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SPRINGBOK

BACKGROUND

Springbok Radio Revisited

Springbok Radio was the first commercial radio station of the SABC, and existed from 1 May 1950 to 31 December 1985, when it was closed mainly because it was not seen as financially viable any longer due to the arrival of television in 1976.  


Springbok Radio programmes were uniquely different and fresh, and became people’s companion over the years.  Drama, adventure, comedy, documentaries, variety among many other programme formats, kept the listeners entertained and glued to the Radio.  Springbok Radio also created a platform for artists and actors who became well-known and loved by the public and who were afforded the opportunity to live out their creativity. Springbok Radio contributed to a wealth of local content.

Unfortunately much of the material was not archived for many reasons such as tapes been re-used, and commercial programmes not seen as ‘culture’ – a world-wide tendency at the time. Since the closure of Springbok Radio in 1985, interest by the public has grown and the nostalgic value of old time radio has increased over the years. 

Therefor the SABC Radio Archives, now the custodians of this precious collection, with the valuable assistance of the Springbok Radio Preservation Society who handed their collection over to the SABC,  is preserving and exploiting the material in various ways, since it is believed that any collection is only as valuable as the ears it can reach.

SCHEDULE

SRD 2013 #26: 2013/12/06 - 2013/12/20                       

(Schedule Times are GMT: +2 hours)

Time

 Show Name

 Repeat Time

 

12:00

 Opening, by Retha Buys

18:00; 00:00; 06:00

 

12:15

 9:30 Dossier: Queen's Messenger #21, by Patrick Matthews (1984/07/16)

18:15; 00:15; 06:15

 

12:45

 Call Back the Past: Early Christmasses, by Percy Sieff (1973/12/24)

18:45; 00:45; 06:45

 

13:00

 Springbok Top 20 Time: #36 - Nr 1's #3, by Frans Erasmus

19:00; 01:00; 07:00

 

13:30

 Squad Cars: Billy Ryan's Temper (1972/12/22)

19:30; 01:30; 07:30

 

14:00

 Taxi: Buying New Furniture, by Joe Stewardson (1969/05/18)

20:00; 02:00; 08:00

 

14:30

 Keep it Country: #161, by Lance James

20:30; 02:30; 08:30

 

15:30

 Christmas Favourites, by Evie Martin (1985/12/25)

21:30; 03:30; 09:30

 

16:15

 Desert Island Discs (SAFM) : Paddy O'Byrne

22:15; 04:15; 10:15

 

16:45

 From the Bell Tower, by Simon Swindell 

22:45; 04:45; 10:45

 

17:15

 Christmas Box, by Les Smith

23:15; 05:15; 11:15

 

17:45

 Springbok Spotlight: Cliff Richard, by Neville Dawson and Frans Erasmus 

23:45; 05:45; 11:45

SRD 2014 #1: 2014/01/03 - 2014/02/07                       

(Schedule Times are GMT: +2 hours)

Time

 Show Name

 Repeat Time

 

00:00

 9:30 Dossier: Queen's Messenger #22, by Patrick Matthews (1984/07/17)

Every 3 hours

 

00:30

 Squad Cars: The Hammer Basher (1972/11/03)

Every 3 hours

 

01:00

 Taxi: Precious Fare, by Joe Stewardson (1969/06/01)

Every 3 hours

 

01:30

 Radio 50 Jaar (Radio Suid-Afrika) (1986/08/06) 

Every 3 hours

 

02:15

 Transvaal Radio Society - JB Broadcasting Service (English Service) (1973/07/12)

Every 3 hours

 

02:30

 Onderhoud: Frans Erasmus, by Retha Buys (2011/05/21)

Every 3 hours

SRD 2014 #2: 2014/02/07 - 2014/03/07                       

(Schedule Times are GMT: +2 hours)

Time

 Show Name

 Repeat Time

 

00:00

 9:30 Dossier: Queen's Messenger #23, by Patrick Matthews (1984/07/18)

Every 3 hours

 

00:30

 Squad Cars: IDB & Murder, by Dale Cutts (1983/03/18)

Every 3 hours

 

01:00

 Taxi: Mr Charlie, by Joe Stewardson (1969/06/08)

Every 3 hours

 

01:30

 The Biography of a Microphone (English Service), by Isidor Davis (1985/12/31)

Every 3 hours

 

02:00

 From ABC to SABC (English Service), by C.F. Clarkson (1936/08/29)

Every 3 hours

 

02:15

 Souvenirs of Sarie (1985/11/04 - 1985/11/15)

Every 3 hours

 

02:45

 Etensuurkonsert: Vat jou goed en trek Ferreira (1978/02/02)

Every 3 hours

SRD 2014 #3: 2014/03/07 - 2014/04/04                       

(Schedule Times are GMT: +2 hours)

Time

 Show Name

 Repeat Time

 

00:00

 9:30 Dossier: Queen's Messenger #24 (1984/07/19)

Every 3 hours

 

00:30

 Squad Cars: Death in the Bath 

Every 3 hours

 

01:00

 Taxi: The Bone, by Joe Stewardson (1969/06/15)

Every 3 hours

 

01:30

 Dagbreekdeuntjies: SR word 30, deur Danie Smuts (1980/05/01)

Every 3 hours

 

02:00

 Interview: John Silver, by Retha Buys (2012/12/03)

Every 3 hours

 

02:45

 Talk (Radio South-Africa): Yoland D'Hotman Remembers SR (1987/11/29)

Every 3 hours

SRD 2014 #4: 2014/04/04                        

(Schedule Times are GMT: +2 hours)

Time

 Show Name

 Repeat Time

 

00:00

 9:30 Dossier: Queen's Messenger #25, by Patrick Matthews (1984/07/20)

Every 3 hours

 

00:30

 Squad Cars: Hit & Run Taxi Driver 

Every 3 hours

 

01:00

 Taxi: Playing Hyde and Seek, by Joe Stewardson (1971/02/28)

Every 3 hours

 

01:30

 John's Choice, by John Silver (1972/01/09)

Every 3 hours

 

02:00

 C for Yourself: Introduction to Springbok Radio (1950/05/31)

Every 3 hours

 

02:30

 Voorspoedige Reis: Opening van Springbok Radio (1950/04/29)

Every 3 hours

 

02:55

 Closing of Springbok Radio (1985/12/31)

Every 3 hours

 

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QUICKFINDS

Contact

Refiloe Jele

Tel:  011 714 4879

Email:  springbokradio@sabc.co.za