One to One: Kash Kumar, Radio Broadcaster

Keith Vaz Saturday 07th May 2022 02:50 EDT

Kash was born in Uganda but has lived in Leicester since infancy. His parents were from Gujarat India and moved to East Africa in the 1950s, the family then moved to England in the late 1960s.


Kash was educated in Leicester and furthered his studies at a London Drama School in film and television. He enjoyed working on TV shows and movies such as The Bill, Eastenders and Tandoori Nights along with many modelling opportunities.  For many years Kash has been a Radio Broadcaster including Radio Festival, and Rhythm Radio, and now hosts the primetime 6-2-8 show on Sabras Radio. Kash is currently employed at Lloyd’s Banking Group in Customer Services.


Kash is the father to Emile who lives in Toronto, Canada, and 2 daughters Talika Chandni and Monique Anmol who live in England. He is also a proud grandfather to Keyaan, Luca Milan and Skye Ariana.


1)  Which place, or city or country do you most feel at home in? 


Leicester has been home since I was a young lad. It is where my parents raised me, and I have many special memories with my community and family. Leicester is ‘India outside of India.’ The community spirit along with its unique culture makes this part of England a wonderful place to live.


2) What are your proudest achievements? 


Obtaining a scholarship to go to a London Drama school was an achievement for me, especially coming from a family of modest means in the 80s. I had to overcome several personal challenges to attend this school. With love and passion for theatre and film as a child, and it was the right opportunity for me to develop my skills in the arts. This included many theatre performances all over the U.K. 


3) What inspires you? 


My parents sacrificed much, and displayed courage to settle our family in the U.K. They gave me the best to life I could have hoped for. Because of their decisions, I have had many blessings and opportunities that would not have been possible had my parents moved back to India or stayed on the continent of Africa. Also, the generous deeds of others has always touched me, and something I reflect on as a motivation to do more for others the best I can.  


4) What has been biggest obstacle in your career?  


In order to have a progressive career, quite often something must take a backseat. For me it was always a challenge to strike the right balance between family and work life.


5) Who has been the biggest influence on your career to date? 


My family for one, but there is an individual many years back that comes to mind by the name of Mr Barry Crawley. He was a good leader, and instilled confidence in me to take on a senior management position. I found his manner and style of management refreshing. He was kind, understanding, and gave me the freedom required to do my work well. I learned a lot from Barry, and that shaped the rest of my career.


6) What is the best aspect about your current role? 


The work I do in the banking sector has benefited hundreds of people in their personal financial well-being. Since I also enjoy my radio broadcasting work, I’ll add, I receive a lot of joy from the support of my listeners. I attribute the opportunity to bond with these listeners from all over the world to Mr. Don Kotak, Director of Sabras Radio.


7) And the worst? 


I think most people find a question like this challenging to answer especially when in the role. Transparently, I think it is fair to say the pandemic has put a lot of frustration and pressure on the way we work. It has been a big adjustment for me personally. Also in the media world, you are constantly trying to keep up with the latest information, and find new ways to keep content interesting and engaging for your listeners. 


8) What are your long term goals? 


Whilst I am not the biggest fan of flying, I do have a love for travel. As I approach retirement in the next few years I definitely want to see more of this beautiful planet with my precious family. 

I do have a personal focus on a project started back in 2007 when my father was still alive. My son Emile and I are on a special father son journey to share the story of Tilawa 1942 The Forgotten Tragedy. It is the story of SS Tilawa, a passenger cargo liner ship torpedoed by the Japanese Imperial Army on November 23 1942. My grand-father was onboard the SS Tilawa, and sadly perished. It is something that forever scared my father. We have the campaign to learn more, further our research, and share this historic event with others. Our website is a great resource for this missing piece of history.


9) If you were Prime Minister, what one aspect would you change?  


I keep a neutral stand on politics as I feel the world's problems cannot be resolved by one person. However, I am very interested in supporting any research for epilepsy since I lost my younger sister to this sad illness in 2011. She was in her early 40’s, and gone too soon.


10) If you were marooned on a desert island, which historical figure would you like to spend your time with and why. 


I have always been fascinated with The Bible. Along with its many teachings, Jesus Christ famous ‘sermon on the mount’ has been inspiring. It has been a guide for me throughout my life. The opportunity to be face to face with Jesus would be my first choice.

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