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Tommy Annan Forson: It takes humility to manage fame

The veteran broadcaster has advised artistes and presenters to be humble in the discharge of their duties

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  • "Fame is something that you should be able to handle. I have learned how to be humble and approachable. To me, character is key, you may not know who you may meet along your journey."

The host of Solid Black on Asaase Radio, Tommy Annan Forson has said what he loves about radio is the flexibility it provides for presenters to flow naturally without pretending.

“If I listen to music and my heart starts to beat, I know it’s a tune that others will enjoy hearing,” the veteran broadcaster told host of Between Hours Naa Ashorkor.

Talking about the processes involved in his song selections and playlist, he said, “once I love it, I know that if I push it out on air people will love it and it’s worth all the 40 years I have been on radio. There are a few new artiste songs that make my heart beat.”

I like Kwame Eugene and Sarkodie

For instance, while recounting the moment he heard Kwame Eugene’s “Angela” he said: “The first time I heard Angela from Kwame Eugene it got to me because again in the Ghanaian context, the kind of melody that he sang really got to me and so he’s one person that I like very much and Sarkodie.”

“Preferably, I like the old highlife more because the rhythm is good, it’s danceable but for me I can’t relate to the modern kind of music, I sometimes listen to a few depending on the mood I am in.

“You will realise that the artistes just get into the studio, programme something and put the lyrics in, talking about banana, pear, and to me it doesn’t really gel so I will rather stick to my highlife, listen to a couple from Kwame Eugene, and maybe Shatta Wale, Sarkodie, Adina and Becca,” he added.

Fame

Uncle Tommy, as he is affectionately called, said it takes a lot of humility and respect for others to manage fame.

“Fame is something that you should be able to handle. I have learned how to be humble and approachable. To me, character is key, you may not know who you may meet along your journey,” Forson said.

“Humility and respect are my two watchwords. Never underestimate someone looking shabby, that person could be someone who will change your life”.

Stay humble

He advised broadcasters to be humble in the discharge of their duties.

“I will tell you not to be arrogant. The fact that you have access to the microphone, you wield a lot of power, you can create, you can destroy as much as you can. Don’t ever think that you are better than anybody, create that wow ambience for people to strive to be like you”.

He added: “I have three rules in radio; rule 1 practice, rule 2 practice, rule 3 practice.”

“You might think that you have gotten to a stage where you are perfect but in these three rules you enter the biggest room in the world. In broadcasting you should enter the biggest room ever and that is room for improvement, that’s the biggest room in this world, so be a first-rate version of yourself, love the person who loves you back because of your job,” Forson said on Asaase Radio.

Watch the full interview on Between Hours in the video attachment below:

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