Radio Maisha Unveils New Boss, Overhauls Programming After Mass Exits

Radio Maisha
Undated images of Anthony Ndiema(Right) and Nzula Makosi(Left).
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Radio Maisha announced that it was making changes to its leadership and programming including the appointment of Anthony Ndiema as the station's new head.

In a statement on Tuesday, February 21, the Standard Group announced that Ndiema would also double as the programmes controller.

“Ndiema makes a comeback after going back for a master's degree at Daystar University and an additional career as Hope FM's station manager,” the announcement stated.

The station explained that Ndiema was selected for the role because of his vast experience in radio management and team leadership.

A photo of Radio Maisha Studios
A photo of Radio Maisha Studios.
Radio Maisha

“I am happy to be back on the saddle working with Tom Japani to steer radio Maisha to an even greater height,” Ndiema stated. 

Moreover, the radio station revealed that it would be onboarding new presenters including Solomon Zully who had formerly worked as a presenter at Kaya FM and Radio Salaam in Mombasa.

Kassim Mbui, also from the Coast, will be joining the station as a presenter together with actress and presenter Nzula Makosi.

Nzula, who had been working in the media industry for 13 years, noted that she was elated to return to an industry she cherished.

“Thank you for giving me this chance to reconnect with Kenyans on this big platform,” the new presenter stated. 

Moreover, Dalmas Sakali was promoted at the Mombasa Road-based station and will serve as the deputy editor at the radio station. 

The General manager of radio products Tom Japani acknowledged the changes adding that the station would continue to deliver good and compelling content.

"We are delighted to welcome the new members of the team. The above are only the on-air personalities; others will be joining in other supporting roles,” Japani added.

The appointments came days after the previous Programmes Controller Lynda Oriaso and News Editor Geoffrey Mung'ou exited the radio station and were said to have been poached by Radio47, a new outfit yet to be launched, owned by Cape Media.

Other journalists who left Radio Maisha in January 2023 include producers Irene Kaimuri and Eric Wambugu and news reader Beatrice Maganga.

Sports enthusiast and presenter Hassan Mwana Wa Ali aka Kauleni also left the Mombasa Road-based media house.

The Standard Group, which owns KTN News, KTN Home, The Standard Newspaper, Radio Maisha, Spice FM and Vybez Radio is grappling with a talent hemorrhage occasioned by its unrelenting financial woes.

Radio Maisha has also been hit hard after Cape Media went on a poaching spree to pluck the station's top presenters, leaving it limping and exposed.

Photo collage between empty KTN News studio and TV47 building
Photo collage between empty KTN News studio and TV47 building.
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