The nationally syndicated radio show host will be broadcasting live Friday morning, June 1, to launch the inaugural Atlantic City Multi-Cultural Heritage Festival.
One of the biggest changes since my broadcasting career began has been technology. We had no cell phones, fax machines, laptops, Internet — nothing. No one could find you after you left the house.
I read that in the 1980s you actually commuted daily between jobs in Dallas and Chicago — how did that arrangement come about, and how long did it last?
I did commute back and forth ... for eight years. It came about when I was offered two great jobs in two great cities. I couldn’t turn either one of them down, so I accepted both.
You’re a supporter of many educational programs, advocacy groups and charitable causes, including your own foundation. Is giving back a quality that was instilled by your parents, or is it a by-product of your gratitude for making the most of your opportunities and wanting to give back (or maybe both)?
I learned the importance of giving back from my parents and from lots of role models in my hometown of Tuskegee. We got lots of support and nurturing, and we were taught that if we had it, we should share it with someone else. My mom, a secretary for the Tuskegee Airmen Program, would type papers for students at Tuskegee [then Institute] University. I watched her do that just because she wanted to make sure their papers were neat and their grammar correct. I’m just a DJ, and I knew I couldn’t help out by assisting Historically Black Colleges and Universities [HBCU] students academically, but I knew there was a financial need. I don’t think any student should be denied an education because they’ve run out of money. So, for years, we’ve raised millions for HBCU.
Tom Joyner Morning Show Listening Party
When: 6-11am Friday, June 1
Where: The show will be broadcast from Surf Stadium in West Atlantic City. A meet-and-greet with Joyner at Surf Stadium will follow the broadcast.
How Much: Free
This year’s Multi-Cultural Heritage Festival weekend gave us an early start to what Mayor Langford anticipates as a great summer season.
“Being a boxing fan, I appreciate the legacy and history of boxing in Atlantic City. Of course, during the casino era, in the 1980s, when Don King was promoting the Mike Tyson fights, this is where the action was. And the town came alive with every major fight. It was good for the economy. Everybody did well.”
“We’ll play anywhere they’ll have us. The more places, the better. After all these years it’s still something I desperately want to do. You want to keep having fun.”
Billy Currington is a country singer who has been climbing up the ladder of Nashville stardom at a steady pace, thanks to such hit songs as “Pretty Good At Drinkin’ Beer,” “That’s How Country Boys Roll,” “Don’t” “People Are Crazy,” “Must Be Doin’ Somethin’ Right” and “Good Directions.” A personable native of Georgia, Currington chatted with AC Weekly from the road about his career and about his favorite beer — I mean I had to ask, didn’t I?
Neville Brother Cyril Neville comes to Ventnor this Saturday, Feb. 27 for a special Mardi Gras celebration and fundraiser for Access One. He spoke recently to Atlantic City Weekly.
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Fight Night at Boardwalk Hall
Rush to the Taj