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"Tom Joyner Morning Show" to simulcast on WPWX-FM

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The "Tom Joyner Morning Show" is expanding its reach in the Chicago market. Effective Wednesday (June 2), the Joyner Show now heard on WSRB-FM (106.3) will be simulcast on WPWX-FM (92.3) from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m.

The simulcast is expected to allow the Joyner program to be heard in more households than it could reach just on WSRB, where the popular show moved after it was dropped from the line-up at urban adult contemporary WVAZ-FM (102.7) more than a year ago. The "Steve Harvey Show" replaced Joyner on WVAZ, where Joyner had been a fixture for 13 years. The move by Clear Channel Radio Chicago outraged many of Joyner's loyal listeners.

Joyner is optimistic the simulcast will make it easier for fans of his show to access the program. "Finally listeners don't have to drive with their computers to hear us when they leave the south side," said Joyner. "Tom Joyner is Chicago radio," added WPWX program director Jay Alan. "He is a huge voice for our community . . .and that is why the 'Tom Joyner Morning Show' is being expanded to Power 92," added Alan.

Chicago was the first market in which the "Tom Joyner Morning Show" was broadcast. The program is now heard in more than 100 markets nationwide, reaching one in four African-Americans.

The addition of the Joyner show to the WPWX line-up means the station's current morning drive host Trey Da Choklit Jok will move to the 9 a.m. to noon slot. Shawn Knight will host noon to 3 p.m., and Sam Sylk 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

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Thanks for bring Tom Joyner to power 92. I was lost when they moved him. I had could not tune in to 106.3 because I'm in the western suburbs. Steve Harvey nor Trey the Choclit Joc just did not do it for me. Trey is arrogant and played music that was to young for my taste. Steve Harvey is also arrogant and uses bad grammer. Tom is someone that young people can look up to and the older generation can relate better to him, his causes and the music.

I understand that he is trying to reach the community (chicago area) but does he seriously need to be on two radio stations at once in chicago

Tom, don't forget your north side listeners. I am happy that you are expanding, but I still cannot get a good signal on 92.3. Please keep expanding until your north side listeners can get a clear signal. I miss you and the team.

Tom Joyner has a great show and I'm glad they are expanding because 106.3 does get static-y fairly often BUT i LOVE Trey the Choklit Joc and now I cant hear him on my drive to work in the mornings. Trey has his own loyal fan base and he caters to a different type of audience as does the station Power 92. This is much more of a younger listener base and I feel like they really could have picked a better station.

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