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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Jerry Blavat, WCAU-FM Solid Gold 98 Philadelphia |1972

  In 1960 when starting his broadcast career at WCAM in Camden N.J., across the river from Philadelphia, Jerry Blavat was already a local celebrity. Blavat was one of the teenage dancers on the WFIL TV show “Bandstand”— the local Philadelphia precursor […]

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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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Philadelphia Radio Jingle Mega Montage | 1960s -2014

One day, back in 2014, I was bored. I mean REALLY bored. I started going through my audio files, and thought, I have hundreds, probably thousands of Philadelphia radio jingles. I thought it would be fun to make a jingle montage of […]

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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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Barsky in the Morning, 98.1 WCAU-FM Philadelphia | July 10, 1984

Date of Recording: 07.10.1984 Station: 98.1 WCAU-FM Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Featured Air Personality: Paul Barsky Aircheck Entry: 1,433 “Something’s different this morning. Pretzels and Brew…” Comments: Raise your hand if you remember “Barsky in the Morning”? In Philly or Chicago? Yes, Paul Barsky […]

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Rich Hawkins, WCAU-FM ’98-Now’ Philadelphia | December, 1984

Somewhere in our vault of yet-to-be-posted airchecks, we have more recordings of WCAU-FM, and the ‘Hot Hits’ ™ format from other stations around the country, which consultant Mike Joseph propelled to huge ratings success in the 1980s. For now, however, let us […]

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Bill O’Brien, the Philly “Hot 30 Countdown”, 98.1 WCAU-FM Philadelphia, Part 2 | January 8, 1984

The Philly Top 30 Countdown continues with Bill O’Brien. This segment starts at number 19 and goes down to number 9. Listen for such stiffs as “The Curley Shuffle”, and Matthew Wilde’s “Break My Stride”. Remember hearing those at little bars and […]

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Bill O’Brien, the Philly “Hot 30 Countdown”, 98.1 WCAU-FM Philadelphia, Part 1 | January 8, 1984

An impressive aircheck from this date in January 1984 – the GREAT “98 Now” Hot Hits ™ format at WCAU-FM. Here’s the first part of the Philly Top 30 Countdown which we hear shortly after the start. Plenty of mentions of schools, […]

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Mike Frasier, 98 “The Hot FM” WCAU-FM Philadelphia | July 27, 1987

Call this “Diary of a Confused CHR Station”. WCAU-FM is in the waning days of its contemporary music format, and obviously at a crossroads as to which way to go, musically. The station leans very rhythmic, and while the jocks are now […]

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Billy Burke & Terry Young – The Top 100 of 1982 on 98-Now WCAU-FM Philadelphia | December 31, 1982

In our last episode of WCAU-FM, we gave our listeners a bit of background on Philadelphia’s “Hot Hits” outlet. Mike Joseph consulted this CBS O&O, the FM sister station of the legendary 1210 WCAU, at this time a News/Talk hybrid that would […]

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