LOUISIANA (NOLA.COM) – Popular radio host Tom Joyner signed off the airwaves Friday, ending his 25-year run with “The Tom Joyner Morning Show.”
Joyner’s show airs in New Orleans on Hot 92.9 FM.
Radio host Rickey Smiley will be his successor, according to the show’s parent company, Reach Media. Joyner’s on-air cast members Eva Marcille and Gary Wit Da Tea will join Smiley’s show, which is scheduled to start in January.
Joyner’s program is the No. 1 syndicated urban morning show in the country, reaching nearly 8 million listeners, according to Reach Media.
It launched in 1994 with black listeners in mind, according to an interview that aired Friday on CBS This Morning.
“Anything that affects African Americans, that’s what you do,” he told CBS. “Don’t worry about crossover. Just super-serve, super-serve, super-serve.”
He told CBS that during retirement, he plans to spend his time raising money for college students. Since 1999, Joyner has raised more than $60 million through the Tom Joyner Foundation to help students in historically black colleges and universities, according to Reach Media.