MUT Radio Celebrates World Radio Day with Special Broadcasts

MUT Radio team, from left, Hlanganani Midday Show Content Producer, Sbongokuhle Mlotshwa; the show’s host, Ntuthuko Mabaso; MUT Radio Technical Manager, Ntokozo Buthelezi; and Programmes manager, Slindile Ngobese in the live studio

On 13 February 2024, MUT Radio joined the global celebration of World Radio Day with a series of special broadcasts, highlighting the power and importance of radio in the lives of the people; a relationship that began in the 1980s, when Gugliemo Marconi sent a wireless Morse Code message to a recipient who was more than a kilometre away.

MUT Radio Programmes Manager, Slindile Ngobese, said that one of the standout events of the day was the collaboration between MUT Radio’s Hlanganani Midday Show, hosted by Ntuthuko Mabaso, and another campus radio, TUT FM’s Midday Connection, hosted by Matshekga Senyolo. “The two shows came together for a simulcast that spanned the entire three hours of the broadcast. This unique collaboration showcased the spirit of unity and cooperation in the world of radio, bringing together listeners from different regions and backgrounds,” said Ngobese.

Ngobese also said their listeners were treated to a dynamic exchange of ideas, music, and entertainment as the hosts engaged with each other and their audiences. The simulcast not only celebrated World Radio Day, but also demonstrated the power of radio to connect people and communities across distances, just as Marconi and his friend did.

Ngobese also added that in addition to the simulcast, MUT Radio’s Hangout, hosted by Awethu Kelese, featured a special interview with Abongile Mangala from TruFM. The interview provided insights into the workings of another radio station, offering listeners a glimpse into the diverse landscape of radio broadcasting in South Africa.

Highlighting the importance of the day, Ngobese said that World Radio Day serves as a reminder of the vital role that radio plays in the lives of its listeners – from providing news and information, to entertainment and companionship. “MUT Radio’s participation in this global celebration reflects its commitment to serving its audience and fostering connections within the community,” said Ngobese. “As we reflect on World Radio Day and its significance, let us continue to appreciate the medium that has been a constant presence in our lives, bringing us together, and enriching our experiences in ways both big and small,” said Ngobese.