|City of license||Egypt Lake, Florida|
|Broadcast area||Tampa Bay Area|
|Branding||AM 1150 WTMP|
|First air date||1954|
|Format||Urban Adult Contemporary|
|Power||10,000 watts daytime
500 watts nighttime
|Owner||WestCoast Media Group (AM)|
|Website||AM 1150 WTMP|
WTMP is a radio station serving the Tampa Bay, Florida, broadcasting on 1150 AM. The station plays Urban AC music, billed as "AM 1150 WTMP." The AM station is owned by WestCoast Media Group, while the FM station is owned by Davidson Media Group, who acquired the combo after its previous owners, Tama Broadcasting, filed for bankruptcy and had to sell the stations to pay off outstanding debts, but WestCoast Media in 2014, bought the AM station.
During and currently is in its tenure, WTMP is currently playing an urban adult contemporary R&B and classic soul music in its AM dial that was aimed towards the African American community, though its main urban competitors is WBTP and WRXB. Its target audience is African Americans between the ages of 25-54 and is the current home of the Tom Joyner Morning Show. Michael Baisden's syndicated show Love, Lust and Lies is also carried by the station, whose slogan was "Tampa Bay's Classic R&B and Today's Talk".
WTMP, on 1150 AM originally, has been a longtime heritage Urban Contemporary station in the market. Noted R&B vocalist and Tampa native King Coleman got his start as a DJ on WTMP in the 1950s. In the late 1990s, the station, then-owned by Broadcast Capital, was bought by Tama Broadcasting, which has headquarters in Tampa, thus making WTMP the flagship. Long controlled by the Cherry family, Tama also owns stations in Daytona Beach, Jacksonville, Savannah, Georgia and Greenville, South Carolina; it owns newspapers in Daytona Beach and Fort Pierce. The owner went on to buy the then-WGUL in 2002 and made it a Hip Hop/Urban station (and home to Russ Parr in the Morning) as WTMP-FM. Even after a format change to Jammin Oldies, that station did not do well do to its rimshot signal, so it ended up a simulcast of WTMP a year later. The rimshot signal, which barely reaches the Hillsborough County line from its transmitter southeast of Brooksville, also couldn't be moved closer to Tampa or upgraded with changes to the tower or wattage, due to interference issues with other stations broadcasting on 96.1 and nearby frequencies.
The Tampa Bay would see an Urban-formatted Hip Hop station months later called WBTP; WLLD is a Rhythmic-formatted Hip Hop station and has been around years prior. Such competition was a minor setback for WTMP as it was losing younger listeners to WBTP, but it was already restructured to an Urban Adult Contemporary by then anyway. Outside the R&B and Classic Soul playlist tenure, it also offered Gospel (early weekday mornings and Sundays), Old School Mix shows Friday nights and Blues Sunday nights. In addition, it also had talk shows on weekends aimed at the community.
On September 2, 2011, after a 57-year run, WTMP's legacy as a R&B outlet came to an abrupt end at 3PM (EDT), as new owners Davidson Media Group took over the station from Tama, who filed for bankruptcy and placed the station in court-ordered receivership. Davidson then went and flipped the combo to a Spanish tropical format. All of the syndicated shows and airstaff were already pink-slipped a day before the flip.
It was announced that WTMP would return to an urban contemporary format on May 1, 2014.
- "WTMP-AM may end 57-year history as voice of Tampa's black community at 6 p.m. Friday" from Tampabay.com (September 1, 2011)
- "WTMP radio returning to urban contemporary format" Tampa Tribune, April 29, 2014.
- Official WTMP (AM) Website
- Tama Broadcasting
- Query the FCC's AM station database for WTMP
- Radio-Locator Information on WTMP
- Query Nielsen Audio's AM station database for WTMP