By Kgopotso Seth Chawane

In celebration of World Radio Day, radio stations worldwide came together on 13 February to honour the powerful medium that has been a beacon of information, education and entertainment since the late 1800’s. The spirit of unity in the media industry was evident as TUT FM (Tshwane University of Technology) and MUT FM (Mangosuthu University of Technology), joined forces in a pioneering simulcast.

Mid-Morning Connexion (TUT FM) and Hlanganani (MUT FM) resonated with unique synergy during the 10 am to 12 pm broadcast, fostering camaraderie between the two institutions. The airwaves were electrified by Mathekga Senyolo (TUT FM) and Nthuthuko Mabasa (MUT FM), who delved into the rich history of radio, from its inception by German scientist Heinrich Hertz to the revolutionary wireless telegraph by Guglielmo Marconi.

Why is radio such an essential medium in our lives today? The question sparked an intense conversation that echoed through the streets and into the hearts of listeners. People from all walks of life shared their sentiments, emphasizing radio's enduring significance.

"In the olden days, with limited access to television and social media, radio was and still is, a solid, reputable and credible source of information, education and entertainment," many callers, including Karabo Baloyi from Soshanguve Block BB, said.

Meanwhile, in KwaZulu-Natal, Sandile Hlatshwayo added, "Radio is still a big deal and mostly listened to by people in our homelands. We hardly watch television; our go-to for stories, news and entertainment remains radio. That is how important radio is to us."

The conversation also delved into the current significance and importance of radio. Kedibone Mahapa, TUT FM Station Manager, also shared her thoughts on the enduring relevance of radio in today's fast-paced digital world.

Mathekga Senyolo

"Radio remains a constant companion in our daily lives, offering a unique blend of information, connection and entertainment. It is a medium that transcends barriers, reaches diverse audiences and creates a sense of community. In an era where information is abundant, radio stands as a trustworthy guide, providing a personal and intimate connection with its listeners," said Mahapa.

“In this pioneering celebration of World Radio Day, MUT Radio in KZN Durban and TUT FM in Tshwane, Gauteng, came together for a remarkable dual simulcast broadcast. The exchange of ideas, language and music tastes between the energetic youth of both campuses was nothing short of impressive. This event seamlessly brought these communities together and we look forward to the possibility of repeating this vibrant exchange next year,” said Carlito Sheik, MUT Radio Station Manager. 

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