Known as “The Black Eagle,” Joe Madison is a legendary voice in radio and a recognized human and civil rights activist.
Joe began his storied talk radio career at WXYZ-AM/WXYT-AM in Detroit – then continued his broadcast journey to FM talk station WWDB in Philadelphia; both WRC and WOL-AM in Washington, DC, and ultimately Sirius XM Radio. On his daily morning program, Joe demands action against injustice and challenges his audience with an important question: “What are you going to do about it?”
Throughout his storied radio career, Joe has broken ground, broken records, and has been a leader in the community. Notable highlights include:
• The highest political figures in the land seek out Joe Madison and his audience. During the Obama presidency, Joe conducted three interviews with President Obama, including one in the Oval Office. Joe also presided over three interviews with First Lady Michelle Obama.
• During the 2016 presidential campaign, Joe hosted Hillary Clinton on three occasions.
• Joe broke the Guinness World Record for “longest marathon hosting a radio talk show” (52 hours live) – raising over $200,000 for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
• Joe hosted the exclusive live radio broadcast of the opening of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, attended by President Obama and President George W. Bush.
• Joe made history in 2015 as the first national talk show in America broadcasting live from Cuba in more than 50 years
• Joe traveled to Haiti after the 2010 earthquake; assisted relief workers in the Gulf States after Hurricane Katrina, and – to raise awareness of genocide in Sudan – Madison led 90 straight days of demonstrations and peaceful arrests in front of the Sudanese Embassy in Washington, DC. He’s also traveled to war zones in southern Sudan to deliver survival kits to refugees and participate in the freeing of over 7,000 slaves.
• Joe has led successful campaigns to honor comedian Dick Gregory and Motown artists The Four Tops with long overdue stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
• Joe has received a multitude of awards – including an NAACP Image Award, Detroit’s Achievement in Radio Award, Talker’s Magazine Outstanding Community Service Award, and many other regional honors.
• At Washington University’s 158th Commencement in May of 2019, Joe received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree – recognition for Joe’s work as a groundbreaking radio personality and human and civil rights activist.
• Joe currently serves on the Board of Directors for The American Red Cross and was a board member of the NAACP for more than ten years.