Friday, May 27, 2022

Tom Joyner: The Fly Jock Retires After 25 Years On Air

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*After 25 years on air, radio legend Tom Joyner, beloved host of the “Tom Joyner Morning Show,” retired Friday (12-13-19) after previously stating that his goal was to “die on radio.”

“Twenty-five years ago, there was no template for a syndicated Urban radio show and we worked hard to prove that we could successfully produce and market a national platform that would entertain, inform and empower African-American listeners,” Joyner said in a statement.

In the syndicated show’s place will be “The Rickey Smiley Morning Show” will now be moving to many of Joyner’s affiliates, according to Radio Insight.

During retirement, Joyner, 70, plans on devoting his time fully to raising college funds for students from historically black colleges and universities through his Tom Joyner Foundation.

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Since his episode aired, many have paid homage to The Fly Jock on Twitter. 

One user wrote, “I learned so much listening to @TJMShow over the years. And laughed a lot, too. Everybody deserves to retire, but damn. Gonna miss him.”

Sen. Kamala Harris also hit up Twitter to call Joyner a legend.

“Tom Joyner is a legend and has played a critical role in building community and lifting up all voices,” she tweeted. “He is Black history. It was an honor to be a guest on the @TJMShow but to also call him a friend. Enjoy retirement!”

As noted by, Senator Harris wasn’t the only person to give Joyner his props:

During his 25 years on air, Joyner served up R&B hits and often schooled his 8M listeners on Black American history. At one point, Joyner raked in $14 million a year, but as the radio industry declined, so did his salary — year after year. 

“… My salary was based on my results, and not only was I losing affiliates but radio industry as a whole was losing traction…My goal was to die on the radio. Have my funeral on the radio,” Joyner said in a CBS interview.

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is an entertainment reporter with over 15 years of experience working in the film industry in areas including production and post-production, marketing, distribution, and acquisitions. She has worked for legendary film producer Roger Corman, Quentin Tarantino's production team at Miramax, the late Larry Flynt, MTV/ VH1, Hallmark Channel, Paramount, Jim Henson Co., Parade Magazine, and various LA-based companies representing above-the-line talent.




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