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Encyclopedia > Tom Joyner
The Tom Joyner Morning Show
Genre Comedy, Talk, Urban Adult Contemporary, R&B/Soul
Running time 4 hours (approximately)
Country Flag of the United States United States
Home station none, various Urban AC/R&B station affiliates
Starring Tom Joyner
J. Anthony Brown
Ms. Dupree
Creator(s) Tom Joyner, ABC Radio (now syndicated through Reach Media)
Air dates 1994 – Present
Opening theme Oh, oh, oh, it's the Tom Joyner Morning Show
Website http://www.blackamericaweb.com

Thomas "Tom" Joyner (born November 23, 1949) is an American radio host. His daily program, The Tom Joyner Morning Show, is syndicated across the United States and heard by over ten million radio listeners. He is married to fitness guru Donna Richardson. Urban Adult Contemporary is the name for a format of radio music, similar to an urban contemporary format. ... Rhythm and blues (or R & B) is a musical marketing term introduced in the United States in the late 1940s by Billboard magazine. ... For other uses, see Soul music (disambiguation). ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Urban Adult Contemporary is the name for a format of radio music, similar to an urban contemporary format. ... Szibill is an operetta by Hungarian composer Victor Jacobi. ... ABC Radio is a division of the American Broadcasting Company focused on AM radio and FM radio broadcasting. ... is the 327th day of the year (328th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1949 (MCMXLIX) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1949 calendar). ... Donna Richardson Joyner is a well known fitness and aerobics instructor, author and television sports commentator. ...


Early life

Joyner was born in Tuskegee, Alabama and received a degree in sociology from Tuskegee Institute (now Tuskegee University). He began his broadcasting career in Montgomery, Alabama immediately upon graduation, and worked at a number of radio stations in the American South before moving to Chicago at WJPC (AM). While a student at Tuskegee University in the 1960s, Joyner became an original member of the soul/funk musical group The Commodores but departed the group before it became an international success, recording for Motown records during the early 1970s. Tom is also a member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. Tuskegee is a city in Macon County, Alabama, United States. ... Sociology (from Latin: socius, companion; and the suffix -ology, the study of, from Greek λόγος, lógos, knowledge) is an academic and applied discipline that studies society and human social interaction. ... There is also the Tuskegee Airmen, a corps of African-American military pilots trained there during World War II Tuskegee University is an American institution of higher learning located in Tuskegee, Alabama. ... Tuskegee University is an American institution of higher learning located in Tuskegee, Alabama. ... Coordinates: , Country State County Montgomery Incorporated December 3, 1819 Government  - Mayor Bobby Bright Area  - City  156. ... This article is 88 kilobytes or more in size. ... Nickname: Motto: Urbs in Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location in the Chicago metro area and Illinois Coordinates: , Country State Counties Cook, DuPage Settled 1770s Incorporated March 4, 1837 Government  - Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Area  - City  234. ... The Commodores was a highly successful soul/funk band in the 1970s. ... Motown Records, Inc. ...

Radio Profession

In the mid-1980s, Joyner was simultaneously offered two positions: one for a morning show at KKDA (K104) in Dallas and one for an afternoon show at WGCI in Chicago. Instead of choosing between the two, Joyner chose to take both jobs, and for years he commuted daily by plane between the two cities, earning the nicknames "The Fly Jock" and "The Hardest Working Man in Radio." The 1980s refers to the years from 1980 to 1989. ... KKDA-FM, K-104, is and has been the leading radio station in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex for the last decade. ... Nickname: Motto: Live Large. ... WGCI-FM, known as 107. ...

In 1994, Joyner was signed by ABC Radio Networks to host a nationally-syndicated program, The Tom Joyner Morning Show, featuring Joyner and a team of comedians and commentators reporting and discussing the latest news and sports of the day, and playing popular R&B songs from the 1970s through the 1990s as well as contemporary R&B hits. Also featured are celebrity guests, on-site remotes (called "Sky Shows"), and an on-air soap opera called "It’s Your World". Southwest Airlines is a prominent sponsor of the radio show, especially Joyner's "Sky Shows," and free round-trip airfare to any destination that Southwest flies to is a recurring giveaway on his show. Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full 1994 Gregorian calendar). ... The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) operates television and radio networks in the United States and is also shown on basic cable in Canada. ... Southwest Airlines, Inc. ...

In the Fall 2005, a nationally syndicated television show, The Tom Joyner Show was launched with Joyner as emcee of a one-hour comedy/variety show, combining sketch comedy featuring the "Tom Joyner Show Players" (his co-hosts from the radio show), talent contests, and musical performances. In May, 2006, affiliates learned that Joyner has decided not to continue due to the high production costs involved. Re-runs are shown on TV One. Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... TV ONE is a free to air New Zealand television channel run by TVNZ. It is primarily targeted at a more mature audience, with a broad range of programming including ONE News and Current Affairs and ONE Sport. ...

He has been an advocate for voter registration and throughout the year promote voter registration over the air, on his website and during his 'Sky Shows', which are live, remote broadcasts of the show. To improve healthy living, Joyner holds a 'Take a Loved One to the Doctor Day' every September'. On that day, he rallies families and friends to go to the doctor to get a check up to prevent any health problems, and particularly treat any existing issues.

Personal life

Tom is the father of two grown sons, Thomas Jr., and Oscar, whom he has nicknamed "Killa" and "Thrilla". His sons were from the first marriage to his former wife, Dora.

Other Activities

Tom Joyner Foundation

Joyner has also founded the Tom Joyner Foundation to provide financial assistance to students at historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). Since 1998, it has raised more than $55 million to help keep students enrolled at HBCUs. In the United States, Historically black colleges and universities (HBCU) are colleges or universities that were established before 1964 with the intention of serving the African American community. ...


Joyner also is an author. In 2005, he along with his longtime writer, Mary Flowers Boyce, published, "I'm Just a DJ but ... It Makes Sense to Me", (Warner Books). The book chronicles his childhood and early days in radio as well as offers Joyner's thoughts on HBCUs, the power of the black consumer and fatherhood. He appeared with his father and grandfather in the documentary "Rising from the Rails: The Story of the Pullman Porter" crediting his family with passing down important values which he passed down to his sons as well. His grandfather Oscar "Doc" Joyner was a Pullman porter who became a medical doctor.[1], .

External links

  Results from FactBites:
Tom Joyner biography (1066 words)
Tom Joyner earned the nickname "The Fly Jock" and "The Hardest Working Man in Radio" by working long hours and flying between his morning job (in Dallas, Texas) and afternoon job (in Chicago, Illinois) every weekday for years.
Tom Joyner graduated from Tuskegee Institute in his hometown of Tuskegee, Alabama.
Tom now resides in Dallas with his two sons from his former marriage.
Tom Joyner School of the Month (1863 words)
The Tom Joyner Scholarship Foundation, named for nationally syndicated radio and television personality Tom Joyner, recently transmitted a check totaling $114,026.74 to Alcorn State University as part of the ongoing “Million Dollar Madness” campaign that the Tom Joyner Scholarship Foundation and the university have undertaken to raise scholarship funds for students.
Funds raised in the name of the campaign are made to the Tom Joyner Scholarship Foundation on behalf of Alcorn State University, and the Joyner Foundation in turn remits the funds back to the university.
The Tom Joyner Scholarship Foundation was founded by nationally syndicated radio and television personality, Tom Joyner, to benefit students attending the nation’s HBCUs.
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