Popular Nigerian-American radio host, Dan Foster has been reported dead.
Daniel ‘Dan’ Foster – popularly known as The Big Dawg and Top Dawg reportedly died of deadly COVID-19 pandemic.
Foster was brought up with his three siblings in Washington, D.C. by their father. Their mother had died when he was ten.
He was partly raised in Baltimore by his grandmother. As a teenager, Foster was rebellious, but soon joined the Marines and attended Morgan State University where he studied Broadcasting and Drama.
Foster worked with numerous radio stations including Cathy Hughes Radio One, Mix 106.5 both in America and Virgin Island-based WTBN, before moving to Nigeria in 2000 where he joined Cool FM, quickly becoming popular with Nigerian listeners.
In 2001, he received an award for Best Radio Presenter of the year. He also won 2003, 2004, and 2005 Nigeria Media Merit Awards for ‘Best Radio Personality’.
Foster has also been recognized by the City People Awards: a respected organization known for recognising outstanding individuals who have touched the lives of citizens in the community, they have named him “Media Person of the year” in 2004 and again in 2005.
He was also the creator and director of the Cool Fm Praise Jam concerts that have taken place since 2004, with a total of over 22, 000 people in attendance.
Nigerians Mourn Dan Foster
2020 has been a heavy yr in the hearts of million. Dan Foster brought style to radio every OAP wanted to sound American on radio like Foster. He brought that same sweet element to Idol as a judge. No word to explain how hard ur death hit. May ur soul rest in perfect peace. pic.twitter.com/NZfUgviefQ
— PunJAH (@PJah09) June 17, 2020
RIP Dan Foster. While at coolfm ,you made my mornings worth the while. Thank you and thank you again
— Dariljoy (@ElizabethBotwe) June 17, 2020
Dan Foster’s voice was a huge part of my growing up. His voice on Cool FM. His playfulness. His kindness. Long before I saw what he looked like, his voice communicated his personality in a way no picture needed to. This one is one loss too many. This is a really sad day.
— JJ. Omojuwa (@Omojuwa) June 17, 2020
The death of Dan Foster saddens me. He was an excellent friend of mine and a veteran radio host bar none. May his soul rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/NhgWmQvbSW
— Ben Murray-Bruce (@benmurraybruce) June 17, 2020
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. 💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔
— Frank Edoho (@frankedoho) June 17, 2020
I do not think there will ever exist an OAP that had as much impact on radio as much as Dan Foster did when I was growing up. His voice caressed my ears & made me love radio. Dan Foster was the tipping point for Lagos radio. This one is a triple tragedy.pic.twitter.com/h6PLSEuBsg
— Ayò Bánkólé (@AyoBankole) June 17, 2020
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