Joy Taylor has elevated through the ranks of sport personalities, rising to fame and out of the shadow of her NFL Hall of Fame brother Jason, as the former moderator on “Undisputed” with Skip Bayless and Shannon Sharpe.
Getting Started In The Game
She sharpened her teeth in the game and left that gig in 2018. Since then she’s been the co-host on “The Herd” with Colin Cowherd on FS1. She’s gained quite a following of sports fans as her voice has become an influential one in the sport media landscape.
Taylor is a 2009 graduate of Barry University and she’s paid her dues. She is truly a package of beauty and brains, and is one of the network’s leading sports anchors.
Taylor launched her own podcast “Maybe I’m Crazy” and has flipped that into her own radio show called “The Joy Taylor Show.” The new program airs on Saturdays on Fox Sports Radio from 2 to 4 P.M. Her first show was Sept. 11.
New Generation In Sports Media
Women in sports radio is a new phenomenon, and Taylor is leading the culture shift as one of a handful of female hosts in the country.
The narrative about sports talk and who is qualified to do it has changed thanks to the passion, knowledge and talent exhibited by women in the sports media game, from Joy Taylor to Malika Andrews to Cari Champion, Jemele Hill and Maria Taylor.
These women have successfully busted up the ol’ boys network and brought fresh perspective to sports coverage.
One of her main goals for the show is to book as many female guests as possible. To get the party rolling right, her first guest was her Hall of Fame brother JT, who had an illustrious 15-year NFL career and was inducted into Canton in 2017.
“Who better to talk to than a first-ballot Pro Football Hall of Famer, right?” Taylor told Front Office Sports.
Since arriving at Fox Sports in 2016, Taylor has made it her mission to avoid complacency and to capitalize on every opportunity. Moderating and anchoring are some of the roles Taylor has served on the network. She also regularly appears on other popular shows like “Speak for Yourself,” which is co-hosted by former NFL players Marcellus Wiley and Emmanuel Acho, and “First Things First.”
“That’s always been my goal: To be in that role,” Taylor said on a live interview. “Everyone I’ve worked with at Fox has known that. I’ve felt really blessed to be able to work with the talents I’ve been able to work with. And have them believe in me, and advocate for me the way that they have, and give me the space to grow as a talent, especially in live network TV.”
— Joy Taylor (@JoyTaylorTalks) September 11, 2021
Taylor’s ascension in a male-dominated field is another watershed moment for women in the corporate arena. And a shattering blow to the proverbial sports media glass ceiling.