Jalang'o Quits Hot 96 FM

  • Mediamax has dug deeper into Royal Media Services radio stations' troubles with comedian Jalang’o being the latest to desert the company.

    Hot 96 FM breakfast show will now remain without Felix Oduor, known to many as Jalas, who has been hosting it alongside Jeff Koinange.

    Sources which confirmed the resignation to Kenyans.co.ke indicated that he is joining Milele FM.

    [caption caption="Comedian Felix Odiwuor, alias Jalang'o (PHOTO/Twitter)"][/caption]

    In April last year, the radio sensation quit Standard Media Group’s Radio Maisha in a decision that did not go well with his largely Swahili listener fanbase.

    He left Maisha Asubuhi presenter Alex Mwakideu struggling to pair up with Nick Odhiambo who could not perfectly fit into the Swahili audiences.

    The breakfast program was quite popular and had an impressive online trail under the #AlexNaJalas banner.

    Mr Odhiambo, who poses as an attraction to female audiences was later moved to host the station’s Rhumba music show in the evening, but it remains unclear whether he’s turned the numbers upwards.

    Jalango is readying to join Milele FM who released comedian Otoyo to fill the gap left at Radio Maisha.

    Jalang'o made is first radio career at Kiss 100 before moving to Radio Maisha where he worked for more than five years.

    Royal Media Services Head of Radio Citizen Joyce Gituro, Jambo Kenya presenters Francis Luchivya and comedian Wilbroda have also moved to Milele FM.

    [caption caption="Jeff Koinange and Jalang'o "][/caption]

    RMS insider and veteran journalist Peter Opondo, who returned to Mediamax in April this year as the group executive editor is said to be behind the massive exodus.

    Opondo is seeking to build a top talent muscle at the media house that has been struggling in an audience dominated by his former employer, Nation Media and Standard Group outlets.

    BBC Africa also picked two Citizen TV journalists to join its recently set up Sh1 Billion bureau.

    Reporters Mercy Kandie and Sylvia Chebet have joined the British Broadcasting Corporation from Citizen TV.