102.1 WIOQ – Q102

WIOQ (Q102) – Philadelphia – June 1996 – Chio (Part 2 of 2)

This is a sample of WIOQ during its Dance-leaning CHR days in the mid to late 90’s.  The station was a favorite among U.S. dance radio enthusiasts (such as yours truly) at this time. NOTE: The first half of this aircheck can be found HERE.  

WIOQ (Q102) – Philadelphia – June 1996 – Chio (Part 1 of 2)

This is a sample of WIOQ during its Dance-leaning CHR days in the mid to late 90’s.  The station was a favorite among U.S. dance radio enthusiasts (such as yours truly) at this time. NOTE: The second half of this aircheck can be found HERE.

WIOQ (Q102) – Philadelphia – 2/26/97 – Billy Hammond

“Q102, The Beat of Philadelphia” (102.1 WIOQ) on a Wednesday night during its Dance-leaning CHR days in the mid to late 90’s.  The station was a favorite among U.S. dance radio enthusiasts (such as yours truly) at this time. As a side note, while I loved the format, I wasn’t a fan of the station’s production values at this time. It just seems like they were trying too hard to make the station sound “hip”, for lack of a better term.  Just the humble opinion of your Webmaster!

WIOQ (Q102) – Philadelphia – 9/25/01 – Fernando

For a period in the 1990’s, Philadelphia’s Q102 offered a (perhaps surprisingly) dance music-friendly CHR format, making it a favorite among dance radio enthusiasts. However, the station took on a more conventional CHR approach by 1998. This is a sample of the station about 3.5 years after that change. The station flashed back to its roots over the lunch hour – this aircheck includes samples of the “12 Noon Workout”.  

WIOQ (Q102) – Philadelphia – 1/27 & 1/29/98 – Jay Towers, Donna Storm, Bartel

Recorded during the final week of January 1998, this is a sample of Q102, recorded on two different days, during two different segments of programming: Lunchtime mixshow programming (70’s/80’s classic dance) (first half of aircheck) Regular programming (second half of aircheck) The station’s regular format was in its final days of being Dance-leaning Mainstream CHR. The station moved into a more conventional Mainstream Top 40 direction as 1998 progressed. At this time, in my opinion, the station offered outstanding production values – much improved over what was heard about a year earlier. During the second half of the aircheck, the on-air personality (Bartel) mentions the upcoming “98 CAU FM Reunion Weekend“, which would be taking place the upcoming weekend.

WIOQ (Q102) – Philadelphia – 1/30/98 – Bartel

Recorded on a Friday night nearly 17 years ago, this is a sample of Q102 during primarily Friday night mixshow programming. Heard towards the end is a sample of the station’s regular format, which was in its final days of being Dance-leaning Mainstream CHR. The station moved into a more conventional Mainstream Top 40 direction as 1998 progressed. At this time, in my opinion, the station offered outstanding production values – much improved over what was heard about a year earlier. The host (Bartel) makes frequent reference to the “98 CAU FM Reunion Weekend“, which was taking place on the station outside of these mixshow hours.

WIOQ (Q102) – Philadelphia – 10/28/97 – Billy Hammond

Recorded 17 years ago today, this is a montage of Q102 near the end of its era as a Dance-leaning Mainstream CHR  – a rare format then (and now) for most U.S. commercial stations. The station moved into a more conventional Mainstream CHR direction at the start of 1998. At this time, in my opinion, the station offered outstanding production values – much improved over what was heard earlier in 1997.

WIOQ (Q102) – Philadelphia – Aug. ’99 – Chris Marino

 This is a sample of Philadelphia’s longtime CHR, recorded 15 years ago this month. In early 1998, after several years with a pronounced Rhythmic lean, Q102 began moving in a more Mainstream direction. As heard on this aircheck, that transition was essentially complete a year and a half later, although the station did seemingly throw in a Dance/Rhythmic classic from its past life, perhaps once or twice an hour.  

WIOQ (Q102) – Philadelphia – 1/30/98 (98 WCAU-FM Hot Hits Reunion Weekend)

In January 1998 (starting 16 years ago this weekend), WIOQ dedicated an entire weekend of programming to one of its market’s predecessors  in the CHR format: the legendary 98 WCAU-FM. This “Hot Hits Reunion Weekend” featured several of WCAU’s top personalities sharing memories of their time at the station, with early-to-mid 80’s music to match.

WIOQ (Q102) – Philadelphia – 12/2/97 – Joe Mama

Recorded 16 years ago, this is a montage of Q102 during its final days with a Dance-leaning Mainstream CHR format – a relative rarity then (and now) for most U.S. commercial stations. The station moved into a more conventional Mainstream CHR direction at the start of 1998. At this time, in my opinion, the station offered outstanding production values – much improved over what was heard earlier in 1997.

WIOQ (Q102) – Philadelphia – 11/19/98 – Terry Young

This is a sample of Philadelphia’s longtime CHR, hosted by one of my favorite personalities of all time — Terry “Motormouth” Young (who was most famous in the market for his time at Hot Hits! 98 WCAU in the early 1980’s.) In early 1998, after several years with a pronounced Rhythmic lean, Q102 moved in a more Mainstream direction. However, as heard on this aircheck, the station still had quite a few few dance selections (mostly recurrents/classics) in rotation at this time.  

WIOQ (Q102) – Philadelphia – Jan. 1998 – Terry Young

This is a sample of legendary Philadelphia jock Terry Young during his days at Rhythmic CHR WIOQ (Q102) in the late 90’s. (The January 1998 date mentioned in the title is an educated guess.)  Young is most famous in the market for his time at Hot Hits! 98 WCAU-FM in the early 1980’s. Additional Terry Young airchecks can be found here.

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