Born in California, Foster was brought up with his three siblings in Washington by their father – their mother had died when he was ten – but partly raised in Baltimore by his grandmother. As a teenager, Foster was a rebellious young man, but soon joined the Marines and attended Morgan State University in Baltimore where he studied Broadcasting and Drama.
Career Profile in phases
Award winning radio personality with over twenty five years radio experience. He is credited as changing the face of radio broadcasting in Nigeria. He has a unique way of holding listeners attention with his inspirational style and has trained some of the top presenters in the country.
He has received numerous awards for Best Radio Presenter of the Year and has since won the Nigerian Media Merit Awards for Best Radio Personality for three years in a row. The City People Awards named him the Media Person of the Year for two years in a row. He was also a judge on two reality talent shows namely Idols West Africa and Nigeria’s Got Talent.
Word on Marble
“In 2007, Foster was a judge on the one-off Idols West Africa series, alongside Nigerian Dede Mabiaku and Ghanaian Abrewa Nana. During the show’s run he was compared to American counterpart Randy Jackson, although he received some criticism for not attending the Ghana auditions”
Dan Foster has had a fruitful association with corporate Nigeria having served as consultant to a number of blue chip companies in their media campaigns such as Airtel, Globacom, MTN, eTranzact, Nokia, Etisalat, Samsung, Stanbic IBTC, First Bank, Keystone Bank and many others etc. He created Nigeria’s #1 Family Radio Station-Inspiration FM and people all over the world listen to his life changing Sunday Morning Praise Jam (at the time of his stay at the radio station). He had also created and hosted “The Let’s Go Naija Radio Show” powered by Shell Nigeria. When Dan worked with Cool FM in Nigeria as a radio presenter. He was the host of Good Morning Nigeria which was rated No.1 for six years.
Milestone Strides at Cool FM
Foster also re-created the Sunday Gospel radio show Praise Jam and was a key organizer for the Cool FM Praise Jam concerts in 2004; with a total of over 22, 000 people in attendance, 2005 and 2006 which concentrated on boosting the image of both established and upcoming artists. 2004, with a total of over 22, 000 people in attendance
“Foster won the Nigeria Media Merit Award for Best Radio Personality in 2003, 2004 and 2005. He also won the City People Media Person of the Year award in 2004 and again in 2005”
Early Media Career in American
He went on to work in 6 different popular radio stations in the US including Mix 106.5 FM. 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 first joined Cool FM Lagos; quickly becoming popular with Nigerian listeners, although he was constantly criticised for his constant use of the word “Ikebe” (Nigerian pidgin for derriere).
Uneasy Events in Dan’s Career
In September 2009, Foster left Cool FM for a new radio station Inspiration FM; which played a lead role in birthing, but left in 2014 to join City FM.
Foster is married to Nigerian, Lovina, the couple are parents of daughter Daniella and son Somtochukwu alongside Dan’s First Son Joshua. The African Based American Radio Legend of All time has also played a celebrity role in a popular Nollywood Movie “Face of a Liar”.
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