Historic Black Radio Station Silenced As New Management Takes Over

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After 57 years serving as the voice of Tampa’s Black community, WTMP is firing its staff and starting a new format.

As of Friday, the station is programmed by Davidson Media Group, a company known largely for Hispanic-centered radio.

The Syndicated Tom Joyner Show, one of the most popular radio shows among Black listeners nationwide, along with The Michael Baisden Show will no longer air on WTMP.

But former staffers and fans are left feeling as if Tampa’s Black community has lost its biggest broadcast institution — just four years after a struggle over debt wrested control of WTMP from the Black-owned, family-run media company who had operated it for 10 years.

Read more at the Root.

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