Supporting Gender Parity through Radio
My career in radio begun shortly after graduating from college with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism and landed an internship opportunity at a local radio station. During the internship, I worked as a technical assistance in production for six months before the same radio station decided to hire me because of my exemplary contribution.
Through years I rose through ranks to become the executive in radio production. I worked well with the whole team and they really loved me. However, after my third year at the station, I was still the head of the production department; I experienced a turning point which I believe changed my whole perspective. It happened that a popular radio presenter who was supposed to host the morning show that day got involved in a road accident while driving to work that morning.
I tried contacting another presenter who normally replaced her during the shift but my calls never went through. Running out of options and seeing that time was not with us, I decided to sit in for him. To be sincere, I had never contemplated being a host of any particular radio show. Simply it was not my thing; but since there were no better alternatives, I nervously took the position that day.
Becoming a Radio Presenter enabled me to Relate with Listeners at a More Personal Level
During the show, though nervous, I tried all my best to relate with the listeners as we communicated and all along sticking to the program. After my first show, everything changed. It happened that my listeners had greatly complemented me and felt that in me they had something that they had been missing for long. Most of the reviews congratulated me for hosting the show that day and it was apparent that they liked me.
That must have culminated in the brief meeting that I was called in that afternoon by my bosses. They felt that it would be prudent for me to have a show because I resonated well with the listeners and when the show was over, I would get back to the production department.
To me that was a brilliant idea and that is how I ended up being a radio host in an evening program dubbed ‘After Hours’. The program involved helping those with distraught marriages. Listeners had the opportunity of submitting their experiences in marriage and from their stories, I would deduce the topic of that night and let others share in coming up with a plausible solution.
We All Have a Duty to Help the Oppressed
During the 9 months that I hosted the program, I realized that the pain most women undergo in marriage. It is true that most of my listeners and callers were women and most of their cases involved the challenges that they faced in abusive marriage. Most of the advice that they got was to embrace a divorce. Sounded the best thing to do, but I never encouraged it.
What really kept me at pain was the fact that most of those who experienced battery in abusive marriages never had justice for whatever atrocities that they faced. I really pitied and felt sorry for them. That is why in my 7 months as a radio host, and being the independent lady I was, I decided to launch an organization which would help women voice their concern against the abuses, which they faced in their marriages.
The origination would help and support them in legal suits as well as ensured that there was a platform through which they could make their voices be heard. It took about one and half years to grow and get support. All this while I was still a host and I used to refer distressed ladies to the organization so that they could fight of their rights.
After two years as a host, I decided to quit radio and work full time at the organization which by then was fairly strong. Today, the services have highly devolved; we not only help distressed women but try as much as possible to fight for equal representation of gender in my country. I feel that I’m realizing my purpose on earth and I’m very proud for whatever I do to help my fellow women folk.