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Radio Maisha Presenters Storm Out of Studio, Leaving Station Playing Music Since 6 AM

by Paul Nyongesa
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On Thursday, July 4, Radio Maisha presenters made good on their threat to down tools, resulting in the station playing music without any live presenters since 6 AM.

This drastic action was taken in response to unpaid salary arrears dating back to June 2023, highlighting a significant issue within the Standard Media Group.

The walkout was not limited to Radio Maisha. Colleagues from Spice FM, Berur FM, and Vybez Radio joined the protest, demonstrating a unified front against the management’s failure to address their financial grievances.

The employees had issued an ultimatum on June 28, threatening to go off air if the arrears were not settled. When their pleas were ignored, the journalists staged a walkout, converging at the staff cafeteria in a show of solidarity and frustration.


By the time of publishing this article, the radio presenters had been gathered in the cafeteria since 7 AM, awaiting a response from the management, which had yet to address their concerns.

The lack of live programming on all affected stations underscored the severity of the situation. As the journalists demanded the fulfillment of their contractual agreements, listeners were left with continuous music, a stark contrast to the usual dynamic programming.

The issue at hand revolves around unpaid salaries for the months between June and August 2023. Moreover, in 2024, the employees alleged they had only received payment for February.

In a demand letter signed in June 2024, the journalists requested their June 2024 salary to be paid by Tuesday, July 2. For the other months, they proposed that Standard Media Group pay 30 percent of the arrears every month until the amount is cleared in full.

The letter clearly stated, “Kindly note that in the event of non-payment as proposed above, all programming will be off air on July 3, on all 4 radio stations until our plight is addressed and a commitment from your end is issued in writing.” This warning, now a reality, has left listeners and advertisers in a lurch, highlighting the critical need for resolution.

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