‘Thorough training, discipline pave way for me’
By Kolawole Bamidele
Famous broadcaster, Adeolu Gboyega popularly known as the “Biggest Boy on Radio” has said his passion and love for broadcasting has helped to open so many doors since he started out almost twenty years ago.
In this interview with Friday Extravaganza, he speaks on his broadcasting career and how he became the toast of everyone as an event compere.
He noted that he started at the Broadcasting Service of Ekiti State with a programme then known as Junior Request saying he has been an event compere professionally for about 15years.
According to him, from there he had the opportunity of producing his own contents, especially the popular Lagbala Odu on about 10 radio and TV stations across the country before he decided to join the services of Orange 94.5 FM in 2012.
“Asides broadcasting, I’m also a Public Relations and Advertising professional, a voice actor, script writer, playwright and an event compere.
” Broadcasting is my first love. Compering is just a fallout of my broadcast prowess ditto public speaking. So, in the pursuit of my career as a broadcaster, emceeing events come by the side.
“Broadcasting provided me the platform to talk to people, meet people and engage them. So, over time getting to anchor events came in naturally. Even though, I do host informal events like weddings and burials. My core strengths lie in hosting very formal events.
“It is my natural calling. I spent over ten years as an Independent Content Provider before joining Orange FM and that helped me develop a huge fan base in the different states that I have presented my radio programmes.
I however remain indebted to Radio Nigeria where I spent the larger part of my career life for helping me through the rudiments. Whatever people see and applaud in my modest efforts on the airwaves today is largely due to my very solid foundation at Radio Nigeria and the very thorough training I had while I was under the tutelage of the late Biodun Fabunmi for three years.
“I’m a Lautech graduate of Computer Science while I also obtained a Diploma in Journalism as well as a Post Graduate Diploma in Public Relations and Advertising. I also have a Masters Degree in Business Administration while my second masters degree is in view”, he stated.
He revealed that he enjoys talking, saying paying him to anchor event is simply paying him to do what he loves doing.
His words, his aim is to be the best in anything he does at all times. He added that very soon, he hopes to anchor an event that will have Presidents of countries as my audience.
Gboyega mentioned some of his mentors such as Ambrose Somide, Baba Gboin, Yemi Sodimu, Yemi Sonde, Gbenga Adeyinka, Bolatito Joseph to mention but a few saying having all of these people around him has helped him horn his skills better both as a broadcaster and an event compere.
The broadcaster who hails from Isan Ekiti in Oye Local Government Area of Ekiti State, stated that at the initial stage of his career his challenge was that of acceptability, but all that became a thing of the past as soon as the name became a brand.
He noted that three factors determine what he charges for any event, the location, the type of event and the sponsors of the event.
According to him, recreation comes when he goes to parties to anchor events. had fun on stage, with that, he let out stress and worries.
He enjoined upcoming master of ceremonies that they should do all they can to beat the initial challenge of acceptability by remaining focused, vision driven and constantly evolving. He added that they should not be stagnant saying by doing this, the clients will naturally come.
Gboyega noted that his chosen career has taken him to different parts of the country doing the business of talking stressing that places he knows today is largely because of master of ceremony duties.