“I’m putting in my two year notice”, is what Urban radio legend Tom Joyner posted on his blog today in a surprise announcement that lets folks know he’s retiring in 2019.
Joyner has been hosting his nationally broadcast radio show since 1994.
Here’s part of his statement:
Here’s my promise to you: We will continue to be reachable, relevant and ready to super serve our audience in true Tom Joyner Morning Show fashion. The celebration will be epic as we remember the guests, the laughs, the tears, the bits, the unforgettable moments we’ve shared together…and, of course we’ll be making new memories along the way.
Joyner encourages his fans to send in their memories and experiences with his show over the years.
Do me a favor and be thinking of the acts and groups you’d like to see perform live, the guests you’d like us to book, the events you’d like us to cover and even the issues you’d like for us to address. Most importantly, send me your favorite moments and memories from the TJMS and we’ll try to go the vault and find them. We want to hear your TJMS stories. We might air them or include them in a blog. Extra points if you send photos or video.–Tom Joyner Blog
Joyner’s announcement comes months after he ended his run in the Chicago market, where his radio career originally took off, along with news that his longtime sidekick, J. Anthony Brown, was jumping ship to link up with Joyner’s rival, Steve Harvey.
Brown denied rumors that bad blood and money drama motivated him to bail:
“It wasn’t money, it wasn’t a dispute or hatred towards Tom or anything like that. It was just the powers that be just didn’t see fit to give me a two-hour weekend show.”–J. Anthony Brown
Brown now hosts his own show.
Radio has been good to Tom Joyner: his net worth is estimated at $30 million. His broadcasting career spans 5 decades.
Joyner also oversees The Tom Joyner Foundation, which provides assistance to students at historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).