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947 (radio station)

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City  Johannesburg
First air date  September 1, 1964
Frequency  94.7 MHz
Format  Contemporary
947 (radio station)
Broadcast area  Gauteng (Terrestrial FM) Africa (DStv Satellite )
Slogan  Joburg's No. 1 Hit Music Station

947 (formerly 94.7 Highveld Stereo) is a radio station that broadcasts on the 94.7FM frequency from Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa.



The station first went on the air on September 1, 1964, as the first SABC regional FM service, Radio Highveld. At that time the station broadcast hourly news bulletins and easy listening music. In September 1996 the SABC sold Radio Highveld to private enterprise.

Today this station, along with a number of other radio stations in South Africa, is owned by Primedia.

On 1 September 2014 the station decided to drop the logo that they have been using for over a decade. The station is also no longer known as Highveld Stereo as the name changed to being just 947.

Format and Programming

947 (formerly 94.7 Highveld Stereo) is arguably the Gauteng province's most popular radio station, broadcasting the often controversial Rude Awakening breakfast show, which was hosted by Jeremy Mansfield. The target listener demographic is aimed at 25- to 40-year-olds, and as such the station tends to play contemporary "soft" rock, current pop hits as well as a few classics. 947 also makes a point of giving airtime to local South African musical talent. Other useful services to listeners include news bulletins and traffic reports for Johannesburg and Pretoria.

Revamped Breakfast Show

On 2 August 2010 the station revamped the morning show by renaming it Breakfast Xpress and appointing Darren Simpson (also known as "Whackhead") as the new front-man in place of Jeremy Mansfield. Mansfield left the morning show (better known as "The Rude Awakening" or "RAW") in July 2010 stating "The show needs to move forward and I don't see a role for myself in the new product offering. Management and the board have asked if I would assist with off air initiatives, which I am happy to do for the foreseeable future.". The format of the new breakfast show remains largely unchanged with the rest of the original team remaining as is.


  • Anele Mdoda
  • Darren Simpson
  • Stacey Norman
  • Tholi B
  • Greg and Lucky
  • Mac G
  • Sizwe Dhlomo
  • Zweli B
  • Karabo Ntshweng
  • Alex Caige
  • Nick Explicit
  • Alex Jay
  • Rob Vember
  • Julio Garcia
  • Bongi Mbelu
  • Steven Ingram
  • Hercshel Mutuwa
  • Charity work

    947 (formerly 94.7Highveld Stereo) is well known for sponsoring and promoting many charity and social events in Gauteng, including the Momentum 947 Cycle Challenge and the Rude Awakening Christmas Wish.

    Zuma vs. Highveld

    In response to Darren Simpson's parody of South African Deputy President Jacob Zuma's ongoing rape trial of 2006 –for which Zuma was acquitted– Zuma filed a defamation lawsuit on 30 June 2006, for the sum of R 5 million. Zuma originally filed for R 2 million, but this was upped when Highveld Stereo re-broadcast the allegedly offensive skit.

    702 and 94.7 vs. Forum of Black Journalists

    In early 2008 Highveld together with their sister station Radio 702 submitted a complaint to the South African Human Rights Commission after the Forum of Black Journalists refused white journalists entry to a lunch with ANC President Jacob Zuma.

    Broadcast time

  • 24/7
  • References

    947 (radio station) Wikipedia

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