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WNSI - A History

WNSI-AM 1380 St. Petersburg – Tampa Bay’s WLCY became news/talk WNSI (News, Sports and Information) in 1981 after Harte-Hanks acquired the station from Rahall Communications. It was a CBS network affiliate and programmed morning and afternoon drive news blocks, with talk the rest of the time, some of it featuring local talk show hosts.

WNSI also carried the “CBS Radio Mystery Theater,” University of Florida Gator Football, NFL Monday Night Football, Gil Witton’s gardening show, and Jeff Brooks’ auto show.

After about 14 months of operation, the plug was pulled on WNSI and it flipped calls to WRBQ-AM with programming simulcast from Q105 WRBQ-FM.

Other names in WNSI history include Roy Whittaker, Marshall Cleaver, Rosemary Haddad, Chuck Harder, Jim Shafer, Mike Weber (PD/operations), Martin Giles, Jan Thomas, John Eastman, Nanci Donnellan (pre-“Fabulous Sports Babe” days), Tedd Webb, and Roger Schulman.


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