7 | Tom Joyner
Nicknamed America’s “Fly Jock,” Tom Joyner was the #1 voice of Black radio for over 25 years. He earned his nickname because he hosted a morning show in Dallas and an afternoon show in Chicago, which required that he fly back and forth from city to city every day. Born in Tuskegee, Alabama, Tom attended local HBCU Tuskegee University. His first passion was music and he was even an early member of the Commodores. In 1983, his radio career took off and he never looked back. After 25 years, only one thing could derail the King of Black Radio … technology. With his salary dictated by listenership and with the popularity of radio on the decline, Black radio’s “Fly Jock” decided to retire from the airwaves. He was the first African-American to be inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame and he left a legacy that can be described by his own words: “Superserve the African-American community and continue to give back.”
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