Tom Joyner has always been recognized as a man on the move. He first came to public attention by hosting a morning radio show in Dallas and an afternoon show in Chicago simultaneously for eight years, flying back-and-forth between jobs daily. In the 1990s his popularity soared as the host of a nationally syndicated morning radio program. As nationally syndicated radio programs became a hot trend in the 1990s, Joyner became the biggest star in black radio. (more…)
Pat Thornton is President and CEO of Patyna Communications, with 30 years of experience as a marketing and business strategist. She leverages her experience to help companies take an integrated approach to establish brand identity and maintain a preeminent presence within targeted markets.
Her commitment to bringing businesses together and providing resources to help businesses expand is clearly evident in the format of her radio talk show, The Thornton Business Hour. The show primarily focuses on sharing information regarding available resources, programs and services that help entrepreneurs and their businesses perform at their best. The Thornton Business Hour airs weekly on Radio One’s WOL 1450 AM station, and provides valuable information from principals of major programs, thriving businesses and innovative startups. The show also takes time to honor those leaders who have paved the way, and opened doors for so many people to walk through.
Pat is honored to be a graduate of Leadership Maryland’s Class of 2012, and to Board President of CTV, Prince George’s County’s Public Access television station. She takes great pride in serving the underserved populations and raising her voice for those who are unable to stand for themselves.
Brian McDaniel is the Principle attorney at the McDaniel Law Group, PLLC.
Brian founded the McDaniel Law Group, PLLC (formerly McDaniel & Associates, PA) in 1996 after getting his undergraduate degree from Howard University School of Business and then earning his law degree from Howard University School of Law. Brian is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. and also a member of Sigma Delta Tau, the law school’s legal fraternity.
Brian’s interest in criminal defense was born out of his awareness that individuals in his neighborhood had negative experiences with the criminal justice system. He saw how zealous representation is a critical part of the legal process, and believes that without it, people are sometimes incarcerated for things they didn’t do. He has witnessed people receive punishments which they did not deserve and grew up with a desire to help people who were facing criminal charges.
Ultimately, Brian had a desire to participate in litigation and the legal process. This led him to choose practice areas that allowed him to fight for clients in a courtroom setting. He works by the philosophy that you can’t win if you don’t play, and he believes that if you desire a certain outcome, you have to be willing to go through whatever is necessary to achieve or obtain it. He applies this philosophy in the courtroom and in his practice, where he heads up an aggressive team of seasoned litigators who have had great success in jury trials. His team are willing to press the opposition to get the best results possible for their clients.
Over the past 20 years, Brian has been featured in a wide variety of media sources, including the Washington Post, Washingtonian and The Baltimore Sun. The trial success rate at Mr. McDaniel’s law firm is one of the highest in the area, and Brian and his attorneys have successfully defended several large-scale drug conspiracy cases and achieved not guilty verdicts in at least three conspiracy cases.
When Brian isn’t practicing law or being an active member in the Trial Association of Washington D.C., he spends time with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys fishing for large-mouth bass in various waters, including the Potomac River.
With over 40 years of experience as a community leader, politician, minister and advocate, the Rev. Al Sharpton is one of America’s most-renowned civil rights leaders. Now “The Rev.”, as he is affectionately called by close friends and supporters, is bringing his powerful voice to radio and getting the answers to real questions with his entertaining new daily talk show the Al Sharpton Show.
Ground-breaking, Peabody Award-winning broadcast news journalist Carl Nelson, has interviewed Presidents, Prime Ministers, Heads of State, politicians, authors, celebrities, civic leaders and people from all walks of life over a four-decade career that has taken him from Nelson Mandela’s prison cell in South Africa, to the Rodney King Riots in Los Angeles, to his present career as host of Washington DC’s latest daily newsmaker radio program, The Carl Nelson Show, a 3-hour daily news program on Radio One’s flagship radio station WOL-1450 AM.
Carl Nelson was the first reporter allowed to interview Nelson Mandela on the eve of his historic 1991 release from his South African prison and, as News Director for Stevie Wonder’s KJLH Radio, was the only news reporter allowed across police lines during the 1991 Rodney King riots. KJLH’s acclaimed coverage of this civic unrest garnered KJLH the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award, an NAACP Image Award, a Golden Mike Award, the Los Angeles Press Club Award and several other industry-wide awards.
Nelson began his broadcasting career in 1971 at WYNT Radio in New York City. In 1974, he was recruited by Inner City Broadcasting Company, owners of WLIB Radio and WBLS Radio. After stints at several radio stations in Los Angeles, Nelson was named News Director of Stevie Wonder’s KJLH Radio, a position he held for a quarter of a century (1980-2005). In addition to his managerial responsibilities, Nelson was deeply involved in Wonder’s Bid to make Dr. Martin Luther Kings’ birthday a national holiday, he was also led in the station’s critically-acclaimed coverage of local, regional and national politics, breaking news and national events, including coverage of all the US political conventions.
Nelson has interviewed former US President Ronald Reagan, former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, former South Africa Premiere Peter Botha, Zambia’s first
President Kenneth Kaunda, Namibia’s Former President Sam Nujoma, current South African President Jacob Zuma, dozens of US political leaders including former US presidential candidate Rev. Jesse Jackson, Senator Edward Kennedy, Representatives Maxine Waters, John Conyers and Diane Watson, Julian Bond, Andrew Young, TD Jakes, and Rev. Al Sharpton, among many others.
Nelson’s celebrity interviews include: Elizabeth Taylor, Oprah, Michael Jackson, Prince, Sidney Poitier, Dionne Warwick, Gladys Knight, Smokey Robinson, Redd Foxx, Luther Van Dross, Quincy Jones Berry Gordy, Magic Johnson, Muhammad Ali, O.J Simpson, Kareem Abdul Jabbar Richard Pryor and Nancy Wilson, to name but a few
In 1996, The Black Radio Exclusive Magazine named Carl News Director of the Year. Nelson is a graduate of the New York Institute of Technology, and a member of the Society of Professional Journalists, the Radio Television News Directors Association and the Black Journalists Association. Formerly the co-owner of WSRF AM radio in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Nelson sits on the President’s Advisory Board at St. Thomas University, Miami, FL.