Tuks FM: UP’s radio station


The University of Pretoria’s official radio station, Tuks FM, was established in 1981, but do we really know what the station is all about? Perdeby decided to give you more information about the station and the various shows on offer. Tuks FM, originally called Radio Tuks, is one of South Africa’s most respected community broadcasters. It is broadcasted from the University of Pretoria’s Hatfield campus and is more than just a campus-based community radio station as it now reaches most areas of Johannesburg North as well. Tuks FM was named South Africa’s Best Campus Radio Station of the year for four consecutive years between 2012 and 2015 at the MTN Radio awards. The awards show did not take place in 2016 and was renamed to The Liberty Radio Awards in 2017, where Tuks FM walked away with Best Breakfast Presenter, Duane Van Wyk, and Alt La Femme won Best Night-time Show.

Tuks FM transformed itself into a community radio station of excellence that has been the breeding house of top talent for commercial radio. Some of this talent includes Anele Mdoda, who during an interview with ZAlebs said that she attributed her strong work ethic to her time at Tuks FM because she was surrounded by like-minded people who were consistent hard workers and that the environment carried on when she made her move to Highveld FM. Other talents include Gareth Cliff, Ayanda Mdululi and Poppy Ntshongwana. Tuks FM also has a variety of shows on offer. Alt La Femme is a female-based show that talks about all the pressing matters everybody thinks about but no one wants to talk about. It takes place every Wednesday from 15:00 to 16:00. Another show that is available is The Man Cave, a show that is entertaining for guys and educational for girls. From this show you can expect game reviews, movie reviews and other masculine things. It airs every Thursday from 19:00 to 20:00. A show designed mainly for interaction with its audience is All Request Friday, that allows you to send them five of your favourite tunes on WhatsApp and they will be played uninterrupted. The show is on Fridays between 11:00 and 14:00.

Tuks FM does not only just focus on radio but also has community initiatives such as the 2017 Tuks FM Woolly Winter campaign. This campaign aims to ensure that specific needs of the students during the winter months are met. The campaign is done in collaboration with the SRC. 

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