Radio, TV presenter and Public Relations practitioner Kalumba Chikonde popularly known as Ksmash was last Friday 16th December,2016 bestowed with the Radio Legend award for his consistent creative contribution to Zambian radio for two decades at the Inaugural Zambian Radio awards held in Luaska.
K-smash started his radio career at the ZNBC radio 4 fun club after being discovered during a debate session while in high school at Munali boys by Nkweto tembwe then later joined main stream radio at Radio Phoenix in 1997 where he initiated a number of shows like the Local Rythms countdown and the Sunday Morning Breeze. He later moved to Q-FM as host of the Weekend show and producer of the Drive Time show from 2003 -2005. In 2005, he was appointed the first Programmes Manager for HOT where he built a formidable team, created concepts and creative initiatives which positioned the station as the number for news and entertainment and was later elevated to Creative Director of the station in 2009.
K-smash can be credited for being passionate about promoting local music and bringing up new talent on radio through his selfless mentorship.
Receiving his award k-smash acknowledged Radio Phoenix, Q-FM and HOT FM for contributing to his longevity in the media through their support and all the fans that have listened to his shows over the years.
‘ I thank radio Phoenix for giving me an opportunity at the tender age of 19, Q-FM for the time I spent there with an amazing youthful team and HOT FM for believing in me as a ‘war planner’ over the years, I also wish to thank Jehovah God, my family ,friends and Fans for all the support’ Said K-smash
He later dedicated the award to his late friend and colleague Nawa Kabika aka DJ LBC who he described as a pillar in his career who always encouraged him to hold on when he felt like quitting the industry.
Other than K-smash , the other recipient of the Radio Legend award was veteran DJ and Lawyer Chishala Chitoshi Jr also known as GESH.
The two become the first Zambian radio Djs to be recognized under an award system as Radio Legend.
The Zambian Radio awards recognized radio stations and personalities in the radio industry in 28 categories and some of the big winners were HOT FM , SUN FM and FALLS FM who scoped best radio stations in their respective regions.