Tom Joyner Returns to Mornings on Kiss FM/WRKS

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By Jerry Barmash Comment

From 2001 to 2003, the nationally syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show aired on Emmis-owned WRKS/Kiss FM.

But, after being dropped in favor of building a local presence in the morning, Joyner (far right) and company are returning to 98.7 Kiss FM.

Starting on February 7, Joyner, along with J. Anthony Brown, and Sybil Wilkes will be heard on Kiss from 6 to 10 a.m.

This time around, though, Joyner’s show will include Bob Slade, the veteran WRKS news director, as part of the on-air team.

Since comedian D.L. Hughley was dropped from his morning duties last August, Emmis management was left to ponder their next move.

“I am excited to welcome Tom Joyner to the KISS family,” Jill Strada, WRKS program director, says,  “Tom’s a radio veteran whose work ethic and dedication to empowering the Black community is a perfect fit with KISS FM’s culture.  Together we are going to do some BIG things in the big apple.”

The Tom Joyner Morning Show, based in Dallas, captures an audience of 8 million listeners weekly in over 105 markets.

“I’m excited about the chance to come back to New York and even more excited about what we’ll bring to the market,” Joyner, 61, says. “We can promise lots of laughter, A-list guests and an unbeatable team of news and entertainment reporters, comedians and commentators every time we touch the mic…I’ve got my winter coat out of storage and I’m on my way.”

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