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Tom Joyner earned the nickname “The Fly Jock” and “The Hardest Working Man in Radio” by working long hours and flying between his morning job (in Dallas, Texas) and afternoon job (in Chicago, Illinois) every weekday for eight years, collecting over 7 million frequent flyer miles.
Tom Joyner grew up in the town of Tuskegee, Alabama. He is one of two sons. His mother was a secretary for the military and his father served as a Tuskegee Airman. His beginnings were very much like many young blacks in the south.
During the Montgomery Boycott, there was the “Tuskegee Boycott”. Tom and many others fought for their civil rights. They took their protests to the streets weekly to try and effect change. One such protest was taken to a local radio station that refused to play “black” music. Eventually the station manager relented and Tom (naturally) nominated himself for the position.
Tom Joyner graduated from Tuskegee Institute in his hometown of Tuskegee, Alabama in 1970. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and immediately began his career in radio. He started at WRMA (an AM station in Montgomery, Alabama). After breaking onto the airwaves there, he worked his magic at WLOK (an AM station in Memphis, Tennessee), KWK (an AM station in St. Louis, Missouri), and KKDA (an FM station in Dallas, Texas).
Eventually, he moved to Chicago – the Windy City. He blew through the Windy City on radio stations WJPC (FM), WGCI (FM), WVON (AM) and WBMX (FM) and caused a whirlwind of excitement on urban radio. Never before had listeners experienced such energy, humor and vitality.
A veteran of the professional comedy circuit, Rudy Rush has experienced a wide spectrum of the entertainment business, from touring colleges and clubs to becoming the youngest host of the longest-running African-American syndicated show, Showtime at the Apollo. Rudy parlayed his Apollo notoriety into major projects with Dave Chappelle and Martin Lawrence, while also appearing on shows such as Def Comedy Jam, Jamie Foxx’s Laff-A-Palooza and Premium Blend. Rudy has been featured in his own half-hour special on Comedy Central and was the comedic force on the long-running, nationally syndicated radio show, The Doug Banks Morning Show.
Ebony Steele is one of the greatest multimedia personalities in entertainment today. Ebony has been a major driving force behind several successful morning shows in the country.
As a woman who was not known to the rest on her laurels, Ebony has moved auspiciously to conquer television, making appearances on CNN, VH1, Fox and countless others, reaching millions of loyal fans. After winning a very intense Battle with breast cancer, Ebony joined the Susan G. Komen for the Cure as a Circle of Promise national ambassador, helping millions of African American women find the strength to win their own battles.
In addition, Ebony devotes her time to making countless appearances for the organization, as well spearheading viral marketing campaigns to raise breast cancer awareness which includes annual live events that are anything but conventional.
Her efforts have raised millions of dollars for breast cancer research. Ebony is also a major advertising ambassador lending her voice to major brands like Walmart, Verizon, or the SyFy channel. Her TV show, Coffee with America is currently seen by millions of people in over 170 markets.
The former Miss Gulf Coast Alabama and Miss Tuskegee is a very successful entrepreneur, boasting one of the most successful beauty subscription services called SteeleBox! If that wasn’t enough, Ebony finds the time for owning and operating the largest African American owned dance studio in Alabama, The Ebony Arrington Dance Studio. Ebony also shares her knowledge of business and marketing with her fans and supporters with her Steele University program. Funny, spiritual, uplifting, and one of the most fascinating individuals in entertainment, ebony Steele is a media force to be reckoned with in 2016 and beyond!
Born in New Orleans, LA and a graduate of the University of New Orleans, Loni Swain began her full-time media career at WERQ-FM in Baltimore, MD. From Baltimore, her career ascended into bigger markets such as St. Louis, Tampa and, ultimately, WGCI-FM in Chicago, IL. In addition to adding value to her affiliated radio stations, Loni Swain’s trademark is one of community involvement. After transitioning into television in May 2015, Loni has continued to use her platform with purpose. Her television show, The Loni Swain Show, includes a non-profit spotlight segment in each episode. Loni Swain is one of the most influential media personalities in Chicago. Currently, she continues to work on The Loni Swain Show as well as growing her candy company as the CEO of Loni Loo’s Homemade Candies.