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Music Tampa Bay was established with the creation of the Internet domain on July 2, 2003 and became operational with streaming original music by local artists on March 6, 2005. The name Music Tampa Bay was registered as doing business in Florida on October 21, 2010 and became incorporated as a non-profit organization on May 10, 2013. The Music Tampa Bay name, logo, audio jingles and certain featurs in the audio stream and website are the property of Music Tampa Bay, Inc, PO Box 11874, St Petersburg FL 33733. The corporation filed an application with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for a low power FM station in St Petersburg on December 13, 2013 naming a high-rise building in the downtown area under authority of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as the site of the transmitting and antenna equipment. The FCC granted a construction permit for the station on February 10, 2014. A Board of Directors was formed to govern the corporation and radio station and held its first functional meeting on June 12, 2014. Construction of the station was delayed during the remainder of that year and up to and including the final week of 2015 while extensive negotiations were conducted with HUD. When that process was complete, further negotiations to satisfy insurance requirements with building management at the transmitter site were conducted until February 25, 2016, at which time actual construction was finally allowed to begin. The antenna mast for the new FM was hoisted up to the roof of the building at the designated transmitter site on March 10th and mounted into position the following day, as pictured elsewhere on this webpage. Test broadasts began March 24th and and are expected to continue indefinitely, with intermittent downtime for equipment modifications and maintenance, until normal broadcast operations can be initiated. Further updates will be posted here as events occur.
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NEW 96.7 FM Program Tests Resumed
Resolving system issues.
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Beginning Monday, May 23rd
Update, May 23rd, 2016
On-air testing of the new 96.7 FM in St Pete has resumed temporarily as of Monday, May 23rd. Further modifications to the transmitter and associated equipment are needed. As previously posted, intermittant downtime can still be expected while such modifications are continuing. Programming heard so far is for test purposes only. Features, artist and song title announcements and other enhancements will be added later when all technical preparations have been completed. Test operations include evaluation and modifidation of audio quality and broadcast signal characteristics. Other observations are made to determine extent of interference and distance characteristics of the listening area. Transmitter and emergency broadcast remote control system configuration adjustments are also being initiated, in addition to installation of some safety protocols to safeguard the antenna site against lightning and other hazards.
The first series of on-air tests began at 2:45pm Thursday afternoon, March 24th. The first song heard on-air was Happy Til You Go by Michael J. Weiss. Testing was then suspended Aapril 1st pending more adjustments, then resumed Monday, April 18th and continud with one brief interuption until the May 17th shutdown.
Construction of the new local FM began in early March.
Pictured is a work crew and a couple of volunteers helping to hoist the new FM antenna mast into postion. A day after the mast was permanently mounted, the FM antenna was installed. Finally work was completed on the transmitter to enable the initial round of test broadcasts.
Observations indicate good reception in the core St Pete area as indicated...
Moderate interference begins to disrupt the signal beyond the central signal area, though fairly good reception can be found in random locations extending west to and beyond the Tyrone area, and north and south to 54th Avenues, and in spotty locations in Pinellas Park, Kenneth City, Lealman, Pasadena and Gulfport areas. The limited listening area has been defined largely by the Federal Communications Commission in accordance with the issuance of a low power FM broadcast license. The FCC also indicates up to 2 additional transmitter and antenna sites may be authorized to increase signal penetration over a larger area. If appropriate funding emerges, future operations may be expanded to include an increased listening area.
More than $25,000 has been spent, with more yet to be paid out in the purchase of equipment and materials, contractors, engineers and government fees. So far, no known source of revenue has been established to satisfy debts already incurred and future operating expenses. Donations and contributions are welcome, and tax deductible under IRS rules. Anyone interested in helping to support this effort or becoming a part of the radio station in any capactiy is encoiuraged to contact firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling 727-455-8848. A launch party is planned that is hoped will inlcude live performances by some of Tampa Bay's best local talent. Artists who would like to be a part of this event and are willing to donate their talents are also encouraged to express their interest
WMTB 96.7 FM and MusicTampaBay.com have been and continue to be a labor of love in support of the local music community. This effort is the culmination of a life-long broadcast career dating back to the mid-60s in the Tampa Bay area at a station known then as WLCY, "Fun Radio on Great Tampa Bay". When the new FM station signs on in St Pete for the first time, a new era in "fun radio" will begin.
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