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25 Many years of Genuine Pleasure

‘J’ for Jesus. ‘O’ for Some others, and ‘Y’ for You (‘JOY’ FM), so we were being explained to.

Prior to Could 1995, we were being ‘monopolitically’ hooked to only the then Radio GAR. A single could not pass up Charlie Sam’s Good Early morning Accra as GBC journeyed on his locational transmission from numerous spots in the Funds and Charlie Sam of blessed memory set the agenda for the Town.

Charlie Sam was tough and a terrific interviewer from issues of sanitation to matters of self-discipline in the Money. I was residence providing akpeteshie and other assorted drinks in my Senior Brother’s ingesting bar, Shegelege Spot following I had just completed Motown awaiting outcomes.

It was a person of the two top ingesting spots in Kisseman. It became the chief in booze factors observed for a person factor – fantastic and accessible audio so it attracted the youth not for consuming but for tunes and academic conversations.

Men and women from all walks of everyday living from Legon campus and bordering suburbs Anunmle, Christian Viillage, Ghana Airways flats arrived about the bue kiosk just occur and possibly booze and or get pleasure from new music.

My siblings cherished fantastic songs of class led by our Abraham Zogbenu. Just one point of curiosity was the truth that he invested seriously in audio techniques and I was mostly the DJ.

He would get Toshiba nowadays and adjust it to Tobico tomorrow and the a person invest in that coincided with the emergence of Joy FM was a correct Sony. Buoy! Reliable machine it was! That sound method was an attraction to lots of boozers and non-boozing pupils.

I was then waiting around for my SSSCE benefits to enter the college. At the time, all the universities have been on a extensive crack due to the UTAG strike that lasted 9 months so pupils by now at the college and people of us waiting around to enter experienced our convergence issue in my brothers ingesting bar.

Most youthful and outdated turned my mates simply because we beloved music but my brother did not have a challenge with their existence as he considered we experienced one factor in widespread – Schooling in spite of our conspicuous amounts.

He typically engaged them in conversations even in my absence. Fantastic audio on Joy FM blurring from a vehicle battery-driven audio technique. There was no electricity in Kisseman at the time.

Just prior to that time, there was Radio Univers transmitting from Legon campus. Some ‘vacation’ pupils arrived to current some ‘useless’ jokes to which gathered and laughed in any case. Did we have a choice!

Then all of a sudden, a red light-weight confirmed soon after the dial on 99.7 FM – an indication that there was a new radio station in city transmitting on STEREO not MONO mpo. ‘Mono’ didn’t have a red light-weight prior to Pleasure FM’s emergence.

Uncle Tommy Annan Forson and his humorously sleek voice declaring ‘H3l33’ in area of ‘Hello’ to callers was a delight to pay attention to. Suddenly all notice was on Pleasure FM – the new ‘virus’ in the air!

Yooryoryorrrr yoryor Azigiza on JOY…one could not miss out on it.

Tommy begun the Early morning Present in an apparent and that started using notice off Fantastic Early morning Accra.

Ei! I see….some of the jingles are nevertheless contemporary to pay attention to in particular the amazing soothing one particular that goes like: ‘We deliver you jooyyyyyyyyy….on the raaaadio…….99.7 FM’ or something like that. Kofi Kum Bilson was in the seat internet hosting the Lunch Time Rhythms enjoying cool music. Tommy experienced a late-night programme known as Midnight Express and that stored a good deal of us awake. It was a should listen to as it competed with Fatimah Quaynor’s late Sunday night time adore-searchers’ programme ‘This is from me to you’ on Radio GAR’.

There was Mark Okraku Mantey – just one of my favourites! Oh buoy! Akwapim Lionel Richie, my brother used to simply call him!  

Dusty Wayne of blessed memory had a voice with some overseas accent, Kofi Tsakpornu exact same, Fred Chidi, Cox Tamakloe, and so on have been all there some.

Gabbiy Adjetey was the initially Host of the Drive Time on Pleasure. He was these types of ‘no-nonsense’ person. You just cannot just cellphone in to a programme on air on cellphone and be conversing about Hearts and Kotoko when the issue below dialogue was say ‘What excites you about your Wife or husband?’ he would just minimize you off right now in a subtle manner to signify how unattentive some callers ended up! Commendable Expectations!

Komla Dumor was typically with Tommy Annan Forson whilst he commuted from Legon Hall to Pleasure FM studios at Kokomlemle virtually each and every early morning. Mawuko Zormelo was the King of Information File on Saturdays.

For some not-so-surprising reasons, a minor about a yr following I experienced entered the University, a lot of people thought I was Mawuko Zormelo. Just look at my whole identify yet again and you would comprehend exactly where the confusion came from!  

Komla Dumor took over the very hot seat and created it hotter just after Uncle Tommy experienced remaining to start off Option FM and KD was indeed the ‘Boss Player’ placing an arm-pit-exposure standards difficult for everyone to catch up with! There was this event Komla was off air for about a month and guess who sat in for him –KSM! Ala! Bra Panyin struggled…small!

At the conclude of the initial month, he’d confessed that God has a rationale why each solitary individual’s thumbprint is diverse right from development to day. Whaaat! He handed in excess of peacefully to KD when the latter returned from his a single-month or so crack.

In 2006, it was announced that Komla Dumor was leaving for the BBC and was to hand over to Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, a youthful Cape Vars graduate with the brains of a 60-12 months outdated accurate guy! Could he suit in? Oh of course, his thumbprints had been without a doubt distinctive. For me, his exit from the Joy Super Morning Display had taken a substantial flavour off the Display but Pleasure is nevertheless Pleasure.

Kojo was largely produced by just one of the finest and most hardworking Producers, Sedem Ofori (Ras Obibini). Kojo was extremely well balanced and ‘walked in the middle of the road’ all over his career as a Broadcast Journalist until…!

The Joy SMS also had the likes of Adwoa Aidoo, Nii Armah Dagadu, Benard Nasara Saibu who frequently sat in for KON whenever he was absent on a quick break and at some point acted till Mr Kojo Yankson, Ing. Daniel Dadzie, Sister Animwa etcetera!

The Queen of the Airwave, of course, she continue to is 25 a long time on. The humble ‘take-it-easy’ Queen Doreen Andoh understands how to examine the normal temperament and temper of the Cash Town and performed the correct songs with the voice to match.

Israel Laryea’s voice was unmistakeable!

Bola Ray started out off as a reggae presenter on Radio Univers circa 1997. He then moved on to Prime Radio at some issue and last but not least discovered himself at Africa’s BBC – Pleasure FM and took about the Push-Time and have to have I say he excelled? Oh sure, he was massive!

When in 2014, he announced his exit – whaaat! Who would choose around?

Then this Katanga Bolero, Lexis Bill (Kwame Sakyiamah) stepped in his sneakers! Could he? And you and I are witnesses to the simple fact that he is Tremendous! and indeed he in shape in perfectly. Lexis Bill, you dey type formfully! Large op, Male!

DJ Black where by is that boy who did your jingle for you several decades back: ‘Mr Black, I will get in touch with your title 10 periods?’ I want to see his beard now and how different it would be from yours! Hahahahaa! Friday nights and Saturday nights were being owned by Mr Black – the man who could MC and DJ at the similar time and gained the regard for himself. He is even now black…in complexion. Mr Black…how many situations ought to I connect with your title? Hahahahahahaha!

The Sports Centre had the likes of Shakespeare Kojo Frimpong, the Grammarian! Did I hear he wishes to be an MP? I desire him very well! My to start with face with him was in 1994 when he arrived to Lessen 6 in Motown for some polishing after his O-Amounts at St John’s in Sekondi. This ‘boy’ appreciated arguing. Allah! With brofo? I suwear! We experienced Eloyne Amande who was referred to as to the bar as a attorney and disappeared because then.  I listened to Eva Okyere is also a Lawyer or?

Ridwan Ibrahim Asante, 1 of my most responsible pals at Multimedia, Nathaniel Attoh (Africa’s Boxing Michael Buffer), Rashida Kadiri aka Baaba Tandoh (wherever is my fantastic pal?  I have not read her voice for some time now.) Never ever found a female Sports presenter as hardworking as Rashida!

Kwesi Anim Agyei, Joe Enuson, Rami Beti (the black white-man). I heard his voice a few Saturdays back on the Weekend Metropolis Clearly show (his child) and I believe he must be introduced again to take over the Weekend Metropolis Show even if they really don’t spend him.

The following time I meet him, I am confident he would explain me as ‘Toono’…unconditionally! Hahahahaha! Senior Akora, you sef you be white person or blackman in white colors? I just like your asphalt hair – it basically usually means you are rich. Have you viewed any one with motorway (the new Tema Roundabout one particular form) as a very poor man prior to apart from my Uncle Adawuso who died a quality one pauper?

It is appealing to observe that I have mates abroad some of whom I have not noticed in advance of and anytime they listen to of something that is taking place in Ghana, they cross look at with me and when I give them my opinions, their quickest reaction is ‘but I have not observed it on myjoyonline nevertheless, so how can it be true’? I come across this a quite potent endorsement of intercontinental credibility and supply of trusted information and facts! Kudos to Team myjoyonline.com.

All other programmes this kind of as the Pleasure Bridal Good, Previous Skuls Reunion, A Night with the Stars, and so on need some revival specifically a ‘Night with the Stars’.  

Pleasure FM’s affliates, Luv FM experienced the likes of DJ Apuzo, Okyeame Quophi, the Royal Infant Kofi Kum Bilson, Christopher Opoku (Columbus) of blessed memory, Joe Enuson on ‘Straightforward Like Sunday Early morning’ programme. Joe Enuson had what it took to excel and buoy! Joe Enuson was so so excellent on radio, Male!

Evans Mensah, Dzifa Bampoe (nee Gbeho) poached from GBC, Sammy B, Rudy Kwakye, Sena Atoklo, Ken Arday, Akwesi Sarpong, Mamavi Agbemabiese now Owusu Aboagye all helped make a strong foundation that appears unshakeable in spite of the rigid levels of competition in the Money.

Just one programme that should really be introduced back is Joy FM’s Night WITH THE STARS! It was even bigger and greater structured than the 1 that generates pistols and blows on phase, in my feeling. I definitely skip this function! 

Ayeshetu (not true identify), congratulations o, you just bought married final 12 months. I believe I gave you some great ‘internship’ instruction some 12 several years in the past that really should make your relationship click on right now o! Hahaaaaa! Hope you bear in mind the 2008 edition of the Night with the Stars we attended collectively?

Acquire it or leave it – Pleasure is Pleasure in spite of the competitors in particular in the pure English Department!  

For any factual errors in this piece, I stand to be corrected you should!

Joyful 25th Anniversary to Pleasure FM and its affiliate marketers!

The Writer, Mawuli Zogbenu, is an Insurance plan Practitioner, Communicator and the Weekly Author of the Insurance policies BAKERY Column in the Graphic Organization Newspaper. He is also the weekly Writer of the humorous site ‘USELESS COLUMN’ published in the Company & Economic Situations newspaper and on myjoyonline.com.

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