Here’s a Sonny Side of Sports salute for my VOA colleague Howard Lesser, who is retiring after 30+ years at the Voice of America.  Howard is a big sports fan, and I’m sure he’ll be watching some of next month’s World Cup football matches in South Africa on TV.  I would often engage in sporty banter with Howard when he came in on the evening shift to host our Daybreak Africa show.

For many years, Howard was paired with the late Al James on Daybreak Africa, and they were familiar voices for millions of Africans waking up to start their day.  In recent years, Howard has been on the show with my colleague James Butty.

Austin Njoku, writing from Nigeria’s political capital of Abuja, says Howard’s retirement is a huge loss for listeners of the Voice of America.  And Florence Masajuwa, writing from Benin City, Nigeria, says she will surely miss Howard’s voice on Daybreak Africa.

Enjoy your retirement, Howard!