Radio Icon Tom Joyner Announces New 2-Year Agreement with Reach Media and the Culmination of His Groundbreaking Morning Show
Reach Media today announced a two-year agreement that extends the Tom Joyner Morning Show in radio syndication through December 31, 2019, as he culminates his trailblazing career. The renewed agreement comes as the broadcast pioneer prepares to mark his 25th year in syndication (#TJMS25). To commemorate the anniversary, Joyner plans to launch a two-year-long celebration campaign, sharing events and experiences with his listeners highlighting the past, present and future of the Tom Joyner brand. Joyner will reveal more as his show moves forward with events and activities as a lead-up to the conclusion of his iconic morning show.
Tom Joyner Marks His 25th Anniversary in Radio Syndication, He Plans to Conclude His Radio Career with a Celebration of His Daily Party with a Purpose Through December 31, 2019
In making the announcement, Tom Joyner wanted everyone to know, “We’ve touched a lot of lives and we love and appreciate the millions of people who are part of the TJMS family. So much has happened since we went on the air in 1994…good and bad…and we all went through it together. Well, the Party with a Purpose isn’t over. The celebration will be epic as we remember the guests, the laughs, the tears, the bits, the unforgettable moments we’ve shared together…and, of course we’ll be making new memories along the way. When we go off the air each morning, I never say goodbye…and I’m not saying it now! Here’s to much more good radio! “
Urban One’s CEO of Reach Media and Radio One Stations, David Kantor, complimented Joyner saying, “Tom has not only advanced radio and established new mediums to inspire people, but he’s brought change to our communities on an individual level. When he says ‘I’ve got an idea,’ he pursues it with a passion and everyone is better for it. He is the best business partner and friend I could ever have.”
Tom Joyner Retiring from Syndicated Morning Show
Continuing to dominate as one of the leading shows in radio, The Tom Joyner Morning Show currently reaches over 7.4 million listeners with more than 95 affiliates. The Tom Joyner Morning Show is broadcast weekdays from 6-10 AM ET, offering listeners entertainment, information, and music, addressing topics important to the African-American community.
In his 25 years as a leader in the industry, Joyner’s impact and influence have never wavered. From sold out consumer events (15th annual Allstate Tom Joyner Family Reunion and 19th annual Tom Joyner Foundation Fantastic Voyage Cruise on Carnival Breeze), to thought-provoking digital outreach with BlackAmericaWeb.com, Joyner’s mission thrives today. The Tom Joyner Morning Show remains a staple in the African-American community, consistently promoting relevant issues and social causes that need attention and action. Whether raising over $500,000 in funds to support survivors of Hurricane Harvey and Irma, or promoting health and wellness through his ‘Take a Loved One to the Doctor Day’ campaign, Joyner’s community activism is always top priority. His belief in education has resulted in over $65 million raised to support students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities with The Tom Joyner Foundation. His show easily finds the unique balance to empower and entertain featuring exclusive interviews, hot topic discussions, segments with today’s best comics and LIVE In Studio Jam performances during his show from artists ranging from John Legend and Jennifer Hudson to Fred Hammond and CeCe Winans.
The Legacy of the Hardest Working Man in Radio
Joyner first gained popularity after earning the nickname “The Fly Jock” for flying round-trip between Dallas and Chicago 5 days a week, 7 years and 8 million miles hosting morning drive and afternoons in two different cities. Joyner then revolutionized radio when his program became the first morning show with music in syndication, launching January 3, 1994 and featuring a live performance by R&B legend Luther Vandross.
Radio Hall of Fame Award and More
Over the course of his career, Joyner has been inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame and received the National Association of Broadcasters’ Marconi Award, Billboard’s “Best Urban Contemporary Air Personality” award, the NAACP Image Award and many honorary doctorates. He grew up in Tuskegee, AL, the son of one of the famed Tuskegee airmen and got his first job as a DJ after protesting a local station’s refusal to play R&B music. In 1978, John H. Johnson provided Tom his major market break with an opportunity to broadcast on WJPC, as well as eventually hosting the Ebony Jet Celebrity Showcase TV interview show. In 2003, Joyner made The Tom Joyner Morning Show part of his newly created company, Reach Media, Inc. – a cross-platform entertainment company that produces programming, events, digital content and initiatives that engage communities.