Early life and Career
Tom Joyner first got involved with broadcasting when he became active in college radio during his studies. He completed his degree in Sociology in 1978 and immediately launched his career working for several radio stations in Montgomery, Alabama. After moving to Chicago Tom started working at WVON, then at WNTD.
Known as ‘the hardest working man in radio’, Tom Joyner worked for eight years at two companies: one in Chicago and the other in Dallas. His daily commute of nearly 1000 miles earned him another nickname ‘The Fly Jock’. He eventually signed a deal with ABC Radio in 1994 and started the very successful Tom Joyner Morning Show.
Philanthropy and Sponsorship
Joyner feels strongly about his former college HBCU and about improving the level of education for African American students and helping these students to continue their education despite financial problems. He started the Tom Joyner Foundation with the aim of using his success to help others achieve their personal best. Besides working to improve educational standards for African Americans, Tom is also involved with a Veterans education program that offers support in education and supportive services. He is also devoted to increasing voter registration and family health and uses his broadcasts to promote these initiatives. In June 2015 Joyner’s efforts were recognised when he was awarded with the Humanitarian Award at the BET Awards. He was also inducted in the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame in 2008.