Oh Jams: The Plight of the Jam Machine - Part One

Spring 1992: Greensboro’s 102 Jams purchases a Jam Machine, an electronic device whose sole function was to play the opening stanza of Guy’s “Teddy’s Jam.” A starter pistol for call-in contests, or a plagiarized station ID by the godfather of New Jack Swing, the device was exceeding expectations until one day when the Jam Machine famously malfunctioned. The result: a seamless stream of “Jams Oh Jams Oh Jams Oh Jams.” Phone lines were jammed (pun intended), and explanations were withheld. Finally, after nearly 48 hours, the entire staff emerged on air to take calls from their bewildered audience. It went like this:

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The Plight of the Jam Machine - Part One

The Voice Gets a New Voice

If you’ve never tuned in to North Carolina’s A&T’s collegiate frequency, 90.1-WNAA, you are assuredly missing out on some of the state’s finest, commercial-free programming. The latest addition to the Voice’s rich roster is local legend, Busta Brown, who spent ten years at 102 Jamz before making a grown-and-sexy migration to 97.1 WQMG. Despite generating meaningful, socially constructive content and unifying generations of Triad listeners in the process, WQMG declined to renew Brown’s contract. Brown is now at 90.1 where he continues to host “An Afternoon Thang.” Advantages: He can play old school hip-hop and mention weed. Disadvantages: He is not getting paid for his services. “For me,” explains Brown, “doing the show here is not about the money—it’s about continuing to connect with my audience.” 
“The Afternoon Thing,” can be heard from 3-5pm, Monday-Thursday on 90.1-WNAA.


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