Speaking of the Tom Joyner Morning Show, it’s been dumped from WVAZ-FM (V-103) in Chicago and replaced by the Steve Harvey Morning Show this week. Some Chicago listeners are livid over this move. Chicago was the TJMS’s largest market. WVAZ is owned by Clear Channel.
Steve Harvey replacing Tom Joyner on WVAZ
Tom Joyner’s syndicated morning show dumped after 13 years
By Phil Rosenthal
March 24, 2009
Clear Channel Chicago is bouncing Tom Joyner’s syndicated morning show after 13 years on WVAZ-FM 102.7, moving “The Steve Harvey Morning Show” from WGCI-FM 107.5 to replace it beginning Tuesday.
Harvey will simulcast on both stations until March 31. Clear Channel did not say Monday what its plans are after that for WGCI-FM. Any change occurring on April 1 risks being interpreted as an April Fool’s Day prank.
“Tom Joyner has been a great partner with V103 for the past 13 years, making it difficult to part ways,” WVAZ-FM program director Derrick Brown said. “We appreciate all Tom’s hard work and wish him continued success.”
WGCI-FM has aired this incarnation of Harvey’s syndicated show since 2007. But he has deep roots in the Chicago market, beginning his radio career in 1996 at WGCI-FM as a replacement for Joyner, whose decades-long connection began when legendary local radio executive Marv Dyson hired him at Johnson Publishing’s WJPC.
“Steve Harvey is an entertainment and marketing juggernaut,” Brown said. “There are very few entertainers who have successfully tackled radio, TV, film, stage, online and publishing. … Being a ‘King of Comedy,’ nobody can beat Steve being funny.”
The Steve Harvey Morning Show airs on WHUR in Washington, D.C. The Tom Joyner Morning Show airs on WMMJ 102.3 here in D.C. I tried listening to Steve Harvey a few times and I just couldn’t get into his show. He’s a little too country for my taste. The show didn’t impress me that much compared to the TJMS. I’ve previously stated my views about the TJMS and how sometimes they get on my nerves. When Smooth Jazz 105.9 was still around (damn I still miss that station), I use to switch over to them when the TJMS got on my nerves. It was nice to have a different radio station to listen to. Now I just listen to my cds, my gigabeat or Pandora.