UCT Radio 104.5fm turns thirty-six years old this year. For the ninety percent of us who are mathematically illiterate – okay, that’s a gross over-estimation, but still – that is about three generations’ worth of human beings who, within the twenty kilometer radius that is UCT Radio’s footprint, have been getting brilliantly bombarded with our radical flavour of broadcasting.
Factor into that equation the global audience which, with the advent of our on-line streaming facility, has been able to eavesdrop on our deejays’ quirky conversations, off-kilter tune selection, and brilliant production, and you have yourself a truly revolutionary community radio station which, it should be said, serves the community with Maximum Respect (tm). By the way, ‘Revolution’ is the key word under which we are operating this year!
UCT Radio is part and parcel of the University of Cape Town’s twenty two thousand-strong (and still counting) academic community. According to the write-up on the UCT website, we are ‘a student-run, campus-community station, catering not only to the students and staff of UCT but also secondary school pupils and the broader youth community of Cape Town‘. It should also be said though that we are ‘the biggest campus station in Cape Town and the only one licensed to broadcast to the metropole‘.
The revolution has been kickstarted!