Tom Joyner, the first black radio personality to be inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame, has created an entertainment and business dynasty while endearing himself to tens of millions around the nation.

Rarely has anyone ever been so successful while having so much fun doing it. Tom Joyner is the quintessential embodiment of a man living in his destiny and loving life to the fullest without shame or apologies. You almost wish he could bottle up some of that incontainable joy and sell it at the local drug store. But that is why Tom Joyner one of the reasons why he is unarguably one of the most beloved radio personalities of all time. The “Hardest Working Man in Radio” and the “Fly Jock” is appropriately a sociologist graduate because he has always had his finger on the pulse and conscience of black America that has gone uninterrupted and unhindered for several decades running.

What’s remarkable about Tom Joyner is the extraordinary life he has led and the things he has accomplished outside of radio that most of the public has little or no clue about. Like the time he once sang with The Commodores and Lionel Richie, or that he was handpicked to travel with boxing legend Muhammad Ali during his historic reign over boxing, or that he created a foundation to help HBCUs nationwide. And that’s just for starters.

Strap yourselves in and let’s take a quick look at the life and career of this Hall of Fame radio inductee and irreplaceable cultural jewel:

— terry shropshire