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Tuks FM will feature prominently at this year’s Radio Days Africa conference, which is Africa’s biggest radio conference.

Programme Manager, Mike Bower, will host a talk about Tuks FM’s award-winning campaign, ‘Hear the Sights’, which won a 2019 Liberty Radio Award for the best radio innovation. Hear the Sights aimed to enhance the listening experience of students at the Prinshof School for the visually impaired by taking them on a sensory journey during a visit to the Pretoria Zoo.

Bower says he is honoured to be given the opportunity to speak at such a prestigious event. “This opportunity is made so much more special by the fact that the topic I get to speak about is something that is very close to the hearts of the Tuks FM staff. We have so much potential to innovate within the youth radio landscape, I think that it is very exciting for other radio professionals to see what we are doing.”

Leanne Kunz, Tuks FM’s Station Manager, will join a panel discussion called ‘What it Takes to Win’, which features representatives from each of the four Station of the Year winners (commercial, community, campus and PBS) at the 2019 Liberty Radio Awards. Kunz says the fact that two Tuks FM representatives will speak at the conference is a massive feather in the station’s cap. “Radio Days Africa features speakers from across the globe who are making their mark or innovating in some way or another, so for us to be included this year is a huge deal and I’m extremely grateful for the opportunity.”

Radio Days Africa, now in its 10th year, is hosted annually in Johannesburg. More than 350 delegates and 60 speakers from across the world attend the conference each year, which caters for a variety of sectors within the radio business. 

The conference runs from 3 – 5 July 2019 at the Wits Club in Johannesburg.

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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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