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 approximately about 3.5 years after that change. While not focused on dance music any longer, Q102 remained a fun, rhythmic-leaning Mainstream CHR outlet.
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.
By the late 80’s, it seemed that many CHRs in the United States began leaning towards either hairband or rhythmic music. Power 102 was an exception – as this aircheck suggests, the station was more of an AC/Classic Rock/CHR hybrid. According to Wikipedia, along with Robyn Watts (who contributed this aircheck), the station held the KPXR call letters from 1986 to 1994. However, the station did not adopt a CHR format until sometime in 1988. The station is now KDBZ “Oldies 102.1”.
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.
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.
“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!
According to Wikipedia, Power 102 debuted in September 1986, making it one of the longest-running Rhythmic CHRs in America. This is a sample of the station from the late 90’s, when the station was voiced by the late and great Brian James. This montage originated on a “mixtape” as opposed to a traditional aircheck, so from time to time, the station’s non-music elements (i.e. promos and personalities) are either missing or cut-off in mid-sentence. In addition, audio is heard only on the right channel/speaker – another shortcoming of the original recording.
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.
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.