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Music Tampa Bay was established with the creation of the Internet domain on July 2, 2003 and became operational with streaming original music by local artists on March 6, 2005. The name Music Tampa Bay was registered as doing business in Florida on October 21, 2010 and became incorporated as a non-profit organization on May 10, 2013. The corporation filed an application with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for a low power FM station in St Petersburg on December 13, 2013 naming a high-rise building in the downtown area under authority of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as the site of the transmitting and antenna equipment. The FCC granted a construction permit for the station on February 10, 2014. An operational Board of Directors was formed to govern the corporation and radio station and held its first functional meeting on June 12, 2014. Construction of the station was delayed during the remainder of that year and up to and including the final week of 2015 while extensive negotiations were conducted with HUD. When that process was complete, further negotiations to satisfy insurance requirements with building management at the transmitter site were conducted until February 25, 2016, at which time actual construction was finally allowed to begin. The antenna and transmitter system for the new FM was installed beginning March 10th. Final configurations and adjustments concluded with the station's first national emergency broadcast test conducted for the FCC on September 28th. Final approval to being formal broadcast operations was granted ty the FCC on October 20th, 2016.
The Music Tampa Bay name, logo, audio jingles and certain featurs in the audio stream and website are the property of Music Tampa Bay, Inc, PO Box 11874, St Petersburg FL 33733. All songs, including melodies, lyrics, compositions, arraqngements, performances and recordings are owned exclusively by the artists or their designated representatives who have made them available to be heard in the music stream, and on the air on the new FM station. Any other depictions, illustrations or images on this site or any subsequnt publications or displays representing other entities are the property of those organizations or individuals and are used by expressed or implied consent.
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Updated, January 15th, 2017
Now - 96.7 FM in St Pete and the MTB music stream are programmed from the same playlist. This means FM listeners can now find song titles and artist information in the Now Playing display and in the Past Hour link on this webpage in real time. As always, this information can also be seen as it is happening in most mobile devices and computer media players accessible from the "To Listen" links above.
MTB is also in the final stages of negotiating for a new live broadcast studio at an established St Pete location. An annoucement will be posted here and also heard on-air and in the music stream when the final agreement is reached. A formal launch party can then be expected to follow sometime soon afterwards.
Music Tampa Bay, Inc. was issued a license by the Federal Communications Commission to begin normal broadcast operations at 96.7 FM in St Pete on Thursday, October 20th. This action concluded more than 3 years of organization, planning, construction, transmitter and antenna site negotiations, equipment acquisition, installation and configuration, and on-air test operations; including the successful conclusion of a national Emergency Alert System test in late September. WMTB 96.7 FM is now officially recognized as a non-profit community radio station created to support the music and arts commuities in and around St Petersburg and the Tampa Bay area.
Internet music stream operations on this website were begun more than a decade ago, and were not affected by the numerous federally mandated broadcast rules required to obtain FCC authorization for the new FM. However, new concerns about streaming music on the internet by this website have been raised by Sound Exchange, the agency designated by the US Copyright Royalty Board to collect royalties owed under the statutory license for public performances of sound recordings. MTB has advised the agency that we are opting out of the statutory license provision of the Copyright Act, and instead, are operating under "direct license" authority granted by each of the artists being heard in the music stream. A list of current artists and songs being heard is accessible by clicking or tapping on the Music Library button below the banner at the top of this webpage.
As a consequence of the new demands being made by Sound Exchange, MTB recently sent out license agreements to more than 200 artists currently being heard in the on-line and on-air playlists. A review of the forms being returned is currently underway in anticipation of providing a report to be submitted to Sound Exchange. It is also antcipated that similar requirements by other licensing authorities, including ASCAP, BMI & SESAC, may require further action to continue the all original music by local artists programming now heard on MTB playlists. Additionally, efforts are underway to include a new on-line method for granting this authority. Be watching this web space for an interactive form for granting permission to continue featuring your songs on Music Tampa Bay. Eventually, all artists who do not renew permission to include their songs in the music stream and on-air broadcasts will be purged and dropped from MTB playlists.
The core listening area for the new 96.7 FM is depicted in the illustration below. Listening beyond the core area may also be experienced, subject to possible interference or low signal strength. Anyone within the core area unable to achieve a good quality reception is encouraged to contact MTB at 727-866-3228 or firstname.lastname@example.org..
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