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'Love Your Show Babe:' Jack Diamond Exits MIX 107.3 FM

After 20 years on WRQX, the station pulls the plug on popular morning radio program.

For those who listen to Mix-107.3 FM, "Love your show babe," was the signature sign-off for morning show host Jack Diamond and it was also how listeners signed off when calling in to the show.

Loyal listeners may have noticed that Diamond was missing in the mornings the past two weeks, replaced temporarily by various hosts. But Diamond's not on vacation — he's off the station for good, according to the station.

Two weeks ago, the Washington DC radio station WRQX-FM, owned by Cumulus Media, deleted all references to the popular longtime radio host on its Web site and loyal listeners unknowingly heard the last morning show by Diamond after 22 years on the radio station. 

Will you listen to the new syndicated show taking its place? Take our poll.

"The Jack Diamond Morning Show" featured Diamond at the helm, running a show that included phone calls from listeners, sidekicks, traffic, news, Hollywood gossip, contests and Diamond often talking about his wife and children.

Diamond got his start in radio right out of high school at WINX, a Top 40 station in Rockville, now airing Spanish music as WLXE; he did a stint for two years in Fairfax at then-station WEEL, now WDCT, which now airs a Korean religious format.

After news about the show's demise on 107.3 began to leak out on April 26, the tweets came pouring in:

"Proud to call @JackDiamond a friend, and sorry the @JackDiamondShow is no more - A DC radio institution that lasted more than most shows."

"@jackdiamond Thanks for making mornings bearable. Please keep us updated on where you go next so we can tune in."

"@MIX1073 so sad not to turn on @JackDiamond - have to find new station."

"@MIX1073 Shame on you for turning on @JackDiamond. Listening to your station update sounds like you are going from class to trash. No Thanks"

"@JackDiamond I just found out that I lost the best part of my morning commute. Love your show babe!"

"@JackDiamond what happened? I can't handle my morning school drop off without you!"

On the Monday after his last show, the radio station issued a news release about the end of the show. Diamond is quoted in the release saying:

"Thank you to all who have listened to and participated on my show for the past 24 years! It has been an amazing privilege and honor to have spent over two decades back in my hometown. In every performer's career, there comes a time when a new stage or fresh piece of canvas with a new palette of colors calls your name. That time has come for me. I am very excited about the future! I'm also excited to see one of my protégés and partners, Bert Weiss, continue what I started here given Bert joined me on a couple occasions over those 24 years," Diamond said.

A new program featuring Weiss begins airing Thursday.

Dale Tavenner May 24, 2013 at 05:22 AM
I have listened to JD for 20+ years. He is a DC Metro area institution. He is from here and loves this town. That is why everyone enjoyed his show so much - he was one of us. I am so mad about how this was mishandled that I will never listen to Mix 107.3 again. The Bert show's immature garbage sounds like it would appeal to teenagers, and since they are in school in the am I presume that the new show will have no listeners. Let us know where you go JD, and we will follow. In the meantime, I will be listening to Chilli.
Danielle Thomas May 24, 2013 at 04:19 PM
I may not be a customer, but I am cerainly not the product. I am gone and won't be back. Huge mistake taking Diamond off and putting on Bert. I don't need sex talk and advice at 7:30 in the morning with my kids in the kitchen with me.
Jaz8 May 25, 2013 at 02:28 AM
I am so disappointed to hear that The Jack Diamond Show is no longer on 107.3. And I think it was very poor judgment of the station management to let JD and his great crew leave without a word to loyal listeners. I will not be listening to 107.3 anymore.
David Jamieson May 25, 2013 at 06:12 PM
Shame on you, MIX 107.3 You're not listening to your listeners. You've lost me not only during morning drive time, but for the rest of the day as well. If I wanted to listen to Atlanta-based entertainment, I'd move there.
Magda May 26, 2013 at 12:52 AM
New show is garbage. I used to get up an hour early just to listen to the Jack Diamond Morning Show at 5:40am every morning. Now, I have no reason to listen to MIX at ALL. Done. Wherever Jack Diamond goes is where my dial will go. MIX sucks.
Jennifer Beard May 26, 2013 at 04:06 PM
For days I searched and thought I was losing my mind that I couldn't find my favorite radio station until I researched and learned the bad news. The replacement show was poor taste and kept me searching. If anyone finds out where Jack lands, please let us all know because we are all without our morning friend!
Thomas Morgan May 27, 2013 at 04:57 PM
What actually happened?
diane May 28, 2013 at 03:30 PM
Whoever decided on this new programming is crazy. I got worried when they put this MARCO guy on in the afternoon instead of Carson. I listened to his show for a few days then promptly changed my afternoon routine and started listening to another station for my drive home! Now, I agree, this Bert show is inappropriate for morning radio - especially when people are driving children to school. I went to look up who to email about programming on the station and it was MARCO - who i guess decided he needed to put HIMSELF on the radio - as far as I'm concerned 107.3's downfall started with MARCO in the afternoon and has just continuted with removing Jack in the morning. I totally agree with the other post - I removed 107.3 as one of my presets. I will NO LONGER listen - any time.
chris pucciarelli May 29, 2013 at 01:05 PM
I only hope Jack Diamond gets a job with another radio station in the DC area. That station will no doubt bring in a whole lot of listeners. Jack Diamond is part of D.C like the monuments. All the stations play the same music. It is Jack Diamond who made me turn in to listen in the mornings. Thank you to Jack Diamond for getting me through the mornings. Please stay in the area at another station.
meg May 30, 2013 at 10:47 AM
I wish I could say I can't believe they would do this: sending off a great man and a great team without a word to the listeners. I'm 17, and even though I can't say I've been with him from the beginning I've listened to him on the 45 minute bus ride every day on my way to school for the past 2 years. One day I came on and my bus driver was crying her eyes out. After I got to school 45 minutes later I knew why. Now, I don't listen to jack and the crew all the time so I thought maybe there was some announcement while I was at school that I missed. Was jack maybe on a very long vacation? I suppose that's a word for it, but today I was listening to this new guy and I got fed up with it. I said "I'm done. Where's Jack" and looked it up on my phone. After 10 minutes of reading angry comment after angry comment I was close to crying myself. And so here I am, figuring I might as well get my word in too. Loved your show babe!!! You will be missed.
Barbara Williams May 30, 2013 at 05:39 PM
Loved your show Babe!! Will miss you and your partners, i.e., Ally, Jimmy, etc. Every morning during my daily morning commute to DC, I tuned into your show, thoroughly enjoyed listening, hearing all about Connor, Lisa, and your girls. Will definitely miss Jack Diamond In the Morning. As I read your Goodbye Statement, it became clear to me that your attitude is positively amazing! Wishing you whatever makes you happy. Loved your Show Babe =)!
Jenn G June 01, 2013 at 03:25 AM
I have never ever cared about a DJ until I started listening to Jack. I loved his voice--there was something about listening to him that made me smile and feel optimistic about the day ahead. I've listened to him for the past 11 years, and I feel like I've lost a friend. I have taken 107.3 off my preset and hope the ratings show the station what a HUGE mistake it was to let him go--especially with no notice and no farewell.
Mix isn't in the mix June 01, 2013 at 04:13 AM
Jack Diamond, we miss you.
Mark June 02, 2013 at 01:31 AM
Gone, good riddance!! Long overdue. There was something entirely too creepy about Jimmy....I don't know what it was, but something was strange. Give Aly a show, seriously?? Why?? All she ever did was whine, "me, me me... Oh woe is me..." And there was nothing, I mean nothing couture about her!! She's a spoiled, loud mouth, daddy's girl who lives off her dads credit cards (she has talked about this on the air) who hastens herself as some sort of DC socialite, bell of the ball career girl. Give me a break, she was a spoiled brat. Hillary - absolutely not! Hillary was a psychiatrists dream patient! She was a neurotic, obsessive compulsive, self loathing mess of a person. She once discussed, on air mind you, how she has a "back up husband" in case her current one didn't work out. Then went on to describe him in great detail, career and all....this was a real person in her and her husbands circle of friends. Jack and team were totally speechless at Hillary basically setting the stage for her own divorce, on air, which eventually happened to her. The whole gaggle of people on the Jack Diamond Morning show was a train wreck. At least Chile had the foresight to see what a mess this was and remove herself from the awfulness.
Cynthia Stillman June 02, 2013 at 06:19 PM
Mix 107.3 - YOU HAVE MADE A B I G M I S T A K E - H U G E!! You replaced Jack Diamond with none other than Bert, who sounds like Bert from Sesame Street! I moved to Maryland from New Jersey and the ONLY station that I loved and could compare to the fabulous New Jersey (101.5)and Philadelphia (98.1) stations was Mix 107.3. I loved Jack's voice, outlook on life, sincerity, love of family. So, now you replaced him with an idiot who discusses "dreams of breasts" and other stupid topics. The girl who is on with him (don't know her name & don't care to) - cannot & never will compare to Brook and Aly. The Bert show is definitely a losing show and hopefully it will fail and maybe by some miracle Jack will find his way back to a new show. Perhaps you should contact the right people in New York, New Jersey and Philadelphia to learn about "real radio shows and what people love to hear".
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Monica Lawrence June 04, 2013 at 09:19 PM
I miss Jack Diamond he was funny, personable and had good show. If he was ever going to talk about something that might be sensitive to children he would announce it so the station could be turned down if needed. I don't like Bert or his team nearly as much and at times have felt some of the discussions were inappropriate when taking my 3 year old to school. Don't think I will listen to the Bert show as I think Mix did Jack Diamond and his team wrong.
Donna Brannan June 06, 2013 at 05:01 PM
Love the new station! I'm a 50+ listener and was unable to stomach Jack Diamond and his phoney fake personality. Listened to Fresh FM, love Tommy McFly and Kelly Collis but got tired of listening to the same 10 songs over and over and over. I loved the topics they discussed and wished for more talk and less musich as they helped make my commute enjoyable. When I heard Berts voice I knew it from the old days of Q107. I quit listening when he left. If you like adult humor and situations, they will crack you up. I agree its not for childrens ears on some occasions but if you want a good laugh, give them a try.
Stan Berryman June 07, 2013 at 05:22 PM
99.5 (DC) or 104.3 (Balmore) for the Kane Show if you're younger or young at heart. Otherwise, good luck in finding something other than the boring Bert Show that's on 107.3 now. Another example of corporate out of touchness.
CATHY PERRY June 13, 2013 at 12:37 AM
I totally agree with every comment here. I WILL NOT be listening to MIX 107.3 any more. What I heard was immature and stupid. I had been listening to Jack and his gang every morning on my way to work for 20+ years. This is so disappointing.
Michael P. Burke June 13, 2013 at 07:57 AM
Rumor has it, if you follow him on facebook, he might be staging a comback! He hasn't really released any information yet, but he did elude to it!
Liz Speier Votaw June 18, 2013 at 11:19 AM
Like others above, I had listened to the JD show for many years and find the new show irritating and immature. But what I am really mad about is that the nation's capital is borrowing an Atlanta morning crew...do we really think that the listening audience in DC is interested in same type as the people in Atlanta. I didn't realize that they had not only fired JD and his crew, but syndicated the Bert Show - I was ready to give the Bert Show a chance thinking they moved here and were trying to establish themselves in a new market - how wrong I was when I heard them give away Braves tickets as a reward to a caller! Why do I want to hear about Braves games when I am a Nats fan! I was already missing Jack but now I am just disgusted that an Atlanta DJ is being billed as a DC morning show. I am done with the Bert Show - I will listen to 103.7 in the afternoon only..
Gina Simone June 19, 2013 at 09:40 PM
I agree, I'll no longer tune in- JD was the right mix in the AM, sorry they are now catering to kids- not my style of listening- don't think the Juvenal humor will work when the kids go back to school- We'll miss you babe!
Marilynn Wohlrab June 24, 2013 at 12:32 PM
I had been traveling and was in the car and went to 107.3 to listen to Jack and some person named Bert was on. There is no charm.. heck there is nothing. It was boring. WRQX just lost another listener. JD and friends were a staple in this area and was my primary station for the entire time he was on. They made a huge mistake. I am hoping he gets another gig real soon and he will have his team. I will just have to stream him to listen. You will be missed in this area. Love your show babe.
Arthur Radley June 28, 2013 at 09:00 AM
Good riddance. Diamond and his lame sidekicks were the worst. Show was directed at stay at home moms with dim witted humor and idiotic stories.
Patty Rappaport July 30, 2013 at 09:50 PM
Very disappointing! Not discussing anything worthwhile on the new show. And I agree...I'd think Washington DC could find a crew in our own neighborhood with concerns relevant to our part of the country. Bad decision.
Leonard Draheim August 06, 2013 at 06:33 AM
I listened to Jack for 13 years. And now have tried to give the Bert show a chance. But I am finding it very repetitive. They lay the same people they are giving advice to over and over again. It's Tuesday and I have heard about this girl who quit her job so she could date a fellow employee several times already. I want Jack back. He was real! This virtual show from another city is not the way to go.
Kat Hebert August 09, 2013 at 08:06 AM
I am so upset to hear that you took Jack Diamond off the air. He really made my morning drive fun. I tuned into the new show but thought I was listening to some high school/college radio program. Did not like it at all. Will not return to your station unless you bring Jack back. I am taking your station off of my favorite list. Bad decision on your part.

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