The Tom Joyner Morning Show ended today after 25 years.
I spent 6 years on that show as an on-air talent; sailed on a dozen of his cruises; road in a parade with Tom Joyner at his Tom Joyner Family Reunion; and donated blood despite being scared of needles at Take A Loved One To Doctor Day. So many memorably experiences!
While on the show, I did special broadcast segments from Japan, London, Toronto and countless locations in the Caribbean; and had celebrities join me to break news and set the record straight. Listeners laughed with me, laughed at me, lived vicariously through me and we’re better informed on celebrity lifestyle and entertainment culture after hearing my segments.
I became great friends with several co-hosts/contributors and so many of the team members behind the scene.
I was 25 when I joined the show, but I learned a lot as the youngest one on the team then. The amazing Sybil Wilkes was the heartbeat of that show and I would have never been successful without her support. I became a better comedic host working with the brilliant J. Anthony Brown.
Jacque Reid was my partner in crime and we had epic debates and sweated out of our clothes at New Edition concerts. And folks like Erica Taylor, Deya Smith-Taylor, Rob Wilkins, Hector Hannibal, Stephanie Jordan, Karyn Wheat, Jason, Ross, all of the in-studio production team and others held me down!
I saw the best concerts ever, had dinner with living legends and experienced some of the funniest comedians on the planet regularly.
I walked away (translation: I quit) the TJMS in 2011 for reasons I’ve never disclosed, and still didn’t speak ill of the show despite some behind the scenes people rushing another TV personality on to make it seem like I was being replaced (nope, I wasn’t fired).
Up until three months ago, I still got notes from listeners asking me to rejoin the show. It’s been 8 years and the love is still real!
Working on a show that you grew up listening to was a dream! I’m glad this iconic show is part of my legacy and that I’m apart of the show’s legacy!
The end of an era!
Here are a few photos that capture my TJMS years. 🎙