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WCHR-FM
WCHR-FM logo.jpg
City of license Manahawkin, New Jersey
Broadcast area Ocean County, Atlantic County, Burlington County, Camden County, Philadelphia County, PA, Bucks County, PA
Branding The Hawk
Frequency 105.7 MHz
Format Classic rock
ERP 13,000 watts
HAAT 140 meters
Class B1
Facility ID 24934
Owner Millennium Radio Group, LLC.
Webcast Listen Live
Website www.1057thehawk.com

WCHR-FM (known on-air as "Jersey's Home of Classic Rock, 105.7 The Hawk") is a Manahawkin, New Jersey radio station broadcasting at 105.7 FM with a classic rock format. It is owned by Millennium Radio Group.

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Coverage Area

WCHR-FM is the most powerful FM station in the Monmouth/Ocean market and can be heard as far west as the city of Philadelphia and Bucks County, PA, as far north as Wall Township, New Jersey, and as far south as Ocean City.

The WCHR-FM antenna is co-located with WVBH and WKMK on a tower located near the intersection of Route 72 and the Garden State Parkway in Manahawkin.

History

WCHR-FM is not affiliated with WCHR-AM, a Trenton radio station that currently broadcasts on 920 AM with a religious format; that station is still owned by Nassau Broadcasting.

The WCHR call letters were originally associated with the Trenton station broadcasting at 94.5 FM, using a religious format (CHR standing for Christian Radio). In February 1998, WCHR began simulcasting on 920 AM, and in early Spring 1998 94.5 FM changed call letters to WNJO as it flipped format to Oldies. For more on the 94.5 frequency, see the WPST page.

105.7 was a Construction permit that Nassau acquired in 1998. When WCHR's religious unit moved over to AM 920 from 94.5 FM, the CP on 105.7 picked up the WCHR-FM call letters. 105.7 never employed the religious format. It did not sign on until 2000 when it took a similar Classic Hits Format that Nassau was airing on stations like WNNJ-FM and soon after on WODE and WNJO. Nassau gave Millennium Radio the option to buy the station in the deal that transferred the ownership of WJLK-FM, WOBM-FM, WBBO-FM, WADB and WOBM in June 2002. Nassau operated WCHR until its sale was completed a year later in July 2003.

Despite being the most powerful FM radio station in the market, WCHR-FM has failed to generate any substantial ratings, often being beat by stations with as little as 1/8 of WCHR's power and coverage as well as stations from as far as 75 miles away..

WCHR-FM's primary competition include Atlantic City's WMGM "The Shark 103.7" Philadelphia's 102.9 WMGK and New York's WAXQ "Q104.3" which all have a similar Classic Rock format and also cover much of Ocean County.

On The Air

Mornings: Free Beer & Hot Wings Morning Show - 5am-10am

Midday: Andy Chase- 10am-3pm

Afternoons: Race Thomas - 3pm-7pm

Nights: Jonesey- 7pm-10pm

Late Nights: Nights with Alice Cooper - 10pm-5am

Song Occasion

  • Welcome to the Working Week by Elvis Costello, always played on Mondays.
  • Friday by Joe Jackson it normally ends Race Thomas' week which he normally leaves the air at 3pm but, his hours changed towards the end of 2008 and he plays the song at five when there is traffic.

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