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Clear Channel launching a comedy channel at 92.3 FM at noon Oct. 28

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Clear Channel has chosen to turn a limited translator signal at 92.3 FM into a comedy channel starting at noon today. I have no other details at the moment but it was last where news/talk WGST-AM had been until that turned into Hispanic sports talk earlier this month.

Here’s a memo being sent out:

Hi,
We are excited to announce a New Comedy Radio station in Atlanta on 92.3 FM. We will
launch at noon today. Let me know if you have any questions. Looking forward to helping you
laugh throughout your day! LOL

A press release later quotes the elusive Matt Scarano, the new head of Clear Channel Atlanta: (Hey Matt! I’d love to introduce myself to you. Please call me or email me at rho@ajc.com. As you and your administrative assistant know, I’ve been trying to reach you for the past six weeks.)

“24/7 Comedy will offer the Atlanta metro area a completely new listening experience. Everybody loves to laugh, and it’s great to be able to bring such a unique format to fruition.”

The station, which is a syndicated product airing on about a dozen stations nationwide, will feature classic bits from acts ranging from Jeff Foxworthy to George Carlin to Chris Rock to Louis C.K. to George Lopez.

The 92.3 signal is pretty weak and doesn’t reach much beyond the Perimeter. You can sample the national feed here online.

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41 comments Add your comment

ATL Radio Insider

October 29th, 2012
11:22 am

Rickster

October 29th, 2012
11:31 am

Wow. Putting a station on where no one can hear it.

Amazing.

Calling It Like It Is

October 29th, 2012
12:50 pm

Seriously??? How much of it is going to have to be edited so that they don’t break FCC rules? This ranks right up there with about the stupidest things they and Cumulus have done over the past few months. Next they will be going after The Fish…

This just goes to show how out of touch they are with the listeners. You can’t tell me the PPMs were used to make this justification. Maybe I’ll put up a translator in my back yard. It would have the same effect.

GSU Men's BB Fan

October 29th, 2012
1:13 pm

A

October 29th, 2012
1:17 pm

Boring. Bring back Dave FM!

OTP

October 29th, 2012
1:21 pm

yippee (sarcasm)

Deke

October 29th, 2012
1:23 pm

FM radio in Atlanta is a laughing stock now, so this is appropriate.

eddy

October 29th, 2012
1:26 pm

It has to be better than 929 The Game

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Ken

October 29th, 2012
2:23 pm

“Here you go, folks. We just shoved some crap into an FM station because we can.” – Clear Channel

Splavistic

October 29th, 2012
3:28 pm

Yeah, radio across the country is pretty much a joke. Even in San Fran, you can’t swing a dead hippie without hitting a radio station playing oldy moldy Southern rock.

Melissa

October 29th, 2012
3:55 pm

That memo seems like they had an idea at 9:30 this morning to create a comedy station, and launched it at noon. Sounds about right for Clear Channel.

The Kimmer Peterson

October 29th, 2012
4:23 pm

Didn’t they used to call that “The Kimmer Show”?

OhReally?

October 29th, 2012
4:57 pm

Apropos considering how much of a JOKE Atlanta radio is these days.

esa

October 29th, 2012
4:57 pm

I just get static at 92.3 but it is hysterically funny static.

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C

October 29th, 2012
6:49 pm

92.9 THE GAME is awesome! Finally some better perspective on Sports in Atlanta from a DIVERSE line-up. Thanks a million 92.9!

Ptc dawg

October 29th, 2012
10:52 pm

92.9 is unlistenable. I tried twice today….that was plenty.

LaShonda Jones

October 29th, 2012
11:35 pm

Can’t wait to hear the Vinny Bucci comedy hour on there

Greedy Kilowatt

October 30th, 2012
1:32 am

A translator @ 92.3…that ought to solve all their problems.

AX

October 30th, 2012
2:31 am

Radio sucks because anybody who can rub two nickels together has an iPod, CD player, or satellite radio. Who even listens to the radio anymore? WABE is good for news, but all the other channels are drek.

RaleighDawg

October 30th, 2012
3:28 am

No way this format lasts six months…

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brian j

October 30th, 2012
6:42 am

Bring back DaveFM!!!!!!!!

Steve

October 30th, 2012
7:10 am

I have a feeling a lot of people are going to constantly be reminded that they may be a redneck.

ExWKLS Employee

October 30th, 2012
7:39 am

Sirius XM have four or five comedy channels, playing to various audiences (clean comedy, raunchy, blue-collar, etc.) They are fun to listen to every once in a while, but not the kind of thing you play consistently. I can’t see this format lasting very long, especially with the weak signal. However, I imagine that Clear Channel doesn’t really care that much about how long it lasts. It seems that the methodology over there is “just find something to fill airspace in between commercial blocks.” Just reading that memo announcing the station is a pretty good indication of the amateurish nature of this endeavor.

The Frito Bandito

October 30th, 2012
8:01 am

We already have a joke of a radio station. Its called 790 The Zone.

levelhead

October 30th, 2012
8:27 am

Thanks again to the Jazz of the City 91.9. if you listen you could get hooked. No commericals

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BBro

October 30th, 2012
8:40 am

This country needs something to laugh about since the debt and the presidents office has become a joke. EBT card power…

Tro

October 30th, 2012
9:12 am

Thanks for coming 92.9FM..!! 790 the Zone and 680 the Fan you are fired!!

G-dub

October 30th, 2012
9:19 am

@levelhead…I could not have said it better, 91.9 is the spot. Great music with no commercials, no jokes just inspiration.

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TheLazyComic

October 30th, 2012
12:28 pm

Can we all use this outlet as an “open mic night” type of thing? I promise not to use the F-Bomb… (maybe).

FM Fats

October 30th, 2012
2:50 pm

I would listen to WCLK but I’m afraid that Jamal Ahmad will try to align my chakhras.

Phred

October 30th, 2012
10:43 pm

Does Matt Scarano know that Atlanta is where ClearChannel execs go to die?

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jim

October 30th, 2012
11:40 pm

Interestingly enough I work in Capital City Plaza, the location of Star 94, in the heart of Buckhead, and I still get just static on my radio on 92.3.

levelhead

October 31st, 2012
9:06 am

All day smooth music. WCLK 91.9 FM Believe it!.

Emanjr

October 31st, 2012
10:00 am

Bout time sports radio stepped “some what ” into the future!! Thanks 92.9fm, as far as those “back in time” static filled am jokes 790thezone & 680thefan goes……. GOODBYE!!!!