Janet Mbugua Reveals How She Landed Her First Media Job At 19 Years

KEY POINTS

  • Former Citizen TV journalist Janet Mbugua has opened up about how she ended up working at Capital FM only at 19 years.
  • The media personality said that her breakthrough in the media industry was not easy.
  • Mbugua disclosed that she dropped a tape of her recorded voice at the the Nairobi based radio station and kept calling the station every day until one day a representative at the station called Phil Mathews responded to her.

Former Citizen TV journalist and news anchor Janet Mbugua has opened up about how she ended up working at capital FM only at 19 years.

The media personality said that her breakthrough in the media industry was not easy.

In a statement during the 25th anniversary celebrations of Capital FM on Wednesday, Mbugua disclosed that she dropped a tape of her recorded voice at the Nairobi based radio station and kept calling the station every day until one day  a representative of the station, Phil Mathews, responded to her.

“At 19 years I somehow told myself I can hold down a Radio Show, on my favorite Radio Station, no less! I called them every day as a gap-year student, from my bedroom in Mombasa, asking if they had an opening,” she narrated.

Mathews informed that he would let her know if they have any job openings.

“Finally, they patched me through to Phil Mathews and he bellowed down the line, ‘Janet if we get any opening, we will call you, ok?’ A few months later, he did, and Capital gave me my big break,” the Inua dada Founder said.

“I’m smiling so hard right now, because despite the many times I’m hard on myself, today I remembered that bold and relentless 19 year-old who dared to dream,” she added.

She was assigned a mid-morning magazine show where she worked for a year with a monthly salary of Kshs50, 000 before switching to TV.

Janet worked in broadcast media for 10 years before quitting. Her last was at Citizen TV where she hosted prime time news alongside Hussein Mohammed before quitting in 2017.

In a past interview, she said that she chose to quit since she needed a break.

“I had done it for 10 years. It was 10 years non-stop of working. Starting in Nairobi, going to South Africa coming back to Nairobi, starting a family, getting into brand endorsements. I was burnt out, I had a really young child at the time and there was an election coming up and I had an election burn out and I felt that this was the good time to step back,” she explained.

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