Tom Joyner was born in Tuskegee, Alabama and received a bachelors
degree in sociology from the Tuskegee Institute. Upon graduating,
Joyner took a job reading news on WRMA/Montgomery. Subsequent jobs
at WLOK/Memphis, KWK/St. Louis and KKDA/Dallas followed.
Joyners success led him to Chicago, where he worked at stations
WJPC, WVON and WBMX before hitting it big at WGCI.
Joyner made headlines in 1985 as The Hardest Working Man
in Radio, when he accepted a morning position at KKDA/Dallas
while simultaneously taking an afternoon show at WGCI/Chicago. His
daily commute between the two cities led to high ratings in both
markets while earning Joyner a new nickname: The Fly Jock.
In January of 1994, Joyner began syndicating The Tom Joyner
Morning Show to 29 stations. Joyners new show offered
a mix of music, comedy, guestsranging from Stevie Wonder to
Tipper Goreand occasional discussions of social or political
issues. Today, Joyners show is heard on over 110 stations.
Perhaps Joyners most unique honor comes from Impact
magazine, who awarded their Best DJ of the Year award
to Joyner so many times over the years that they finally renamed
it The Tom Joyner Award.
Tom Joyner was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1998.
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