The name Billy Miya was synonymous with Radio Maisha evening drive show BillynaMbaruk. Teaming with Mbaruk Mwalimu, the incredible duo made the station one of the most listened to in Kenya.
The two presenters exited the Mombasa road based radio station to find a new home in the fast rising Radio47.
Billy Miya Early Life
Speaking of his illustrious career on radio spanning over 16 years, Billy recalled how his interest in the world of media, especially radio, started early in life.
He told the TV47 presenter how he would record his favorite songs playing on the radio on his father’s cassette tapes.
This would earn him a beating but did not stop or slow his love for radio. He would listen to the presenters to learn the craft.
Joining Mombasa Polytechnic
After he cleared his O-levels at Our Lady of Mercy Ringa Boys in Homa Bay county, he applied for a diploma course at Mombasa Polytechnic.
Biya joined the institution but because he received his letter of admission late, he started with a certificate course.
Billy Miya Career Journey
His attachment at Pwani FM was a success. He was added another six months at the station heralding his journey in the world of media. Then known as ‘Handsome Boy’, he was hosting the Tafrija la Pwani show.
He presented news at the station before taking over the Drive Show from Peter Adams. He later joined Baraka FM breakshow and later on Milele FM.
Position being advertised
Two months as a presenter at Milele FM, the station decided to advertise their position. Their replacements were bigwigs in the industry and this happened while they were still working in the station.
Joining Radio Maisha, they had to come up with a show that would be unique. That is how ‘Umbea’ was born. He however says he is careful when it comes to this kind of content to avoid wrecking marriages.
Billy Miya first Salary
The celebrated radio presenter revealed that his first salary when he joined Milele FM was Ksh80,000. The he moved to Maisha FM, his salary went up to Ksh250,000. He went on to add that his pay has significantly gone up since he joined Radio 47.