Tom came from an educated family: his grandfather Oscar was one of only 3,000 black physicians in the United States, earning a degree in medicine in 1909. South and Midwest, including stations in Memphis and St. In Chicago, he first worked at WVON, doing the morning show, but left the station after only three months to work 16 personalities profiles pdf advocate a competitor, WBMX-FM.
This station, named for “Johnson Publishing Company”, was owned by John H. Instead of choosing between the two, Joyner chose to take both jobs, and for eight years, he commuted daily by plane between the two cities, earning the nicknames “The Fly Jock” and “The Hardest Working Man in Radio”. Joyner’s “Sky Shows”, and free round-trip airfare to any destination that Southwest flies to is a recurring giveaway on his show. On October 17, 2017, Joyner announced that he will retire at the end of 2019 when his newly-signed two-year contract extension expires, saying, “I’m retiring, and for the next two years we’re going to reminisce, go down Memory Lane and talk about all the things that we’ve done for the past 25 years.
While the program achieved top ratings for a weekly syndicated program themed to African American viewers — even taking the number one show position, although it was in a late night time slot — in such markets as New York and Atlanta, affiliates in other markets were reluctant to upgrade the show to prime time for a targeted audience. Without the opportunity to reach a larger audience in earlier time slots and achieve greater revenues, the show had limited ability to offset the residuals and music clearances required by the many performers appearing on the show. Despite award recognition, in May 2006, Joyner decided not to continue due to production costs related to the music variety show concept. 100 cities, both on-air and via streaming audio, through its syndicator, Reach Media. His grandfather Oscar “Doc” Joyner was a Pullman porter who became a medical doctor. With his first wife Dora, Joyner has two sons, Thomas Jr.
Oscar, whom he calls “Killer” and “Thriller”. The two divorced in May 2012. Joyner has been an advocate for voter registration and throughout the year promotes voter registration over the air, on his website and during his live “Sky Shows” broadcasts. To improve healthy living, Joyner holds a “Take a Loved One to the Doctor Day” every April or September. On that day, he rallies families and friends to go to the doctor to get a check up to prevent any health problems, and particularly treat any existing issues. Alzheimer’s research, care and support.
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60 million to help keep students enrolled at HBCUs. The Tom Joyner Foundation also hosts an annual cruise named the Fantastic Voyage which also raises money for HBCU’s. The Hercules Scholarship, for male students, is named after Tom Joyner’s late father. Students are selected through the Tom Joyner Foundation School of Month program. The Full Ride Scholarship is awarded to one freshman entering a HBCU each year, in recognition of academic distinction and personal qualities. Help veterans find appropriate classes and other programs to complete their undergraduate degrees or pursue advanced degrees.