Many Atlantic City residents still remember when the Tom Joyner Morning Show first came to town back in 1995. At that time 96.1 WTTH-FM had just started broadcasting the Tom Joyner Show was just the fledgling syndicator’s third affiliate station. Yet thousands of fans lined up outside the Taj Mahal Casino, many of them camping out all night, just to get a glimpse of Tom Joyner his national radio show.
With its loyal fan base expanding steadily since 1994, the Tom Joyner Morning Show has now grown to be the most listened-to morning program in America, with 122 affiliates 8 million listeners each week. Thanks to the joint efforts of WTTH-FM the City of Atlantic City Tom Joyner will soon return to where it all began, as he originates his entire national program live from the 96.1 WTTH-FM studios in West Atlantic City on Friday, June 1, 2012.
96.1 WTTH-FM, known locally as “The Touch,” began broadcasting in 1992 is celebrating 20 years of service to the Atlantic City marketplace with its exclusive Urban Adult Contemporary format. “We’re thrilled to provide our listeners with the opportunity to interact up close personal with Tom his co-hosts Sybil Wilkes J Anthony Brown,” stated Equity Communications President/Owner Gary Fisher. “It’s the perfect way to kick off Atlantic City’s first annual Multi-Cultural Heritage Festival, which is a weekend-long celebration of entertainment, sporting events, parades concerts highlighting Atlantic City’s diversity.”
“We’re committed to making this festival an iconic legendary event that’s sure to please generations of Atlantic City’s multi-cultural families for years to come,” added Atlantic City Mayor Lorenzo Langford.”Our festival will be market-wide in scope across the breadth of Atlantic City’s world famous assets, including but not limited to Gardner’s Basin, Bader Field, Sandcastle Stadium (Bernie Robbins Stadium) the world famous Atlantic City beaches boardwalks. We will be proclaiming Friday June 1st as Tom Joyner Day will be presenting him with a Key to the City at the Surf Stadium meet greet event.”
WTTH-FM listeners will be able to win free 96.1 VIP Meet Greet passes through the WTTH contest line, on the station’s Facebook Fan page facebook.com/961wtthfm, or online @ 961WTTH.com. Admission to the event will be free. The entire broadcast will be streamed to the mezzanine level of Surf Stadium where a viewing party will take place to kick off the weekend’s activities events. More details are available @ cityofatlanticcity.org/
About Equity Communications: Equity Communications is the largest locally-owned radio company in New Jersey the most listened-to radio group in Atlantic City. The Company’s nine stations (7 FMs 2 AMs) reach over 280,000 diverse listeners each week more than any other South Jersey radio group. The Equity-owned stations include 95.1 WAYV-FM, 100.7 WZXL-FM, 96.1 WTTH-FM, 99.3 WZBZ-FM, 93.1 WEZW-FM, 1340 WMID-AM
About Tom Joyner: “The Tom Joyner Morning Show” debuted in January 1994 and is now the most listened-to morning show in America with over 8 million listeners weekly across 122 stations. Joyner’s program mixes urban contemporary music with talk, comedy, news, politics, satire sports has made him the leading force in urban radio today. He was elected into the Radio Hall of Fame, received Impact Magazine’s “Joe Loris Award” for Excellence in Broadcasting Billboard’s “Best Urban Contemporary Air Personality” award. Impact Magazine’s “Best DJ of the Year Award” was renamed “The Tom Joyner Award” because he received it so many times. The Tom Joyner Foundation provides money directly to the Historical Black Colleges Universities (HBCUs) for the purpose of helping students complete their education.