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Thunder Returns To Tampa Bay

Thunder Tampa Bay 94.5 St. Petersburg 105.9 Tampa WTBT 103.5Clear Channel has relaunched the Classic Rock “Thunder” brand in the Tampa/St. Petersburg market.

The station is made up of two translators rebroadcasting 100.7 WMTX-HD2. New sign-on 94.5 W233AV Gulfport, FL serves the St. Petersburg side of the market, while 105.9 W290BJ West Tampa covers the Tampa side of the bay. W290BJ had been rebroadcasting sister News/Talk 970 WFLA. Bot translators are licensed to operate with 250 watts.

ThunderTampaBay.com was registered by Clear Channel earlier today, but is not yet live.

The Thunder brand under the WTBT calls was operated by Clear Channel and predecessor Jacor on 105.5 from 1995 to 1999 when it was moved to 103.5 where it remained until it flipped to Country “US 103.5” WFUS in 2005. In 2001, Thunder was the #1 station 25-54 in the Tampa market.

Thanks to Dan Guarro for his help contributing to this report.

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Lance Venta is the Owner and Publisher of RadioInsight.com and a consultant for RadioBB Networks specializing in integration of radio and the internet. Lance has two decades of experience tracking the audio industry and its use of digital platforms.

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