By: Famata T. Willie
People call him the Don of Liberian Radio, and he is also commonly known to his peers as the “Don” of Liberian radio. He is not only young and talented but also a perfect fit for any modern broadcast newsroom. This versatile and natural radio producer, writer and editor of radio news, radio continuity announcer, disc Jockey and radio technician has contributed immensely to the peace, growth, and stability of Liberia.
The word “Don” has several meanings, although originally it is a title reserved for royalty, select nobles, and church hierarchy, but for now, it is often used as a mark of esteem for a person of personal, social or official distinction. In Liberia, the Don is regarded as a gentleman or is a term used to describe a leader in an organized form.
The Liberian radio Don started his professional career in early 1998 as a child broadcaster with the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Service (SLBS Radio 99.3 FM) in Kenema in the Eastern Province of Sierra Leone. In late 2003 he returned to Liberia (his motherland), and settled in his home Town in Grand Cape Mount County where he immediately started practicing with the County’s leading Radio station (Radio Piso). At Radio Piso, he served as a presenter of the station’s famous program; “Weekend Special”- aired every Saturday.
Moving forward, he also served as a presenter of a traditional program called “Speak your Language”.
In 2005, this young Liberian Journalist moved to Monrovia in pursuit of excellence to advance his career. Five years later in 2010 he joined the In Profile Daily newspaper as a reporter. In 2013, he was employed at L-Net 98.3 Radio as an editor and later served as news director. Due to his numerous performances at L-Net Radio, he was hired by Sackor Communication Network (i.e. Voice FM 102.7) as station manager.
Impact on Liberia Media landscape
The Don has an indelible impact on the media landscape in Liberia. He is a member of several journalism organizations, including the Press Union of Liberia (PUL), the Reporters Association of Liberia (RAL), and the Grand Cape Mount Journalists Association (GAMJAH). He is also a winner of several journalistic awards, including PUL Best health reporter, 2014; In Profile Daily Best reporter of the year 2016; Encounter Radio Committed Employee of the Year 2017; Vision Communication Board Young Manager of the Year 2020; and UPIC Forum Reporter of the year 2021.
In 2015, due to his contribution in mainline reporting, during the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in Liberia, he was awarded for his contribution to the fight against the virus in Liberia.
Over the past years, he has organized High School Press Clubs at various High Schools across Monrovia and its environs which he has impacted knowledge into several young Liberians who are passionate about the journalism profession.
The personality of the week is Mr. Stanley B. Kamara, who has come to admiration for his job well done over the past years.