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 to 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, also features Roland Martin as well as “Inside Her Story” with Jacque Reid. Sherri Shepherd, Kym Whitley, Guy Torry and Damon Williams are special co-host weekly.

Joyner’s website receives 1 million unique visitors on a monthly basis; with exclusive content from the top radio shows in urban radio along with news, entertainment, and lifestyle reports relevant to the black community.

59 thoughts on “Tom Joyner

  1. Every time I turn on the Tom Joyner show I hear mostly white/ black racist comments, in fact I think the show revolves around it when I listen, so much i was thinking maybe they should throw in something for asians now and then, or pacific islanders, perhaps, to diversify… (a joke) most comments are geared towards white people, of course, but some are definitely geared towards blacks, like “dear black people, if you’re going to call the cops on white people, make sure you don’t have an outstanding warrant.” then there was a comment, no a few, about how it is incredibly offensive that white people blow their noses in a restaurant. and what should i do if my nose is running and i am sneezing, let it drip down my face? that’s some uptight, old fashioned, stuck up nonsense. yes, white people being racist is old, and more should have been done to heal the wounds from slavery and Jim Crow, etc, and white people should be disciplined when they are racist and mean. However, despite the remaining issues, it is not Jim Crow or slavery times, not at all. On the Tom Joyner Show I listen to well paid people complain like they are being oppressed, as if they can’t get a job and it is a bunch of nonsense. Black people can be just as annoying as white people, and oppressive, I once had a coupon and a hispanic man wouldn’t let me use it, it was perfectly valid, and he accused me of saying he couldn’t read or understand english when i tried to tell him it was obviously valid. he was a jerk and i get annoyed thinking of it.

    • coupon issue related to coupon issue they have been discussing on radio, the cops weren’t called but i thought of when it happened to me, and how i asked to speak to a manager and he was the manager, he said. how convenient, and not so great for mcdonald’s losing business. i bought coffee there for someone since then as a favor, but i will not choose to spend money there again. the lady didn’t deserve cops at cvs, i am sure the cops did nothing to the lady when called, thank goodness. her coupon did look odd to be honest.

  2. Derrick on said:

    Tom Joyner why do you allow racist idiots and supremacists to comment so viciously on just about every article posted on your site?

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