The Chicago Tribune has an interview with Tom Joyner relating to the TJMS (Tom Joyner Morning Show) getting booted off Chicago radio station V-103 last month. He’s been replaced by the Steve Harvey Morning Show.
Radio host Tom Joyner is based in Dallas but roots are in Chicago
Monday’s edition of “The Tom Joyner Morning Show” was typical, as far as Joyner was concerned. There were laughs, some solid information and encouragement. “And I talked a little bit about people who get laid off,” he said. “Because every day there’s a story about people getting laid off.”
Four hours or so after he got off the air, he got the call. One of that day’s stories would be his: Clear Channel pulled the plug on his show in Chicago, where his radio roots reach back to 1972.
Joyner’s Dallas-based syndicated program, while continuing to be heard in dozens of smaller markets around the country as well as online, was replaced immediately on WVAZ-FM 102.7, his outlet here for the past 13 years, by comedian Steve Harvey, whose show has been airing on WGCI-FM 107.5.
“I’ve been fired a bunch of times, but this was up there,” Joyner said by phone. “You know, I worked every radio station in Chicago, including as a cab dispatcher. I didn’t walk from one station to the other, I got kicked. But I haven’t been kicked in a long time, so this felt a lot different.”
Suddenly, Joyner was off the air in the city he still considered home long after he returned to Dallas.
“Tom has been a great partner,” said Earl Jones, president and Chicago market manager of Clear Channel. “This wasn’t about that. This is about the direction we have to move.”
Replacing Joyner, 59, on V103 with Harvey, 53, whose show is syndicated by a Clear Channel subsidiary, opened a slot for a new local WGCI morning program the company plans to launch Wednesday. The thinking is it will pay off long term.
Arbitron’s switch from diaries to Portable People Meters to produce the radio audience estimates used to set ad rates has been accompanied by rating declines for almost all urban formats. But it has produced new data on listening habits.
Folks in Chicago are still ticked off but you can listen to the TJMS on Black America Web.
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.