Last Friday, Tom Joyner signed off for the last time.
What We Know:
- The renowned host of the “Tom Joyner Morning Show” is retiring after 25 years in radio. Joyner made history when he became an anchor on the first syndicated morning show with music in 1994. Joyner has had a successful career that garnered millions of listeners over the years.
- In addition to his accomplishments in radio, he has contributed to many social causes using his platform. In 1998, he founded the Tom Joyner Foundation to “support historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) with scholarships, endowments and capacity-building enhancements”.
- Rickey Smiley will succeed Joyner as the show’s host in 2020. Joyner expressed his satisfaction with Smiley taking over saying, “I’m confident that Rickey’s activism along with his love for radio, the community, and HBCUs, will pick up where we left off.”
- “It’s an honor to continue the legacy of my boss and frat brother Tom Joyner. Not only has he been a friend to my family and me over the years, but we consider him family,” Smiley said. “Tom’s mentorship has instilled in me valuable wisdom that I will carry with me through this new morning show.”
Joyner will be remembered as a legend in radio.