Yanking "The Jack Diamond Morning Show," a beloved 24-year institution in the Washington, D.C. area, off the air has unleashed a firestorm of commentary from distraught fans of the program.
In addition to more than 100 comments on Patch,
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and more than 1,000 comments in one day on Diamond's Facebook page show listener frustration about the move at the station, owned by Atlanta-based Cumulus.
A sampling of the comments:
Stephanie wrote: "I was shocked to not hear you on the radio. I have loved your show and looked forward to it each morning. Very sad that you are not on the air anymore. Not so in love with the new show that replaced you."
Jessica wrote: "I really, really hope your show comes back in the mornings. Whatever station - I will be listening!! My DC commute got very despressing - each morning I get in my car and say "oh right ugh" it's a terrible feeling."
WRQX-FM has been airing excerpts from "The Bert Show," this week, warming up the DC audience for the real thing starting Thursday morning. Host Bert Weiss, a former sidekick of Jack Diamond's, is joined on the program by Jeff Dauler, Kristin Klingshirn and Tracey Kinney, according to the show's Web site.
The outrage in the DC area over pulling "The Jack Diamond Show" has filled Facebook and Twitter this week as MIX 107.3 FM attempts to debut the syndicated replacement program out of Atlanta, which will debut live from DC Thursday and Friday morning.
"The Bert Show" hosts will be in DC Thursday morning for the debut of the program, according to a tweet from "The Bert Show" program Wednesday, which says: "We're SO excited to be on @Mix1073 in the mornings! The crew will be live in studio tomorrow & Friday! :)"
Meanwhile, Diamond looks to be out of the country during the debut of the program taking over his former slot, according to a tweet from Diamond: "I'm in London @HeathrowAirport," early Wednesday morning.
Diamond himself discussed his show in a post on his Facebook wall Tuesday that saw more than 1,000 comments. An excerpt:
"The most daring or shocking show? No. That was never our goal. The best show FOR Washington, DC FROM Washington, DC? Yes! I turned down "Syndication" many times. We are Washingtonians! Every city needs local personalities talking 100% about local issues, needs, events, etc."
There's been no official word this week from the station about the frustration expressed by listeners.