Farai Kuvirimirwa Herald Reporter
Zimpapers last week held a farewell party for outgoing Star FM general manager Admire Taderera and disc jockey Innocent Tshuma, to honour them for their contribution towards the growth of the radio station.
The duo left on early retirement after joining the radio station at its inception in 2012.
In his remarks, Zimpapers acting chief executive officer and group chief operations officer Pikirayi Deketeke thanked Mr Taderera for brilliant ideas which were vital in the development of the radio station.
“As an experienced broadcaster, he played a huge role in the training of junior staff members,” he said. “Star FM was the first commercial radio station in Zimbabwe and people in Binga can now listen to the station, which is attributed to his brilliant ideas.
“Many had opted for CDs over the past years, but they are now listening to radio. He is a pioneer and the first leader of a commercial radio station in Zimbabwe and his DNA runs in the station.”
Deketeke hailed Tshuma saying he was among the DJs who were associated with the Star FM brand in all parts of the country.
In his farewell speech, Mr Taderera hailed staff members at the radio station, saying they had trust and confidence in his capabilities.
“Broadcasting is for people with a quest for growth,” he said. “I appreciate all staff members who made Star FM what it is today. I was given an opportunity to have my time at the station which is a big brand in Zimbabwe.
“If you are a team player, wait for the ball and learn to pass it to other players. Teamwork is a vital cog in the development of any institution.”
Tshuma thanked Zimpapers and said he will always have fond memories of his stint at Star FM.
He thanked Taderera and other DJs including Tapiwa “Daywalker” Musoni and Leander Kandiero whose command and support he said was vital in shaping his broadcasting skills.
Taderera and Tshuma’s exit from Zimpapers followed that of Chief Executive Officer Mr Justin Mutasa and Group Financial Director Mr Adolf Majome.
Mr Mutasa took early retirement, while Mr Majome did not extend his contract at its expiry.