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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.  

KPXR (Power 102) – Anchorage, AK – 8/8/88 – Jason Hall

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”.  

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!

KPRR (Power 102) – El Paso, TX – 1998 – The Candyman (and other personalities)

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.

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.

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