Two Royal Media Services Employees Open Own Radio Station

  • An image of Royal Media Services signboard along Dennis Pritt road in Nairobi County.
    A signboard showing Royal Media Services radio stations next to the media house in Nairobi County.
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    Seth Olale
  • Two employees of the Royal Media Services (RMS) came together to open their own radio station, Jowi FM

    Speaking to Kenyans.co.ke on Thursday, November 24, Ramogi radio presenter Captain David Bondo revealed that he had partnered with a former marketing manager at RMS John Odingi to run the radio station.

    Bondo began the radio station all alone on April 2, 2019, as Ratego FM  based in Siaya.  He has been running it for three years before rebranding it with his friend Odingi to Jowi FM.

    The new station which will be broadcasting from Kisumu will be launched on December 15.

    The logo of Jowi FM- a radio station owned by Captain David Bondo and John Odingi.
    The logo of Jowi FM- a radio station owned by Captain David Bondo and John Odingi.
    Captain David Bondo

    “We will shift from Siaya to Kisumu since we were given additional frequency,” Bondo stated.

    Jowi FM will be covering the Luo Nyanza counties of Migori, Kisumu, Homa Bay and Siaya.  The new name for the station has since been patented by Kenya Industrial Property Institute (KIPI) as per the law.

    "Odingi is currently the managing director of Jowi while I act as the deputy managing director. We have great Luo journalists that we will reveal during the launch date," he remarked.

    The radio presenter has been working at Ramogi FM for more than a year having joined in June 2021. He presents daily and sports news.

    He previously worked at Lolwe FM which is a top radio station based in Kisumu that broadcasts in the Dholuo.

    "I have been in media for a long time, I am famous in the Luo community for my role at Ramogi FM. They call me Captain David Bondo," he uttered.

    Bondo also worked as a presenter at Pamoja FM, a community radio station established to empower the youth of Kibera and its environs.

    On the other hand, Odingi previously worked as a marketing manager at Lolwe FM, RMS and Radio Africa. 

    Poverty pushed Bondo to start a radio station since he felt his village was poorly informed.

    "Little information reached my community about HIV aids and other diseases," he stated.

    He also revealed that the renowned former KBC sports journalist Jack Oyoo Sylvester has been his key role model.

    A photo collage of John Odingi and Captain David Bondo
    A photo collage of John Odingi and Captain David Bondo
    Captain David Bondo