It will be foolhardy to chronicle the history of urban radio in Uganda and not mention Roger Mugisha, the man who rose to stardom using his moniker The Shadow at 88.2 Sanyu FM during the late 1990s and early 2000s.
Mugisha, who now dislikes being identified as The Shadow after becoming a practising Christian, joined Sanyu FM in 1997 during his Senior Six days. He took the opportunity working at Sanyu FM with open hands to make a name for himself.
This name would take him places – first, founding Shadow’ Angel, a dance group that was a mainstay on Kampala’s nightlife, and later becoming the most thought after corporate events emcee, radio presenter and manager.
Amidst all this fame, Mugisha left Sanyu FM in 2003 when he announced that he had talked to God in a vision. He revealed that the deity had asked him to abandon his devilish ways and preach the good news gospel.
He later joined Monitor FM (now KFM) as a morning show host. He would rise through the ranks at KFM and was promoted to various managerial positions. He has been currently working as Commercial Manager at Monitor Publications Limited- A Nation Media Group Company, the parent company of KFM.
And now, almost 17 years after leaving Sanyu FM, Mugisha has been lured to return to the country’s oldest privately owned FM radio station where his radio journey started as the program’s manager.
It is not yet clear if he will be given an on-air slot as a presenter.
At the moment, Sanyu FM is undergoing a recruitment exercise to hire new employees following the sacking of the station’s entire staff for staging a strike protesting an announced salary cut.
The station has already hired the services of comedian Salvado to present the Sanyu FM breakfast show on weekdays and Isaac Katende, who, together with Tinah Fierce will be presenting the Hot 8 to 8 evening program on weekdays.