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.

A 90% rule for only South African content has recently been introduced by SABC COO, Hlaudi Motsoeneng.

Origin and history

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.[2] Radio 5 first went on the air on October 13, 1975[4] after Mozambique gained its independence. The station was established with eight medium wave transmitters, catering for the pop music audience. The name indicated the SABC's fifth radio channel at that time.

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.

Coverage areas and frequencies

  • National (the table below shows a few of the areas and frequencies)
Coverage Areas & Frequencies[5]
Johannesburg98.0 MHz
Mpumalanga97.0 MHz
Pretoria103.6 MHz
Durban89.9 MHz
103.8 MHz
Cape Town89.0 MHz
Port Elizabeth89.2 MHz
Bloemfontein91.6 MHz
Nelspruit91.1 MHz

Broadcast languages

  • English

Broadcast time

  • 24/7

Listenership figures

Estimated Listenership[6]
7 DayAve. Mon-Fri
Feb 20132 025 000881 000
Dec 20122 146 000940 000
Oct 20122 176 000939 000
Aug 20122 189 000909 000
Jun 20122 246 000928 000