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Donato: Using radio to change public mindsets

ON AIR: Although he enjoys the fame that comes with working on radio, Donato William Kasigazi says the thing that brings him fulfillment is being able to inspire people with his shows.

When did you join radio?

In 2009 with Voice of Toro. I had just graduated from Uganda Pentecostal University in Fort Portal with a degree in journalism. I started as a Rutooro news anchor and presenter of the morning programme.

How many radio stations have you worked for?

After Voice of Toro, I joined Hits FM in Fort Portal.

Why did you leave Voice of Toro?

At the time, I was selling like hot cake and before I knew it, the manager of Hits FM was knocking at my door with a better deal. So in 2012 I resigned.

What programmes do you present?

When I joined Hits FM, I was reading the Rutooro news and presenting the Morning Magic show until changes were made for me to present the evening programme, World Focus. Recently I started a programme called Mindset Change, which has inspired many people.

Do you feel like you have caused any impact with your radio programmes?

The political talk show has given listeners confidence to ask for accountability from their leaders because I equip them with the information they need to challenge them. My Mindset Change programme has inspired people to start saving groups in their localities where they are able to take loans and there is a school being started called Mindset Change Primary School.

Who inspired you to join radio?

Willy Magezi of Voice of Toro, commonly known as Mapapa, inspired me a lot because of his presenting style.

How has this profession shaped your career?

It has opened many opportunities for me, for example it has exposed me out there to the extent that people now invite me for dialogues and motivational talks.

Where do you see yourself in the next five years?

In five years I see myself as a media consultant and also joining politics. I want to be an opinion leader because my dream is to use my experience to inspire others and also extend a helping hand to the needy.

What is your favorite quote?

“It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness”.

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