Tom Joyner is a former radio show host of the show The Tom Joyner Morning Show. He also began the Reach Media Inc which belongs to Tom Joyner Foundation. Now he is seventy years old and is taking part in his philanthropic work. He also received many awards because of his career and humanitarian efforts. His name got added to the R&B Music Hall of Fame in the year 2013. You can get information about Tom Joyner Biography here.
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Joyner’s place of birth is Tuskegee, Alabama and his date of birth is November 23, 1949. The names of his parents are Frances and Hercules L. Joyner. Tom Joyner studied sociology at Tuskegee University. He became part of the fraternity called Omega Psi Phi at his college. He wanted to be a musician at the beginning so he became part of the band called the Commodores. But the band did not get any money out of their performances. Because of that, his family advised him to find a career that provides money.
Career and achievements
– Radio career
He started the broadcasting career at Montgomery, Alabama after his graduation. He was part of many radio stations such as Memphis and St. Louis. Then he shifted to Chicago in 1978. He worked in WVON where he did a morning show. Then he left the job to get a new job in WBMX-FM. Then he became a part of “Johnson Publishing Company” owned by John H. Johnson.
Then he got two job offers in 1985. The first job is for a morning show and the second is for an evening show. However, he planned to do both the jobs and did it for eight years. He used a plane to travel between his two jobs. In the year 1994, he got chosen by BBC to serve as the host for the television show on ABC Radio Networks. The name of the show is The Tom Joyner Morning Show.
– The Tom Joyner Show
In 2005 he started to work on the show The Tom Joyner Show. He became really popular because of this show. The show consisted of comedy, talent contests, and also performances by many popular music artists. The show was appealing to the big advertisers such as Chrysler Corporation, Walmart, and Southwest Airlines.
It received good ratings because many people watched it whenever it got televised on TV. This made Joyner one of the influential TV broadcasters. However, he decided not to continue with the show because of the production costs.
– Other works
Joyner started the Tom Joyner Foundation that helped historically black schools and universities. It assists the institutions in areas such as endowment, student scholarship, and others. More than $20,000 got made because of the foundation. Many kinds of scholarships got created by the foundation to help the students who are excellent achievers.
– Publications and media
There was a book written about the early life and growth of Tom Joyner. The name of the book is I’m Just a DJ but … written by Mary Flowers Boyce. Afterward many books got published which had the views of Joyner about students and education.
Then he came with his father and grandfather in a documentary that shared about Joyner’s family values. He was part of the films such as The Gospel and Madea Goes to Jail as a cameo appearance.
The name of Joyner’s first wife is Dora. He has two sons named Thomas Jr. and Oscar. He calls his son’s Killer and Thriller. Then he divorced Dora and married an aerobics instructor who works for celebrities, Donna Richardson in the year 2005.
Tom Joyner net worth
The net worth estimate of Tom Joyner is $40 million. As per the sources, his salary at that time was $9 Million. Many advertisers preferred his show as it was very famous. His radio shows were popular in more than a hundred cities. Then he became a popular face because of his television show.
Thomas Joyner Biography/Wiki/About
|Profession||American Radio Host|
|Age (As of 2020)||70 years|
|Birth Date||23 November 1949|
|Birth Place||Tuskegee, Alabama, United States|
|Height||5 feet 6 inches|
|Wife||Dora Chatmon (m.? – 1996)|
|Donna Richardson (m. 2000–2012)|
|Kids||Son (s) Thomas Joyner Jr.|
|Daughter (s) None|
|Father||Hercules L. Joyner|
|Siblings||Brother (s) None|
|Sister (s) None|
|Salary (As of 2020)||———–|
|Net Worth (2020)||$40 Million|
|Famous for/as||Radio Host|
Interesting facts about Tom Joyner
- Joyner comes from an educated family as his grandfather was a physician who received a degree in the year 1909 in medicine. His parents studied at good colleges.
- He studied with Lionel Richie who was part of the college band.
- Joyner got the name “The Fly Jock” because of using a plane for travelling to get to his jobs.
- The re-reruns of The Tom Joyner Show are available on TV One cable channel.
- As per the DNA tests, Tom Joyner comes from Balanta people belonging to Guinea-Bissau.
- He got the NAB Marconi Radio Award on October 7, 2004.
- He is the first African American to get a place in National Radio Hall of Fame located in Chicago, Illinois.
- On June 28, 2015, he got Humanitarian Award conducted by BET Awards.
Tom Joyner is an exemplary personality. His family supported his career and through his shows, he helped many people to improve in their careers. He is a great radio host as well as a television host.