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The Tom Joyner Morning Show to air in NY

ABC Radio Networks and New York City station WRKS-FM 98.7 KISS-FM R&B Hits have signed an agreement to broadcast The Tom Joyner Morning Show on the FM station. The leading national urban morning show with an audience of more than 8 million, The Tom Joyner Morning Show will debut on WRKS-FM on April 30, and will air from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. each weekday.

"Any time we go on the air in a new market it is a big deal. But going on the air in New York, on KISS-FM and working with Isaac Hayes is as big and as good as it gets! I'm pinching myself right now! Isaac has so much going on with the New York community, with the school in Ghana and with South Park, he's a busy mutha (shut your mouth)...I'm just talking about Isaac. I think the two of us will make a good team,” Joyner said.

Internationally known as a singer, songwriter and actor, Hayes joined the KISS family in 1996.

Hayes has been a winner on morning radio in New York, stated Judy Ellis, WRKS-FM owner Emmis Communications senior vice president & market manager. “Isaac is really excited that we were able to bring The Tom Joyner Morning Show to KISS. We feel our audience will really respond to the combination of Tom’s energy and humorous insights mixed in with Isaac’s legendary talents.

With its broadcast on WRKS-FM, The Tom Joyner Morning Show adds the New York Metro area to its coverage of major U.S. radio markets, including Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston, Dallas, Detroit, Atlanta, Houston, Miami and Washington, DC. The show has more than 100 affiliates in cities across the United States.

"This is an incredibly exciting time for radio especially for urban radio as we bring "The Tom Joyner Morning Show" to New York on KISS-FM," said Darryl Brown, executive vice president and general manager for ABC Radio Networks. "Tom's powerful message - sometimes funny, sometimes hard-hitting, but always on target - is one that listeners in the country's number one market need and deserve to hear. KISS-FM is a top-notch station and we look forward to a great partnership."

"No one else is reaching the African-American consumer like The Tom Joyner Morning Show or with the scope and depth of ABC Radio Networks, added Brown. "Even in this tough climate, ABC Radio Networks is continuing growth in top markets, demonstrating the power and desirability of our strong brands."

Each weekday morning from ABC Radio Networks, Tom Joyner and his crew broadcast more than a daily national radio program. They unite a community of devoted listeners, bringing them a unique combination of high-energy entertainment, humor and information that empowers individuals to know more about their world and about how each person can make a genuine difference.

This live, syndicated national urban morning program treats listeners to an on-air team that reports and comments on the latest news and sports of interest to the audience. Also featured are drop-in celebrity guests, on-site remotes and an audience-tested urban playlist. Weaving it all together are Joyner's upbeat attitude, energy and humorous insights.

Joyner, winner of countless radio and national honors, began his radio career immediately after he graduated from college. The Tuskegee, Alabama native had just received his bachelor’s degree in sociology from Tuskegee Institute, when a friend offered him a news broadcasting job at Montgomery, Ala.’s WRMA-AM.

Joyner was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1999. He has received Impact magazines Joe Loris Award for Excellence in Broadcasting and as an added honor, IMPACTs Best DJ of the Year award was renamed The Tom Joyner Award because he received it so many times.

Joyner's other honors include the Harold Washington Award for Political Awareness and Community Empowerment and The Mickey Leland Humanitarian Award both from The Congressional Black Caucus, Man of the Year from 100 Black Men and the Presidents Award from the NAACP.

The Tom Joyner Foundation has awarded more than $5 million to deserving students enrolled in historically Black colleges and universities across the United States. 100 percent of every donation to the foundation goes to the students. Joyner pays for all operating expenses.

After his debut on Montgomery's airwaves, Joyner worked on-air at WLOK-AM, Memphis; KWK-AM, St. Louis; and KKDA-FM in Dallas. His success eventually took him to Chicago, where he entertained Windy City audiences at WJPC-FM, WGCI-FM, WVON-AM and WBMX-FM. Joyner made headlines in the mid-1980s when he accepted simultaneous positions of morning drive man at KKDA-FM in Dallas, and afternoon drive talent at WGCI-FM in Chicago. His daily round-trip commute between the two cities earned him national publicity, high ratings and millions of Frequent Flyer miles.

With a mission to inform, entertain and empower, The Tom Joyner Morning Show has the largest audience of any urban radio program. A recent study conducted by Yankelovich Partners revealed that Joyner is the number one host among urban audiences. The show is broadcast each weekday morning on ABC Radio Networks to more than 8 million listeners. For more information, visit www.tomjoyner.com.

KISS FM (98.7)plays R&B HITS from artists like Destiny’s Child, R. Kelly and Jill Scott.

Emmis Communications is a media firm with radio broadcasting, television broadcasting and magazine publishing operations. EMMIS 20 FM and three AM radio stations serve the nations largest markets of New York, Los Angeles and Chicago as well as Phoenix, Denver, St. Louis, Indianapolis and Terre Haute, IN. In addition, EMMIS owns two radio networks, 15 television stations, award-winning regional and specialty magazines and ancillary businesses in broadcast sales, publishing, and interactive products.

ABC Radio Networks has more than 4,600 affiliate radio stations reaching 126 million persons age 12 and older each week. In addition to The Tom Joyner Morning Show, ABC broadcasts six full-service News Networks, "Paul Harvey News and Comment" and "The Rest of the Story," Radio Disney, ESPN Radio, "The Doug Banks Morning Show," "American Country Countdown with Bob Kingsley," 12 ABC Radio 24-hour music formats, ABC Sports, and an extensive line-up of music and talk programming.

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