Tuks FM proved its commitment to uplifting the community it serves by handing over a sizeable cheque to the University of Pretoria’s Student Representative Council (SRC) recently.
The cheque for R123 416 was received by Dr Matete Madiba, Director: Student Affairs; Dr Willem Jorissen, Deputy-Director: Student Affairs; as well as the President and Treasurer of the SRC, Kwena Moloto and Duane van Wyk respectively.
Tuks FM’s Station Manager, Leanne Kunz, says the initiative is one way the station reaches out to its community: “As a campus-based community radio station, Tuks FM’s purpose is not to make a profit but to enrich our community, a large part of which is the student fraternity of the University of Pretoria. As such, any revenue we make over and above our operating costs is ploughed straight back into the university to be used to enrich the lives of needy students.”
The station will also conduct several other outreach projects during the course of the year in a bid to enrich the lives of the broader community. These include a charity golf day in Winter and a clean-up operation in Hatfield in Spring.
Tuks FM will also host a relaunching event in September following a full format change in April. “If you tune in to Tuks FM now, you’ll hear a very different sound to what was previously the case. We are now playing a mixture of Hip Hop, EDM (Electronic Dance Music), Pop and alternative music, which includes artists like The Chain Smokers and 21 Pilots. This makes our sound much more mainstream and attractive to a youth audience, which is who we are targeting,” says Kunz.
She adds that the event will aim to showcase the new Tuks FM and what the station is about going forward. “With a new management team in place, we are here to announce that Tuks FM is all about the youth. We aim to be relevant, vibrant and at the forefront of youth infotainment.”
Mike Bower, Tuks FM’s new Programme Manager, says lots of hard work is being done behind the scenes in a bid to improve the station’s programming output: “An extensive training programme has been rolled out for each department, with a strong focus on the presenting and news departments. This will improve the quality of the content we’re broadcasting.”
He adds: “An entirely new programming schedule will also be implemented which will feature shows that cater specifically to our community, which is the youth of the greater Tshwane area, as well as specialist shows, including a 30-minute talk segment, to cater to individual tastes.”