WTIS - A History
WTIS-AM 1110 Tampa – Previously pioneer Top 40 WALT and country WQYK, Tampa Bay’s clear channel 1110-AM was acquired by Forus Communications (Simon Rosen, president) in the summer of 1976. The 10,000-watt station then flipped to a Christian format as WTIS (Tampa’s Inspiration Station).
Although licensed to Tampa, WTIS’ transmitter, and directional three-tower array are located in St. Petersburg at 311 112th Avenue N.E. To protect other stations on the 1110 clear channel frequency, including WBT/Charlotte, WTIS has always been a daytimer.
In addition to its regular religious programming, WTIS aired Christian rock music on the weekends from the mid 1980’s until 1991, featuring shows like “Joyful Noise” and “Power House,” which ran on Saturday afternoons.
Today (2010), WTIS’ license is held by WTIS-AM, Inc. (Edward Roseman, president).
Other names from WTIS history include James Clark (GM-1976), Steven Shute (news director-1976), Drew Worthen (CE-1976), Lind Voth (GM-1980), Matthew Burt (PD-1980; sales manager-1981), Steven Boyd (PD-1981), Bill Rowen (PD-1982), Gary Kolosey (PD-1985), Ed Gorman (CE-1985), Lee Smelser (PD-1986), Sue Alexander (announcer-1989), Jerome Brackeen (PD-1989), Norm Swenson (1990), Ronnie and Phil Lipka (hosts of “Polka Serenade"-1990), and Robert King (2000; GM/sales-2010).
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