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CityManahawkin, New Jersey
Broadcast areaOcean County, Atlantic County, Burlington County, Camden County
Branding105.7 The Hawk
SloganClassic Rock for the Jersey Shore
Frequency105.7 MHz
First air date2000
FormatClassic rock
ERP13,000 watts
HAAT140 meters
Facility ID24934
OwnerTownsquare Media
(Townsquare Media Monmouth-Ocean License, LLC)
WebcastListen Live

WCHR-FM, known as "105.7 The Hawk", "Classic Rock for the Jersey Shore, 105.7 The Hawk" or in reverse "105.7 The Hawk, Classic Rock for the Jersey Shore", is a Manahawkin, New Jersey radio station broadcasting at 105.7 FM with a classic rock format. It is owned by Townsquare Media.

Coverage area[edit]

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 and Camden County.

The WCHR-FM antenna is co-located with 88.3 WVBH and 98.5 WBBO on a tower located near the intersection of Route 72 and the Garden State Parkway in Manahawkin.


WCHR-FM is not affiliated with WCHR, a Trenton radio station that currently broadcasts on 920 AM with a religious format; however, both stations were formerly 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. Under General Manager Don Dalesio and Nassau VP of programming Michelle Stevens, Nassau originated The Hawk exclusively for the Jersey Shore. They brought in veteran program director Jim Spector who, in turn, hired The Free Beer and Hot Wings Morning Show. Nassau later 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.

In 2010, 105.7 the Hawk agreed to broadcast all regular season New York Jets football games.[citation needed]

The Hawk began broadcasting from a new facility in downtown Toms River on January 30, 2013.


WCHR-FM's primary competition include 107.1 The Boss from Long Branch NJ., Philadelphia's 102.9 WMGK, Atlantic City's 100.7 WZXL and New York's 104.3 WAXQ all of which have a similar classic rock format and also cover much of Ocean County.

On-air lineup:

Mornings: The Free Beer and Hot Wings Show
Middays: Varacchi
Afternoons: Andy Chase
Nights: Ultimate Classic Rock with Zach Martin
Overnights: Lady Di

Weekends: Bozz, Stei, Doubledown, Pete Lepore, Tom Cunningham, Scott Stephens, Pete Caruana,


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Coordinates: 39°42′58″N 74°17′31″W / 39.716°N 74.292°W / 39.716; -74.292