What's your favorite radio station, past or present?
[…] I wonder, then, is
comedy programming still a niche format or is America ready to support
comedy all-the-time on traditional Radio outlets?
It was tried before on a smaller scale in the early 1980's. The first all-comedy Radio station in the nation was WJOK-AM, Washington, D.C.
I remember it vividly because I was offered a job there but turned it
down. A good friend of mine at the time, Mike Morin, was also wooed to
join up and did. WJOK-AM, Mike and the rest of the staff had a
short-lived and limited success but then the operation ceased to be.
The great comedy experiment was over.
One has to wonder why
it failed in a city the size of Washington. Was it ahead of its time?
Were people not ready for a comedy format? Was the comedy programming
presented the wrong mix? Was the station's signal not strong enough? I
don't know. It just didn't work. […]
About: Radio, "All Comedy Radio to Launch"
Nearly 25 years ago, the first all-comedy radio format started in the
D.C. area: WJOK 1160 AM. . It garnered national attention. After 10 PM,
they were allowed to transmit "adult" humor. However, the radio station
was handicapped by a very poor signal (1000 watts during the day, 500
watts at night), and eventually the station folded.
The station building was demolished to make room for townhouses. The
towers were cut down, but only to just below the treeline. The radio
station's owner was too cheap to keep the towers up and have to pay for
the electicity for the red collision-avoidance beacons, and he was too
cheap to completely take them down. So now they stand, chopped in half
and the only reminders of a very unique station. These towers still
stand adjacent to the Seneca Greenway Trail at Watkins Mill Road just
outside of Montgomery Village, Maryland.
saxman, MTBR.com Forums, "All Comedy Radio"
WMET is a radio station broadcasting on 1160 kHz in the mediumwave AM
band. The station moved from the 1150 kHz frequency in 2003. Its
transmitter is located in Gaithersburg, Maryland and it serves the Washington, D.C.
metropolitan area. WMET has a daytime transmitter power of 50,000 watts
but suffers from a low 1500 watt directional signal at night.
WMET has run through a variety of formats including an all-comedy format as WJOK in 1983. […]
Never woulda heard his stuff if it hadn't been for the Sunday evening programming ("Dr. Demento") on D.C.'s late, long-lamented WJOK-AM. ("On the Monday after the 1983 Superbowl, Bob Cobbins put 1150 back on
the air as WJOK with an all comedy format. Great idea, wrong station.
After losing money for a couple years, Cobbins sold the station to Jim
Swartz, who also owned an AM in Belair, MD.")
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