WRXB - A History
WRXB-AM 1590 St. Petersburg Beach – In 1976, St. Pete Beach’s WILZ became Rolyn Broadcasting’s WRXB (Rhythm X [and] Blues). It was acquired in 1999 by Missouri-based Metropolitan Radio Group and, in 2007, by Polnet Communications, who paid $1.1 million for it in a sale that also included Sarasota’s WTMY AM-1280.
Today (2012), WRXB’s administrative offices are at 3551 42nd Avenue South in St. Petersburg. The 5-kilowatt (1-kilowatt at night) station airs an urban gospel format from a three-tower transmitter site off 38th Avenue South and also broadcasts via an FM translator on 96.5 that is licensed to Bradenton.
Other names from WRXB history include: Eugene Danzey (VP/GM 1976, and later president of Rolyn Broadcasting), Fred Lloyd (engineer 1976), Michael Danzey (sales manager-1979), Jim Murray (PD-1979), David Rogers (1979), John Phiel (chief engineer-1979), Jim Cram (chief engineer), Brian Holmes (1990’s), Dianne Hughes (mornings), Barry O’Neal (mid-days 1990), Ivan Summers (afternoons 1990), Rob Simone (nights 1990), Tony King, Lisa Lisa (mid-days 2001), Norma Miller, Adrian Williams (nights 2001), Dave Michaels (PD 2001), Larry Steele (PD 2002), “Jazzy Big Daddy” Wayne Facyson (nights 2004), Maurice Sebastian (PD 2008), and Juanita Dials (operations manager 2008).
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