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 eight years, collecting over 7 million frequent flyer miles.

Tom Joyner grew up in the town of Tuskegee, Alabama. He is one of two sons. His mother was a secretary for the military and his father served as a Tuskegee Airman. His beginnings were very much like many young blacks in the south. During the Montgomery Boycott, there was the “Tuskegee Boycott”. Tom and many others fought for their civil rights. They took their protests to the streets weekly to try and effect change. One such protest was taken to a local radio station that refused to play “black” music. Eventually the station manager relented and Tom (naturally) nominated himself for the position.

Tom Joyner graduated from Tuskegee Institute in his hometown of Tuskegee, Alabama in 1970. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and immediately began his career in radio. He started at WRMA (an AM station in Montgomery, Alabama). After breaking onto the airwaves there, he worked his magic at WLOK (an AM station in Memphis, Tennessee), KWK (an AM station in St. Louis, Missouri), and KKDA (an FM station in Dallas, Texas).

Eventually, he moved to Chicago – the Windy City. He blew through the Windy City on radio stations WJPC (FM), WGCI (FM), WVON (AM) and WBMX (FM) and caused a whirlwind of excitement on urban radio. Never before had listeners experienced such energy, humor and vitality.

Opportunity came knocking in the mid 1980’s. Tom’s upbeat style and comedic antics put him in an awkward position. His contract was about to expire and it was decision time. He was offered the MORNING drive time position at KKDA (Dallas, Texas) by one company and the AFTERNOON Disc Jockey position at WGCI (Chicago, Illinois). Any normal human would have chosen one position or the other – Tom Joyner chose to do BOTH! His plan was to fly thousands of miles everyday by airplane each day between Dallas and Chicago. He spent so much time in the air that he received the name “The Fly Jock”. This commute and his rich on air style gained him national publicity and high ratings.

In 1994, Tom Joyner took his show to a new level. He knew that if he wanted to reach a broader audience, more “Fly Jockeying” would not do the trick, so he convinced ABC Radio Networks that his show could work in syndication. ABC, impressed with his determination, credentials and following gave it a try. In 1994, The Tom Joyner Morning Show started with Tom Joyner at the helm.

The show is beamed into over 105 radio stations across the country each weekday. Over 8 million ears tune into the show from their favorite local radio station. It is very well known that Tom Joyner likes to have a good time. He says, “First we get people laughing, then we get ’em to listen. If you can get people to listen, then they begin to think, and that’s when they start making a difference”.

Tom takes radio to a whole new level. Never before have African Americans been able to wake up to such an upbeat, entertaining and positive show. His accomplishments have not gone un-noticed. Tom Joyner was elected into the Radio Hall of Fame. He has received Impact Magazine’s “Joe Loris Award” for Excellence in Broadcasting. He has received Billboard’s “Best Urban Contemporary Air Personality” award. Impact Magazine’s “Best DJ of the Year Award” was renamed “The Tom Joyner Award” because he received it so many times.

Tom did not forget his roots when he signed onto the Tom Joyner Morning Show. He setup a foundation that earmarks dollars for students and schools that have run out of money. The Tom Joyner Foundation has raised more than $60 million to help keep students in historically black colleges and universities. The Foundation, just like the morning show, his website, events and his other endeavors, exists to “super serve” the African American community.

The Morning Show with co-hosts Sybil Wilkes, J. Anthony Brown and senior news analyst Roland Martin, also features “Inside Her Story” with Jacque Reid; political commentary from Stephanie Robinson and Jeff Johnson; and celebrity news with Jawn Murray, as well as comedic observations from D.L. Hughley and the Celebrity Snitch Huggy Lowdown. Joyner’s website,, has more than 1.5 million registered users and delivers news with exclusive reports from award winning journalists and unprecedented political coverage as well as interactive elements with on demand audio.

12 thoughts on “Tom Joyner

  1. I have a comment to all members of Omega Psi Phi …. Fraternity the pledge in @ wilberforce University …… if you had known …. came thru that Chapter … I want to see you put up . . . no questions ask …… to the school of the month “Wilberforce University in OhiO! Why? … ..The late … Brother Gregory “Blow” Stewart .. cross into Omega, …..March 26 …..191876! Greg would help anyone …. he was aware of his Jesus. sporting those colors Purple and Gold even his Minnestota Vikings football team! I know he would have been down with Tom Joyner,…….&……(self) being Members of Omega having a numbers Brothers on the team as a coach and players! …. Again if you can ….. sometime this month Febuary 2013 … it’s a short month ….but our actions carry us thru each and every day thru out the month! Come to my page when you do or don’t i have something youu may want to hear ….. “remember the mind is a terrible …. thing to waste!” ……thank you for the share!

  2. Cedric on said:

    REMEMBER AND HONOR YOUR ELDERS TODAY!! Great commentary today on the TJMS! THANK YOU!! I am very active in ELDER CARE, RIGHTS and information. Elders do get abused when under the care of others outside the family. And yes, abused by family members as well. True. Very true. Here in DC, there is hope and help. I am a 60 yo black guy who is 30 years HIV+. Elders and AIDS don’t seem to come together, but they do. Now that there is Viagra. Education is key. This and other elder concerns are where I hold my place. I am blessed to have had elders and neighbors who cared for me and my brothers and sisters. Now is my turn to give back. I’m an Elder. Conversation is also key to helping elders have peace of mind. That can do soo much. A phone call just to check up on them or to just say hi. Many who live alone have no one to talk to. Family and friends have gone. Yes, some elders do not go to church or can’t go to church. Health issues. So please EVERYONE, show care and respect for our Elders. Give them a smile of if you can, a hug. If you are blessed to live long enough, you will be an ELDER some day.

    Hugs and prayer,


  4. Bro. Joyner! Wes hawkins Jr. From UPSILON ALHA, Atlantric City, N.J. Buckle Up, My book will be out soon! Will be sending you 25 copies, five for staff to read, the other twenty for listeners, ooo! Bro. a suggestion, on your cruz, tape the proformance of E,W.F,/Mr., Tyler Perry, Snoop Dog, Jammie Fox and others! Therefore,people like me, who want to there, be could not, can help out put some money wards (T.J.M.S.) in the purchase of the d.v.d dis! they can be given out as presents to others from those who purchase! You the Man bro. Please make it happen! You will be hear in from me, Tell Jay & silbil keep up the the good work, the show,makes you think afer luaghing, because “the mind, is a terrible, thing to waste!’

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  6. B Jackson on said:

    Greetings, I love the fact that I can witness the Love and connection the black community can have with the first family. I can’t help but feel like a “fan” and supporter of our President and First Lady. Although I am young, so many of my peers have died young and didn’t have the chance to experience a black President and first family during their short life time. This is nothing short of awesome and Amazing!

    In response to Tom’s convo with the First Lady this AM(12/13/12)


  7. As I was driving to work this morning to work listening to the story of the 61 year old women returning to the work force to pay her son’s debut of a school loan. For some reason in my heart I just knew that The Fly Jock was gonna step up and pay this debut….I don’t know why or how but I just knew Tom was gonna give two special gifts today. God bless you for being the wonderful man that you are.

    Thanks Tom for making my day!!!

  8. I just dropped my daughters off at their schools this morning when I heard the saddest story I believe I have ever heard on the radio. I was listening to “The Tom Joyner Morning Show” about a 61 year old retired mother has been agonizing over the sudden death of her 24 year old son. Not only did she have to find strength daily to handle this tragedy, but she had to re-enter the workforce to pay back a loan her son took out some years ago. She has been hounded by the holders of a private loan she co-signed for her now deceased son. The loan company will not forgive the loan even though the young man is dead. I think this is a heartless practice.
    I was in tears after listening to her explain how she has contemplated suicide just to escape the calls and this heavy debt. Mr. Joyner stepped up (unexpectedly) and volunteered to pay the debt!! Oh MY GOSH!! That truly made my day. What an example to set for the rest of us 🙂


  9. A tribute to Mr. Joyner upon hearing his morning show 12/4/12 where he helped a 61 yr. olf woman pay off her deceased son’s student loan . The Federal government forgave the loan whereas a private loan company refused and harassed her .I found myself crying as I listened to Jackie Reed tell the story .

    Honoring Mr. Joyner

    Dear God protect this giant , a heart as pure as gold
    The caring quality of such a man reminds one of the gospel song , Stand .
    And then the thought came to mind , this noble act , Mr. Joyner
    places you in the history books
    Honor ,respect , caring , sharing , the Christ in you will see you through
    Lord give this giant traveling mercy as he continues his journey
    Protect him and his family ,professionally and personal
    Love supreme is it a dream ?
    Tom Lives , we heard and we honor
    Please give him favor ,day by day
    It is a pleasure to give praise to you , excellent in every way.
    He makes us laugh , he informs and educates
    Where would we be without TJMS .
    The best !

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