UNMIL radio’s prodigy and radio talk personality Chris Wolo joined LIB LIFE over the week to talk about where one draws the line when it comes to good broadcasting.
“I consider myself a radio personality and this is important, there are a lot of people on air that don’t really know who and what they are; or know how powerful the tool they use is and how much more power they hold,” he added.
While Chris Wolo has decided to create awareness to what he calls the ‘Ebola scourge’ in Liberia, he says he’s doing it for a good reason.
“I am presently sporting an afro as my way to combat and create awareness. I have vow that I will not cut my hair until there is NO NEW CASE of Ebola in Liberia. I started growing my hair since I returned from vacation in August of last year,” he shared.
With a brand new look, the man considered to be one of Liberia’s top music promoters and artist manager, spoke with LIB Life about what radio in Liberia really means.
LIB LIFE: Hi Chris Wolo, it’s a pleasure being able to talk with you today. Can you share who you are with those who may not recognize radio’s biggest name?
CHRIS WOLO: I’m Chris Wolo, a radio producer at UNMIL radio. I’m also considered one of Liberia's music promoters and artist manager. I’ve managed some of Liberia's finest from Theo Dankuan, Princess Pitman, Moses Swaray, Nicholas Buigar and Sametta Morris. I’m also the Country representative for Project Fame, West Africa's biggest singing competition.
LIB LIFE: That’s a pretty large stage of responsibility, what else do you do?
CHRIS WOLO: Well, I’m a local Manager for International actor Van Vicker. In fact, I organize his major shows in Liberia. I’m also into events management and have been a part of almost every major event in Liberia, either as an organizer, producer, production manager or MC. I always host the finals to a Star is Born and the Malaika Liberia Beauty pageant.
LIB LIFE: You play a bigger role than just being a radio personality, which of course I know you to be. And I’ve heard you from the start producing a show on Ebola that has helped many rural counties avoid its dangers.
CHRIS WOLO: Yes and this recognizing my role as a role model and also against the backdrop of having been of the two presenter/producer of the first Ebola program in Liberia.
LIB LIFE: So tell us how you ended up becoming one of the known radio presenters in Liberia?
CHRIS WOLO: Let's just say I was at the right place at the right time (laughter).
LIB LIFE: What do you think is the worst part about being a radio presenter/broadcaster?
CHRIS WOLO: Not being able to touch lives, affect change or be passionate about what you do. Because that's what it’s all about, your listeners are to learn something from you every time they listen to you. They want to know why you get on air, why you leave your house everyday and why you get paid.
LIB LIFE: hmm, then what is the best part of radio work?
CHRIS WOLO: Hmmm, that's a tough one. I guess being more active in my profession with Marketing and Advertising…The creative realm really gets my adrenaline up.
LIB LIFE: I see. What is radio now compared to when you started?
CHRIS WOLO: A huge difference. Then there was dedication and passion for the job which made it so enviable that you wanted to be a part of it. You had to pay your dues before getting on radio. There were people to understudy. This is not an alternative career, and should never be considered as such. What I see and hear now is just sad. A far cry from what it used to be, no doubt.