Capital FM on Saturday, July 31st announced the exit of long-serving News Presenter and Features Editor Wambui Waweru after 20 years at the Lonrho House-based station.
Waweru is known many listeners for her delivery of Capital’s ‘News Beat’ segment in between various shows. Her unique voice and mastery of English remains etched in the minds of many long-time listeners of FM radio.
“After 20 years of exemplary service to the Capital FM news team as a news presenter, features editor and mentor, (Wambui) has said goodbye to us.
“Thank you for your many years of service. It won’t be the same without you, you will be dearly missed. Good luck in your next adventure,” the station wrote in a farewell message to the presenter.
Waweru is the holder of a Bachelors’ degree in Electronic Media from Daystar University and previously had a stint at Royal Media Services (RMS).
Her exit caught many fans by surprise, sparking a flood of goodbye messages from those who had grown accustomed to hearing her on the radio.
Owned by business mogul and industrialist Chris Kirubi who passed away in June, Capital FM has in recent years witnessed some big changes including a wave of high-profile staff exits and new faces being brought on board.
Among talents who have left since 2019 are The Trend host Amina Abdi Rabar, presenter Anita Nderu, lifestyle content creators Susan Wong and Sharon Mundia as well as veteran media personality Maqbul Mohammed.
The station also replaced long-running shows such as Hits not Homework and The Heat in 2021 as it looked to boost ratings.
In February, Capital FM announced plans to take on a new direction to further establish itself as one of the country’s top stations for the urban demographic – looking to add more sophistication and elegance to the programming with new offerings in podcasts, music, as well as news.
“Growth is very important whether for an individual or for the company and therefore we don’t frown upon it, Capital FM has long been the incubator of talent in the media industry,”
stated Capital FM Head of Radio Danny Munyi while addressing the station’s new outlook and the staff exits.
He added: “We will be bringing back good radio once again…from the moment our audience get up, on their way driving to the office all through the day to when it’s time to pick kids from school in the evening.”
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