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