From Chicken Soup for the African American Soul

Who Is Tom Joyner?

Tom Joyner is one of the most influential, inspirational, and dynamic personalities in the country. The native of Tuskegee, Alabama, is founder of REACH Media Inc., the Tom Joyner Foundation, BlackAmericaWeb.com, and host of the nationally syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show. This four-hour, drive-time radio show offers a daily dose of information, entertainment and tons of pride for his nearly eight million listeners in 115 markets around the country.

In the mid-1980’s Joyner earned national recognition as the “Fly Jock” when he hosted both morning and afternoon drive time shows. Everyday, for nearly eight years, he flew between two cities in order to host his shows, earning him more than seven million frequent flyer miles. In 1994, he syndicated the Tom Joyner Morning Show as part of the ABC Radio Network and in 2004, REACH Media Inc. took over ownership of the show that has garnered the largest audience of any urban radio program.

Joyner’s efforts over the years have been widely recognized. He has received the Good Samaritan Award from the National Broadcasters Education Foundation (NABEF), and he is an inductee into the Radio Hall of Fame. Savoy magazine named him their 2002 Person of the Year, and he is a four-time winner of the Billboard Award. His Tom Joyner Foundation, which has raised more than $25 million, helps fund students in need who are attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities across the nation. Joyner’s wife, Donna Richardson, is a world-renowned fitness guru. His two sons, Thomas Jr. and Oscar, are integral parts of his business.

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