For over two decades, Tom Joyner has been on the airwaves as the host of the popular syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show and fans regard him as a beloved legend in the industry. So it comes as no surprise that fans were shocked this week when a rumor spread that Joyner was being forced to retire from his hit radio show.
According to an article from The Daily Mail, Joyner, who was the the first Black host in national syndication, was allegedly being forced into an early retirement in early 2017 from his show at Kiss 104.1 to make way for younger talent. Sources claim that the decision was made by radio conglomerate Radio One and Joyner’s best friend and former business associate, David Kantor.
“They think going with a younger, fresher show is the way to go and the entire plan has been orchestrated by the man who actually launched Tom into syndication originally,” the source said.
Sources say that the plan was also to have Joyner’s retirement coincide with the end of President Obama’s 2nd term.
“They felt that the end of Obama’s term would be the ideal time for him to also leave,” the source added.
Of course, fans were up in arms when the rumor hit the Web, but it looks like the rumor doesn’t have as much merit as people thought because Joyner recently released a statement about his alleged retirement. Read his statement after the cut.