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3 years on FM, 2 years live
The Federal Communications Commission authorized broadcast operations for non-profit Music Tampa Bay, Inc to begin October 20th, 2016 on 96.7 FM. A year later a partnership with Zoo Studios owner/general manager Jim McNeely was forged to permit the start of live programming in St Pete. The year 2020 will present new challenges and opportunities for future growth of the FM and associated online program operations. A significant debt incurred to purchase antenna and transmitter equipment must be paid. New sources of revenue must be found, including advertising by local arts and music related businesses, and public and corporate grants to support the arts mission. New management for the station(s) is also needed with the anticipated retirement of founder and current manager Rick Crandall.
FM Voice of the Arts in St Pete
96.7 FM Music Tampa Bay has now passed the 3 year mark providing a public platform for local artists to have their original music heard by a local listening audience. More than 400 Tampa Bay musicians are being featured. Additionally, the station provides a means for local non-profit arts organizations to reach local listeners with free messages about their programs and activities. FM programming is also heard online in a streaming format that preceded broadcast operations, going back almost 15 years. Live shows are also heard regularly from studios in the innovative Zoo Studios on 1st Avenue North in the Warehouse Arts District in St Pete. Students from Eckerd College and St Pete College have been heard since live programming from The Zoo began being heard in 2017. More recently, and currently also included in the live show line-up is a student apprentice from St Pete non-profit Creative Clay, an organization devoted to providing persons with disabilities a path to self expression in the arts, including the broadcast arts.
All Volunteer Staff
On and off air operations have been supported by generous contributions of time and talent by a growing number of volunteers. These efforts have helped to update music data base files, maintenance and upkeep of studio and transmitter equipment, and general administrative functions. Future volunteer needs include an around the clock air staff, music director, program director, public service and music news director, internet supervisor and web master, sales manager, general manager, and chief engineer. Inquiries about these positions are invited by phone at 727-455-8848 or email sent to...
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MTB 96.7 FM
Primary Listening Area Radio Central Studio Location
(see banner top of page)
phone (voice or text) 727-455-8848
MTB, PO Box 11874, St Pete 33733
Music Tampa Bay Recording Hotline!
Musicians may record song intros and generic "MTB Ninety Six Seven FM" IDs. Listeners may also participate, expressing opinions about original music by local artists and the music stream and FM station in general. Listeners may be anonymous but should include location (city / area / neighborhood) and indicate listening on 96.7 FM, on a PC or home computer, smartphone, or other listening device.. Government and local non-profits are also encouraged to use the Hotline to submit public service announcements intended for broadcast on-line and on-air in St Pete.
Tax Deductible Donations
Contributions may also be made in person at
The Zoo Studios and Event Space,
home of the 96.7 FM Music Tampa Bay broadcast center. Address and contact information is posted elsewhere on this webpage.
Florida Law requires the following statement for all persons interested in making charitable contributions to Music Tampa Bay, Inc.
"A copy of the official registration and financial information (for this organization) may be obtained from the Florida Division of Consumer Services by calling toll-free (number posted below) with the State. Registration does not imply endorsement aproval, or recommendation by the State."
THE ZOO STUDIOS & EVENT SPACE
1741 1st. Ave N.
St. Petersburg, FL 33713