Tom Joyner earned the nickname "The Fly Jock" and "The Hardest Working Man in Radio" by working long hours and flying between his morning job (in Dallas, Texas) and afternoon job (in Chicago, Illinois) every weekday for eight years, collecting over 7 million frequent flyer miles.
Tom Joyner grew up in the town of Tuskegee, Alabama. He is one of two sons. His mother was a secretary for the military and his father served as a Tuskegee Airman. His beginnings were very much like many young blacks in the south. During the Montgomery Boycott, there was the "Tuskegee Boycott". Tom and many others fought for their civil rights. They took their protests to the streets weekly to try and effect change. One such protest was taken to a local radio station that refused to play "black" music. Eventually the station manager relented and Tom (naturally) nominated himself for the position.
Tom Joyner graduated from Tuskegee Institute in his hometown of Tuskegee, Alabama in 1970. He earned a Bachelor's degree in Sociology and immediately began his career in radio. He started at WRMA (an AM station in Montgomery, Alabama). After breaking onto the airwaves there, he worked his magic at WLOK (an AM station in Memphis, Tennessee), KWK (an AM station in St. Louis, Missouri), and KKDA (an FM station in Dallas, Texas).
Eventually, he moved to Chicago - the Windy City. He blew through the Windy City on radio stations WJPC (FM), WGCI (FM), WVON (AM) and WBMX (FM) and caused a whirlwind of excitement on urban radio. Never before had listeners experienced such energy, humor and vitality.
Opportunity came knocking in the mid 1980's. Tom's upbeat style and comedic antics put him in an awkward position. His contract was about to expire and it was decision time. He was offered the MORNING drive time position at KKDA (Dallas, Texas) by one company and the AFTERNOON Disc Jockey position at WGCI (Chicago, Illinois). Any normal human would have chosen one position or the other - Tom Joyner chose to do BOTH! His plan was to fly thousands of miles everyday by airplane each day between Dallas and Chicago. He spent so much time in the air that he received the name "The Fly Jock". This commute and his rich on air style gained him national publicity and high ratings.
In 1994, Tom Joyner took his show to a new level. He knew that if he wanted to reach a broader audience, more "Fly Jockeying" would not do the trick, so he convinced ABC Radio Networks that his show could work in syndication. ABC, impressed with his determination, credentials and following gave it a try. In 1994, The Tom Joyner Morning Show started with Tom Joyner at the helm.
The show is beamed into over 105 radio stations across the country each weekday. Over 8 million ears tune into the show from their favorite local radio station. It is very well known that Tom Joyner likes to have a good time. He says, "First we get people laughing, then we get 'em to listen. If you can get people to listen, then they begin to think, and that's when they start making a difference".
Tom takes radio to a whole new level. Never before have African Americans been able to wake up to such an upbeat, entertaining and positive show. His accomplishments have not gone un-noticed. Tom Joyner was elected into the Radio Hall of Fame. He has received Impact Magazine's "Joe Loris Award" for Excellence in Broadcasting. He has received Billboard's "Best Urban Contemporary Air Personality" award. Impact Magazine's "Best DJ of the Year Award" was renamed "The Tom Joyner Award" because he received it so many times.
Tom did not forget his roots when he signed onto the Tom Joyner Morning Show. He setup a foundation that earmarks dollars for students and schools that have run out of money. The Tom Joyner Foundation has raised more than $60 million to help keep students in historically black colleges and universities. The Foundation, just like the morning show, his website, events and his other endeavors, exists to “super serve” the African American community.
The Morning Show with co-hosts Sybil Wilkes, J. Anthony Brown and senior news analyst Roland Martin, also features “Inside Her Story” with Jacque Reid; political commentary from Stephanie Robinson and Jeff Johnson; and celebrity news with Jawn Murray, as well as comedic observations from D.L. Hughley and the Celebrity Snitch Huggy Lowdown. Joyner’s website, BlackAmericaWeb.com, has more than 1.5 million registered users and delivers news with exclusive reports from award winning journalists and unprecedented political coverage as well as interactive elements with on demand audio.
The face behind the "voice of reason" on the Tom Joyner Morning Show belongs to Sybil Wilkes. Her knowledge and insight brings a logical point of view to the show, but don't be fooled. She can get caught up in the humor as much as the rest of the crew.
This native Chicagoan began her radio career in 1985 at WKQX-FM, Chicago. She eventually went on to news management and reporting jobs at WINK-AM/FM, Fort Myers, Florida; WRCC-FM, Cape Coral, Florida; and WCKZ-FM, Charlotte, North Carolina.
In 1989, Wilkes joined WGCI-AM/FM, Chicago, as a talk show host. In 1990 she became a reporter for Chicago's Shadow Traffic Network. While with Shadow, Wilkes delivered morning and afternoon drive traffic updates and worked as one of Tom Joyner's WGCI-FM sidekicks.
J. Anthony Brown
As comedian/actor J. Anthony Brown tells it, it was a matter of $316 that put him on the road to comedy. The year was 1972 and he was a tailor relocating from his home in Columbia, South Carolina to Atlanta, GA in pursuit of a career as a clothing designer, only to be denied entry to the school of his choice; all because he was $316 short of tuition money. Not one to be deterred, Brown went to a local nightclub and decided to try his hand at stand-up. After entering a local gong show contest, the owner of the club invited J. back to host on a regular basis. The club was Mr. V's Figure Eight, and J. spent the next two years there, transforming the venue into an Atlanta hot spot. Needless to say a career in comedy was launched and the one time tailor never looked back!
The KISS Coffee Crew
World Famous Johnny Green
Johnny Green is a seasoned announcer with more than 23 years of radio experience. The experience began in 1982 with 103.1, and then WDPN in Columbia with a mix show called “Master Mix”. From there, it’s history. In no time, Johnny became afternoon drive personality at WDPN while also entertaining crowds at Columbia’s #1 nightclub, “The Limelight”, and more recently “The Comedy House Theater”.
As Johnny’s popularity grew, he was nicknamed “World Famous” by the late Ken Moore.
In 1984 management encouraged Johnny, with his natural energy, to lead the morning show. While having one of the most popular shows in Columbia, the station was sold and changed to a CHR format (WMMC C-103). The new owners kept Johnny as a lead morning man. Now loaded with a new musical format and new on-air promotions, Johnny helped bring the morning show to the 3rd rated morning show in the Columbia market. Johnny later accepted morning show duties at WOIC 1320AM where he also became program director until 1988.
Later in 1988 Johnny took over as morning show host and program director at 103.9 and 93.1 (The Double Touch) until 1995. After a short stint with WVOC 560AM, Johnny took over programming duties at WKHT in Sumter, while producing the TJMS and then moving to afternoon drive in 2002. After 9 years in Sumter, Johnny arrived to Kiss 103.1 as a member of Kiss Coffee Crew.
In between the jokes, free money, entertainment, and information of the Tom Joyner Morning Show, Johnny Green and the Kiss Coffe Crew keeps you up to date with local news, weather, and traffic.
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Kelly Sumpter is a recent graduate of Winthrop University in Mass Communications with a Masters in Health Administration. She has previously been a participant in several scholarship pageants including as a Finalist in the Miss SC Pageant.
Kelly has numerous voice over credits in both radio and television including restaurants, car dealerships, several political candidates and the Richland Sheriff's Department. Currently, Kelly works as Morning co-host of the “Kiss Coffee Crew” during the Tom Joyner Morning Show on Kiss 103.1. She is also a Marketing consultant for several businesses, and Kelly still finds time to accept several commercial modeling assignments. WLXC-KISS 103.1 is pleased to include Kelly Sumpter as a member of the Kiss family!