Monthly Archives March 2019

Tuks FM has secured 18 nominations for the 2019 Liberty Radio Awards to be hosted on 13 April at the Sandton Convention Centre.

In so doing, the radio station earned the title as the most-nominated campus radio station in the country, and the second most-nominated overall (campus, community, PBS and commercial), falling only three short of the radio station with the highest number of nominations for 2019.

Below is a list of all the nominations Tuks FM received:

AFTERNOON DRIVE PRESENTER
1. DUANE JEFFERY VAN WYK
2. KEA BOYA

AFTERNOON DRIVE SHOW
3. THE TUKS FM DRIVE SHOW

BREAKFAST SHOW
4. THE TUKS FM BREAKFAST SHOW

COMMUNITY PROJECT
5. #PAYITFORWARD

DAYTIME SHOW
6. HOT TOPIC

MULTI-CHANNEL PROMOTION
7. HEAR THE SIGHTS

MUSIC SHOW
8. LOCALS ONLY
9. THE TUKS FM HIP HOP SHOW

NIGHT-TIME SHOW
10. THE TUKS FM HIP HOP SHOW
11. LOCALS ONLY

PROMOTIONS STUNT/EVENT
12. #PAYITFORWARD
13. THE TUKS FM RADIO INDABA 2018

RADIO DOCUMENTARY
14. #BETTERTOKNOW

RADIO INNOVATION
15. HEAR THE SIGHTS

STATION IMAGING
16. TUKS FM 107.2

WEEKEND RADIO SHOW
17. SATURDAY AND SUNDAY NIGHTS WITH AARON
18. TUKS FM TOP 40.

Tuks FM is also the only campus or community radio station to be nominated in the Multi-Channel Promotion and Radio Innovation categories, with all the other nominees being commercial radio stations.

Station Manager, Leanne Kunz, says the achievement is a massive feather in their cap, and shows that the repositioning the station underwent in 2018 is bearing fruit. “We made sweeping changes at basically every level of Tuks FM’s operations in 2018 in a bid to realign ourselves with our core market. These included implementing a structured, intensive training programme under Programme Manager, Mike Bower, which has vastly improved our output overall. I think the number of nominations we received this year is a reflection of those changes, as well as a massive team effort to make Tuks FM the best campus radio station in the country.”

Tuks FM received nine nominations at the 2018 event, and won two awards, as well as two Bright Star accolades.

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Over R40 000 worth of goods were collected during the 2019 #Back2Varsity campaign, a partnership between Menlyn Park Shopping Centre and Tuks FM, which is in support of disadvantaged students of the University of Pretoria (UP).

Research conducted by the Higher Education Department estimates that about 216 000 students in South Africa are without suitable accommodation, and almost 400 000 beds are needed to meet its enrolment targets for 2030. This has resulted in thousands of squatting tertiary students needing urgent support.

Olive Ndebele, General Manager at Menlyn Park Shopping Centre, said the #Back2Varsity campaign was far more than a charity drive. “It’s about our contribution to society, our appreciation of society, and our appreciation of what education means to the world, to our economy and to the individuals here. Education is so important  – it’s a maturity of the mind. It’s not just about getting a degree so you can get a job and a better paycheck. The way you express yourself and your opinions, your confidence – there is a great distinction between those that have been educated and those who have little exposure to education.”

Professor Tawana Kupe, Vice Chancellor and Principle of the University of Pretoria, emphasised the importance of community, and the role radio stations such as Tuks FM play in benefiting the communities they serve. “This initiative really is about community, and a community is about giving, because in a community to give is to be given. No community coheres if there is no state of giving. A community radio station’s job is to create a community, in this case consisting out of the University of Pretoria and its environment.”

David Kabwa, President of UP’s Student Representative Council, thanked both Menlyn and Tuks FM for contributing to student well being through the #Back2Varsity campaign: “To Menlyn, we are extremely grateful that you’ve joined in to help. Not only do students go to Menlyn to have fun, but now they also know that Menlyn is supporting them in reaching their academic success. To Tuks FM, what more can we say? On behalf of every single student of the University of Pretoria, on behalf of all the students who come through the doors of the Department of Student Affairs wondering how they can focus on their academics when it’s hard to focus on anything other than how hungry they are, thank you.”

All the items collected, which include non-perishable foods, stationery, clothing and toiletries, will be distributed via UP’s SNAPP (Student Nutrition and Progress Programme), which provides support to underprivileged students with food and related assistance.

In 2018, R30 000 worth of goods were collected during the #Back2Varsity campaign which provided approximately 170 students with meals for six months.
Bhaviksha Ramouthar – DSA, Thuli Zulu – SRC Deputy President, Prof Tawana Kupe – UP Vice Chancellor, David Kabwa – SRC President, Olive Ndebele – Menlyn General Manager.

 

 

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