REACH MEDIA’s syndicated host TOM JOYNER announced his replacement will be RICKEY SMILEY. He will take over in JANUARY. JOYNER made his retirement known when he signed his last contract (NET NEWS 10/17/17)
SMILEY said, “It’s an honor to continue the legacy of my boss and frat brother TOM JOYNER. Not only has he been a friend to my family and me over the years, but we consider him family. TOM’s mentorship has instilled in me valuable wisdom that I will carry with me through this new morning show.”
RADIO ONE/REACH MEDIA CEO DAVID KANTOR added, “TOM changed the entire urban radio marketplace. He entertained and educated multiple generations of listeners over the last 25 years. While there is and will always be only one TOM JOYNER, we are excited that RICKEY will be moving to Urban AC in JANUARY. Like TOM, RICKEY’s talent, community consciousness and commitment to his audience will serve his listeners well. REACH MEDIA’s other current morning Urban AC program, The RUSS PARR MORNING SHOW, will also continue in syndication into 2020.”
JOYNER commented, “I’m happy to see the landscape of Urban AC morning radio continue to expand with RICKEY, and I’m proud of the doors the TOM JOYNER MORNING SHOW opened. 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.
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