ZIRA) have been challenged to improve after they were marred by confusion over dates and venues.
The award ceremony held at Club 1+1 in the capital resulted in a few of the nominees showing up for the event that almost turned out to be an all-ZBC affair.
Reports pointed out that most of the nominees were demotivated by how show organisers, Celebrity Check, conducted their business in the run up to the event.
The venue was also changed from Celebration Centre to Longcheng Plaza last Friday night.
When one thought maybe one of the local radio stations would have live coverage of the event, nothing close to that sort was even organised.
ZIRA spokesperson Wellington Nyatsambo said:
“We would like to thank everyone for instilling their faith in us, it hasn’t been a smooth path for us.
“Getting things in order for this event was an uphill tusk evident by the change of dates and venue, to our trusted radio personalities, thank you for your patience.”
Nyatsambo who was dressed in a Muslim attire also left the guest in stitches after he said he had visited a sangoma and PHD’s night of turn around for the event to prosper.
After a false start, 28 categories were awarded with top radio personalities failing to claim glory.
Radio Zimbabwe’s Godfrey Gweje, Richmond Siyakurima, Season Ndundu and Lionel Mukandla were the biggest winners walking away with at least two gongs each.
Star FM’s KVG, DJ Mox and Godfatha Templeman were the only winners from the stable whilst So Profound stood in for Zi-FM.
The event was also cut short after the Chinese Club owners interjected saying ZIRA had overdone their event.
Some of the awards were just called out by MCs Justin Mahlahla and Rumbidzai Takawira.
Below is the list of the winners:
BEST URBAN FEMALE PRESENTER/ PRODUCER
BEST URBAN MALE PRESENTER/ PRODUCER
MOST POPULAR VERNACULAR LANGUAGE FEMALE PRESENTER/ PRODUCER
Most popular vernacular female
Most popular vernacular male
MOST POPULAR VERNACULAR LANGUAGE MALE PRESENTER/ PRODUCER
MOST POPULAR URBAN FEMALE PRESENTER/ PRODUCER
MOST POPULAR URBAN MALE PRESENTER/ PRODUCER
Best DJ by Genre
1. Hip Hop
3. Rhythm‘n’Blues& Soul
5. Urban Grooves
3. Season Ndundu
6. Old Skul 60 /70 /80 /90’s
3. Robison Umari
3. Lionel Mkhandla
9. House Music
MOST HUMOROUS PRODUCER/ PRESENTER ON AIR
3. Richmond Siyakurima
BEST VERNACULAR LANGUAGE FEMALE NEWS ANCHOR
BEST VERNACULAR LANGUAGE MALE NEWS ANCHOR
BEST URBAN FEMALE NEWS ANCHOR
BEST URBAN MALE NEWS ANCHOR
4. Farai Marumai
BEST VERNACULAR LANGUAGE TALK SHOW PRESENTER
1. Thandekile Simango
URBAN TALK SHOW PRESENTER
4. Lionel Mkhandla
BEST SPORTS REPORTER MALE
3. Ezra Kaunda
BEST SPORTS REPORTER FEMALE
VERNACULAR LANGUAGE SPORTS COMMENTATOR
2. Andrew Mupembe
URBAN SPORTS COMMENTATOR