Tom Joyner earned the nickname “The Fly Jock” and “The Hardest Working Man in Radio” by working long hours and flying between his morning job (in Dallas, Texas) and afternoon job (in Chicago, Illinois) every weekday for eight years, collecting over 7 million frequent flyer miles.
Tom Joyner grew up in the town of Tuskegee, Alabama. He is one of two sons. His mother was a secretary for the military and his father served as a Tuskegee Airman. His beginnings were very much like many young blacks in the south. During the Montgomery Boycott, there was the “Tuskegee Boycott”. Tom and many others fought for their civil rights. They took their protests to the streets weekly to try and effect change. One such protest was taken to a local radio station that refused to play “black” music. Eventually the station manager relented and Tom (naturally) nominated himself for the position.
Tom Joyner graduated from Tuskegee Institute in his hometown of Tuskegee, Alabama in 1970. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and immediately began his career in radio. He started at WRMA (an AM station in Montgomery, Alabama). After breaking onto the airwaves there, he worked his magic at WLOK (an AM station in Memphis, Tennessee), KWK (an AM station in St. Louis, Missouri), and KKDA (an FM station in Dallas, Texas).
Eventually, he moved to Chicago – the Windy City. He blew through the Windy City on radio stations WJPC (FM), WGCI (FM), WVON (AM) and WBMX (FM) and caused a whirlwind of excitement on urban radio. Never before had listeners experienced such energy, humor and vitality.
Opportunity came knocking in the mid 1980′s. Tom’s upbeat style and comedic antics put him in an awkward position. His contract was about to expire and it was decision time. He was offered the MORNING drive time position at KKDA (Dallas, Texas) by one company and the AFTERNOON Disc Jockey position at WGCI (Chicago, Illinois). Any normal human would have chosen one position or the other – Tom Joyner chose to do BOTH! His plan was to fly thousands of miles everyday by airplane each day between Dallas and Chicago. He spent so much time in the air that he received the name “The Fly Jock”. This commute and his rich on air style gained him national publicity and high ratings.
In 1994, Tom Joyner took his show to a new level. He knew that if he wanted to reach a broader audience, more “Fly Jockeying” would not do the trick, so he convinced ABC Radio Networks that his show could work in syndication. ABC, impressed with his determination, credentials and following gave it a try. In 1994, The Tom Joyner Morning Show started with Tom Joyner at the helm.
The show is beamed into over 105 radio stations across the country each weekday. Over 8 million ears tune into the show from their favorite local radio station. It is very well known that Tom Joyner likes to have a good time. He says, “First we get people laughing, then we get ‘em to listen. If you can get people to listen, then they begin to think, and that’s when they start making a difference”.
Tom takes radio to a whole new level. Never before have African Americans been able to wake up to such an upbeat, entertaining and positive show. His accomplishments have not gone un-noticed. Tom Joyner was elected into the Radio Hall of Fame. He has received Impact Magazine’s “Joe Loris Award” for Excellence in Broadcasting. He has received Billboard’s “Best Urban Contemporary Air Personality” award. Impact Magazine’s “Best DJ of the Year Award” was renamed “The Tom Joyner Award” because he received it so many times.
Tom did not forget his roots when he signed onto the Tom Joyner Morning Show. He setup a foundation that earmarks dollars for students and schools that have run out of money. The Tom Joyner Foundation has raised more than $60 million to help keep students in historically black colleges and universities. The Foundation, just like the morning show, his website, events and his other endeavors, exists to “super serve” the African American community.
The Morning Show with co-hosts Sybil Wilkes, J. Anthony Brown and senior news analyst Roland Martin, also features “Inside Her Story” with Jacque Reid; political commentary from Stephanie Robinson and Jeff Johnson; and celebrity news with Jawn Murray, as well as comedic observations from D.L. Hughley and the Celebrity Snitch Huggy Lowdown. Joyner’s website, BlackAmericaWeb.com, has more than 1.5 million registered users and delivers news with exclusive reports from award winning journalists and unprecedented political coverage as well as interactive elements with on demand audio – See more at: http://www.kiss104fm.com/news/entertainment/morning-show/tom-joyner-bio/nDxhG/#sthash.SOECmGOt.dpuf
Old School 94.5‘s ~ Janet G., is the host of the Monday – Friday 9am to 2pm show. Janet’s debut on the all-new Old School 94 Point 5 began Tuesday, September 6, 2011” says OM/PD John Candelaria. The station airs The Fly Jock “Tom Joyner” in the morning and has been running jock less since Monday, July 18, 2011.
“Janet G”, a long time radio veteran with over 20 years of experience has been heard on many radio stations across the country including WVMV, WMXD and WJLB in Detroit, WQUE in New Orleans and KRBE in Houston.
Janet’s extensive experience and passion for the classics made her the perfect choice to step in the mid day chair. Janet served as Program Director and Music Director in Detroit and will be a big asset in the development of Old School 94 Point 5.
Sharing memories and connecting emotionally to our listeners who love Old School is vital to our success. We know Janet will excel. We are very excited about her talent and know she will continue the exciting momentum of Old School 94 Point 5.
Experience “Janet G” every weekday from 9am – 2pm on Old School 94 Point 5!
Big Baby Kenny J & quot ;What’s my job, ladies? To make women happy. & quot; When you hear this, you know that the one and only Kenny J & quote ; Big Baby & quote; is live on the airwaves and the women definitely love it. This Ft. Worth native has a reputation for pleasing the ears of woman across the nation including those in North Carolina, Tulsa, Phoenix, Indianapolis, West Palm Beach and especially those here in the Dallas/Fort Worth listening area. Mesa Vo Tech taught him the fundamentals of radio, but experience keeps his listeners, both men and women, in tune to his comical, yet sexy and smooth styles of broadcasting. In addition to appeal, Kenny J has brains. Sharing his expertise, as former instructor and director of a broadcasting school and serving as mentor for aspiring DJ’s. Big Baby is also author of the informative how-to book Making the Ladies Happy. For nearly twenty years he has made his mark in this industry to become the ultimate air personality of the millennium. Kenny J is just beginning and is not about to stop Making the Ladies Happy. You can email Big Baby at email@example.com or you can check him out on Old School 945 And Kenny Jay on http://www.facebook.com also http://www.myspace.com/kennyjbigbaby