My former colleague Andrew Palczewski worked on several different shows at the Voice of America, but I think he had a special place in his heart for the Sonny Side of Sports.

Andrew says he’ll also remember fondly the feedback he received from listeners, viewers and web surfers to his social media reports.

And on that note, let’s sample a few messages from our loyal VOA listeners in Africa. Magnus

Magnus Chisom Onwudiwe, “The Humble Apostle of the Sonny Side of Sports.”

Chisom Onwudiwe, “The Humble Apostle of the Sonny Side of Sports,” writes from Owerri, Nigeria: “Wow! A big salute to Andrew. I really enjoyed his social media trend reports. He will be greatly missed. Always spicing things up with laughter and smiles. I wish him the very best in his new job.”

Martins Abraham, a.k.a. “Ghana Boy,” writes from Koforidua, Ghana: “Yes, we’re going to miss him a lot. Due to his quality understanding and experience of broadcasting as a whole. Keep it on, Andrew! I wish you well.”

Sir” Joshua Zenit, writing from Port Harcourt, Nigeria, says: “You have been a good Pal, Palczewski! Best wishes!!!

Venus Williams and Andrew Palczewski

Andrew says he was able to pursue one of his sporting passions, tennis, on the Sonny Side of Sports.

One of my favorite Andrew moments was when he asked rising American tennis star Francis Tiafoe, “how does it feel to have your own bobblehead?” Andrew brought his Francis Tiafoe bobblehead to the studio for the interview.

Andrew also interviewed South African player Kevin Anderson and tennis pioneer Donald Dell and met another American star, Venus Williams, during a World Team Tennis promotional event here in Washington.

Andrew and Kevin Anderson. Photo: Bill Workinger/VOA

Yes, Andrew served up some good sporting moments, and I wish him well in his new job in the New Year.