Long before I enjoyed the privilege of watching DStv at home, as a kid, my family could not afford cable. The single local channel we had didn’t start until 6 pm. So the radio filled the gap for me. It was free. It ran for 24 hours I could take it anywhere I wanted. Unlike watching television, you can be both the audience and the guest at the same time. Hearing people’s unfiltered thoughts will always be a thrill for me.
Radio will always be my first love. I will never forget the first time I had my 15 seconds on air. I requested the song, “kiss me thru the phone” and got a shout out from the host. I remember how I couldn’t sleep that night! I felt like I just won the lottery. I was 16 then, and that excitement has never left me. If anything it is what keeps pushing me forward, to one day be hosting my own show. I want the ability to create that feeling in someone else.
I am currently in the process of creating my own podcast. It requires a lot of discipline and self-understanding. Hopefully, with a mic and the right words, I will be posting content soon.
An honest submission from Naemin who speaks openly about his love for the radio, appreciating the hardships that brought him to where he is now. With him currently working on creating a podcast, we look forward to hearing more stories from him and possibly other voices of the diaspora!