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Broadcast areaSouth Africa Broadcast Nationwide (via, repeaters)
Slogan"The Power of 5"
Frequencyvarious nationwide, 98.0 FM in Johannesburg
First air dateOctober 13, 1975 (1975-10-13)
FormatCHR (Contemporary hit radio)

5FM is a South African FM radio station that follows a Top 40 music format and is owned by the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), South Africa's public broadcaster. Headquartered in Auckland Park, Johannesburg, 5FM broadcasts nationally to a youth audience, using the payoff line Live Loud.[citation needed]

Origin and history[edit]

Formerly known as "Radio 5", the station developed from a commercial station, LM Radio, which had been operating from Lourenço Marques (now Maputo) in neighbouring Mozambique.[1] Radio 5 first went on the air on October 13, 1975[2] after Mozambique gained its independence. The station began broadcasting in the medium wave band from transmitters at Welgedacht, Maraisburg, Pietersburg, Durban, Bloemfontein, Brackenfell, Port Elizabeth and Grahamstown. The name indicated it was the SABC's fifth national radio channel at that time, after Radio Suid-Afrika, Radio South Africa, Springbok Radio and Radio Bantu.

Re-branded "5FM" in 1992, it has as its current logo a red "5" and superscripted "FM" within a circle and the words "The Power of" inscribed along the upper periphery of the circle. Music is the heart of 5FM's format, supported by news, sports and traffic catering to a wide range of tastes for a youthful market.

5fm in the 90s and Early 2000s[edit]

Breakfast Shows[edit]

The Mark Gillman" show was hosted by Mark Gillman and supported by Kevin Fine and Ruben Goldberg, Catherine Strydom (Grenfell) and stuntman "DangerBoy".[3] Gillman was best known for his loud personality, and ability to wake people up with his high energy. His slogan "I Love it in the Mornings" was an effective mantra for people looking to start their days off on a positive note.

After a brief stint as the host of the drive-time show (with DJ Fresh), Gareth Cliff replaced Gillman as 5fm's Breakfast Show host. With Cliff as the host, the show was supported by Leigh-Ann Mol (news), Mbali Moloi (traffic), Sias DuPlessis (Sport), Damon Kalvari (Assistant to the Producer), and Thabo Modisane (Executive Producer). The show ended in 2014 when Cliff began an online radio platform, to which all of his team, save DuPlessis, followed him.[4]

Following Cliff's departure in 2014, DJ Fresh took over the morning show, having hosted the drive-time show since 2003. However, Fresh returned to the drive-time slot when the Breakfast Show was taken over by Roger Goode in 2016.

On 31 March 2017, Fresh left 5fm to return to sister station, Metro FM

Presenters from the 90s and Early 2000s[edit]

  • Mark Gillman
  • Alex Jay
  • Ian F (Also Hosted the 5fm Top 40 with Sasha Martinengo)
  • Sasha Martinengo (Also hosted the 5fm Top 40 with Ian F)
  • Darren Scott (Drive time with John Walland, Ray White and Leigh-Ann Mol (nee Van der Stadt)
  • Mark Pilgrim with Ray White (Weekend Breakfast Show)
  • Cleone Cassidy
  • Ursula Stapelfeldt (Host of the World Chart Show)
  • Sami Sabiti (Host of the World Chart Show)
  • Koula (Host of the World Chart Show)
  • Nicole Fox
  • Zuraida Jardine
  • Derek the Bandit
  • Barney Simon[3]

Coverage areas and frequencies[edit]

  • National[5] (the table below shows a few of the areas and frequencies)
Coverage Areas & Frequencies[5][6]
Area Freq.
Johannesburg 98.0 MHz
Middelburg (Mpumalanga) 97.0 MHz
Pretoria 103.6 MHz
Durban 89.9 MHz
Cape Town 89.0 MHz
Port Elizabeth 89.2 MHz
Bloemfontein 91.6 MHz
Nelspruit 91.1 MHz
Hermanus 90.8;MHz}

Broadcast languages[edit]

Broadcast time[edit]


Listenership figures[edit]

Estimated Listenership[7]
7 Day Ave. Mon-Fri
Feb 2013 2 025 000 881 000
Dec 2012 2 146 000 940 000
Oct 2012 2 176 000 939 000
Aug 2012 2 189 000 909 000
Jun 2012 2 246 000 928 000


  1. ^ "LM Radio History". Retrieved March 25, 2014.
  2. ^ "Development of Broadcasting in SA". SABC. Archived from the original on 2013-12-25. Retrieved March 25, 2014.
  3. ^ a b "DJ's 'patrol' hits Durban - IOL Entertainment".
  4. ^ https://www.tvsa.co.za/actors/viewactor.aspx?actorid=1262
  5. ^ a b c d The Annual Guide to Radio in South Africa (AdVantage 2012). Media 24. 2012.
  6. ^ Sentech (5FM)
  7. ^ SAARF RAMS (Presentations)

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 26°11′09″S 28°00′34″E / 26.1859°S 28.0094°E / -26.1859; 28.0094