Tom Joyner Being Forced Out of Own Radio Show; Russ Parr to Take Over

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Tom Joyner, 65, is reportedly being pushed out of his own syndicated radio show to make room for younger talent.

According to a report in the Daily Mail, the radio legend will be forced into early retirement next year so that Radio One – which owns a majority stake in Reach Media’s The Tom Joyner Morning Show – can move its other syndicated host Russ Parr, 56, into Joyner’s chair.

Also, Joyner’s forced departure is reportedly timed to coincide with the end of Barack Obama’s presidency in 2016. According to the Daily Mail, a “quiet plan” to phase Joyner out took root in 2014 “to lineup with the culmination of the Presidential election and President Obama’s departure from the White House.”

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A source explained: “Tom’s show has always been about community activism, education and social justice and he played a major part in helping President Obama get elected. They felt that the end of Obama’s term would be the ideal time for him to also leave.”

Reach Media has responded to Daily Mail Online’s story, saying: “Any stories that suggest major changes to the Tom Joyner Morning Show are inaccurate. Tom Joyner is under contract with Reach Media until the end of 2017. We expect that Reach will continue to syndicate Tom’s show beyond that date and for as long as he would like to be on the air. There has always been refinements and updates to the show as well as market changes due to local conditions and there may be some in the future; but Tom Joyner and the Tom Joyner Morning show continues to be strong and is a daily Party with a Purpose. Reach is committed to Tom Joyner for the long term who remains committed to radio, his audience and the future.”

Ironically, a source told Daily Mail Online that the plan to dump Joyner was masterminded by his best friend and former business associate David Kantor, “the man who actually launched Tom into syndication originally.”

Quick backstory on Kantor:

Joyner launched “The Tom Joyner Morning Show” in 1994 with ABC Radio Networks, where Kantor was an executive. It was Kantor’s idea to launch Joyner into national syndication – and the program quickly became the number one syndicated urban morning show, with more than 15 million listeners daily in over 120 markets at its peak. In 2003, Joyner launched Reach Media with Kantor, who left ABC Radio Networks to run Joyner’s Texas-based media company. In November 2004, Radio One acquired a 53% stake in Reach Media for $56.1 million in cash and stock, which gave the company ownership rights of The Tom Joyner Morning Show and Joyner’s website BlackAmericaWeb.com. In 2012, Kantor encouraged Joyner to sell more stakes in Reach Media to Radio One, a source tells the Daily Mail. In December of that year, Radio One increased its stake to 80% and that decision, according to Daily Mail, “was something that Joyner would live to regret.”

D.L. Hughley to Host Nationally Syndicated Afternoon Drive Radio Broadcast

Dallas, TX — REACH Media Inc. today announced that comedian, author, actor and television personality D.L. Hughley has been signed to host a weekday radio broadcast, with a launch date to be announced in the near future. THE D.L. HUGHLEY SHOW will be a daily themed, music intensive afternoon drive program from 3-7pm ET hosted by one of the brightest comedic minds. The show will be distributed by REACH Media Inc. which currently reaches an audience of over 12 million listeners, predominantly African American, through radio, as well as digital media.

Hughley, ready to take people on a no holds ride of humor and reality in the afternoons, stated, “I’m very excited to get back to radio and it couldn’t have come at a better time.  I think radio fits my sensibility.  I want to be fast, I want to be funny, I want to be topical.  I want to make people laugh a lot and think a little. Some people want to push the envelope – I want to see if I can singe it a little.”

Hughley established himself as a stand-up comedian propelling to stardom with the Original Kings of Comedy Tour and a subsequent movie release. He went on to a have hit television show, The Hughleys, and has followed that up with a successful best-selling book, comedy specials, and television appearances.  Known for being astute and politically savvy in true comedian style, D.L. served as host of his own talk show on CNN, D.L. Hughley Breaks the News.

On radio, Hughley previously hosted a fast developing morning show in New York in 2009 -2010. According to REACH Media CEO David Kantor, “D.L. is the right personality to provide a new style of content in afternoon drive time. The D.L. Hughley Show will be engaging and fun, along with great music.” Cumulus Media Networks will partner with REACH Media Inc. in affiliation and other aspects of the show.

Photo Credit: Rance Elgin (left to right D.L. Hughley with David Kantor, REACH Media CEO)

S.B.I Agency Welcomes Daughter of Music Legend James Brown

Speakers Bureau Institute Welcomes Deanna Brown to the Agency! 
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Born in Queens New York and southern beauty raised in Augusta Georgia, Ms. Deanna Brown Thomas comes from music royalty! She is a humanitarian, entrepreneur, radio & TV personality, actress, writer and daughter of ”The Legendary Godfather of Soul”, Mr. James Brown. Ms. Brown Thomas is President of The James Brown Family Children Foundation (JBFCF), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created according to the wishes of James Brown. Through JBFCF, she advocates charitable giving, conducts an annual James Brown Turkey and Toy giveaway in Augusta, GA and New York, where thousands of underprivileged children and families have received turkeys and toys during the holidays. She was named an Ambassador for Feed The Hungry because of her continuous work to provide meals to those who are less fortunate.

Ms. Brown globally supports education, careers, internships and mentorships in the music industry. She is the innovator and founder of the JB Academy of Musik Pupils, aka J.A.M.P., a year-round musical village dedicated to teaching students how to play instruments, create and write their own music. Deanna Brown Thomas holds a Bachelor‘s Degree from Towson State University and The Columbia School of Broadcasting. She boasts an extensive career as a broadcaster for Clear Channel, Radio One and CBS Affiliate, WRDW. She was Program Director & On-Air Personality at WERD and WAAW in GA both owned by James Brown. She developed an appreciation and understanding of the music industry by watching, working for and traveling with her dad as Executive Vice-President of James Brown Enterprises.

To Read More on Mrs. Deanna Brown visit www.rkdmusic.com

It’s time for Artist/Songwriter Darlene McCoy to shine

The anointed singer, songwriter and minister of Darlene McCoy is like no other than you’d expect. She has her own style and grace and as a mother has groomed and prepared the newest move in the kingdom of God. For years Darlene has had the opportunity to grow in ministry by servicing with some of the nations’ greatest pastors and ministers of worship such as Pastor Gary Oliver, Minister Darwin Hobbs and Elder William Murphy. She has her own uniqueness to offer the music industry that cannot be compared to any artists before her. Her style is best described as refreshing, innovative, classic, anointed and powerful.

As the host of the hottest radio show The Darlene McCoy Show on PRAISE 1025 in Atlanta , Darlene has become the voice of reason in the community all across the south region. The radio station is currently the Top Gospel Station in the Country and is a Radio One with over 700,000 listeners. Darlene currently partners with RKD Music Management to introduce her second solo album for 2011. The former EMI recording artist will continue with her urban inspirational flair and introcuse and infusion of worship to her fans. The favor on her life has attracted the trendsetters in the world of entertainment. Producers like Music Mogul Dallas Austin, Tommy Sims are just a few who will be collaborating on the upcoming project.

One of McCoys’ newest projects is her new book JENIMAC Moments, a book of Inspirational words of wisdom as we live our lives day by day. The book can be purchased anywhere online. New Single “I Shall Live & Not Die” summer of 2011.