Sunday, 12 August 2012

Radio Al-Ansaar - permanent licence granted - and buzzy line-up for Breakfast!

Radio Al Ansaar is delighted to announce that Icasa has granted Al-Ansaar its permanent license so, for the first time, it will continue to be on air after the Ramadaan broadcast.

“We live in such a multicultural society that it is helpful to be aware of what is happening in our extended community and beyond,” explains Faradh Patel, Radio Al Ansaar’s Morning Drive show anchor.

Radio Al-Ansaar is KZN’s only Islamic Community Radio Station which can be tuned into permanently on 90.4fm. Radio Al-Ansaar is well into its Ramadaan season of projects and programmes intended to enlighten and uplift the Muslim community. Radio Al-Ansaar’s Ramadaan broadcast focuses on the significance of auspicious days and nights during this important tenement of the Islamic faith. Listeners, irrespective of their religion and beliefs are encouraged to tune into

Seasoned broadcaster Faradh Patel is on the airwaves with his Morning Drive Show, a live interactive current affairs show with local, national and international contributors. News and interviews are interspersed with traffic and weather updates and Nasheeds (Arabic word for song). He is joined by dynamic presenter, Nichal Sarawan.

The Best of the Morning Drive Show two CD has been compiled and will be available from Thurs 9 Aug. 800 Cd's are going to be given to eight schools for resale and the proceeds will go to assist impoverished scholars with school fees or school funds.

With his infectious laughter, quirky world-view and high energy levels, Faradh Patel is making waves this season with the rebranding of the Morning Drive Show- Aspirational, Inspirational, Motivational.

Pietermaritzburg-born Patel attended Woodlands Secondary School, matriculating in the mid-1990’s. While still at school he auditioned for a position on Lotus fm, joined Lotus fm whilst reading for a BA at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

“Lotus was excellent grounding as there is such an excellent balance between commercial ethos and community involvement, and it gave me a taste of the world of media.”

Patel then moved to Gauteng, where he pursued his dream of becoming an actor, appearing in the M-Net soap Egoli, as the character Naveen Moodley. He also appeared in various ads on TV, radio and in print as well as in a Russian television series, before joining the marketing team at Sun International. In an illustrious career within the marketing and communications and media sphere, Patel has worked on high profile events such as the launch of Saffron TV, the Sunday Times Food Show and the Sunday Times Literary Awards.

He has compered various events, including various beauty pageants, Miss India for some years, Face of India, Mr India SA and regional Miss SA contests.
Well-travelled Patel balances his media life against of television, radio compering against the challenging task of steering his own media and marketing company.
He also has columns in various print media – including Dubai News.

Dynamic presenter, Nichal Sarawan joins Radio Al Ansaar’s Morning Drive show team. Sarawan started his career at Radio Phoenix, moving on to Radio Hindvani when Radio Phoenix’s doors closed and subsequently Lotus FM until two years ago.

He has spent the last two years pursuing business interests and trying his hand at running a DJ academy for young, budding enthusiasts wanting to enter the field, but he is now looking forward to being back on air with Radio Al Ansaar’s Breakfast show presenter Faradh Patel.
Nichal met Faradh while working at Radio Phoenix and joins him between 06h30 and 09h00 reading News, Traffic and Economic Indicators.

Sarawan’s accolades include being the first radio presenter ever to be aired on Radio Hindvani, being the first Indian Radio presenter with three nominations for the SATMA awards and whilst with Lotus FM, actively promoting the South African Music Industry.

The Morning Drive Show is anchored and produced exclusively for Radio Al-Ansaar, by Faradh and has had various well known celebs & kwasi-celebs who have featured as seasonal co-presenters and contributors. From Faizal Suleman, to Fareed Docrat, Aasra Bramdeo to Romi Titus, Feyaza Khan to Fakir Hassan, the show has the dynamic element of keeping listeners locked on.
“This season the show has grown, and with our sponsor, Jealousy, the aim is to leave no listener untouched.”
The popular Jealousy Fact or Fiction segment, with daily and weekly playoffs and prizes will see one lucky listener competing for the spectacular prize of an Umrah ticket in a Live in studio final.
“Daily give-aways, breaking news, and our avid and ever-growing listeners are part of the norm ,and a dynamic technical team  , sponsors and the unfailing support of the Al-Ansaar board add to the show’s success.  A heartfelt Shukran,” says Faradh

Catch the Morning Drive Show Team every Monday to Friday from 6:30am to 9:00am on 90.4fm. With audio-streaming on course, Radio Al-Ansaar may be enjoyed by listeners all over the world through the Al-Ansaar website / Twitter: @FaradhPatel

For more information, call Faradh Patel on 072 711 8338.

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