All Good Things Must Come To An End: Tom Joyner Announces Retirement

by Krystal Franklin

October 17, 2017

Photo by Christopher Polk/BET/Getty Images for BET

In a move like only he could do, Tom Joyner announced the end of the Tom Joyner Morning Show Tuesday morning. But instead of a two weeks notice, the 67-year-old is giving us two years to celebrate the show before he and co-host Sybil Wilkes sign off for good. Listen to his announcement below.

Joyner, whose days in radio started over 25 years ago, is not only one of the pioneers of black radio, but the Fly Jock (a nicknamed he earned in the 90s for flying across the country everyday to do two radio shows — one in Chicago and the other in Dallas), is a large supporter of HBCUs, raising over $100 million for the black colleges and universities world wide.

And what makes his love for our institutions sweeter, both of the Tuskegee University graduate’s sons, Oscar and Thomas Joyner Jr. went to HBCUs as well as his parents.

Photo by Maury Phillips/BET/Getty Images for BET

In addition to broadcasting to the seven million people who listen to the TJMS every day, Joyner is also the founder of REACH Media, the Tom Joyner Foundation and BlackAmericaWeb.com.

But you can’t casually mention Joyner and not talk about partying with a purpose! Tickets are already on sale for the 2018 Fantastic Voyage, with everyone from The Isley Brothers, Chris Brown, Tamar Braxton, The O’Jays, Babyface and SWV performing.

While we’re sad to hear that he’s leaving the airwaves, we know he won’t go away quietly.

Here’s to two more incredibly iconic years Tom Joyner!

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