Don Cannon, WIFI 92 Philadelphia | 1981

Don Cannon, WIFI 92 Philadelphia | 1981

In 1973, Philadelphia’s WIFI 92 instituted a high-energy Top 40 format known as the Boogie Format with the slogan “Let’s Boogie.” It Philly’s first live FM Top 40 station. It performed fairly well for many years. When 98.1 WCAU-FM debuted its Hot Hits format in October 1981, which caused WIFI’s ratings to fall as WCAU-FM quickly grabbed most of the teen audience. In 1982, WIFI made a move to a “New Wave” format, branded as “I-92” and “Rock of the Eighties,” that didn’t really help the ratings.

This aircheck features Philadelphia radio legend, Don Cannon. Cannon was known as “The Dean of Philadelphia Radio.” He was a voice on morning radio in Philadelphia from 1969 until he retired in 2004. The “Cannon in the Morning” show started on WIBG and has been heard on WIP, WFIL, WSNI, WOGL, as well as WIFI 92. Don Cannon could also be seen as host of “Inside Golf” Saturday nights on the Comcast Sports Network. You may remember that in the original Rocky movie, when the morning alarm clock goes off for Rocky’s run, it is Cannon’s voice on the radio. -Ellis

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