Radio Turf has always been a pioneer with many things, from being the second community radio to go on air, the first community to be trusted with a twenty four hour license, the biggest contributor of presenters, producers and news readers to the provincial commercial and public broadcaster.
Tenacity Magazine: Please kindly tell us what Radio Turf is? A brief historical background of the radio station.
Radio Turf: Radio Turf is a community radio station situated within the University of Limpopo (Turfloop Campus), Polokwane in Limpopo province. The radio station was established in 1994, and got its first license in 1995. The station broadcast 24 hours a day on the frequency, 103.8 FM to the Greater Mankweng, Boyne, Mamabolo, Mothiba, Dikgale, and other tribal communites as well as Polokwane.
Tenacity Magazine: What are your aims and objectives as community radio station?
Radio Turf: The aims and objectives of Radio Turf is to provide a community radio service to the University and broader community within its license area consistent with the terms and conditions of the license and the broader aims of the University. To promote the ideas, principles and role of community radio as set out in the preamble. To promote the participation of communities in all levels of community radio. To promote the role of Radio Turf particularly in support of democracy, development, the empowerment of communities, freedom of expression, diversity of opinion and broadcast ownership and combating of racism, sexism and all forms of discrimination.
Tenacity Magazine: What are the programmes within the radio station?
Radio Turf: The programming of the radio station is informed by thorough research, includes news, sports, talk, and music shows. With issues ranging from health, politics, fashion trends, education, social development etc. With the above information, it strongly put the station at an excellent position to deliver an extremely rewarding marketing solutions for your business.
Tenacity Magazine: What have you achieved ever since the inception of radio station?
Radio Turf: We have achieved lots of things as a community radio station. Below are some of the achievements:
NATIONAL COMMUNITY RADIO WEEK AWARDS 2017/18
Radio Turf has been nominated in seven categories, namely: Best Breakfast Show, Best Documentary Show, Best Personality of the Year, Best Educational Show, Best Female Presenter, Best Business Show of the Year and Listener’s Choice Station of the Year. Out of seven categories the station won two awards, Best Breakfast Show and Best Business Show. Mr. Isaac Mashila won in the category of Best Breakfast Show of the year Ms. Katlego Mothapo won in the category of Best Business Show of the year. The event took place in February 2018.
NATIONAL COMMUNITY RADIO WEEK AWARDS 2018/19
Radio Turf has been nominated in six categories. Mr. Nicol Maimela has been nominated in three categories, namely: Best Sports Show, Best Male Presenter, Best News Reader and Ms. Mmabaloi Mabitsela has been nominated in one category, Best News Reader. There is also Community Project of the Year and Listener’s choice award for the station. For Community Project of the Year, the station has submitted the required documents and it has been confirmed that the station is competing with other stations in this category. A date for this prestigious event will be announced soon.
LIBERTY RADIO AWARDS 2018/19
Radio Turf was again listed as finalist at the 2019 Liberty Radio Awards. The event took place on the 13th April 2019 at the Sandton Convention Centre. Our trainee Mr. Chris Chuene got nominated in the category of Best Campus Breakfast show.
Tenacity Magazine: Tell us about your listenership, how many listeners does Radio Turf have?
Radio Turf: The radio station has over 50 thousand listenership with a 97KM radius coverage. The radio station do 50% talk and 40% music in order to entertain, inform, and educate its listeners.
Tenacity Magazine: What language of broadcast do you use?
Radio Turf: The radio station’s language of broadcast is 40% English and 60% Sepedi.
Tenacity Magazine: What makes Radio Turf unique from other community radio stations?
Radio Turf: What makes Radio Turf unique is that we are campus radio station, and our presenters are the students from the University’s department of media studies. We give them a chance to showcase their talents and skills. The station continues to strive to meet the needs of its target community.