How Carol Radull Wasted 6-Figure Salary

  • From left: Media personalities Smirti Vidiyarthi, Carol Radull and Sheila Mwanyiga. Facebook
  • Radio presenters are known to earn a lot of money, which also comes with more problems, as the age-old saying goes. 

    The problems are even more aggravated when the media personalities feel that they have to maintain a certain lifestyle.

    This happened to one Carol Radull of Classic FM when she worked at the BBC between 1997 and 1999.

    Radio presenter Carol Radull. She was previously at Kiss 100 FM before moving to Classic 105.
    Radio presenter Carol Radull. She was previously at Kiss 100 FM before moving to Classic 105.

    During a 2018 interview with reporters from The Standard, she revealed that she failed to save any of the huge amounts of money she was earning at the time and ended up broke at some point in her life. 

    “I started earning good money when I was very young. Despite earning a six-figure salary, I was not saving. I would walk into a bar with almost 20 friends and shout ‘peweni (order anything)’. My account was always at zero every end of the month,” she recalled. 

    “I had a savings account which had Ksh 4,000 by the time I lost my job. I was a spendthrift. If you ask me what I did with the money, I wouldn’t know because I did not save,” Radull added. 

    For the next few months, she depended on her sister for rent and other expenses. 

    Luckily she was offered a job by Nick Hughes (Vivid Features director) in Rwanda where he was shooting a story about the genocide.

    “Nick paid my rent for another six months. I later got a job at Citizen TV for a short time. It was shut down by the government as soon as I started getting comfortable. I was jobless after three months. I felt like I was running out of luck,” the football junkie recalled. 

    “I literally became a hustler. I would organise shoots for Swedish and Norwegian news agencies. I would make a little money to survive till the next gig. This gave me the opportunity to reflect and think about my life. It also taught me to be more responsible,” she acknowledged. 

    Radull was able to pick herself up and become one of the best radio presenters, whose enthusiasm in sports is unmatched. She is also an inspiration to female sports journalists like Citizen TV's Mukami Wambora. 

    Radio presenter Carol Radull attending a past sporting event. She once got broke after spending her salary without saving any of it.
    Radio presenter Carol Radull attending a past sporting event. In a 2018 interview, she recalled how early in her career she had spent her earnings irresponsibly.