VOA Swahili Sportsman Mwamoyo Hamza
In this Olympic year, Mwamoyo Hamza says the favorite sporting event he’s covered was the 1984 Los Angeles Games. In an email sent from his Tanzanian homeland, Mwamoyo looks back fondly on those Olympics in Los Angeles: “The first time I came to the USA was for reporting the 1984 Summer Olympics. I was a […]
Cameroonian Footballer Mbouh Visits VOA
Former Cameroonian football player Emile Mbouh recently visited our VOA studios to discuss his soccer academy and the Africa Cup of Nations football tournament in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea. The 45-year-old Mbouh played professionally for clubs in France, Malaysia, Portugal, Qatar and Singapore. He also played in the 1990 and 1994 World Cups for Cameroon. […]
Da Ole Sports Emperor Returns
Da Ole Sports Emperor Barry Maughan, who had a royal reign on our Voice of America airwaves before retiring in 1999, recently returned to our VOA studios here in Washington, D.C. Da Emperor describes himself as “a mountain man now.” He and his wife, Suzanne, are living in the mountains of western North Carolina, after […]
SSOS Salute For Chinedu Offor
Chinedu Offor Here’s a Sonny Side of Sports salute for my longtime VOA colleague Chinedu Offor, who has left the Voice of America and returned to Nigeria to take a new job as spokesman for the Imo State governor. I’ll miss Chinedu’s sporty banter during my show, especially when he would “sing the Blues” for […]
45 Years And Counting = 2 SSOS Salutes For Fritzi!
My colleague Fritzi Depew started working for the Voice of America in 1966. Her long editorial tenure alone is noteworthy, but when you add daily cheerfulness and helpfulness to the package, well sports fans, you’re going to get a BIG Sonny Side of Sports salute! Fritzi has taught and mentored some of VOA’s top correspondents, […]
Nuthin’ But Net, Terry!
My VOA colleague Terry Daniels is a big Los Angeles Lakers fan, and he sometimes wears his Kobe Bryant warm-up suit to the office after a victory by the two-time defending National Basketball Association champions. I haven’t seen Terry in his Kobe outfit in awhile, though, and I think Terry realizes the Lakers are going […]
Shaka Ssali Remembers David Otti
My VOA colleague Shaka Ssali recently paid tribute to one of his fellow-Ugandans, veteran football player and coach David Otti, who died March 3, 2011, in the capital, Kampala, after a long battle with diabetes. Otti was 71. During his Straight Talk Africa show, Shaka described Otti as “one of the most decorated persons in […]
Big VOA Birthday For Beat Cop Of SSOS
For more than 20 years, Vincent Maloba has listened to the Voice of America in Kenya. He says his father used to be a big fan of VOA’s Swahili Service, and when he was growing up, they would listen to VOA Swahili programs together, as he “mastered the tuning” on his Dad’s shortwave radio. Vincent […]
Big Up For Barney!
Here’s an end of year, Sonny Side of Sports salute for my VOA colleague Paul “Barney” Sisco, who produced my SSOS videos throughout 2010. Barney is a bulldog when it comes to finding video for use in the segments, and it certainly helps that he’s a big sports fan. If you’ve watched any of my […]
Howard University Sports Chat
I rode Metro a few stops over to Howard University this afternoon. My friend and former VOA colleague, “Uncle Ted” Roberts, invited me to speak to some of his students in Howard’s School of Communications. Ted is a longtime Howard professor who last year retired from the Voice of America after a long and successful […]