Pennsylvania

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”.  

WVRT (Variety 97.7) – Williamsport, PA – 7/24/98

“Variety 97.7…playing the uplifting hits of the 80’s, 90’s, and today…guess you could call us radio’s version of Viagra” — Variety 97.7 was an unfocused, but fun small market CHR/Hot AC. Regrettably, there is a fair amount of static on this recording.

WPST (97.5 PST) – Trenton, NJ – 11/5/97 – Dan Kelly

Recorded 18 years ago this month, here is a sample of Central New Jersey’s longtime Hot AC/Mainstream CHR, at its previous home on 97.5 FM.  More information about the station can be found at Wikipedia.

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.

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