Kenyan Radio veterans who ruled our airwaves

Veteran radio presenters

With a career spanning over 30 years, Fred currently hosts Roga Roga show on Citizen Radio and TV (PHOTO/COURTESY)

In Brief

–  Known for his broadcasting works, the late Patrobas started his career at Tanganyika Standard

Over the years Kenya has witnessed tremendous growth within the media sector. The introduction of major changes across different platforms has impacted and developed the industry in numerous ways, especially within the radio space.

Here in Kenya radio has become extremely popular with the stations providing up to date authentic and informative stories as well as entertaining vast audiences.

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With the continuing revolution within radio, notable personalities have risen over the years, others making a mark within the industry.

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Here are some of the radio presenters who evolved to become household names:

Leonard Mambo Mbotela

Veteran radio presenter Leonard Mambo Mbotela sure is a radio legend. Born in the 1940s Mbotela is famed for his show “Je, huu ni ungwana” a popular show that ran for more than 50 years.

He began his career in 1964 at Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC), then VOK.

He has since retired from media circles.

Nzau Kalulu

The late Nzau Kalulu also started his career at the State’s broadcaster, KBC where he hosted the famous show ‘Sundowner’, an evening show which played soothing music and was a popular household show.

He later joined the Royal Media Services as head of radio until the time of his death.

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Agawo Patrobas

Known for his broadcasting works, the late Patrobas started his career at Tanganyika Standard.

Once in an interview with Joe Ageyo, he opened up on his life and his journey in the media world.

“I had a passion growing up I used to think of broadcasting because at that time we used to also connect some matchbox with thread and one person stays form one side. Then you broadcast from one side. That was when I was in primary, it was where I got my passion,” he reminisced.

Patrobas, a radio legend died in 2017. Until the time of his death, he worked for Royal media’s own station Ramogi Fm.

Fred Obachi Machoka

Fred aliased ‘the blackest man in black Africa’, this veteran radio presenter once served in the Kenyan forces. He landed his first break in media after winning a radio competition.

Once in an interview with Joyce Gituro he said that a producer at KBC noticed his appealing voice, liked him and convinced him to consider a career in the media world.

With a   career spanning over 30 years, Fred currently hosts Roga Roga show on Citizen Radio and TV.