Brian Emmenis and the Capital Sounds team have been the voice of Air Shows in South Africa for the past 25 years, and for all of that time have actively supported and promoted the Silver Falcons and the South African Air Force.
Capital Sounds was born out of an idea that Brian Emmenis had in early 1982. It goes back to just before Capital Radio 604 started broadcasting.During this time Brian was the commentator at the then Goldfields Raceway just outside of Welkom in the Free State. He met there with Barry Lambert, John Moody and Martin Rattle who were all the driving force behind new and very exciting radio station, Capital Radio 604.Barry Lambert, the head of Capital Radio's Sport Division encouraged Brian to come and join Capital Radio once they were on air !Capital Radio was launched at 06h00 on the 26 December,1979. The very first song played on this incredible radio station was "Bridge Over Troubled Water" by Simon and Garfunkel.
From then on Brian was hooked on Capital Radio 604 !
Brian was used extensively as their sports commentator around the Free State .
During this time he broadcast at many different sporting events including test rugby, international cricket matches, many golf and motorsport events, to name but a few.
As a result of this Brian had to lug all of his broadcast equipment around the Free State each weekend.
With Capital Radio doing extremely well and having their vehicles all beautifully branded Brian felt that it was now the right time for him to acquire a broadcast unit that could be used exclusively around the Free State.
Along with a friend of his, Brian purchased an old Volkswagen combi. Working alongside a great team of volunteers night after night they successfully converted the sad ,old combi into an outside broadcast unit.
The big day finally arrived when the Capital Radio bosses gave the authorisation for the broadcast unit to be branded in the colours of Capital Radio itself !
This broadcast unit was not only used for sporting events but for many other types of events, ie Opening of Shopping Malls, School Carnivals, Drum Majorette Championships etc.
Not long after his introduction of the broadcast unit, aptly nicknamed " OLD BLUE" Brian was approached by various businesses and event management teams to provide public address sound systems for an even larger variety of events.
Brian was fortunate to have had the backing of Mr Terry Acres from Prosound, a sound supply company which is based in Johannesburg. This meant that the broadcast unit was soon equipped with the latest state of the art Electro-Voice equipment from America.
During this period the presenters used during the broadcast and outside events were all permanent employees and radio presenters from Capital Radio including Kevin Savage, Phil Wright, Darren Scott and Dave Guselli. The public enjoyed meeting these great personalities at venues around the country.
One of the big highlights for Brian was when the "Old Blue" broadcast unit was taken to Milpark Galleries in Johannesburg to be viewed by Capital Radio's senior management team. Much to the delight of Brian and his broadcast team the vehicle was well received by Capital Radio's management.
As the demand for the supply of good public address sound systems increased Brian decided to purchase a Jurgens caravan which was then refurbished and renovated into a broadcast van. Again, his loyal team of freelance crew came on board to assist him night after night to complete the broadcast van in record time !
At a later stage Capital Radio decided to give their very own magnificent Jurgens outside broadcast caravan to Brian and his team. This caravan was also converted into a state of the art broadcast unit.
A local car dealer who sold Toyotas very kindly presented Brian with a brand new Toyota Hi-Ace which was also converted into an outside broadcast unit.
At this stage Capital Sounds was a well known name and were now very involved with the presentation of airshows as well around South Africa.
Brian now had a freelance crew of thirty five highly qualified members who travelled around the country with Capital Sounds whenever they were available.
With the phasing out of the Toyota Hi-Ace, Imperial Bank kindly came on board and presented the team with a Mercedes Sprinter van which is still proudly being used as Capital Sounds's flagship broadcast unit a total of eleven years later !
Today Capital Sounds has a fleet of seven outside broadcast units, a variety of support units, some generators and a wide range of broadcast equipment on hand.
The largest outside broadcast event undertaken by the team was the Waterkloof Airshow which was presented by the South African Airforce and was attended by 350 000 spectators.
The company has grown from strength to strength and now employs nine permanent staff members and a freelance crew of around thirty people.
Many of the proud and loyal freelance crew have been with Capital Sounds for a period of twenty seven years.