Bob Garrett, “Hot Hits”(tm) 98 Now WCAU-FM Philadelphia | November 26, 1982

First, a little history. Before the birth of what’s known today as WOGL, 98.1 was home to a heritage set of call letters and a trademarked hot Top 40 format which graced a dozen or so markets from 1977-1986. Mike Josephs’ “Hot […]

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Billy Burke, Hot Hits 98 WCAU-FM Philadelphia | November 27 1981

  Pure, uncut, Hot Hits! This is what the Hot Hits Format sounded like when radio consultant Mike Joseph installed the format on 98 WCAU-FM in 1981. Lots of energy, lots of the original TM Fusion jingles, and lots of quick jock […]

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Jim Payne & Mark Davis, Hot Hits 106 WMAR-FM Baltimore | Summer 1984

              One of the great “Hot Hits” ™ formatted CHR stations of the 80s was Mike Joseph’s creation in Baltimore. Today’s “Mix 106.5” got its start as WMAR-FM, an incredibly high-energy hit music station that did, […]

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Composite: Final Day as “Hot Hits” “Fire 14”, 1390 WFBL Syracuse | November 15, 1980

Date of Recording: 11.15.1980 Station: 1390 WFBL Syracuse Format: Top 40/CHR Branding: “Hot Hits“(tm) (Wikipedia), “Fire 14” Featured Air Personality: Various Contributor: Steve McVie (Website) Total Time: 11:55 (Telescoped) Airchexx Entry: 1,544 It’s Nine O’Clock, Exciting Todd Parker working NIGHTS!… Curator’s Notes: […]

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Ross Brittain, WTRK Electric 106 Philadelphia | October 1986

  What if Mike Joseph, the architect of the Hot Hits format, tried to compete against his own station? In Philadelphia, we didn’t have to wonder. We heard it first hand. WCAU-FM was the leading CHR station in 1986, leaving the #2 […]

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Pete Michaels, WCAU-FM ’98-Now’ Philadelphia | February 15, 1983; 1:45-2:00 AM

Station: 98.1 WCAU-FM (WOGL) Philadelphia Format: Top 40 Branded: “Hot Hits” Featured Air Personality: Pete Michaels Original Comments Look what we found gathering dust! A pristine “Hot Hits” recording from Philadelphia’s Hit Music Leader, 98-Now! From the overnight hour of 1-2am, Pete […]

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End of Electric 106 & Eagle 106 Launch, WTRK & WEGX Philadelphia| March 13 1987

In the 1980’s, Philadelphia’s 106.1 FM seemed cursed. No matter what Cox Radio put on the frequency, nothing seemed to work. In 1981, it was WWSH Stereo 106, playing a mix of Beautiful Music & Soft Adult Contemporary. It had an audience, […]

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Tony Davis, FIRST DAY Eagle 106 WEGX Philadelphia | March 1987

In the 1980’s, Philadelphia’s 106.1 FM seemed cursed. No matter what Cox Radio put on the frequency, nothing seemed to work. In 1981, it was WWSH Stereo 106, playing a mix of Beautiful Music & Soft Adult Contemporary. It had an audience, […]

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Sean O’Brien, WNVZ ‘Z104’ Norfolk, VA | September 2, 1996

Z104 has been the market-leading 18-24 station ever since the Mike Joseph “Hot Hits” ™ format that launched the WNVZ CHR format in the 1980s!  This is an original cassette recording donated by ‘Anonymous’ (and he wishes to remain so), which features the […]

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Bob Campbell, WNVZ Z104 Norfolk VA | December 8, 1983

…My lips are turnin’ blue just thinking about it! You’ll notice the audio quality isn’t as good as it could be, but heck, the tape is what, 17 years old! Sometimes one wonders how tape can last that long! Here’s a bit […]

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Mike Preston, 102.9 KSDO-FM San Diego | August 3, 1984

Date of Recording: 08.03.1984 Station: 102.9 KSDO-FM (KSWV/KCLX-FM/KKBH-FM/KJQY/KCDE/KLQV), San Diego, California, USA Format: CHR Trademarked “Hot Hits” tm Branded “KS-103” Featured Air Personality: Mike Preston Date of Posting: 09.03.2017 Total Time: 9:05 Telescoped Airchexx Entry: 1,505 Comments: Be listening for “Billie Jean” […]

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Steve Ross, 92X WXTU Philadelphia | January 1, 1984

  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 […]

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