Fine Music Radio

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The vision of Fine Music Radio is to uplift, inspire and entertain its target audience by presenting quality classical and jazz music, and by broadcasting information on cultural and artistic events

Fine Business Radio

241 episodes |  Podcast, ±59 min episode every day
The show’s host, Lindsay Williams, presents individual features that are aimed to broaden the target audience and distinguish FBR from the present clutch of shows that follow similar formats, and that target the same interviews, with the same people, on the same night. FBR will broadcast from the Artscape theatre complex, Monday to Friday, 6-7pm. While there’ll be absolutely NO disadvantages resulting from being in the Cape, there will be so many pluses. The big brains and the big bucks are all here. Lindsay will have the pick of the institutional money managing talent and an increasing number of brokers who will populate our prestigiously positioned studios. A WORD FROM LINDSAY ….. “A bewildering array of business and news programmes assault us all day, with a noisy crescendo being reached during the early evening. I’d like to think that we at FBR have distinguished ourselves somewhat by making what is (quite frankly) a potentially tedious subject, a little more lively, accessible and entertaining. One of the many things that irritate me as a journalist and broadcaster is being shackled, whether it be by the big cheeses upstairs, or by my own inertia. There has long been a perception that business and financial stuff should be treated with reverence, and punctuated with jargon and clichés. ‘EBITDA’ is a classic example of the type of nonsense that makes me want to chuck it all in and open a pub up the West Coast. Why do the smug suits assume that the listener knows that it stands for ‘earnings before interest tax depreciation and amortisation’. Then there’s EBIT-A, but don’t get me started. Business is a serious business. Markets affect all our lives every day in some way, and I’ll carry on reporting the big stories that matter and talk to the top names behind those stories. The difference is I’ll be assuming nothing, and if the interviewee gets too technical, I’ll gently ask for plain language please before the listener switches to Egoli. There’ll be no dumbing down the subject, but more of my usual forthright goal of entertaining, educating, and informing, and across all levels. Jeremy Clarkson’s is the closest to my ideal presentation style. Motoring programmes of yesteryear were essentially made to satisfy the irritating bloke next door who spent his Sunday mornings with his head stuck under the bonnet and who made me look stupid in front of the family. Clarkson has taken a subject, again one that can be tedious as all hell, and made it terrifically interesting and at the same time highly entertaining. There you have it. That’s what I’m going to do with Fine Business Radio. Serious stuff with a hint of humanity.”

Anna’s Baroque Bon Bons

66 episodes |  Podcast, ±5 min episode every 1 week
Anna’s Baroque Bon Bons delves into the tales of the musicians, patrons, composers and instruments of the Baroque period. From the esteemed Handel having his life saved by his jacket button while duelling to the latest discoveries of Baroque scores in dusty attics. Each weekly Bon Bon is accompanied by a piece of Baroque music which ties in with the story. Anna is a music teacher and freelance lecturer. She plays the harpsichord and has a fascination for all that is Baroque.

People of Note

62 episodes |  Podcast, ±53 min episode every 1 week
PROUDLY SPONSORED BY PIETER TOERIEN PRODUCTIONS. People of Note is broadcast on Sunday evening at 6 pm on Fine Music Radio with a repeat on Thusday afternoon at 1 pm, presented by Rodney Trudgeon. Says Rodney: “There are a number of fascinating people who pass through Cape Town and I’ve always felt there to be a need for a programme that allows an in-depth discussion with these personalities. Whether their fields are music, literature, theatre, dance, opera or even politics and economics, we’ll invite them into the studio to talk about their lives, inspirations and role models, among other things. “Rather like the famous BBC programme, Desert Island Discs, I’ll ask my guests to bring with them their six or seven favourite pieces of music to share with us.” Among the long list of guests on the programme so far have been people such as Rhoda Kadalie, Lord Robin Renwick, Petronel Malan, Pieter Dirk Uys, Ruby Wax, Jonathan Roxmouth, Imam Rashied Omar and many more.

Garden Chat

68 episodes |  Podcast, ±6 min episode every 6 days
PROUDLY SPONSORED BY STARKE AYRES GARDEN CENTRE. The Starke Ayres Garden Chat is a comment on a more natural approach to gardening. It covers all aspects of everyday gardening practice with the emphasis on soil management, utilizing the correct plant material and following an environmental code of conduct. The aim is to bring both garden and gardener into the natural realm. It is important for us to know the impact our gardens are having on the environment as a whole, so that we can play a positive role.

Being Green

62 episodes |  Podcast, ±6 min episode every 1 week
PROUDLY SPONSORED BY GERLINDE MOSER OF RE/MAX. Being Green – Your window on the environment broadcast every Friday morning at 7.30. John Richards focuses on key issues affecting our lifestyles, science and research outcomes, the quest for sustainable living and a healthier planet.

Pet Talk - Paul Jacobson

5 episodes |  Podcast, ±5 min episode every 1 week, 4 days
Paul Jacobson, owner of Vondis Holistic Pet Nutrition, talks to you every second Saturday about your furry friends and how best to maintain their health and happiness. This informative feature talks on a range of pet topics; from common ailments and sickness to skin disorders and allergies. Paul is a Pet Food Nutritionist and qualified chef, and Vondis is actively involved in educating the public on the benefits of natural diets for pets and a holistic approach when treating them.

Book Choice

15 episodes |  Podcast, ±45 min episode every 4 weeks
Book Choice, sponsored by Wordsworth Books, is broadcast on the first Monday of each month, presented by Gorry Bowes-Taylor. While you’re munching your lunch or driving the myriad motorways, you’ll hear all that’s best in books. Cape Town’s top book reviewers will entertain and inform you as they cheerfully chat about the newest and nicest fiction and non-fiction on Wordsworth Books shelves. You love author interviews? Well, we line up those for your pleasure and leisure too. You want an easy-peasy competition each month with good prizes? All there, prettily planned for your lovely listening. Do join us for your delectation… for your entertainment… for your information.

Looking Up

53 episodes |  Podcast, ±5 min episode every 1 week
Five minutes at the end of each week explores the big and the small questions in astronomy, cosmology, and space science. Hosted by Kechil Kirkham, no subject is too big or too small, and experts are regularly brought on board to illuminate and excite. Cape Town is the place to be for astronomy, with some of the largest telescopes in the world housed or being built not too far away. Looking Up takes advantage of the shoals of scientists and engineers working on the planet’s most advanced astronomy projects, who live and work right here in the Mother City. Kechil is currently taking an MPhil in Space Studies at the University of Cape Town, and works in South Africa’s space industry on the Square Kilometre Array radio telescope. LOOKING UP WITH KECHIL KIRKHAM IS ON A SABBATICAL UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

Fine Minds

11 episodes |  Podcast, ±51 min episode every 9 weeks, 3 days
Fine Music Radio is broadcasting an exciting series of lectures co-ordinated by the University of Cape Town’s Centre for Extra-Mural Studies. The Fine Minds series aims to bring the intellectual stimulation of the centre’s busy annual Summer School directly to the armchair listener. Fifteen distinguished speakers over three years – including JM Coetzee and William Kentridge – will cover a wide range of topics. Fine Minds has been made possible by a grant from the Andrew W Mellon Foundation and will be repeated on Thursday afternoon just after the 1pm news.

Cook with Ina Paarman

39 episodes |  Podcast, ±4 min episode every 1 week, 1 day
PROUDLY BROUGHT TO YOU BY INA PAARMAN. Cooking is best! Celebrate with Ina Paarman and learn to cook easily with care and love. Convenient, healthy, preservative free, Ina Paarman’s South African products are made with the very best ingredients. All manufacturing, done under strict family supervision. Need some ideas for dinner? Your prayers are answered…..visit paarman.co.za for delicious, mouth-watering recipes. Ina Paarman… adding the gourmet touch Visit paarman.co.za for delicious recipes, tips, advice and more.