Daye was also an author, and Founder and President of several erstwhile awards, including the coveted Kizzy Award, which recognized women for their professional accomplishments and community service; the Success Awards, which recognized men for their distinguished accomplishments; and the Black Woman Hall of Fame Foundation, which recognized a long list of women luminaries with the Bethune Tubman Truth Award.
He was a radio personality at WVON radio (â€œStraight Talkâ€) in Chicago, a television talk show host on Star Planet Television Network, Cable Channel-25; and host of â€œStraight Talkâ€ on Rev. Harold Baileyâ€™s PCC Network. Daye discussed a myriad of issues on all his talk shows.
Through his various awards programs, Daye reached out to innumerable local and national â€œdignitariesâ€ – recipients of his awards.
CopyLineâ€™s Juanita Bratcher, Journalist, Author, Publisher, Poet & Songwriter, and a longtime friend of Daye, was a recipient of the Kizzy Award in May 1983.
Said Bratcher: â€œIâ€™m truly saddened by Jonâ€™s death. He will sorely be missed. His tireless commitment to many and his unselfish sharing of his time and knowledge with others will not be forgotten.”