Tuks FM has been chosen to represent South Africa at the annual World College Radio Day initiative happening on 2 October. The reigning Campus Station of the Year (SA Radio Awards 2020) is the only South African radio station that was chosen to take part in the initiative. Additionally, Tuks FM was selected from a group of over 550 radio stations to feature in the 24 hour broadcast marathon, with a one hour slot at 11:00. A snippet of our one-hour broadcast can be heard below:

World College Radio Day 2020 will feature over 550 university and college radio stations from over 30 countries around the world and aims to bring awareness to the work and value they bring not only to the communities they serve, but also to the general broadcast space. This year the theme is Global Solidarity Rocks, which according to World College Radio Day’s website, reflects on current needs worldwide, from the race to find a cure for Covid-19 to all the teachers and students returning to schools and universities with much uncertainty. The aim of World College Radio Day is to raise a greater, international awareness of the many college and university radio stations that operate around the world by encouraging people who would not normally listen to campus radio to do so on this day. 

Tuks FM was required to submit a one hour long pre-recorded radio show which will feature as part of the 24-hour broadcast marathon on 2 October. The station will also take part in various joint initiatives with the participating radio stations on the day. Station Manager, Leanne Kunz, says the initiative is a great way to emphasize the value of campus radio and the role it plays in the broader society. “Campus radio is about the community: the one we nurture internally and the one we serve externally. We invest in our internal community’s future by training and mentoring our student volunteers and giving them the skills they’ll need to add value in their respective professions once they enter the working world. We also provide a platform for new, local artists that are breaking into the industry and we support local causes and initiatives that unite our community and, by extension, our listeners. By taking part in this initiative, we hope to contribute to a movement that highlights the importance of these functions in the broader society, as well as the value that campus radio adds to the community it serves.”

Be sure to keep an ear out for Tuks FM’s contribution to World College Radio Day by tuning in and being part of this global initiative. For more information on World College Radio Day, visit collegeradio.org.