Tom Joyner: 'This One's Different'
March 27, 2009 at 5:39 AM (PT)
PHIL ROSENTHAL writes in TODAY's edition of THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE that 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, his outlet in CHICAGO for the past 13 years, by STEVE HARVEY, whose show has been airing on WGCI.
"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."
"It's business," said JOYNER, whose show's biggest markets are now PHILADELPHIA and DETROIT, where his syndicator, RADIO ONE, owns outlets. "If I were CLEAR CHANNEL, I'd probably do exactly the same thing because you're in business to stay in business and, strategically, it's what they should have done."