From idea to implementation : an evaluation of the East Coast radio corporate advertising campaign : how does the station construct its audience?
David, Geraldine Michelle.
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The research will investigate the East Coast Radio Corporate Advertising Campaign which ran from early 1996 through until the end of March 1998. The 'catch phrase' or title of the campaign was "Hot Days, Cool Waves". The research will also focus on the station's constructs of its' audience. The thesis will follow through the agency's pitch to the client the end of the campaign. The campaign incorporates print, billboards, cinema and electronic media. The corporate advertising campaign preceded a large increase in East Coast Radio listenership. East Coast Radio began life as Radio Port Natal, part of the South African Broadcasting Corporation. Under the management of the South African Broadcasting Corporation, Radio Port Natal developed a particular image and specific audience profiles The new private station needed to establish an identity autonomous from the South African Broadcasting Company, in terms of both inherited and new listeners. The thesis will investigate the extent to which East Coast Radio retained the original audience after the transfer of ownership and the modality through which it was able to construct an extended audience for the station.