By PAMELA DAVIS
© St. Petersburg Times, published July 6, 2001
The Tampa Bay radio market has received nine Billboard/Airplay Monitor award nominations, with four of them going to one station. That's down considerably from last year's 14 nominations.
WQYK-FM 99.5 garnered the most nominations of any country music station in the country. WQYK was nominated for station of the year, program/operations manager of the year for Eric Logan, local air personality of the year for Skip Mahaffey and promotions/marketing director of the year for Mike Culotta.
"The station is well loved and respected by people in the industry," said Phyllis Stark, Nashville bureau chief for Billboard and Airplay Monitor.
WLLD-FM 98.7 (Wild) received two nominations in the Rhythmic Top 40 category: station of the year and a program director nomination for Orlando.
WFLZ-FM got a nod in the mainstream Top 40 category for music director Stan "The Man" Priest. WXTB-FM 97.9's Mike Oliviero was nominated in the mainstream rock category for marketing director of the year and Tony Florentino at WMTX-FM 100.7 (Mix) is up for Adult Top 40 operations manager of the year.
Stations in the Tampa Bay area, the 21st largest radio market, compete in the secondary market size categories.
Winners will be announced in October during the Billboard/Airplay Monitor Radio Seminar in Miami.
MOVING DAY: Rise Up, a radio program that showcases country artists and their spirituality, moves from WRBQ-FM 104.7 (Q105) to sister station WQYK-FM 99.5 Sunday. Both stations are owned by Infinity Broadcasting.
Rise Up is hosted by John Ritter, former co-host of WRBQ's morning show. It airs from 6 to 10 a.m. Sundays.
FORMAT CHANGE: WLVU-AM 1470 has dropped contemporary Christian talk and picked up the Business Talk Radio network programming abandoned by WTBN-AM 570.
WTBN was recently purchased by Christian talk provider Salem Communications and will begin airing "Central Florida's Word," July 16.
Tex Meyer, vice president and regional manager of Genesis Communications, which owns WLVU said the station also will air local business news, but offered no specifics.