Rickey Smiley Announced as Tom Joyner’s Successor Following Retirement Announcement+Will Be Joined By Eva Marcille, Gary With Da Tea For New Morning Show

Posted June 28, 2019

Legendary radio personality and icon, Tom Joyner has announced he is retiring at the end of 2019–and fans have been wondering who would step in to fill the shoes for his wildly popular morning show.

Well on Friday, it was announced that fellow radio titan, Rickey Smiley will be Tom’s official successor and will now launch an entirely new morning show with the help of some familiar faces.

Joyner, who is retiring at the end of the year, acknowledged that Smiley has established himself as a trusted leader on-air and in the community with his current show, captivating audiences with his authentic humor but also his unique perspective on topics important to his audience. Smiley also announced that Eva Marcille and Gary Wit Da Tea would be among the on-air cast members joining him to broadcast out of the Dallas studios beginning January 2020. Additional details about the show will be shared in the coming months.

While details on the show are still forthcoming, Rickey spoke on the new opportunity.

“It’s an honor to continue the legacy of my boss and frat brother Tom Joyner. Not only has he been a friend to my family and me over the years, but we consider him family. Tom’s mentorship has instilled in me valuable wisdom that I will carry with me through this new morning show.” 
Joyner also expressed his gratitude to fans who have followed his storied career and wished Rickey the best in his new role. 
“I’m happy to see the landscape of Urban AC morning radio continue to expand with Rickey, and I’m proud of the doors the Tom Joyner Morning Show opened. Twenty-five years ago, there was no template for a syndicated Urban radio show and we worked hard to prove that we could successfully produce and market a national platform that would entertain, inform and empower African-American listeners. We broke some ground, raised the bar for what audiences expected from Black radio all while partying with a purpose. Yeah, we’ve done a lot but there’s still a lot left to be done. I’m confident that Rickey’s activism along with his love for radio, the community, and HBCUs, will pick up where we left off.”

Congrats to everyone!

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