It was a tough month for all Mediamax Employees after the CEO Ken Ngaruiyia gave out a notice that led to sacking of some staffs who were declared as redundant on the 30th Day of October.
The Notice was Sent to each employee’s official email and placed on the notice board.
This now seems to have affected the most performing Vernacular Station in Mediamax, Meru FM.
Meru Fm has been Number one since 2016 when it bit the Royal Media’s Muuga Fm. And with a big margin.
Now the tension that came in October, made Muuga FM to lead as Number though with a very slight margin of 0.5.
The wave took one Mbaka Muriuki who was a Co-host on Drive show in Meru Fm and Samuel Mutea AKA Ntochebere who was a Comedian in a late night show, known as Jatwigie.
Mbaka did a show with Mwenda Saba and Mukuru M’lithara, A show that has always been on top, ‘Ntoogo ya Kinyinga’.
This came two months after the head of Meru Fm Frank Gituma Makathimo rearranged the Meru Fm News Desk.
Ntochebere hosted a show with Edith Kanyiri Ikiara, who now does it all alone since the sacking of Chebs as the fans referred him. Kanyiri was a News anchor before she was taken to programming.
Mbaka Muriuki also hosted a youth’s show. A lively show if you ever listened him. He also did farming features. The youths show now has been taken by The Reggae Patron, Captain Godie.
Meru Fm’s Saturday Programming was halfly changed bringing in the Drive Presenters Mwenda Saba and Mwambia Nkune and News Anchor Irene Karamuta Masaki to Saturday Breakfast. This team came to Compete with Muuga FM team Mwenda Gichuru and Mgongoo the Comedian.
Mwambia wa Nkune who was first a Reporter in Chuka was employed in August this year when Muthaura Njogu left to Governor Njuki’s Radio.
After the Firing of Mbaka, Nkune was taken from News desk to drive Show to replace Mbaka. This has been done because Mbaka and Nkune are all from Chuka, Tharaka Nithi. Balancing of regions has been the Strength of Meru FM’s performance.
You will understand that in Muuga Fm, Both head Grace Mukiri and her deputy Mwenda Gichuru are Imentis. In Meru FM , the head Frank Gituma is from Meru County and his Deputy Karani Kithama hails from Tharaka Nithi County.The handwork that Mukiri has put up seems to be paying off bearing in mind that she took a station that was already on its death bed thanks to former managers.In media she has achieved a lot especially taking Muuga FM to reclaim its glory something that is hardly achieved easily.Meru FM will now be forced to go back to the drawing board if at all they want to regain the lead lost to Muuga FM.
Now the big question is, Will Meru FM recapture its space again? Will Mwambia Nkune take well the task to replace Mbaka Muriuki? Will the show still be vibrant? Its a matter of wait and see!