Larry Madowo, one of the highest paid journalists in Kenya, is jobless. The bald headed talented journalist was one of the hundreds of workers who lost their jobs when Nation Media Group closed down action FM (formerly Easy FM), QTV and Rwanda-based K FM.
Larry was offered termination letter requiring him to look for greener pastures elsewhere after his popular show The Larry Madowo Show on Nation FM was terminated.
After receiving the sad news, Madowo wrote:
“My shiny forehead and I had the privilege of hosting The Larry Madowo Show on Nation Fm over the last 2 years. Alongside Daniel Peter Weke, Shose Oyalo and Eddie Butita we helped dumb down humanity by laughing much too loudly and saying nothing important. Nation FM rewarded us by giving us a Saturday morning slot and throwing in an extra hour. We only enjoyed our move to radio suburbia for 3 weeks but it was raucous messy and glorious. The Nation Media Group has changed its broadcast strategy and we have to bid adieu to this beloved station. This was one of the highlights of my week and I’m forever grateful for the opportunity. Special thanks to Manwa Magoma who gave me the show, Tim Oriedo who let me keep it as well as Jimmy Gathu and Sean Cardovillis who kept it on. In my first 2 weeks, Prince Nesta patiently taught me how to operate the console and software without once mentioning how dumb I was. That’s how you know he’s a nice person. I couldn’t have done it without Shose, Eddie, DP & all the guests who dropped in on us. Most of all, thank you for listening.”
The social media enthusiast is, however, left with the program, The Trend, which is a popular show on NTV.
Others whose contracts were terminated include Rashid Abdalla, Munene Nyagah and the entire QFM crew.
It is believed NMG was sinking in losses after the closed stations failed to attract advertisements. The company also lost a number of adverts to rivals Royal Media Services and Radio Africa.