Tampa is the second largest city in the state of Florida, with 343,890 residents according to the 2009 U.S. Census. The city is located in the west coast of Florida on the Gulf Coast Bay.
Tampa is well known for its professional sports teams the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (NFL), the Tampa Bay Lightning (NHL), and the Tampa Bay Rays (MLB). Several Fortune 1000 companies call Tampa home including OSI Restaurant Partners, WellCare Health Plans, Inc., TECO Energy, and Walter Energy.
Tampa is part of the Tampa-St. Pete (Sarasota) television market, which has the 14th largest number of television households in the United States with 1,805,810 “TV Homes,” according to the Nielson Media Local Market Estimates of 2010.
Tampa has a number of television stations that broadcast from within the city limits including WEDU 3 PBS, WFLA 8 NBC, WTSP 10 CBS, WTVT 13 FOX, WUSF 16 PBS, WFTS 28 ABC, WMOR 32, WTTA 38 MY TV, WWSB 40 ABC, and WTOG 44 CW.
WFLA first broadcast was of the Gasparilla Pirate Festival on Valentine’s Day in 1955. For several years, WTVT used a black cat as its mascot due to the station broadcasting on the “unlucky” Channel 13. WTSP was the first station in Tampa to acquire a news helicopter, in 1979, thus making it the only station to broadcast the aftermath of the “Skyway Bridge Disaster” in May of 1980. Lead anchor Bob Hite retired from WFLA in 2007 after 30-years employed at the station. WTVT interviewed pitchman Billy Mays shortly before his death in 2009, which is believed t be his final appearance on television.
Notable on-screen personalities who have worked in Tampa broadcasting including WTSP reporter Michelle Caruso-Cabrera, now at CNBC; WTVT sports anchor Colin Cowherd, now at ESPN Radio; and WFTS sports director Jay Crawford, now at ESPN.
There are a number of radio stations that broadcast from Tampa including WMNF 88.5 FM Variety; WUSF 89.7 FM Radio; WBVM 90.5 FM Religious; WFLZ 93.3 FM Top-40; WWRM 94.9 FM Contemporary; WMTX 100.7 FM Hot AC; WRBQ 104.7 FM Oldies; WFLA 970 AM Radio; WTIS 1110 AM Religious; WHNZ 1250 AM Talk; TPAF 1470 AM Spanish; and WAMA 1550 AM Spanish.