iHeartMedia Classic Hip-Hop “Throwback Tampa Bay” 94.5 W233AV Gulfport/99.1 W256CT Bayonet Point/105.9 W290BJ West Tampa/WMTX-HD2 Tampa FL has added the syndicated Big Boy’s Neighborhood for mornings and will have three on-air hosts from sister Urban “95.7 The Beat” WBTP Clearwater pull double duty. The Los Angeles based Big Boy will air from 6-10am weekdays. Anjali ‘Queen B’, who hosts afternoons at WBTP will add a midday shift on Throwback from 10am-2pm. WBTP weekenders DJ Chase and DJ Sandman will host afternoons and nights respectively. iHeartMedia Tampa Bay announced today the addition of shows and personalities to its programming lineup for its Throwback Hip Hop and R&B stations, broadcasting on 94.5, 99.1, and 105.9, effective immediate...[Read More]
On the heels of Beasley Media blowing up Rock “98.7 No Rules Rock” WBRN-FM Holmes Beach/Tampa for a Christmas Music stunt in preparation of a format change, iHeartMedia has made a change to Classic Hip-Hop to potentially fill the niche Beasley was going for. Classic Rock “Thunder Tampa Bay” 94.5 W233AV Gulfport/St. Petersburg, 99.1 W256CT Bayonet Point/New Port Richey and 105.9 W290BJ West Tampa/100.7 WMTX-HD2 Tampa flipped to Classic Hip-Hop “Flashback 94.5/105.9” on Tuesday evening. The new format flanks iHeart Urban “95.7 The Beat” WBTP and is running with 20,000 songs commercial-free. Thunder’s previous Classic Rock format registered a 0.9 share in the November Nielsen Audio ratings, perhaps just enough to keep WBTP in second place ...[Read More]
Update 7/8: After a little over a month with Classic Hits, iHeartMedia’s trimulcast of 94.5 W233AV Gulfport/St. Petersburg, 99.1 W256CT Bayonet Point/New Port Richey and 105.9 W290BJ West Tampa/100.7 WMTX-HD2 Tampa has reverted back to its former Classic Rock programming. Original Report 6/3: iHeartMedia Classic Rock “Thunder Tampa Bay” translator trimulcast of 94.5 W233AV Gulfport/St. Petersburg, 99.1 W256CT Bayonet Point/New Port Richey and 105.9 W290BJ West Tampa/100.7 WMTX-HD2 Tampa has transitioned to Classic Hits. The transition comes with a new Premium Choice airstaff. Drew Thomas, afternoon host of sister 107.9 WSRZ Sarasota is in mornings. “Q104.3” WAXQ New York’s Mark Coppola is in middays with Country 99.5 WGAR Cleveland’s Kat Jackson in...[Read More]
Clear 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 25-5...[Read More]
Update 12/13: Todd Schnitt has done a 180 and will stay at WFLA after all as he agreed to a new multi-year contract with Clear Channel. BREAKING NEWS: The Schnitt Show will remain on 970 WFLA/Tampa. I have just signed a new multi-year deal. Listen today for more. — Todd Schnitt (@toddschnitt) December 13, 2012 Original Report 11/29: Syndicated talker Todd Schnitt has announced that his final day in afternoons at flagship 970 WFLA Tampa will be Tuesday, December 18. Schnitt, who spent most of his career in mornings at sister CHR 93.3 WFLZ under the name MJ Kelli, has hosted the Conservative Talk show under his real name since 2002. The program will continue to air in syndication via Compass Media Networks. My last show on 970WFLA/Tampa will be December 18. The Schnitt Show will contin...[Read More]
Clear Channel News/Talk 970 WFLA Tampa has added the first of its two planned FM translators. 105.9 W237DI (Calls Soon To Change To Match New Frequency) West Tampa has signed on bringing the AM station to FM in Hillsborough County including the city of Tampa itself. The 250 watt translator is owned by Radio Training Network, whose “JoyFM” will use an HD subchannel of Clear Channel’s 95.7 WBTP to feed some of its translators in the Tampa Bay area. WFLA will soon add a second translator to serve St. Petersburg and Pinellas County. Reach Communication’s 94.5 W233AV Gulfport has a construction permit to upgrade to 250 watts with WFLA as its station of origination.
Following the shutdown of Martz Communication’s pair of HD fed translators, the company has begun selling off its properties in the market. 97.5 W248AQ Harrison MI has been sold to Salem Communications for $250,000 who will use it to rebroadcast Conservative Talk “1400 The Patriot” WDTK. Martz had purchased the translator last fall for $32,000 and had gained a CP to move it to 92.7 with 250 watts. Following the debut of “ESPN Deportes Chicago” 97.5 W248AO, EMF will be pairing with Clear Channel to launch a second translator in the city. 96.7 W244BQ Park Ridge has applied to operate with 85 watts at 1181 feet with a directional antenna pointed northwest away from WSSR Joliet. The translator will broadcast EMF programming via 95.5 WNUA-HD3. 106.3 W292DT Auburn O...[Read More]