Several Tuks FM alumni joined the radio station’s training camp, held recently at LC de Villiers Sports Grounds.

Ayanda MVP (947 presenter on the Ayanda MVP show) and Rob Forbes (5FM presenter on the Forbes and Fix show) were among the alumni who shared their knowledge with 57 newbies who recently joined the Tuks FM family as volunteers. The new recruits will be discovering the exciting world of radio with on-the-job training in various areas of radio broadcasting including presenting, technical and audio production, marketing and graphic design.

Tuks FM has produced some of the biggest names in the broadcasting industry to date, including the likes of Anele Mdoda, Gareth Cliff and Rian van Heerden.

With a new station manager Leanne Kunz at the helm, Tuks FM has one major focus area this year, to realign itself with its core market: the youth in the greater Tshwane area, as well as students of the University of Pretoria. “Tuks FM will essentially rebrand itself to become a vibrant, relevant multimedia platform for the youth of Tshwane,” said, Kunz, explaining that “this training camp was the start of many great things to come for the station this year”.

An entirely new music format is on the cards, “so in the next month or so, listeners will start to hear a brand new Tuks FM. This along with a renewed effort to provide volunteers with the best possible training so they, in turn, can provide the community with quality, relevant content, is a major focus at the moment,” she said.

Other Tuks FM alumni who joined the training camp included Hennie Myburgh (JacarandaFM), Marietta Dercksen and Andre Kunz (5FM), who trained the teams on music scheduling, social media, and presenting and content production respectively.

A new programme manager, Mike Bower, also an alumnus, joined the team in March. He has many years of experience in the broadcasting industry, not only at Tuks FM, but also as programme manager at an online radio station, as well as a lecturer at Boston Media House.