“I have never limited myself in the world of journalism but I love working for radio more than any other media entity”, disclosed Radio Citizen Coast based senior news and features reporter George Aoko.
With a vast experience in reporting for radio, Mr. Aoko says working for radio has for soothed his heart and has become very passionate about it.
Mr. Aoko once reported for the print media before jumping to the radio industry where he has worked for more than a decade now.
He has covered various stories on land conflicts within the Coast region, he delved on the drug use menace, covered health stories, gender and social issues among many other human interest stories.
“However, my heart remains on gender, social and children issues, I am a social reporter who equals a social worker,” revealed the humble but hardworking and tireless senior Royal media services reporter.
In most cases he also reports for the giant Royal Media Services owned Ramogi FM in the native Luo language.
The strong captivating voice will make the audience keenly follow his report on current affairs and developing stories across the Coast region.
“I am also a feature reporter and I have mastered the art of telling stories through radio features,” he reveals.
Recently Aoko surprised his friends after he posted in his social medial platforms his childhood photo holding a radio set that clearly showed his love for radio journalism.
He posted it during the world radio day celebrations on the February, 13 the day journalists across the globe observe the annually celebrations in reflecting the importance of radio as a vibrant communication tool.
[Radio journalist George Aoko expressing his love for radio journalism in his childhood photo. Photo courtesy].
Mr. Aoko is a multi-award winner who bagged various recognition in the Annual Journalism Excellence Awards (AJEA).
While doing radio features don’t leave your audience hanging with many unanswered rhetoric, tell the whole story but in unusual way,” he noted.
He also admits that there is a lot of pressure in the news room but again he has mastered various ways of delivering as per his editor’s deadline, may be one of the reasons why the number one radio station countrywide Radio Citizen dearly holds on to Mr. Aoko.
The slim young Man has kept his journalistic records safe and has for years practiced journalism with a sense of ‘dignity’ respecting his news sources and always taking necessary human aspects especially when covering some sensitive tales.
[Senior Coast based Radio Citizen Reporter George Aoko at Radio Ramogi studios in Nairobi. Photo/courtesy].
Despite his busy diary in the field he will always have time for his family that he loved and dearly cherish.
He has social life too and at times he opts to meditate on fresh story ideas while enjoying the cool breeze and the sand dunes at the Indian Ocean beaches as the sun sets.
“The journalism world has changed and news has turned out to be a creative phenomenon, you remain dull and you are immediately replaced, if you are a serious journalist deter or minimize your thirst for press conference journalism,” he advises.