Tom Joyner is a famous radio host in America. He is best known for his show, “The Tom Joyner Morning Show”, which is broadcasted all over the country. He has also been a part of many popular and successful media ventures, like the Reach Media.Inc, Tom Joyner Foundation and BlackAmerica.web among others. To know more about Tom Joyner’s net worth in 2018, keep reading this article.
Tom Joyner Early Life
Tom Joyner was born to Frances and Hercules L. Joyner on November 23, 1949. He was born in Tuskegee, Alabama. Tom Joyner’s family has a profound educational background. In fact, his grandfather, Oscar Joyner was one of the only three thousand black men to practice medicine in his time all over America. His family is one of those, which whole heartedly celebrate their black culture and roots. His parents were both graduates from institutes which were founded on black traditions. His brother, Albert and he were alumni of Tuskegee Institute, also known as the Tuskegge University, which is highly regarded and historically renowned to have a black tradition. He majored in Sociology, from the institute. He also had great interest in music, which led him to join a band during his time at college. They named it “The Commodores”. Lionel Richie was Tom Joyner’s school friend and also a member of this band. However, this music venture failed miserably, at least in financial terms. At this point, Tom Joyner’s parents suggested him to tread a different career path and he did that. Tom Joyner has been married twice, first to Dora and then to Donna Richardson. He also has two children with his first wife.
Tom Joyner Career, Awards & Achievement
Tom Joyner had already been part of the college radio, but had not considered it as a career option before. He eventually, decided to do it for a living after his musical pursuits failed. He started his career in radio at a station in Montgomery, Alabama. He worked in several stations throughout the region before moving to Chicago in 1978. In Chicago, he found his first job at WVON, but he soon quit to take up a job at a rival station, WBMX-FM. However, he left it too in favour of another station, WJPC-AM. This station was owned by the owner of the black magazine, “Jet and Ebony”.
In 1985, Tom Joyner was offered two jobs simultaneously. One was at a station in Dallas, while the other one was in Chicago. Interestingly, instead of choosing one of them, Tom Joyner decided to take both and he used to commute between the two cities by plane every day. He did this eight straight years. It was in 1994 that he was signed by ABC radio. This was the beginning of his nationally syndicated show, “The Tom Joyner Morning Show”. His show featured, along with him, a line of comedians and commentators, who discussed issues from news, sports, entertainment etc.
In his show, he mostly played Rock and Blues music. It also featured guests and its sponsor, the Southwest Airlines gave away regular round trips to any destination that the airline flies to. He has also been part of a 2005 television show telecasted nationally called “The Tom Joyner Show”. However, he stopped doing it in 2009 and now only does his Radio show, which is syndicated through audio streaming by his own company, Reach Media. He has also written books and appeared in movies.
Awards and Achievements
Tom Joyner is recognized all over the world for his radio shows and his television programs have also garnered much appreciation for him.
Net Worth of Tom Joyner
Tom Joyner’s net worth is a considerable $50 million, thanks to his success in television and radio.
Tom Joyner has had a very prosperous and exhaustive career. He has decided to retire after his contract ends in 2019, after which he plans to lead a peaceful life with his family and friends.