Renowned media personality and the King of Talkback Radio, the Late Roger Hau’ofa, was farewelled today in Port Moresby.
The funeral service of the much loved radio broadcaster, Roger Hauofa, was held at the Sir John Guise indoor complex, where family, friends, colleagues, national leaders, and his faithful listeners, all attended, to pay their last respects.
Many of those who spoke said Roger had a loving personality and a big heart. He loved life and was kind, funny and warm.
Those who paid tribute to Roger, including Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill, described him as a people’s man, who had an impact on nation building through radio.
Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill, said Roger carried the respect of both sides of politics. He called on the management of FM100 to archive his work as part of the country’s history and as reference for young and upcoming journalists and broadcasters.
Janet Sios, said the work on raising awareness on kidney failure and lifestyle diseases will continue as Roger’s legacy.
His children Michelle and Jason described him as a dynamic person. He spoke six languages fluently including Tongan, Fijian, English, Tok Pisin and the local Misima language. He loved sea food and enjoyed fishing and music. But at the end of the day, radio was his passion.
FM100 CEO, John Mong, said the board and management is in talks to rename the famous talkback show after Roger Hau’ofa.
He was more than a radio announcer; Roger Hau’ofa was also called the “voice of conscience”.
FM100 CEO, John Mong, said by 2018, the talkback show will be called the Roger Hau’ofa Talkback Show.
Roger will be laid to rest at Iare village in the Central Province. He is survived by his wife Pauline, his nine children, twenty-two grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.