Oh, oh, oh where’s “The Tom Joyner Morning Show”?!
Clear Channel has kicked Tom Joyner out of Chicago and replaced him with Steve Harvey, the Chicago Tribune reports.
Tom got the call that he’d been cut by Clear Channel on March 23, about four hours after his broadcast was over. That show on WVAZ-FM 102.7 proved to be his last in the Chicago market where he’s been on the air for the past 13 years.
"Tom has been a great partner," said Clear Channel Chicago Market Manager and President Earl Jones. "This wasn’t about that. This is about the direction we have to move."
"I’ve been fired a bunch of times, but this was up there," Tom told the Tribune. "It’s business. …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."
Tom and his pals (Jay Anthony Brown, Sybil Wilkes, Miss Dupree and Myra J) were quickly replaced by “The Steve Harvey Morning Show,” and Tom’s fans ain’t having it!
Barbara A. McKinzie, Alpha Kappa Alpha’s international president, has directed her sorors and Black people across the country to boycott Clear Channel during the time slot that the show would usually air.
"African Americans represent a wide spectrum of viewpoints and interests and cannot be lumped into one listening pool,” she stated in an e-blast. “Tom Joyner provides a unique mix of information, entertainment, provocative commentary and a forum to incite the community to action.”
Barbara wants to hit Clear Channel where it hurts and called on people to dump their stock in the media company.
"Through Alpha Kappa Alpha’s infrastructure and quick-fire response,” she said, “we will lead the way to make sure that those who issued this misguided decision learn the lesson and suffer the consequences."
Depending on where you live, you may not notice the difference: “The Tom Joyner Morning Show” will still be on air in other radio markets around the country. But if you can’t find Tom on your dial, you can always stream his show on BlackAmericaWeb.com.
– Sonya Eskridge