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

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A true jem of music journalism.

“Don’t Shoot it!”

Posted by Joshua Dunn  on  11/04  at  03:00 PM

Brings to mind the immortal words of People’s Choice: “Jam Jam Jam All Night Long.” 

Awesome post Jon, eagerly awaiting the conclusion of the drama.

Posted by Monk Uno  on  11/04  at  04:27 PM

Kirby, Josh told me about this, and it exceeds my wildest expectations. Cooljams, CVP

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  11/05  at  11:27 AM

oh yeah, i remember this completely.  the halls of my high school were full of confusion about this, glad ya’ll saw fit to get the scoop!

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  11/29  at  10:31 AM
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