Dec 11, 2012

Don't ask me when it happened.  Honestly I don't know.  I can't quite put my finger on the moment that I became a devoted listener of the Tom Joyner Morning Show.  I promise you my day just isn't right if I don't have my daily dose of the TJMS.  There is just something about this show that is both entertaining and informing.  The show has the perfect mix that no one has been able to come close to matching.

There use to be a time that I would listen to any other morning show than the TJMS.  I’ve listened to Doug Banks, Russ Parr, Wanda and Frank Ski, Ryan Cameron (when he had a morning show), Ricky Smiley, and dare I say it…even Steve Harvey.

Tom Joyner was what my mother listened to so that was one of the reasons I tried to steer clear.  I mean he played nothing but “old folks” music and who wants to listen to that.  I needed my fix of Outkast and T.I. and I wasn’t getting that on the TJMS.  But somewhere along the line everything began to change for me.

I can’t tell you exactly what the defining moment was for me that got me to make the switch.  I realize I got more involved in politics after the debacle of the 2000 election.  I’ve always been a reader so I’ve always been somewhat informed, but there was something that made me switch to being a true devotee of the TJMS.

Maybe it had something to do with the fact that Joyner was the commencement speaker at my graduation from FAMU (he was also my uncle’s commencement speaker from Paine College).  His speech really got me charged up and ready to go face the world.  He really served as an inspiration.

Or maybe it just has to do with the fact that I’ve gotten older and my priorities in life have changed.  I really look at things differently.  I found myself seeking out people that have the same thirst for knowledge as me and in that process I’ve found myself listening to Tom Joyner.

All I know is this show gets me and I get it.  I can relate to Sybil, I laugh at Jay Anthony Brown, and I really believe Tom is a jinx when he gets on somebody’s bandwagon (he’s been lethal for my Falcons).
Roland Martin keeps me informed on the things I need to know.  I’m appreciative for the money advice I get from Mellody Hobson (even though she steps on my toes at time).  Damon Williams’ news maybe seriously ignorant but it’s also seriously funny and don’t even get me started on Dominique.  Girlfriend keeps me in tears from laughing.  And nobody gives the NFL highlights like Chris Paul.
Oh and don’t let me forget about the live performances in the Red Velvet Cake Studio.  There’s just something magical about getting a chance to hear from artists that you haven’t heard from in a long time, but you’ve been wondering what happened to them.  The TJMS always seems to be able to find those artists.
And name another radio show that can claim to have the President call in all the time.  Please name one.  I’ll wait.
It really seems that the older I become the more I seem to be morphing into my mother.

Do you have a ‘You Know You’re Getting Old When…’?  Share it with me and maybe I’ll do a post about it.


  1. LOL! Working on a college campus, I get reminded how "old" I am all the time. I'm making what I think to be mainstream references and students look at me like, "what is she talking about?" When I was driving through NC over Thanksgiving, I was trying to find a radio station. I really can only handle the old school, smooth R&B. the stations whose target audience is late teens and mid-twenties...I can't hang.

  2. Yeah it's time for you to cross on over. You know Charles said you was old at 30. LMAO......