New people group radio station develops in Tampa Heights

 Jun, 19 - 2017   radio reborn

TAMPA HEIGHTS — The rent on the 1,200-square-foot one-story working at 2709 N Tampa Street was marked the morning of March 28.

That evening, a reception apparatus was joined to the 74-foot radio tower remaining in the front yard.

What’s more, around 11 p.m. that night, WURK-96.3FM turned into Tampa’s most up to date not-for-profit group radio station.

“We would like to have the capacity to instruct and engage our group,” said 54-year-old Horace Bailey, the station’s business director and fellow benefactor.

WURK’s 24-hour exemplary and contemporary hip jump play rundown can be heard anyplace online at

In any case, not at all like stalwart WMNF that communicates to the whole city with 70,000 watts, WURK is a low-control group station with only 100 watts.

It just achieves radio audience members inside a most extreme 10 miles of the area of its tower in the Tampa Heights neighborhood of Rainbow Heights.

The span incorporates parts of East Tampa, West Tampa and downtown, so news fragments — once they start — like activity updates, neighborhood affiliation issues, youth games and decisions will concentrate basically on those ranges of the city.

“We’ll be grass roots with a genuine nearby concentration,” Bailey said.

Still, work should be done at WURK for it to achieve its potential.

Its home office is still under development, with more things lying about from the day mind that was once housed there than radio hardware.

Until further notice, music writing computer programs is done from the St. Petersburg home of fellow benefactor and station design Steve Zagony, 49, and afterward live-spilled through the web to the station’s fm transmitter.

Inside the following 60 days they will begin recording nearby news portions from Zagony’s home studio.

Before news can be communicate from the station, they require around another $10,000 to buy required gear.

So far, they’ve raised $25,000 through gifts to get the station on air.

The tower was at that point on the property that years back facilitated a radio station.

The thought for WURK was conceived in 2013 when West Tampa local Dee Jackson and Bailey bemoaned about the absence of group radio stations concentrated on urban neighborhoods and chosen to make a move.

WURK general administrator Jackson, 43, has involvement as a sound and recording engineer for artists.

Bailey once ran the People’s Advocate, an online daily paper concentrated on the place where he grew up of Lakeland.

They at that point brought Zagony, who helped built up the St. Petersburg people group radio station WUJM-LP – 99.1 FM, into the overlap.

None are being paid for their endeavors.

“Group radio is my adoration,” Zagony said. “Business radio couldn’t care less about the group as much as they do about inspiring individuals to tune in to the advertisements.”

They got their permit through the Local Community Radio Act of 2010 that charges the Federal Communications Commission with giving FM space to low-control stations.

With respect to the name of the station?

“Since we’re working,” business supervisor Bailey said with a giggle. “WORK was brought so we ran with the U.”

Their last accomplice turned into the Tampa Housing Authority, which briefly advances them West Tampa office space.

As a byproduct of that gift, WURK is beginning a program to show range kids the aptitudes expected to work in radio, from designing to revealing.

They anticipate propelling that this mid year.

“How about we include the young in the formation of group radio,” general supervisor Jackson said. “We should give them a voice to roll out positive improvements.”

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