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Fat Boy and several Sanyu FM staff, who went on strike despite the pleas from station management have been replaced from the flagship radio station after management questioned why they should continue taking home hefty salaries despite failing to hit targets in the months of March, April and May, Eagle Online can exclusively report.

This website has learnt that Sanyu FM top management convened a meeting on Thursday to quiz James One, popularly known as Fat Boy, and other radio staff over their failure to hit more than 50 per cent of the revenue targets that were set for the radio station last. It is reported the staff flatly rejected the offer but instead chose to go on strike.

However, Fat Boy led his fellow staff in shunning the meeting, and rather declared a sit-down strike, rejecting several pleas to resolve the matter amicably.

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Sanyu FM management explained to Fat Boy and the other striking staff that it was prudent to hold a meeting to discuss a way forward since the station’s failure to hit the 2019 targets had been exacerbated by the lockdowns due to the #Covid-19 pandemic.

James Onen aka Fat Boy who had served 21 years at Sanyu FM.

Fat Boy and the other radio were, however, adamant and they flatly refused to have talks with their employer in order to amicably resolve the issue, effectively firing themselves from the top radio station.

As news of Fat Boy’s leaving started trickling in, radio enthusiasts analysed that his leaving is a blessing for Sanyu FM as it offers the station a chance to do away with stale and monotonous presenters, and bring in refreshed radio crews.

As one of Uganda’s oldest private radio station,88.2 Sanyu FM controls a big listenership and, according to several surverys,is Kampala’s most listened to radio station for the critical age-bracket of the youth.

And the station did not take long to find a dynamic replacement for Fat Boy, as top city comedian Patrick Salvador, who operates under the stage name Man from Ombokolo, will make his debut on the Sanyu Breakfast Show tomorrow morning.