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'Jack Diamond Show' Fans: Furious, Frustrated Over 107.3 Change

Replacement program, syndicated 'The Bert Show,' set to debut Thursday live in DC.

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,

Read: "Love Your Show Babe," and POLL: Will you tune in to new show?

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.

Karen Duncan May 16, 2013 at 12:37 PM
It is difficult to watch a part of your life for the last 24 years crash and burn. Sad that management did not see its listeners as worthy of any input. Jack Diamond and HIS audience have been stomped. Learn Lesson from JCPenney, sometimes things are better left the way WE want it.
Ray May 17, 2013 at 12:14 PM
You lost a loyal listener
Jennifer Green May 30, 2013 at 11:55 AM
It was time for a change. I don't know all the details, as most of us do not, but a new voice of DC was needed. Unfortunately after "24 years" the popularity appeared to have gone to Jacks head and that came through vocally on the show. Interested in listening to what the new show has to offer...maybe they'll even play music versus listening to themselves talk the entire time.
trish May 30, 2013 at 02:53 PM
I disagree with the above comment. There may be a few who agree that it was time for a change, I, however am not one of them. I will never listen to that radio station again. I think it's terrible what they did to Jack Diamond and he will be missed. I have listened to him since I was 19. I am now 42. I am thoroughly disgusted.
sandpiper May 31, 2013 at 10:50 AM
I'm totally okay with change, and I think that Jack Diamond left a lot to be desired. But The Bert Show is *terrible.* they aren't funny, they aren't interesting, they're not cool - a very disappointing show overall. And unfortunately, they don't play any more music than Diamond did.
AngTeach June 04, 2013 at 12:21 PM
I dislike the new show immensely. A community needs local voices. It's really too bad that MIX chose these guys. They're pretty boring and some of their comments are extremely vulgar.
Jodi June 04, 2013 at 04:49 PM
Jack Diamond Morning Show was a constant in my life and when my daughter was in the car with me I didn't have to worry that she was hearing anything inappropriate. How sad that 107.3 kicks aside a popular and much loved radio host only to replace him with a vulgar display that merely suggests to the fans that their opinions don't matter.
Donna Brannan June 06, 2013 at 05:08 PM
AMEN! Agree Jennifer. We are the few on this page that agrees that Jack needed to move on. I couldnt stomach to listen to his phoney fake attitude. So glad hes gone. I wish him well but it was time to go I loved Jimmy Alexander and Chili Amar but unfortunatley you had to listen to his lifes stories about his wife, kids and band. It was time for something fresh and funny. I enjoy the talk, its allot of funny stuff and they play music also. I was tired of the 10 same songs over and over. At least the new Bert show throws in some funny conversation. Have a Great Day Jennifer!!
Donna Brannan June 06, 2013 at 05:09 PM
Glad its over and Jack was forced to move on. I love the new show, Bert and his team.
Eleanor Roby June 06, 2013 at 07:11 PM
Elly I was a bus driver for many years, and listened to Jack on the bus every morning. When Bert was on there, I was glad when he left. I never liked Bert. I liked Jack, Stacey Binn's Ode story's. When she left, it left a void. Now Jack has been pushed out. What a big mistake. Chilli on another station. My word. Bert is a worm! The program will go to nothing. A lot of us will not listen anymore. Where did they kick Jimmy? Things change and nothing stays the same, but come on, 24 years must stand for something. Couldn't you wait until it was 25? What a gip! ELLY

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