South Africa's Talk Radio 702 has been named Station of the Year at the BBC Africa Radio Awards in Nairobi, Kenya.
The BBC launched its Africa- wide search for the best radio talent last year. Expert judges from throughout Africa, including Ferial Haffajee, editor of the Mail & Guardian,were roped in. The station was competing with other big stations in Africa.
Pheledi Gwangwa, 702's station manager, said: "We are thrilled. This is a great achievement for the station and the talented people who work for it. It's a team effort. We will continue to serve the community with dedication and passion. Our listeners always come first."
Since the station started broadcasting on June 28 1980, 702 has received numerous awards.
"This time it was different. We were competing against the best on the continent," Gwangwa said.
Talk Radio 702 was chosen for its confident professionalism and the use of its resources to change lives through broadcasting and community activities.
The station's range of on-air initiatives such as hosting live debates between political parties before elections, hosting ANC deputy president Jacob Zuma's press conference after his acquittal on rape charges and hosting a party for the Oscar-winning film, Tsotsi, were some of the outstanding features that impressed the judges.
Yusuf Abramjee, Primedia Broadcasting's group head of news and talk programming, said: "702 Talk Radio brings our listeners news, talk and information 'as it happens, when it happens'.
"We will continue with this proud heritage," he said.