Joy Taylor: South Florida's Female Sports Radio Host
Photo courtesy of The Ticket Miami Brendan Tobin (left), Joy Taylor, and Jonathan Zaslow make up a wacky radio show that is unlike any other in town.
Has Mr. Horner lost his way to the house under the hill? Is old blind Bob having trouble finding the harbor of hope? Oh, don't despair. It's time for Just the Tips with the queen of concupiscence, Joy Taylor.
Jonathan Zaslow: Just the Tips, we do it every week at this time where Joy Taylor has your dating and sex advice, if you need, you send in your questions using #justthetips. All right, here's a question on the Plumbers 911 text line. "Joy, dude, I have a hot girlfriend, but she farts like a wild hog in her sleep. Should I confront her about it?"
Joy Taylor: Whoa. Ah, that's tough. Women are weird about the farting, like I've never farted in my entire life. Nor have I gone No. 2, so it's a problem I can't really relate to but, yeah, if you've got a sleep farter, you've either gotta suck it up or you gotta break up with her. Because once you tell her that she farts in her sleep, she's gonna be so mad at you. Like, first of all she's going to tell you you're a straight-up liar if she's smart. And then it's just gonna be awkward, so yeah, you've gotta deal with it or break up.
Zaslow: Man, she's giving him those Dutch ovens.
Taylor: *cackling laughter*
If you've tuned in to much sports radio over the past six months, that cackling, unmistakable chuckle is familiar. Back in August 2012, The Ticket Miami tabbed Marc "Hoch" Hochman and Jonathan Zaslow to team up in the mornings, and the show was well-received, with Zaslow even winning our 2013 Best Of Award for Best AM Radio Personality. Taylor, the younger sister of former Dolphins legend Jason Taylor, was the third voice on that show, brought in a couple of times an hour to give an entertainment update or something frivolous and not always about sports.
But she got her shot at history (and hosting) when Hochman left for 560 WQAM at the end of '13 when his contract expired. He wasn't allowed to start at WQAM until April 1, and in that period, Hochman recruited Taylor to join him and his new cohost, Zach Krantz, as the third wheel. While Taylor contemplated, Zaslow fretted.
Photo courtesy of Joy Taylor
"I was really nervous," he says. "I was upset about it, because overall I thought the original incarnation of the show was building something really good, and if she winds up leaving also, then the show completely changes. Look, I've done my own show for years -- I know what I'm capable of -- but I never got the reaction from my show that we got for the first incarnation of the show. Never. So I didn't want to lose it, and also as far as the way the show would change a little bit with Joy stepping into this role -- it makes the show different, and different in a good way. Because she's the only female sports host down here, so it makes the show different than everyone else, so there's an element there that we have and no one else does."
The newly dubbed Zaslow and Joy Show is still gimmicky and playful -- they did a funeral on-air for the Indiana Pacers after the Heat evaporated their season, complete with producer Brendan Tobin following callers' memorials for the Pacers with "Riley be with you" -- but in Joy's expanded role, the show skews younger (and better) with segments like "Just the Tips," in which Taylor dishes sex advice -- on morning sports radio -- unlike anything listeners down here have heard before.
With that in mind, New Times spent some time with the queen of concupiscence herself to find out what it's like being the only woman in a room forever filled with smelly, annoying sports males and where the show might go from here.