Today was a rather historic day in Tampa radio history. For the first time, an FM station covering the entire market flipped to Spanish (96.1 WMGG-FM doesn’t count, so don’t bring it up), as Outlaw Country 92.5 (WYUU/Safety Harbor, FL) switched formats after its broadcast of the NASCAR Indianapolis Brickyard 400 to Spanish Tropical as La Nueva 92.5. “The Latin Sound of Tampa Bay” is the station’s positioning statement, only they say it in Spanish (obviously). It’s not the Hurban/reggaeton that some expected, and it puts the two Tropical AM stations in the market in a tough spot.
Since I knew the flip was going to happen at some point, I’ve been rolling tape on WYUU quite a bit, usually around 5 PM every day to a different Tampa churches (you know, since that’s usually the time of day that a station will flip). But knowing that it might flip today after the NASCAR race, I rolled tape at the end of the broadcast, and lo and behold, I captured a flip on tape. Lucky me. If you want to hear that, you can visit this page on my website to hear the audio (and see a picture of the actual announcement being read on-air, not too long before they pulled the plug on the station webcam). It will open in a new window, so you won’t leave this page.
Okay, enough about that; you’re here to hear IDs, I know. Go to the Tampa audio page, choose the August 2005 WYUU audio, and you can hear the brand new Spanish WYUU legal ID for yourself. How’s that for quick turnaround time?