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Another legacy radio station said goodbye as hot AC “Mix 107.3” WRQX Washington, DC signed off at 7pm Friday (May 31). Longtime morning fixture Jack Diamond was joined by numerous guests, former co-workers and show members during the final “Jack Diamond Morning Show.”

“Today we hope to spend the day celebrating the legacy of 107.3 in Washington, DC as a contemporary radio station that actually began many, many years ago as WMAL-FM,” Diamond said as he opened the morning broadcast.

Diamond, who has been with the station for most of its 30-year history as a hot AC outlet, was joined early in the Friday show by members of the station’s predecessor, CHR “Q107.” Barbara Britt, Diamond’s first co-host at the station was the first guest and arrived with swag from past incarnations of the station. Rick Fowler, who did the last airshift at “Q107” and served as MD and Marketing Director for the stations and eventually news/talk sister WMAL, was next, followed by a visit from former “Q107” morning men Dude Walker and Doug Limerick.

Another former station morning duo, Jim Elliot and Scott Woodside, called in while former afternoon host Lou Katz, who went on to compete directly with Diamond as longtime morning man at iHeartMedia crosstown AC WASH-FM, paid an in-studio visit. Diamond and Katz recounted their friendship, having known each other since they were 16 years old. “One of my dearest and longest friends,” Diamond said during the program.

Friday’s morning show was peppered with archived sweepers and jingles, as Diamond, co-hosts Jimmy Alexander, Erica Hilary and Producer Blaire welcomed in-studio guests and phone calls from film critic Cecily Knobler, former Washington Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann and comedian Bob Marley.

The morning broadcast, which was streamed on Facebook Live, continued with studio visits from former show members, including “Phone Girl Layla” and former JDMS Executive Producer Jeff Shamrock. The two met at the station, and have since married and now have a baby girl. “Bilingual Aly” [Aly Jacobs], who went on to co-host mornings and middays at iHeartMedia WMZQ after leaving “Mix 107.3,” told Diamond, “You really gave me a chance and I appreciate it. You really changed my life.” Current WASH-FM morning co-host Chili Amar brought a bottle a bottle of Dom Perignon for her visit and recounted the years she spent at “Mix 107.3,” as a member of the morning show and eventually co-hosting afternoons. Amar also had words of gratitude for Diamond. “There is no way that I would have accomplished what I have accomplished if I hadn’t started and learned from the best,” she said.

During an interview with a local TV station, Diamond said, “The Jack Diamond Morning Show in one form or another will go on. I’ve done this since I was 16. It’s in my blood. I think in the next couple of days we will be able to announce what we are doing.”

Friday was also the final day of broadcasting for WPLJ New York as Todd & Jayde, Melony Torres and Race Taylor took calls and shared memories following a historic “Reunion Day” on Thursday.

Educational Media Foundation is purchasing WPLJ, WRQX, “Talk 106.7” WYAY Atlanta, “K-Fog” KFFG (97.7) San Jose (which simulcasts KFOG San Francisco), hot AC “102.1 The Sound” WZAT Savannah and classic rock “The Rebel 105.9” WXTL Syracuse from Cumulus media for $103.5 million. As earlier reported by Inside Radio, “The Rebel” will continue as an online-only streaming station at TheRebelRocks.com.

WYAY was also in sign-off mode Friday, with host Shannon Burke saying, “It’s rare anybody in radio gets a chance to say goodbye. Thank you Cumulus for letting us stay as we did. They didn’t have to do that.” The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that Burke closed the show saying, “You’ve been a great audience, a loyal audience. I had a great time.” WYAY is having a farewell party tonight in in Alpharetta, with 1,200 people expected to attend.—Jay Gleason