After 25 years on air, radio legend Tom Joyner, beloved host of the “Tom Joyner Morning Show,” retired Friday, December 13, 2019, after previously stating that his goal was to “die on radio.”
“Twenty-five years ago, there was no template for a syndicated Urban radio show and we worked hard to prove that we could successfully produce and market a national platform that would entertain, inform and empower African-American listeners,” Joyner said in a statement.
In the syndicated show’s place will be “The Rickey Smiley Morning Show,” according to Radio Insight.
During retirement, Joyner, 70, plans on devoting his time fully to raising college funds for students from historically black colleges and universities through his Tom Joyner Foundation.
During his 25 years on air, Joyner served up R&B hits and often schooled his 8 million listeners on Black American history. At one point, Joyner raked in $14 million a year, but as the radio industry declined, so did his salary — year after year.
“… My salary was based on my results, and not only was I losing affiliates but radio industry as a whole was losing traction…My goal was to die on the radio. Have my funeral on the radio,” Joyner said in a CBS interview.