107.9 WPHR

The Top 8 at 8, 107.9 WPHR “Power 108” Cleveland | 1990

“Cat” is playing the hits, captured on tape for posterity on Cleveland’s “Power 108”. Unlike the other recording we have of this station (which appears to be jockless with just sweepers between songs), this is and exciting live show! Digital Underground has the #1 song of the night, but this sure isn’t all Hip Hop, there’s ballads and Heavy Metal represented in Power 108’s playlist! Is it just me or did virtually every CHR in America do the Top 8 at 8 every night, followed by all requests? It was a great formula, to be sure, but in many cases, by 1992 or 93, many of these hot CHR stations had either gone Alternative, Hip Hop or Country, so one has to wonder what went wrong? Some have speculated that the format simply burned out. In any case, ...

QuickChexx: Jim Hart, Calvin Hicks; 107.9 WPHR Cleveland | April 10, 1987

A Program Director’s dream length aircheck coming in at about 3 and a half minutes, WPHR is the CHR station known as “Power 108”! Because this is short there is really not much we can say about this. Jim Hart is heard first, he says his goodbye and turns the station over to Calvin Hicks before going into a commercial break. The best part about this is the station imaging. Nice use of echo effects and almost overdone (some might say it IS overdone to the point of distortion), Power 108 is pounded into the heads of young listeners just like the CHR consultants say it should. While the station sounds Urban leaning, there’s still lots of mainstream Top 40 hits in the mix. Not that we can tell in a three minute scope, but we heard no Rock, but plenty of beats. Cleveland ...

Sample: “Power 108”, 107.9 WPHR Cleveland | January 7, 1988

Courtesy of Contributor Robyn Watts, this update includes this six minute air sample of a CHR station that was known as “Power 108”. Among the personalities that would make up this station’s talent roster was John Records Landecker, of WLS fame. This particular scope is completely jockless. Just liners and sweepers and songs. What was this? A soft-launch? There’s nothing on the source tape to indicate that the CHR format was launching or if the first few months or weeks were indeed, just automated gibberish. At any rate, we’ll archive this here at Airchexx for history’s sake.

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