Dan Foster
Dan Foster

Dan Foster: The Man Who Shaped Radio Broadcasting In Nigeria

The death of popular radio personality, Dan Foster, hit the world of broadcast media hard, and weeks after, many are still trying to come to grips with the fact that the radio god is gone. Read five facts about him here.

Titilayo Olurin

In the year 2000, a new voice was introduced to the rave of the moment station, Cool FM. American radio personality, Daniel 'Dan' Foster, was that voice, and he did anything but blend in.

In those days when private radio stations were just becoming a thing in Nigeria, the Big Dawg, as he was often called, stood out among his peers while shaping radio broadcasting in the country.

Foster's amiable personality with a cool, calm aura, which reflected on air, caught the attention of many a listener and he quickly became everyone's favourite.

Years later when he left Cool FM, listeners fondly remembered him as the host of the station's acclaimed 'Good Morning Nigeria' show. But he soon made his mark on Inspiration FM where he continued to build his fan base.

After a six-year stint with the radio station, though, Foster moved to City FM before moving to Classic FM where he remained until his death.

Read five facts about the on-air personality here.

1. He won the Media Merit Awards for 'Best Radio Personality' in 2003, 2004, and 2005

The Francisco-born on-air personality was not just another name in the broadcast media industry. His talent, skills and hard work fetched him recognition and awards, including the Nigerian Media Merit Awards (NMMA) for the 'Best Radio Personality', which he won three times consecutively in 2003, 2004, and 2005. He also received City People's 'Media Person of the Year' award in 2004 and 2005.

2. He was a judge on Idols West Africa and Nigeria's Got Talent

The graduate of Morgan State University, United States of America, where he obtained a degree in Broadcasting and Drama, was a judge on Idols West Africa in 2007 and Nigeria's Got Talent in 2012 and 2013. His opinions and positive criticism were well respected on both shows.

3. He created the popular Cool FM Praise Jam Concert

Before joining Inspiration FM in 2009, Foster created the Cool FM Praise Jam annual concert which attracted many like a moth to a flame and made him even more of a household name in the media industry.

4. He joined the US marines before he started on the path to broadcasting

Following in the footsteps of his father, who was an Airforce veteran, Foster joined the US marines before proceeding to Towson University where he made the transfer to Morgan State University. After school, he worked with quite a number of radio stations in the US, including Cathy Hughes Radio and Mix 106.5, before making the move to Nigeria.

5. He was a devoted husband and father

The radio personality was a devoted husband to his wife, Lovina, with whom he had three children. He had a child from a previous marriage in the US.

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