On Air With Duke De Rula From Kapital Radio Kumasi


From the Ashanti regional capital of Kumasi comes another blooming gem on the radio landscape.

And that happens to be no other radio personality than the young and highly crafting Mr Dickson Asante, who is commonly known as Duke de Rula.

The Ruler of the airwaves you might be thinking, what a moniker.

Kumasi as the second largest city of Ghana, has been one of the breeding grounds of some quality and enterprising radio presenters within the Ghanaian Media Industry.

Think of top-notch radio presenters, or if not, icons like James Oberko the Jamster formerly of Luv and K-FM, Kwame Baffour Senkyire of K-FM and Anita of Luv Fm who all made their names, one way or the other big in Kumasi.

As a matter of fact, Kapital Radio’s name, as a media entity cannot be exempted from radio stations in Ghana.

This is due to the fact that, they have for the past decades, produced or employed some of the best professional radio presenters who have gone on to higher heights.

Even though Ghana Broadcasting Corporation has produced most of the best media personnel in the industry from the past, with the likes of the Tommy Annan Forsons, Kwasi Kyei Darkwahs, Kwabena Yeboahs and Nii Clegg Addeys.

As well as the Enenezer Ampaabengs to legends like Moses Foh-Amoaning not forgetting the late Richard Amon Kotey and the list goes on.

And still presently boasting of promising talents like Umaro Sanda, Rosemary Gaisie, Jacob Narh Nortah, Kingsley Obeng-Kyere, Ibrahim Oppong Kwarteng and some others.

However Kapital Radio with its commercial status, has also brought as her offspring the likes of Kwame Adinkra now of Angel FM, Richmond Oduro Kwarteng popularly known as Billy Ocean who is now with Peace FM, ‘Lovin Cee’ or William Des Bordes of DW fame who works with Fox FM in Kumasi.

In other breadth came seasoned presenters like the late Edgar Collin-Wood William also known as Heavy Didly Dee and Naa KLordey Odonkor, who were all from the good old Kapital Radio family.

For now, the spotlight is directly on Mr Dickson Asante who is basking in his Dj glory to the admiration of listeners both home and abroad.

Duke de rula as a Kapital Radio Dj/Presenter, has been around the radio scene for not too long as compared to others before him.

His tricks are outstanding in the dexterity with which he delivers his program: ‘The Kapital Journey’, by taking his various audience spellbound.

Some might be thinking he is a radio veteran who has been around the block for far too long, due to how he has carved a style which sets him onto a different niche as a radio presenter.

As praise needs to be accorded where it is deservedly due, settling into a conversational interview with Dj Duke de-Rula was not a problem, and this is what he had to say.

ARE YOU A DJ OR A RADIO PRESENTER?

DJ Duke: I will say both, a Disc Jockey and a Presenter.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE TWO?

DJ Duke: The difference between the two to me is that, a presenter would often have a content related program, while a Dj is someone who plays music.

For example in the old days someone that works on radio would be called a radio Dj.

And because it was a generic thing, they were able to spin a lot of music, and as time went by, the need for content-driven shows made way for radio presenters.

DO YOU NOT THINK IT WAS THE OTHER WAY ROUND?

Dj Duke: Hahahahahahahahahaha.

OK, WITH THE AMOUNT OF LISTENERS YOU HAVE ON YOUR KAPITAL JOURNEY’S SHOW, HOW DO YOU RELATE TO YOUR LISTENERS BOTH LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL?

DJ Duke: Well I relate to most of the international ones through the Social Network such as Facebook, Twitter and so forth and the local ones through the phone-in-segment.

I also believe as a Dj or a radio presenter, you should always know what your audience or listeners want in terms of music. And I always give them what they expect of me.

DESCRIBE YOUR LISTENERS IN THREE WORDS.

Dj Duke: They are wow, lovely and patronising.

WHO GAVE YOU THE HONOUR AND PRIVILEGE TOWARDS YOUR FIRST MICROPHONE?

Dj Duke: Well, Mrs Betty Aubin who was the former Programs’ Manageress of Ash-Fm, Mr Kossi Asisse and Nana Boakye Yiadom of Kapital Radio as well as Kojo Akoto Boateng now of Citi-FM.

HOW WAS THE INITIAL EXPERIENCE LIKE?

Dj Duke: Talking about the experience, it was a bit frightening but really fun as well.

DOES IT PAY TO BE A DJ OR A PRESENTER?

Dj Duke: Yes it pays to be a Dj or a presenter, but one needs to have the passion for it as well.

WERE YOU IN ANY PROFESSIONAL MEDIA COLLEGE OR INSTITUTION FOR YOUR MEDIA OR RADIO EDUCATION?

Dj Duke: No, I did not go to any professional college or institution but had the passion for disc jockeying and worked harder towards it while still under-studying the professionals from Kapital Radio.

I used to dj in Night Clubs and Pubs as well, until I met Nana Baynin Anumel of Luv-FM who also taught me a lot alongside Kojo Akoto Boateng of Citi-FM.

So it looks as if I had all my training from an established radio school.

WHEN DO YOU PLAN TO LEAVE RADIO ALONE?

Dj Duke: Hahahahaa…….. No, I have no plans whatsoever of quitting radio any sooner, but God’s time is the best.

DO YOU HAVE ANY ROLE MODELS IN THE MEDIA INDUSTRY BOTH LOCAL AND ABROAD?

Dj Duke: Yea why not, my biggest is the late Komla Dumor of BBC in the UK and Funk Master Flex of Hot 97-FM in the U.S.A.

WHAT IS YOUR GENERAL TAKE ON THE CURRENT MEDIA LANDSCAPE IN GHANA?

Dj Duke: The Media in Ghana is doing well and we should end it there or do more to uplift the image of the industry.

ON FRIDAY THE 20TH OF DECEMBER 2013, YOU SAT IN FOR THE REMARKABLE NY-DJ, WHOSE SLOT IS THE DRIVE-TIME HOMESTRTCH BUMPER TO BUMPER SHOW, AND SHOWED YOUR SKILLS.

HAVING EXCELLED PROSESSIONALLY WELL, AS THE LISTENERS WERE WELL DRIVEN, WOULD YOU PREFER THAT TO YOUR KAPITAL JOURNEY?

Dj Duke: Yes I sat in for my brother NY-DJ, although it was fun and the listeners were well driven, however I still prefer to do my own show which is the ‘Kapital Journey’.

WHY?

Dj Duke: Because I am so much into it, I just love my show.

HAS YOUR SHOW TAKEN ITS TOLL ON YOU, GIVEN THE TIME FACTOR, IF NOT HOW DO YOU OVERCOME IT?

Dj Duke: Well working in the night has not really taken its toll on me, the reason being the amount of time I have sleeping during the day.

Unless I do not want to sleep, and I have been doing this shift for two good years.

TELL US THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE TWO SHOWS

Dj Duke: Homestretch- Bumper-2-Bumper is a late afternoon show, while Kapital Journey is a midnight show.

So people, for your personal experience on Dj Duke’s Flagship Show, which is the ‘Kapital Journey’, you can catch or make a date with him from Mondays to Thursdays on the 97.1 dial in the Ashanti Region, from 12 midnight till 4am local Ghana time.

YAW NKETIA: TOUCHING YOU FROM A DISTANCE
WHILE COLLECTING, COLLATING AND
REPORTING AS JOURNALISM DEMANDS.

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