THE TOM JOYNER "REVIEW"!
Written by: Craig Shelton
Date Posted: 07-07-2010
I will began by stating the obvious: Tom Joyner aka The "Fly Jock" has enjoyed a remarkable run as host of the Tom Joyner Morning Show. Tom Joyner is deservedly known also as "The Hardest Working Man In Show Biz." Now that I've stated the obvious, I'll ask the question that I'm sure many of Tom Joyner's current listeners and former listeners surely ask themselves. Tom my man, WHAT THE HELL IS SO DAMN FUNNY, TOM?!
It's clear the Tom Joyner Show intends to entertain, but just "who" is it the TJMS attempting to entertain? With all the laughter we hear in studio, it’s clear that Joyner and his co-host are entertaining themselves, but what about the listeners? Who's entertaining us? Most of the laughter we hear during the TJMS is, or comes off as inside jokes way too many times. The problem is, too much of the time IT'S NOT THAT FUNNY, TOM! You guys just sound unscripted most of the time. Conducting a morning radio show unscripted is not trend setting, nor is it viewed professionally as an industry no-no. The only time sounding "unscripted" becomes an issue, is when the show begins to sound like there was no show preparation. Personally I love a good funny bit in the mornings driving into work or while listening in my office. What I don't need is to listen to aging, unprepared host, attempting to cover up their lack of show preparation by force feeding bad comedy down my throat.
PICK YOUR MOMENTS
The TJMS crew is an intelligent, socially aware trio. The trio is seasoned as a unit exhibiting seamless continuity once the "on air" red light goes on weekdays 5a-9a. What the trio does not offer is the appearance of the same continuity at work in regards to preparation. I observed too many instances of Joyner & crew attempting to force the issue with the laughter, but without a single "laugh out loud" incentive to go there.
In recent weeks, a story came out of Africa regarding a woman that has engineered a new condom for women that works as a rape deterrent. Joyner reported that the African woman developed the condom after she became determined to do something about the unsettling static regarding African women being sexually assaulted. Sybil Wilkes, who's obviously a black female took the story seriously and showed immediate sensitivity towards the obviously serious intent of the story and the seriousness of the subject of rape in general. Joyner predictably attempted to make a play on words, looking for a comedic angle when Wilkes encouraged Joyner "not to go there with this one". Joyner continued to work to get a reaction, but Wilkes and J.Anthony Brown, both steered clear of Joyner's "death march" as the show came up on a station break. Don't worry Tom, "I'm not a tree-hugger."
Joyner returned from the break for a short segment before the top of the hour break and made no mention of the story, instead promoting the Tom Joyner Family Reunion-Orlando Labor Day weekend promotion. (http://www.visitorlando.com)
TEACH DON'T PREACH
My point Joyner is the same black folks you're constantly pointing out as beautiful and intelligent, really are, beautiful and intelligent. Joyner we don't want or need a song and dance. It’s like Ice Cube said: "How come n*gg*as always gotta show their teeth"?
If it’s really funny as black listeners were more than happy to get a good laugh. If it’s not funny, don't force feed us crap and expect us not to "have a voice". We don't want to hear you and your crew being insensitive and disrespectful to our fallen stars before their family can get through the grieving process and bury their loved one (i.e., Gary Coleman). Stop under valuing our listeners' intelligence Joyner with some of the foolish antics, because I'm sure you or your co-host can't answer the initial question I posed earlier in this article: "WHAT'S SO DAMN FUNNY, TOM"?!
RADIO ONE: PLEASE BRING BACK "LOCAL" MORNING SHOW RADIO! IT'S WORKING ON THE BOX, SO IT’S CLEAR THAT WHAT WE WANT IS “PERSONALITIES WE CAN TOUCH” AND NOT “FACTORIES WE CAN’T TRUST.”