Tampa Bay radio stations 94.5, 105.9 switch from classic rock to 'throwback hip hop and R&B'
Goodbye, classic rock. Hello, classic rap.
A Tampa Bay station airing on multiple frequencies by radio conglomerate iHeartMedia are changing formats from rock to "throwback hip hop and R&B," meaning hits from the '90s and 2000s by artists like Snoop Dogg, Mary J. Blige, Jay Z and more. "Thunder Tampa Bay," appearing at 105.9 on the dial in Tampa and 94.5 in St. Petersburg, is now "Throwback 94.5 and 105.9."
The change went into effect immediately on Tuesday with a 20,000-song playlist stretching through the end of 2016.
"Throwback 94.5 and 105.9 is unlike anything on Tampa Bay's airwaves, and is the perfect special holiday gift for our local listeners," Sam Nein, iHeartMedia Tampa Bay's market president, said in a statement. "We've seen Tampa Bay's passion for hip hop and R&B through on-air requests and downloads, and we're excited to bring these hits to our listeners."
Prior to classic rock and (somewhat) old-school hip hop, the Thunder stations also aired country music from 2005 to 2013. The Throwback stations will complement 93.3-FLZ (Top 40) and 95.7 The Beat (hip hop) in iHeartMedia's Tampa Bay umbrella.
-- Jay Cridlin