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WSNI 104.5 – Philadelphia – Oct ’86 – Chris Guetta, Paul Michael Tyler

Recorded 29 years ago this month, this is a sample of 104.5 FM in Philadelphia during its first incarnation as Adult Contemporary-formatted WSNI. Quoting from Wikipedia: “On January 1, 1980, WSNI became known as “Sunny 104” at first, then later “Sunny 104 1/2,” and eventually “Sunny 104.5,” a name which was reused later on in the station’s history. “Sunny” dumped easy listening in favor of an Adult Contemporary format playing the Top 40 hits of the 1960s, Top 40/Adult contemporary crossovers of the 1970s, and the Adult Contemporary hits of the 1980s up to and including then-current product.” NOTE: On this aircheck, the station refers to itself as “104.5 WSNI” more often than “Sunny” or “Sunny 10...

WCAU 98.1 (98 CAU-FM) – Philadelphia – Oct ’86 – Glenn Kalina

Recorded 29 years ago this month, this is a brief sample of Philadelphia’s successful CHR from the early and mid-80’s, hosted by one of the market’s longtime on-air personalities, Glenn Kalina. For more information on the history of the station, listen to the WCAU reunion weekend hosted by CHR WIOQ (Q102) in January 1998.

WTNX (Mix 96) – Sharpville, PA/Youngstown, OH – July 1999

Recorded 16 years ago this month, this is a montage of WTNX during its days as a Modern AC. The station now has the call letters WAKZ with a CHR format, calling itself “95.9 Kiss-FM”.

98.5 WKRZ – Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton, PA – 5/28/98 – Bobby Knight

With some programming elements that would sound more likely to be heard in the late 1980’s, WKRZ Wilkes-Barre in 1998 was a throwback to a simpler time. The evening show with “Bobby Knight” was phone heavy with a playlist heavy on Pop-Alternative like Paula Cole and Semisonic and long lost teen pop artists like Five and Soap. Bobby Knight would later go on to have a run in afternoons at KIOI San Francisco under the name Danny Mitchell before returning to PA to have programming roles at WLEV/WCTO Allentown and WWYW/WZSR Suburban Chicago before leaving the industry.  

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.

WPRR (100.1) – Altoona/State College, PA – 11/14/99 – Bob McCarty

“The only station the whole family can agree upon” Recorded 15 years ago today, this is a sample of a longtime CHR serving small market Pennsylvania, voiced by the late and great Brian James. According to Wikipedia, the station first adopted a Top-40 format in 1986.  In 2005, it rebranded itself as “Hot 100” with the WWOT calls.

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.

WCHX (Chx 105) – Lewistown, PA – 12/22 & 12/23/98 (Classic Rock/CHR hybrid!)

The logo above says it all. In the late 1990’s, WCHX was a unique station that combined Classic Rock with CHR/Top 40 hits. It also featured enjoyable jingles that sounded somewhat out of place for either of those formats. This aircheck was recorded 15 years ago this week.

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.

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