Foremost radio personality Dan Forster dies at 60
Dan Foster, Nigerian-based on-air personality, has died. The popular radio voice, who, according to many industry stakeholders, helped shape the unique presentation of radio entertainment programming in Lagos died earlier on Wednesday, allegedly of Covid-19 related infection. He was 60 years old.
Popularly known as the Big Dawg, he was a celebrated radio presenter, whose American accent endeared many to him and radio. His stint at Cool FM was revolutionary as he spearheaded the Praise Jam yearly that saw thousands of attendees jam pack venues.
Daniel Foster was born in Washington D.C and came to Nigeria in the year 2000 after which he joined Cool FM. The radio presenter, radio producer cum DJ attended Morgan State University where he studied broadcasting and drama.
In his lifetime, he worked with a number of radio stations both local and internationally, including Cathy Hughes Radio One, Virgin Island, Cool FM, Classic FM and City FM, Lagos.
He won the 2003, 2004 and 2005 Nigeria Media Merit Awards for Best Radio Personality, was also awarded with the 2004 and 2005 Media Person of the Year award by the City People Awards.
He was a judge on the 2007 ‘Idols West Africa’ .
There has been an outpouring of emotions on social media, as friends and colleagues of the deceased confirmed the news and paid tributes to him.
Among them is a former host of the popular TV show, Who Wants to be a Millionaire, Frank Edoho, who said a friend confirmed the news to him.
“I just got off the phone, my friend Oscar confirmed that Dan Foster has passed on. This is a very very dark year. How can I overcome this unending melancholy? Rest in Peace, dear friend,” Edoho tweeted.
A radio presenter, Do2dtun Energy, @iamDo2dtun, said Foster gave him the strength for his job.
“This is really painful,” he tweeted.
Comedian, Bovi, said, “When I moved to Lagos in November 2003, Dan Foster was one of the reasons I didn’t run back home to Delta State. I tuned into Cool Fm one morning and Dan made me love radio. Rip Big Dawg! I’m sad you left. But I’m happy your mark remains forever!”
Toke Makinwa wrote, “Rest in Power Dan Foster.”