Tuks FM’s star performers were honoured at the radio station’s year end function at the weekend. The event took place at the Harlequin in Groenkloof and was attended by 65 staff and volunteers.
Tuks FM has undergone sweeping changes in 2018, from a full format change i.e. a change in the type of music the station plays, to whole-scale changes to the programming line-up, a new vision and mission, as well as a new strategy, culture and ethos.
Tuks FM’s station manager, Leanne Kunz, expressed gratitude to staff and volunteers, for playing their part in facilitating the changes and working together as a team. “When I look back to where we were when I started here in January and I compare that to where we are now…well, there is no comparison, it’s like night and day. The progress and the improvements we’ve made are phenomenal, and I couldn’t be prouder of what we have achieved together as a team. Each one of you, from management to the last volunteer we took on board in August, has played a part in bringing us to where we are today, and for that I thank you.”
Awards were presented to each department: music, production, marketing, presenting and news, as well as to the unit leader of the year, the personality of the year and the member of the year.
• Member of the year: Keabetswe Boya
• Presenter of the year: Gregory Symington
• Music compiler of the year: Bonolo Matlala
• Producer of the year: Saul Oboth
• Marketer of the year: Laaiqah Bhika
• Unit leader of the year: Bile Diphoko
• Personality of the year: Max M’membe
The member of the year accolade is awarded to the volunteer who consistently goes over and above the call of duty, who is a top achiever is his/her department, who is enthusiastic and makes a positive contribution in all they do, and embodies everything it means to be a Tuks FM volunteer. Boya, the presenter unit leader, has made a massive positive impact in a very short time in her leadership position. “With the amazing growth that I have seen at Tuks FM in just the past year all I can say is, what a time to be alive and be part of a great radio station that invests greatly in their talent. Greater things can only happen from here onwards.”
Kunz says they will continue to build on the growth of this year going into 2019, and will aggressively market the station in a bid to get the word out about the shifts made in 2018.