BARELY two years ago, it had come out very strongly in many circles that Citi FM?s sports presenter Gary Al-Smith was on his way from the Adabraka-based radio station to work with the Kokomlemle-based Joy FM.
That deal did not go through eventually and Al-Smith remained at Citi FM and also continued to work on other projects for other media organisations in Ghana, Africa and other parts of the world.
There are indications from both Tetteh Loop and Fanofaa Street that that conversation has gathered steam once again and Al-Smith is on his way to Joy FM as one of their sports presenters.
Sources at Citi FM say Gary has informed the management of his decision to leave the station. However, since he will be covering the Africa Cup of Nations for the station, they have agreed for him to leave after the tournament.
Meanwhile, a source at Joy FM has also confirmed that Gary will join the station after the Africa Cup of Nations to be held in Equatorial Guinea. Al-Smith himself won?t comment much when reached for his view on the matter, except to say that we?ll see what happens after AFCON.
Gary Al-Smith has been a rising star in the sports in recent times, indeed one of the fastest rising young sports presenters on radio and television and most importantly online and social media in this country over the last couple of years. Although he may not have been walking the circuit as long as other known sports presenters he has his own experiences to boot.
Even at his young age and relatively short experience Al-Smith is known around the world as an authority on African football and that is the reason why he contributes to discussions on pan-continental and global sports networks and writes for some of the leading sports related print titles.
Over the last few years he has been working as sports presenter on Citi FM and the main anchor of the English Premier League broadcast, presenter of the sports segment on the morning show among other sports programmes on the station such as Donkomi, and FC Africa.
One area where Al-Smith?s influence has robbed off positively on Citi FM?s sports is in social media. He is a prominent Netizen who has a good number of followers on Twitter and Facebook who feed off his insights into Ghanaian and African sports.
It is very likely that he will bring that online and social media knowledge and quality to bear on the sports at Joy FM if he returns from the African Cup of Nations and joins the likes of Nathaniel Attoh, Ridwan Ibrahim Asante, George Addo Junior, Tony Bebli and Kwame Dwomoh Agyeman at 355 Fanofaa Street.
Gary is the host of Fan Zone on TV3 and among his international engagements, he is the online editor for SuperSport in Ghana as well as African correspondent for The Guardian and CNN.
Source: Francis Doku