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TOM JOYNER:  And he was like the station manager and Jerry was the program director.  They fired me and I went to Rodney, I said; “Rodney, they fired me.”  “Oh, yeah, Youngblood?  They fired you?” And then here comes Jerry.  “Rodney, Rodney, Rodney, they fired the doctor.  They fired the doctor of radio.  I had the patient on the operating table, I had him open, wasn’t even using anesthesia.  And they fired me.”  “They did?  Wait a minute.”

SYBIL WILKES:  He got on …

TOM JOYNER:  (Mocks dialing a phone with a rotary dial)

SYBIL WILKES:  That was a phone with a rotary dial.

TOM JOYNER:  (Mocks dialing a phone with a rotary dial).  “Velma?  Yeah, is he up there?  Tell him I’m coming up.”

SYBIL WILKES:  Okay, so things are gonna happen now.

J. ANTHONY BROWN:  Now who’s up there?  Who’s he gonna talk to.

TOM JOYNER:  The man who’s firing everybody.

SYBIL WILKES:  The new manager.

TOM JOYNER:  The new manager of the station, he’s firing everybody.  “Velma, I’m coming up.”


TOM JOYNER:  So while we waiting on Rodney to come back, Jerry’s just pacing.  “They fired me, Tom.  They fired me.  I’m the Doctor.  The Doctor of radio.  I had the patient on the operating table. Wide open, no anesthesia.”  And he’s just pacing.  And Rodney comes back in the room.  “Rodney, Rodney, Rodney, what happened?”

SYBIL WILKES:  And he said?

TOM JOYNER:  “They fired me too, Jerry.”  (Laughter)

SYBIL WILKES:  Oh, my gosh.


SYBIL WILKES:  The voice of the negro.  And the unemployed negro.


TOM JOYNER:  “Rodney, Rodney, what happened?  He fired me too.”  (Laughter)

SYBIL WILKES:  The great Jerry Boulding.

TOM JOYNER:  He died Thanksgiving Day.

SYBIL WILKES:  What a man.

TOM JOYNER:  Yeah, turned my career around.


TOM JOYNER:  And I thank you, Jerry.  God bless.

SYBIL WILKES:  God bless you.

TOM JOYNER:  Yeah.  A Little Known Black History Fact, always presented by McDonald’s.  McDonald’s, deeply rooted in the community 365 days a year.

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