WTIS

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WTIS
City Tampa, Florida
Broadcast area Tampa Bay
Branding Timeless 1110 and 101.1
Frequency 1110 kHz
Translator(s) 101.1 MHz W266CW, Tampa
First air date 1946 (license dates back to 1927)
Format Standards, Oldies
Power 10,000 watts day
5,500 watts critical hours
Class D
Facility ID 74088
Transmitter coordinates 27°52′26.00″N 82°37′53.00″W / 27.8738889°N 82.6313889°W / 27.8738889; -82.6313889
Callsign meaning W Tampa InSpirational (based on previous format)
Former callsigns WALT (1946-1970)
WQYK (1970-1976)
Owner George & Esperanza Arroyo
(Q-Broadcasting Corporation, Inc.)
Sister stations WAMA, WGES, WRMD-CD
Webcast Listen Live
Website www.wtis1110.com
(dead link)

WTIS (1110 AM) is a radio station. Licensed to Tampa, Florida, United States, it serves the Tampa Bay area. The station is currently owned by George and Esperanza Arroyo, through licensee Q-Broadcasting Corporation, Inc. They also broadcast on FM translator, W266CW 101.1 FM in Tampa, and market themselves as "La Mega 1110 and 101.1". WTIS's AM transmitter and tower are co-located with its sister station, WAMA.

The AM frequency broadcasts during daytime hours only, to protect clear channel stations WBT in Charlotte, North Carolina and KFAB in Omaha, Nebraska.

Station history[edit]

The station first went on the air in 1927, according to FCC records, though no information on the station's history to that date is known at present.

The station would later be relaunched in 1946 as WALT by Walter Tison, president and general manager-sales manager of Tampa Broadcasting (and later, founder of television station WTVT). WALT was a pioneer Top-40 station in the Tampa area. In the 1960s, a weekly Sunday afternoon broadcast from Tampa Municipal Beach entitled Beach Party featured The Littlest DJ, Ricky Barone, later known as Richard Barone of The Bongos.

In 1970, Suncoast Radio, the owners of future WQYK-FM 99.5, bought WALT and relaunched it as a country music station, WQYK. The signal was simulcast with WQYK-FM until 1976, when the AM station was sold to a religious broadcaster and its call letters changed to WTIS. (The WALT callsign would later be reassigned to AM and FM stations in Meridian, Mississippi.)

In addition to its regular religious programming, WTIS aired The Debra Evans in the Morning Show, The Herman Cain Show, The Pete O'Shea Show and The Adam Smith Show.

On January 1, 2017 WTIS notified the Federal Communications Commission that it had suspended operations on December 31, 2016 because it had lost its lease to the transmitter site, located near the intersection of 50th Street and Causeway Boulevard in the Palm River-Clair Mel area of Hillsborough County. It requested authorization to remain off the air for six months while it searched for a new site. The authorization was granted on January 18, 2017.[1] The station has now been sold and returned with an oldies pop music format, however it is now playing Tropical Salsa and Merengue and it is scheduled to become a Spanish language music station on April 30, 2018.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "FCC Notification of Suspension of Operations / Request for Silent STA". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division.

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