Above: The Tuks FM team celebrates their achievements
Tuks FM has reclaimed the coveted Campus Station of the Year title – winning for a record fifth time at the annual Liberty Radio Awards on 13 April.
Tuks FM is the only radio station in the country (commercial, community, PBS or campus) to have won the award as many times (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2019). It was also the second most nominated radio station in the country this year, getting 19 nods.
Other awards won by Tuks FM on the night include
- Afternoon Drive Show – The Tuks FM Drive Show,
- Breakfast Show – The Tuks FM Breakfast Show,
- Music Show – Locals Only,
- Night-Time Show – The Tuks FM Hip Hop Show, and
- Radio Innovation – Tuks FM Hear the Sights.
Tuks FM’s Station Manager, Leanne Kunz, says the awards are confirmation that the repositioning the station underwent in 2018 was strategically the right move. “We took a bold decision to make a complete 180-degree change in terms of the direction the station was moving in and the market it was speaking to. Essentially the whole of 2018 was spent managing those changes and putting structures and programmes in place to support them. It was a tough year with lots of ups and downs, but the whole crew jumped in and worked together to make it a success. These awards confirm that we did something right!”
Mike Bower, Programme Manager, conceptualised and oversaw an entirely new training programme for Tuks FM’s volunteers, which is a major contributor to the number of awards the station won. “When we first sat down and looked at what needed to change at Tuks FM, one thing stood out: the lack of focus on the listener was extremely apparent. We conceptualised a plan the focused on creating a Tuks FM that our listeners could be proud of. I think with 18 individual nominations and a station of the year nomination, we are well on our way to getting to a point where our listener can be proud of us!”