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Tom Joyner retiring

7/9/2019, 6:09 p.m.
Tom Joyner of the “ Tom Joyner Morning Show” is retiring the end of 2019. Tom announced that famed comedian ...

Tom Joyner of the “ Tom Joyner Morning Show” is retiring the end of 2019.

Tom announced that famed comedian Rickey Smiley would be his successor.

“I’m confident that Rickey’s activism along with his love for radio, the community, and HBCUs, will pick up where we left off,” Joyner said.

Joyner, also known as the “Fly Jock,” was a pioneer in urban radio and has by far been the most successful. He began broadcasting in the 1970s, and his nationally syndicated radio show was created in 1994. He was the first African-American to be inducted into the National Radio Hall of fame in 1998.

The ‘_Tom Joyner Morning Show_’ is heard by over 8 million people in more than 100 markets. “We broke some ground, raised the bar for what audiences expected from black radio all while partying with a purpose,” Joyner said.

Smiley is a famed comedian known for his comedic prank calls and has six albums. He also has experience as a movie actor. Smiley hosts “ The Rickey Smiley Morning Show” and starred in the sitcom “The Rickey Smiley Show” on TV One.

Smiley will be joined by co-hosts Eva Marcille and “Gary With Da Tea.” The Rickey Smiley Morning Show will air on Jan 2, 2020 on Hot 99.5.