Legendary on-air radio personality Wash Allen has partnered with renowned publicist Judy Foston, international business negotiator, Michael McCall and investor Dr. John Stanford Jr. to create WJMJ global radio network LLC. The new radio station will allow Wash Allen to reprise his discontinued talk show confessions which aired for over 30 years on the KCOH radio station.
Formerly known as the oldest African American radio station in the state of Texas, KCOH was sold in November for $2.1 million to the La Promsea Foundation of Midland after the January 2012 death of KCOH’s longtime general manager and majority owner, Michael Petrizzo. When the station was converted from the 5,000-watt 1430 FM frequency to the now 1,000-watt 1230 AM frequency Wash Allen made the decision to leave the station for a new venture.
“People said, ‘I couldn’t leave because I had been there so long’ but now I know it was the perfect time,’ said Wash. “This is exciting to me. I used to beg to be somewhere. Now I make the choice of where I’m going to be.”
The WJMJ radio network will launch in August of 2013 and will feature radio shows hosted by actor, Leon Isaac Kennedy, Jazz band leader Kyle Scott Jackson and author and educator Dr. Margaret Ford Fisher to name a few. Wash will also still continue with his other ventures, including the annual fundraiser “Wash Allen’s Happy Feet” which is televised on KTRK (Channel 13) along with his popular pecan praline candy.