EXCLUSIVE: How Milele FM Failed to Lure Professor Hamo From Hot 96

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    Comedian Professor Hamo (left) and anchor Jeff Koinange. The duo hosts a breakfast show on Hot 96
  • Kenyan comedians have become a huge gem in the media industry and in the past months, followers have witnessed a number of them change stations. Just to mention a few, In July 2020, Jalang'o switched sides from Milele FM to Kiss FM with MCA Tricky joining Milele FM from Radio Maisha.

    Comedian Professor Hamo was poised to join Mediamax Limited's Milele FM from Hot 96 FM after completing his self-isolation. Hamo self-isolated after co-host Jeff Koinange tested positive for Covid-19.

    An insider at Mediamax who spoke with Kenyans.co.ke on Monday, August 3, detailed that Hamo had already signed a contract with Milele FM

    The Churchill Show comedian was set to join radio host Dee also known as Presenter 001 to host Milele FM Drive from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

    A file image of President Uhuru Kenyatta (centre) his deputy William Ruto (left) and comedian Professor Hamo (right) enjoying a light moment

    Comedian Jacquey Nyaminde alias Wilbroda and co-host Francis Luchivya were to be pushed to another show slated for 8 p.m. onwards. The duo currently host Milele Drive, which Hamo was set to take over. 

    Milele FM had started running a radio promotion of Hamo and Dee and on catching wind of it, Hot 96 FM acted swiftly to retain the comedian's talent. Hamo was reportedly offered another lucrative contract.  

    The Royal Media Services-owned station also made their own promo in which Jeff Koinange announced a radio comeback from Covid-19 isolation. Koinange used the famous Health CS Mutahi Kagwe's rendition of 'you can get it, I can get it.’

    Both stations Milele FM and Hot 96 FM concurrently ran promotions on Professor Hamo. 

    "We're Baaaaaaack! The Hottest Breakfast Show in all of Africa #JeffAndHamoOnHot returns Monday, August 3, 2020, from 6 a.m. - 10 a.m. Only on Hot 96," announced Jeff.

    Speaking with Kenyans.co.ke, Groups Radio Programs Manager at Mediamax, Simaloi Dajom played coy with the details of Hamo's contract and directed questions to the comedian. 

    However, she gave an insight into the ongoing restructuring at Milele FM. Dajom is a former employee of Royal Media Services.

    "You can get accurate information from Hamo himself. All I can speak about is the reorganisation. Program changes are internal strategies which I cannot share for now. However, change is necessary and everyone with talent has to adapt to it.

    "While I was at RMS I got Jeff and Jalang'o to do a breakfast show. I also signed Hamo from Churchill. This is part of change. The market is changing and we are not short of talent. As of which show a presenter will be transferred too is also part of the change," Dajom stated. 

    Professor Hamo and Hot 96' FMs Station Manager Cynthia Mwangi were yet to respond to calls and text messages regarding the issue by the time of publication.