UCT Radio is a student-run, campus-community station, catering not only to UCT students and staff but also secondary school pupils and the broader youth community. It is the biggest campus station in Cape Town and the only one licensed to broadcast to the metropole area.
The areas covered by the station include:
- Northern Suburbs (Milnerton, Edgemead and Bellville)
- Cape Flats (Athlone, Mitchell's Plain Langa, Khayelitsha and Gugulethu)
- Southern Suburbs (Rondebosch, Newlands, Claremont and Kenilworth).
Outside of this range, you can listen via a live-streaming service.
The combined listenership is on average 30 000 listeners a week (RAMS).
UCT Radio actively engages with an audience best described as aspirational youth – youth with a strong desire to succeed in their careers, finances and personal lives but with enough of a social conscience to reinvest in their communities. The target audience, aged 14 to 26, includes pupils from high school, students from other tertiary institutions and young professionals, as well as other individuals who prefer the station's young, vibrant sound to conservative mainstream radio stations.
Programming at UCT Radio reflects the culture and diversity of campus life, following a cross-genre approach to music with a strict 50% minimum of South African music. Specialist shows from 18:00 until midnight introduce new music and showcase not only the best in youth culture but also feature musicians and deejays from the biggest clubs in Cape Town. This line-up includes hip-hop, kwaito, trance, house, drum 'n bass, reggae, rock and world music.
UCT Radio plays an integral role in the student social scene, and is one of the most successful and popular student organisations on campus. Annual recruitment sees over 350 individuals applying to become a part of UCT Radio.
Many well-known names in the media and entertainment industry in South Africa cut their teeth at UCT Radio including:
- Mark Gillman (5fm)
- Randall Abrahams (Idols Judge)
- Suga (GHFM/MC at 46664 events)
- Bongani Njoli (E-TV)
- Natalie Bekker (P4/Free Spirit/Top Billing).
Some of the biggest musical chart-toppers in South Africa have received their first airplays on UCT Radio. These include Freshly Ground, Plush, Chiaroscuro, Serving Suggestion and Godessa.