Tuks FM alumni inspire at training camp

Posted on March 15, 2018

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

Ayanda MVP (presenter of the Ayanda MVP show on 947) and Rob Forbes (co-presenter of The Forbes and Fix show on 5FM), were among the alumni who shared their knowledge with 57 novices 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, including Anele Mdoda, Gareth Cliff and Rian van Heerden.

With 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 of the greater Tshwane area and 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: ‘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 (Jacaranda FM), 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. He is also a lecturer at Boston Media House.

For more information on Tuks FM and to find out about upcoming events, visit www.tuksfm.co.za.

- Author Department of University Relations

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