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Tom Joyner Announces Culmination of TJMS

Reach Media today announced a two-year agreement that extends the Tom Joyner Morning Show in radio syndication through December 31, 2019, as he culminates his trailblazing career. The renewed agreement comes as the broadcast pioneer prepares to mark his 25th year in syndication (#TJMS25). To commemorate the anniversary, Joyner plans to launch a two-year-long celebration campaign, sharing events and experiences with his listeners highlighting the past, present and future of the Tom Joyner brand. Joyner will reveal more as his show moves forward with events and activities as a lead-up to the conclusion of his iconic morning show. 

In making the announcement, Tom Joyner wanted everyone to know, “We’ve touched a lot of lives and we love and appreciate the millions of people who are part of the TJMS family. So much has happened since we went on the air in 1994…good and bad…and we all went through it together. Well, the Party with a Purpose isn’t over. 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. When we go off the air each morning, I never say goodbye…and I’m not saying it now! Here’s to much more good radio!”

Urban One’s CEO of Reach Media and Radio One Stations, David Kantor, complimented Joyner saying, “Tom has not only advanced radio and established new mediums to inspire people, but he’s brought change to our communities on an individual level. When he says ‘I’ve got an idea,’ he pursues it with a passion and everyone is better for it. He is the best business partner and friend I could ever have.”

Continuing to Be Relevant Today 

Continuing to dominate as one of the leading shows in radio, The Tom Joyner Morning Show currently reaches over 7.4 million listeners with more than 95 affiliates. The Tom Joyner Morning Show is broadcast weekdays from 6-10 AM ET, offering listeners entertainment, information, and music, addressing topics important to the African-American community.

In his 25 years as a leader in the industry, Joyner’s impact and influence have never wavered. From sold out consumer events (15th annual Allstate Tom Joyner Family Reunion and 19th annual Tom Joyner Foundation Fantastic Voyage Cruise on Carnival Breeze), to thought-provoking digital outreach with, Joyner’s mission thrives today. The Tom Joyner Morning Show remains a staple in the African-American community, consistently promoting relevant issues and social causes that need attention and action. Whether raising over $500,000 in funds to support survivors of Hurricane Harvey and Irma, or promoting health and wellness through his ‘Take a Loved One to the Doctor Day’ campaign, Joyner’s community activism is always top priority. His belief in education has resulted in over $65 million raised to support students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities with The Tom Joyner Foundation. His show easily finds the unique balance to empower and entertain featuring exclusive interviews, hot topic discussions, segments with today’s best comics and LIVE In Studio Jam performances during his show from artists ranging from John Legend and Jennifer Hudson to Fred Hammond and CeCe Winans.

The Legacy of the Hardest Working Man in Radio

Joyner first gained popularity after earning the nickname “The Fly Jock” for flying round-trip between Dallas and Chicago 5 days a week, 7 years and 8 million miles hosting morning drive and afternoons in two different cities. Joyner then revolutionized radio when his program became the first morning show with music in syndication, launching January 3, 1994 and featuring a live performance by R&B legend Luther Vandross

Over the course of his career, Joyner has been inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame and received the National Association of Broadcasters’ Marconi Award, Billboard's "Best Urban Contemporary Air Personality” award, the NAACP Image Award and many honorary doctorates. He grew up in Tuskegee, AL, the son of one of the famed Tuskegee airmen and got his first job as a DJ after protesting a local station’s refusal to play R&B music. In 1978, John H. Johnson provided Tom his major market break with an opportunity to broadcast on WJPC, as well as eventually hosting the Ebony Jet Celebrity Showcase TV interview show. In 2003, Joyner made The Tom Joyner Morning Show part of his newly created company, Reach Media, Inc. - a cross-platform entertainment company that produces programming, events, digital content and initiatives that engage communities. 

About the Tom Joyner Morning Show

Radio’s leading syndicated urban morning radio show, The Tom Joyner Morning Show has distinguished itself over the years by continuously giving back to its audience with quality programming, community initiatives, special events and philanthropy. Tom Joyner and the show’s popular co-host Sybil Wilkes relate to listeners by empowering, informing and entertaining with positivity. Regular contributors including Roland Martin, Jacque Reid, Huggy Lowdown, Shaun King, Chris Paul, Reverend Al Sharpton and Mellody Hobson engage the audience by exclusively connecting them with the people they want to hear fromArsenio Hall, Lavell Crawford, Bill Bellamy, Kym Whitley and Sherri Shepherd rotate in the ‘Funny Chair co-host position’ each weekday morning giving listeners a different take on the hottest topics. The Tom Joyner Morning Show is distributed by REACH Media Inc., founded in 2003 by Tom Joyner and CEO David Kantor. REACH Media is an Urban One company.

Greenleaf’s Keith David, Yolanda Adams to perform at Joseph Lowery party

Gospel artist Yolanda Adams and “Greenleaf” actor Keith David are set to perform at the 96th birthday celebration of civil rights veteran the Rev. Joseph Lowery on Oct. 4 at the Rialto Center for the Arts at Georgia State University.

The event, hosted by the Joseph and Evelyn Lowery Institute for Justice & Human Rights, will begin at 6 p.m. followed by the celebration at 7 p.m. It’s theme is “Grounded in History: Soaring Towards the Future.”

Among those being honored during the birthday fete are “Think Like A Man” producer, Will Packer; pastor and activist, the Rev. William Barber; and attorney Angela Rye.

Lowery is known as one of the deans of the U.S. civil rights movement, a minister and social activist. At 95, Lowery is still keenly interested in the social and political goings-on across the nation, especially rising racial divisiveness.

He recently endorsed Stacey Abrams in the race for Georgia governor and also Atlanta City Council President Ceasar Mitchell for mayor, both hotly contested elections.


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Adams is a five-time gospel Grammy winner and David, an Emmy winner, plays Bishop James Greenleaf on OWN’s popular series, “Greenleaf.”

The musical tribute, produced by Kenneth Green, will highlight milestones in Lowery’s lifelong commitment to the nonviolent fight for voting rights, economic equality and social justice. Nearly 100 of the Lowery Institute’s change agents will take part in the program. Change agents are college students trained at the Lowery Institute then assigned to elementary, middle and high schools to teach the principles of nonviolence coupled with conflict management and social and self-awareness.

Barber is pastor of Greenleaf Christian Church, Disciples of Christ in Goldsboro, N.C. and leader of the Forward Together Moral Movement that launched the Moral Monday protests.

Angela Rye will receive the Social Justice Award. The CNN political commentator and NPR analyst is the CEO of IMPACT Strategies, a nonprofit organization that seeks to encourage young professionals in economic empowerment, civic engagement, and political involvement.

Will Packer will recieve the Servant Leadership award, Will Packer. The Emmy-nominated producer’s most recent film, “Girls Trip”, is the first entirely black-led movie to make more than $130 million. Packer also served as executive producer of “Roots,” a remake of one of the most celebrated TV programs of all time.

The birthday celebration raises funds to support the work of the Lowery Institute, a nonprofit established to ensure the continuity of the advocacy of Lowery and his wife, the late Evelyn Gibson Lowery.

For tickets call 404-524-8406 or online at the Rialto or the Lowery Institute.

Nicki Minaj, Nas fuel dating rumors at rapper’s birthday party

Are Nicki Minaj and Nas an item? It certainly looked that way Thursday night when the two were photographed with their arms around each other during Nas’ 44th birthday party, People reported.

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Nas celebrated his birthday during a private dinner at The Pool Lounge in New York. Minaj, 34, posted a picture of her and Nas on her Instagram account. She has her arm around Nas while they stand next to Alicia Keys and her husband, Swizz Beatz, People reported.

In a video from the event, a man Minaj identified as “Nasir” was spotted creeping up behind Minaj and kissing her on the cheek. Many fans have speculated the man was indeed Nas, whose given name is Nasir Bin Olu Dara Jones.

The Shade Room also posted a video of Minaj and Nas together that night. In the video, Nas had his arm wrapped around Minaj’s shoulder as Minaj had her hand placed on his chest while the rapper was presented with his birthday cake.

Rumors of the pair dating began to circulate when Manaj posted a picture of them cuddling to her Instagram account.

Then in May, Minaj told television host Ellen DeGeneres that she had plenty of respect for the rapper.

“He is the king of Queens, and I like to think I’m the queen of Queens,” Minaj said. “He’s a rap legend. Let’s just say that I have a lot of respect for him, and you know, he’s kind of cute, too.”

But Minaj stressed that the relationship with Nas was not intimate, People reported.

“I’m just chillin’ right now. I’m celibate. I wanted to go a year without dating any men. I hate men,” Minaj told DeGeneres. “I might make an exception to the rule for him, because he’s so dope.”

Limbaugh: ‘Wimpism’ has taken over Washington establishment

Conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh criticized what he called “wimpism” on the part of the Washington, D.C. establishment for asking President Donald Trump to tone down his rhetoric on North Korea.

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Speaking on his radio show Thursday, Limbaugh said there is no reason to be afraid of North Korea, describing Kim Jong Un’s regime as a “zit on the butt of a pig,” Fox News reported.

Limbaugh slammed congressmen from both parties who have warned that Trump’s tough talk could inflame tensions with North Korea and perhaps trigger a war.

“What does this mean?” Limbaugh said. "It means that 'wimpism' has taken over the Washington establishment, that 'wussism' and 'wimpism' and 'pajama boyism' has taken over."

Limbaugh said North Korea may have nuclear weapons, but they "can’t hit the side of a barn" with them, Fox News reported.

"What are we supposed to do, just sit here and wait until the real one is airborne and hope that being gentle and compassionate and unprovocative will stop this lunatic from doing what he’s doing? Is that what we’re to believe here?" Limbaugh asked.

Friday morning, Trump tweeted that the United States military was “locked and loaded” if North Korea decided to take military action.

Politics: Tearing Down to Build Up?

Tonight this election will end weeks of hateful ads.  I’m glad this election is over between Jon Ossoff and Karen Handel to represent the 6th District of Georgia.  I do not live in the 6th District but I do live in the state of Georgia and I am embarrassed by the constant TV and radio ads of people spewing negative statements, name calling, theatrics; all to get someone elected. This expensive race has made national news, including the horrible campaign ads. The rhetoric in the ads, mainly paid for by outsiders, PACS, on both sides,  paints one candidate as a loser and the other as a liar.  What I wanted to hear about was where they stood on the issues and not their perceived alliances with Nancy Pelosi or President Donald Trump.  At least Ossoff pointed people to his webpage for voters to get what he supported and his plans. I also was happy to see Jon Ossoff treat Karen Handel respectfully in one of the ads where he spoke on camera.  He didn’t talk about the number of times she ran for office, the Lexus, the chairs etc.,  fodder used in campaign ads paid for by other people and not approved by him.  I was disappointed when Karen Handel spoke on camera and chose to repeat what was in her ads, paid for by others; Ossoff doesn’t live here, (allowed by law) and he’s a liberal, Pelosi pawn. She looked uncomfortable. Again, I don’t have a horse in this race, but I don’t like the tenor of this campaign.  Why do you have to tear somebody down to build up yourself?  Why can’t issues be the most important element?  And how do we heal after such a hateful, expensive and ugly campaign? How do we unite to work for the good of the district and the State of Georgia.  You can’t take back the ugly images and statements that were damning, not just to the candidate but to the people who said them. Politics truly is ugly and needs a major face lift.

DeKalb Sheriff Loses in Court

Embattled DeKalb County Sheriff Jeffrey Mann lost a battle in court today.  A judge ruled, Governor Nathan Deal’s executive order to investigate Mann will stand.  Mann was arrested for allegedly exposing himself in Piedmont Park and then running from police in May. Recently Mann suspended himself from duty, with pay, for a week.  However, he said in an email he will send “one week’s pay to a charity or charities to be determined in the very near future.” Today’s court ruling opens the door for an investigation by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Some have called for Mann to resign. He has refused and apologized for what happened but says he is not guilty of the charges. What do you think he should do?
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