The first African American to anchor a nationally syndicated radio show, Tom Joyner is also a musician, novelist, producer, and actor in the United States. He has a radio show called “The Tom Joyner Show,” and it’s broadcast on more than 104 stations around the country.
Starting in Montgomery just after graduation, his years as a radio host were at their height in the late ’70s. In 1994, ABC Radio signed Tom Joyner to host a national program under the title “The Tom Joyner Morning Show.”
After much success on the radio, “The Tom Joyner Show” transitioned to national television in 2005. In addition to his hosting duties, Tom Joyner has written two books: “Tom Joyner Presents How to Prepare for College” and “I’m Just a DJ… But It Makes Sense to Me” (both published by Warner Books).
After eight years of working long hours and logging over seven million frequent flyer miles between his morning (in Dallas, Texas) and afternoon (in Chicago, Illinois) duties, Joyner earned the nicknames “The Fly Jock” and “The Hardest Working Man in Radio.”
Along with his athletic accomplishments, Joyner is well-known for his philanthropic work, which includes supporting students at HBCUs and volunteering for a wide range of community initiatives.
Tom Joyner established the Tom Joyner Foundation in addition to launching REACH Media Inc. and BlackAmericaWeb.com.
Origins of Tom Joyner
Tom Joyner comes from a long line of intellectuals (Thomas Joyner). Frances Joyner and Hercules L. Joyner are his parents. Both of his parents attended HBCUs and graduated with degrees.
His grandfather, Oscar, had big hopes for him. They say he was one of the few black doctors practicing in the United States at the time. After finishing medical school in 1909, he took this step.
Throughout their childhood, Tony and Albert were close. From a young age, Joyner recognized his innate talent as a musician. For this purpose, he teamed up with his college buddy Lionel Richie to form the legendary band The Commodores. Any serious music fan will have heard of Lionel Richie.
Tom Joyner, an American radio personality, has a net worth of $40 million. Tom Joyner is a native of Tuskegee, Alabama, who earned a degree in sociology from his alma mater in the late 1970s.
His family’s disapproval of his desire to pursue a profession in music led him to instead consider broadcasting.
It was then that he got a job at the radio station on campus. When he finished school, he was hired by several radio stations around the country, beginning in Montgomery, Alabama, and continuing on to Memphis, Missouri, St. Louis, and eventually Chicago.
In 1985, he received job offers from two large radio stations, one in Chicago and one in Dallas.
The profession of Tom Joyner
Joyner began his broadcasting career in 1975 at WVON in Chicago. Eventually, he moved to Dallas, where he became the morning show host for radio station KKDA-FM.
Beginning his radio career in 1981 at WBMX in Chicago, he returned to his hometown of Dallas in 1984 to host a morning show on KOOL 102.
After that, he went on to host The Tom Joyner Morning Show, which aired on national television and radio from 1994 until 2019. He also has worked on television as a host, producer, and actor.
Joyner established BlackAmericaWeb.com, Reach Media Inc., and the Tom Joyner Foundation in addition to his work in radio.
The lifestyle of Tom Joyner
To date, Tom Joyner has tied the knot twice. Originally, Joyner’s wife was named Dora. Thomas Jr. and Oscar are the children of the former couple. Joyner named both of his boys “Killer” and “Thriller,” which is a strange choice.
After separating from Dora, he started seeing an accomplished aerobics instructor and fitness guru. On his radio show in 1997, he first spoke with Donna Richardson. A year later, in August of 1998, the pair announced their engagement to the world.
The wedding took place at Montego Bay, Jamaica on July 29, 2000, and the honeymoon was spent in Venice, Italy. However, in December 2012, after 12 years of marriage, the couple filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences as the reason.
Later that year, the couple was able to get a divorce decree. Neither of them could claim to be parents. The couple did not have any biological children.
There are rumors that Claudia Jordan and Joyner are dating at the time. Tom’s donation of over $20,000 to appear on her show sparked considerable backlash.