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|Broadcast area||Green Bay-Appleton-Oshkosh|
|Frequency||1050 kHz AM|
|First air date||September 25, 1965|
|Power||1000 watts daytime
500 watts nighttime
|Callsign meaning||Jesus Our King (backronymed calls; formerly stood for "Jock" for last commercial sports format)|
|Former callsigns||WKAU-AM (1960s-1984)
(Starboard Media Foundation, Inc.)
WJOK (1050 AM) is a Roman Catholic Christian formatted radio station licensed to Kaukauna, Wisconsin, that serves the Green Bay and Appleton-Oshkosh areas. The station is owned by Green Bay-based Starboard Broadcasting and airs Starboard's Relevant Radio network.
The station originally signed on as WKAU-AM in a Top 40 format. 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 oldies music 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 Rattlers baseball. WJOK was purchased by Starboard Broadcasting in 2000, and the station joined Starboard's Relevant Radio network on November 26 of that year.
WJOK was also the call sign of a small radio station in Gaithersburg, Maryland, in the early 1980s, broadcasting on the 1150 AM frequency. It was 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 Youngman, Hudson & Landry and the Duck's Breath Mystery Theater. Music by "Weird Al" Yankovic was commonly played.
The disc jockeys of WJOK provided patter in between selections and played interactive radio games with the audience for prizes such as tickets to comedy shows at comedy clubs in Washington, DC, including the Comedy Cafe and Garvin's, a comedy club chain with three branches at its height.
DJs included Brad Krantz, "Uncle Walt", Evan Haining weekdays, 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 closed.
WJOK began broadcast before comedy cable TV stations such as HA! went on the air, followed by the successful establishment of Comedy Central.
- WJOK website
- Query the FCC's AM station database for WJOK
- Radio-Locator Information on WJOK
- Query Nielsen Audio's AM station database for WJOK
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