Monday, September 22, 2008

Martin begins his new role as senior analyst for the TJMS

Roland S. Martin for September 22, 2008

(Dallas, TX - September 22nd, 2008) - Roland Martin, a popular CNN analyst and TV One Cable Network commentator, has joined the Tom Joyner Morning Show as senior news analyst to the nation's No. 1 nationally syndicated urban radio show, company officials announced today. Martin's daily contribution can be heard every morning at 6:20 am CST. He will offer daily insight into major news events and other issues affecting Black America.

"I am excited to join The Tom Joyner Morning Show, which has been at the forefront of community advocacy in urban radio," said Martin. "As senior analyst, my goal is to bring clarity and a sense of purpose to the morning show's eight million listeners on the issues surrounding the current presidential election, but also provide a common sense perspective on the many other social and cultural issues of the day through interviews with top newsmakers, and occasionally commentary."

As one of Black America's most recognized journalists, just this year alone Martin has been named by Ebony Magazine as one of the 150 Most Influential African Americans in the United States and won a NAACP Image Award for Best Interview for "In Conversation: The Sen. Barack Obama Interview." Martin was also named one of the top 50 political pundits by the Daily Telegraph in the United Kingdom and was awarded the 2008 President's Award by the National Association of Black Journalists for his work in multiple media platforms.

"This is a time when people need to be challenged where they are on the issues, regardless of ideology, class, race and gender, and I intend to be honest and 'real' in every way possible," explains Martin.

A seasoned member of the press, Martin is the former executive editor/general manager of the Chicago Defender, the nation's largest Black daily newspaper, as well as the former founding news editor for Savoy Magazine and He earned a B.S. in journalism from Texas A&M University and recently received a Masters in Christian Communications from Louisiana Baptist University.

Martin's segments can be heard on a local Tom Joyner Morning Show affiliate or online at ( Also, reports will be available on demand on the "If You Missed It" page.

Additionally, Martin hosts his own talk show on WVON-AM/1690 in Chicago and is a special correspondent for Essence Magazine, writing a bi-monthly column and a daily blog on His last day at WVON will be Oct. 3, but until then, he will simulcast his Joyner segment on WVON and TJMS.

About the Tom Joyner Morning Show

The nation's # 1 syndicated urban morning show, which airs in over 115 markets reaching nearly 8 million listeners, has distinguished itself over the years as continuously giving back to its audience with quality programming, highly popular promotions, special events and philanthropy. Since 2004, Joyner has awarded millions to nearly 2,000 contest winners and his Foundation has raised more than $55 million to help keep students in historically black colleges and universities. The Morning Show with co-hosts Sybil Wilkes and J. Anthony Brown also features news analysis with Roland Martin and special issues reporting from Jacque Reid; political commentary Stephanie Robinson and Jeff Johnson; and celebrity news with Jawn Murray, as well as comedic observations and lifestyle tips from Sheryl Underwood, D.L. Hughley, and the Celebrity Snitch Huggy Lowdown. Joyner's website,, has more than 1.5 million registered users and delivers news with special reports by award winning journalists and exclusive political coverage as well as interactive elements with on demand audio.

For additional information, contact Maiya Hollie, Communications Manager, REACH Media, (972) 371-5851 or

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