WWMI

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WWMI
1380 The Biz 2015.png
CitySt. Petersburg, Florida
Broadcast areaTampa Bay Area
Branding1380 The Biz
Frequency1380 kHz
First air date1939 (as WTSP)
FormatBusiness Talk
Power9,800 watts day
6,500 watts night
ClassB
Facility ID11954
Transmitter coordinates27°52′15.00″N 82°37′3.00″W / 27.8708333°N 82.6175000°W / 27.8708333; -82.6175000
Callsign meaningWe Want MIckey
(Radio Disney era)
Former callsignsWTSP (1939-1959)
WLCY (1959-1981)
WNSI (1981-1982)
WRBQ (1982-1999)
AffiliationsWall Street Business Network
OwnerSalem Media Group
(sale to Immaculate Heart Media, Inc. pending)
(Salem Communications Holding Corporation)
Sister stationsWLCC, WGUL, WTBN, WTWD
WebcastListen Live
Websitewww.1380thebiz.com

WWMI (AM 1380) is a radio station broadcasting a Business Talk format. Licensed to St. Petersburg, Florida, United States, the station serves the Tampa Bay Area. The station is owned by Salem Media Group.

History[edit]

Final Radio Disney logo for WWMI.

Brothers Joe, Sam, and Farris Rahall bought the city's Mutual Broadcasting System affiliate, WTSP 1380 and its FM, 102.5, from the St. Petersburg Times in 1956. Not interested in pursuing FM, they shut it down a year later. On July 15, 1959, the AM's callsign and format switched to WLCY ("Radio Elsie") and Top 40.

For many years, WLCY was the Tampa Bay area's premiere rock and roll station, with offices, studios, and transmitter in the previous WTSP facility on Gandy Boulevard near 4th Street North.

The disc jockeys during the era were known as "The Swingin' Gentlemen" and included "Stanley Steamer" Jim Stanley (mornings), Johnny Dart (Stan Grams), Rick Morgan, Mark Wheeler, "Shy Guy" Roy Nilson (also the Program Director), Al Dunaway, "Swingin' Sweeney," Johnny Rebel (Herb Hunt), George Nix, Jack E. Rabbitt, Dick Stambaugh (later Dick Starr in Miami), Tedd Webb, Bob Tracey, "Big Daddy" Don Owens, Pepper Lipsinx (James Wayman), Frank Lynn, Kenny Parks, Bob Collins, Bob Cannon, (Clande Miranda), Jeff Laurence, Johnny Stevens, Dave Archard, Bob Carr, D.J. O'Day, Rock Robbins (Bob Bernstein), Murph McHenry, Al Summers, Jack Kane, Bobby Lyons, Dean Drapin, Ron Parker, Dutch Walker, Wade West, Jim Clark, Johnny Byrd (Dennis Waters), Daylon Rushing, Mike Scott (Jim Shirah) and Lolita (Dottie Groven).

Clair Linn provided news and the "WLCY Weather Chick" was Charlene Mathias. Newsman Marshall Cleaver hosted a late-night call-in show, Open Mike, and was succeeded by Harvey Sheldon. Jingles were tagged with, "WLCY, One-thirty-eight!"

The station later shared space with Rahall's WLCY-TV and the new WLCY-FM at the "Rahall Color Communications Center", just east of the original Gandy site. The name of the licensee changed to WLCY, Inc., on June 20, 1963 and then to the Rahall Communications Corporation on October 3, 1969. WLCY began to identify dual city of license as "St. Petersburg-Tampa" in 1976.

Rahall began to divest itself of its Tampa Bay properties, and in September 1978, Florida Radio, Inc. became the station's new owner. WLCY moved out of the TV building and back into the old WTSP studios.

In 1981, the station was sold to Harte-Hanks and was changed to WNSI (News, Sports and Information). In 1983, after Edens Broadcasting bought the station, it became WRBQ, and flipped to a simulcast of Q105. This simulcast would last until January 1992, when WRBQ flipped to the satellite-fed Urban AC format known as "The Touch" and picked up Tom Joyner.[1][2][3] In July of that year, Edens sold WRBQ-AM-FM to Clear Channel Communications.[4][5] In February 1999, ABC Radio bought the station and it became WWMI and adopted the Radio Disney format on May 3 of that year.[6][7][8]

On August 13, 2014, Disney put WWMI and twenty-two other Radio Disney stations up for sale, in order to focus more on digital distribution of the Radio Disney network.[9][10]

On September 15, 2015, it was announced that Salem Media Group acquired the last five Radio Disney owned-and-operated stations for sale (including WWMI) for $2.225 million.[11] WWMI was acquired through South Texas Broadcasting, Inc., for $750.000.[12] The sale of WWMI was completed on December 11, 2015.[13]

On December 14, 2015, the station became Salem's Wall Street Business Network affiliate in Tampa Bay.[14] WWMI is now one of two stations in the market airing a business news/talk format, the other being WHFS.

On July 25, 2019, Salem Media Group agreed to sell WWMI, WLCC as well as WKAT and WZAB in the Miami market to Immaculate Heart Media, Inc. for more than $8.2 million.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.radioyears.com/other/details.cfm?id=435
  2. ^ http://www.americanradiohistory.com/Archive-Billboard/90s/1992/Billboard-1992-02-01.pdf
  3. ^ Stark, Phyllis (July 30, 1994). "Vox Jox". Billboard. 106 (31): 122.
  4. ^ "Q-105, sister station are sold", St. Petersburg Times (April 1, 1992)
  5. ^ Nielsen Business Media, Inc. (11 July 1992). Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. pp. 65–. ISSN 0006-2510.
  6. ^ "WRBQ-AM changing its format to Disney", St. Petersburg Times (May 2, 1999)
  7. ^ Nielsen Business Media, Inc. (27 February 1999). Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. pp. 69–. ISSN 0006-2510.
  8. ^ http://www.americanradiohistory.com/Archive-RandR/1990s/1999/RR-1999-05-07.pdf
  9. ^ Lafayette, Jon (August 13, 2014). "Exclusive: Radio Disney Moving Off Air to Digital". Retrieved August 13, 2014.
  10. ^ "Radio Disney to Sell the Majority of Its Stations". Billboard. Retrieved 13 August 2014.
  11. ^ Salem Acquires Radio Disney’s Final Five - Radio Insight
  12. ^ "Application for Consent to Assignment of Broadcast Station Construction Permit or License". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission.
  13. ^ Consummation Notice - Federal Communications Commission
  14. ^ Salem Launches 1380 The Biz Tampa - Radio Insight
  15. ^ "Application for Consent to Assignment of Broadcast Station Construction Permit or License". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission.

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