This is posted on Friday, December 9, 2016 by Rodney Ho on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog
Tom Joyner’s morning show is replacing former Atlantan J. Anthony Brown with a rotating cast of five well-known comics: Bill Bellamy, Sherri Shepherd, Arsenio Hall, Kym Whitley and Lavell Crawford.
Each celebrity will fill in one day a week, the veteran radio host announced this morning.
Joyner works out of Dallas and is syndicated nationwide. He is heard in Atlanta on Kiss 104.1.
Brown, who worked with Joyner for two decades, said he left the show earlier this month after his efforts to put together a weekend solo show with Joyner’s Reach Media fell through. (Read my interview with Brown here.)
The five comics are all veterans in the entertainment world. Bellamy has hosted NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” and “Bill Bellamy’s Who’s Got Jokes “on TV One. Shepherd has acted in several sitcoms and was a member of “The View.” Hall hosted the first late night talk show host by an African American in the late 1980s and early 1990s and recently tried a revival that aired in 2013-14. Crawford came in second in “Last Comic Standing” in 2007 and played a bodyguard on “Breaking Bad.” Whitley has acted in dozens of TV shows and movies, from “The Parkers” to “Deliver Us From Eva.”