Infobox Radio Station
name = WJOK-AM
Green Bay, Wisconsin
branding = "Relevant Radio"
frequency = 1050 kHz AM
power = 1000 watts daytime
500 watts nighttime
class = B
callsign_meaning = Jesus Our King (also for the former all-sports "Jock" format)
former_callsigns = WKAU-AM (pre-1984)
website = [http://www.relevantradio.com/NETCOMMUNITY/Page.aspx?&pid=475&srcid=204 wjok.relevantradio.com]
WJOK (1050 AM) is a
radio stationlicensed to Kaukauna, Wisconsinand serving the Green Bay and Fox Citiesareas of Wisconsin. The station is owned and operated by Green Bay-based Starboard Broadcastingand is part of Starboard's Relevant RadioChristian network.
The station originally signed on as
WKAU-AMin a Top 40format. In 1984, the station was sold to Quinn Martin of Milwaukee who changed the call letters to his initials, WQWM-AM, and made it an oldiesmusic format. The station changed hands again in 1993 to a new ownership who changed the calls to WSGC and the format to "Positive Country" music. Another sale in 1999 resulted in the station becoming all-sports "1050 The Jock, WJOK," which carried programming from the national Sports Fan Radio Network as well as local broadcasts of Wisconsin Timber Rattlersbaseball. WJOK was purchased by Starboard Broadcastingin 2000, and the station joined Starboard's Relevant Radionetwork on November 26 of that year.
WJOK was also the call sign of a small radio station in Gaithersburg, MD in the early 1980s broadcasting on 1160 AM frequency. Unique at the time for having been the first radio station to broadcast comedy routines from comedy albums recorded by Bob Newhart, Bill Cosby, Eddie Murphy and older radio programs such as "The Great Gildersleeve" and "Baby Snooks". Lesser known, older artists were also aired such as Shelley Berman, Henny Youngam, Hudson and Landry and the Duck's Breath Mystery Theater. Music by "Weird Al" Yankovick was commonly played.
The disk jockeys of WJOK would provide patter in between selections and play interactive radio games with the audience for prizes such as tickets to comedy shows at comedy clubs in Washington DC such as the Comedy Cafe and Garvin's, a comedy club chain with 3 branches at its height.DJ's included Brad Krantz, "Uncle Walt", and Eddie Katz.
Some recurrent listeners (notably redneck "Jee-im (Jim) from Poolesville") were integrated into some games.
WJOK went off the air due to insufficient growth in ratings. A very weak signal (1000 watts during the day, 500 watts at night), was partially to blame and no other format lasted longer before the station was permanently shuttered.
WJOK began broadcast before comedy cable TV stations such as HA! went on the air, followed by the successful establishment of Comedy Central.
* [http://www.relevantradio.com/NETCOMMUNITY/Page.aspx?&pid=475&srcid=204 WJOK website]
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