Farewell to Tom Joyner for a Job Well Done!

Carla Calhoun

On Friday, December 13, 2019 Tom Joyner retired after 25 years, and signs off from The Tom Joyner Morning show.

Tom Joyner was born in Tuskegee, Alabama on November 23, 1949.  Tom came from an educated family and his grandfather was one of only 3,000 black physicians in the United States. Both of Tom’s parents, he and his brother graduated from historically black colleges (HBCU). Tom is member of Omega Psi Phi fraternity.  He joined a band after college, “The Commodores” which included his college friend, the famous Lionel Richie.  At that time the band was not making much money and his parents encouraged him to earn a living in another way. Tom began working at a college radio station and continued his love for radio by working at numerous radio stations across the country.

25 years ago, Tom had a vision to start a nationally syndicated Urban radio show. The “Tom Joyner Morning Show” educated, informed, empowered and entertained listeners.  African Americans and other cultures awakened listening to the morning show, with celebrity guest hosts from various genres: actors, comedians, politicians, musical guests and more.

Tom Joyner also is the founder of Reach Media Inc., Black American Web .com and the Tom Joyner Foundation.

Mr. Joyner hosts an annual fundraiser “Party with a Purpose” on the “Tom Joyner Foundation Fantastic Voyage.” This event is truly fantastic, featuring non-stop parties, concerts, Sunday church service with famous gospel singers, midnight feasts, Fantastic Theme nights which are costume parties, fellowshipping and networking opportunities. The participants include musical guests, comedians, actors, athletes and radio listeners. This event allows everyday people to hobnob with celebrities.

The Fantastic Voyage 2020 is scheduled to set sail March 28 and return April 5, 2020. The Cruise line is The Carnival Cruise ‘Magic”.  Guests will depart from Ft. Lauderdale Florida to ports of call: beautiful tropical islands of St Maarten, St Kitts and San Juan. The voyage will be magical and possibly Tom Joyner’s last trip.

Tom Joyner, age 70, will focus his attention in retirement to the Tom Joyner Foundation which works to provide scholarships for students attending historically black colleges and universities.

Tom Joyner, an American icon will be truly missed.  His show was a breath of fresh air for your early morning drive to school and work.  You laughed, you cried, but most of all you proudly appreciated the gift that Tom provided every morning to the black community and beyond.

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