Radio Station That Fired 5 of its Top Presenters Just Because Listeners were Not Participating in the on_air Gambling

A popular vernacular radio station, Taach FM, which broadcasts in Kelenjin dismissed five of its celebrated presenters.

One of the presenters famously known as Chepkam Comedian broke the news through social media, revealing that their contracts had been terminated.

She indicated that she had been fired from the vernacular radio station with four other colleagues due to what she described as on-air gambling, a common source of revenue for Kenyan radio and television stations.

“To all my Taach FM fans just to let you know that we shall no longer be working together me and other 5 presenters Edwin Tonui, Kebenei, Arap Nwach, and popular political morning host Bruce Bett due to pressure from management concerning pay bills that people are tired of,” the statement read.

Speaking to reporters, Chepkam confirmed the reports of their unprecedented firing, claiming that their contracts were untenable on ethical grounds.

“They fired us without a notice claiming we are the reason the radio is not making profits because the listeners are no longer participating in the game,” she stated.

The game which would take place across all five shows hosted by the presenters asked the listeners to try their luck by sending a certain amount of money.

The five employees were fired on Thursday, November 24 and are yet to receive their send-off package. They however revealed that they would follow up on their payment on Monday, November 28.

“We are planning to report to the radio station on Monday because no word has been communicated to us,” she added.

Taach FM is a leading Kalenjin radio station. It broadcasts on 95.1Fm covering the entire North Rift Counties; Uasin Gishu, Nandi, Elgeyo Marakwet, Baringo, Pokot, Trans Nzoia, and its environs.

In 2021, it bagged the Regional Broadcaster award for radio South Rift region.

Lotteries are common in Kenyan media, as radio and TV stations grapple with dwindling revenues.

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