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WFUS
CityGulfport, Florida
Broadcast areaTampa Bay Area
Frequency103.5 MHz (HD Radio)
BrandingUS 103.5
SloganTampa Bay's New Country Leader!
Programming
FormatCountry
SubchannelsHD2: WRUB simulcast "Rumba 106.5" (Tropical/Latin pop)
Ownership
OwneriHeartMedia
(iHM Licenses, LLC)
WBTP, WDAE, WFLA, WFLZ-FM, WHNZ, WMTX, WXTB
History
First air date
September 1963 (as WBRD-FM at 103.3)
Former call signs
(applies only for the 103.3 and 103.5 frequencies)
WBRD-FM (1963-1973)
WDUV (1973-3/24/1999)
WTBT (3/24/1999-4/22/2005)
Former frequencies
103.3 MHz (1963-1997)
Call sign meaning
Florida's US 103.5
Technical information
Facility ID63984
ClassC0
ERP68,000 watts
HAAT472 meters (1,549 ft)
Translator(s)102.9 W275AZ (Wesley Chapel South)
Links
WebcastListen Live
Websiteus1035.iheart.com

WFUS (103.5 FM) is a country music radio station in Tampa, Florida. It has been the flagship station of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers since 2004. Licensed to Gulfport, Florida, the station's studios are located in South Tampa and the transmitter site is in Riverview. WFUS is one of the eight stations in the Tampa Bay market owned by iHeartMedia.

The station formerly went by "Thunder 103.5" as a classic rock station that started on March 14, 1995 on 105.5 FM.[1] Ron Diaz worked as the morning drive host at that time. On April 5, 1999, WTBT swapped frequencies with then-sister station WDUV, moving to 103.5 FM. Towards the end of the station's days, it was the Tampa affiliate for The Bob and Tom Show. On April 13, 2005, WTBT flipped to its current country format as WFUS, "US 103.5", leaving Cox Radio's WHPT as the market's only classic rock station at that time.[2] iHeartMedia (then known as Clear Channel Communications) later relaunched the classic rock format as "Thunder Across The Bay", operating on FM translators at 94.5 FM (Gulfport), 99.1 FM (Holiday), 105.9 FM (Tampa), and on WMTX-HD2.

In August 2014, its HD2 subchannel's format changed to Soft EZ Oldies, a format meant to compete with market leader WDUV. Prior to that, the HD2 subchannel was classic rock, branded as "Thunder 103.5 HD2".

In September 2014, WFUS-HD2 flipped once again, as Alternative/New Rock formatted "ALT 99-9", meant to compete with Cox Radio's WSUN. "ALT" was also broadcast on FM translator W207BU at 99.9 MHz, located in Bayonet Point. On November 7, 2014, at Noon, W207BU moved from 99.9 MHz to 100.3 MHz to eliminate interference with WXJB in Brooksville. The station then re-branded as "ALT 100.3". The translator also changed call letters, and is now identifying as W262CP. On March 14, 2016, the "ALT" format was replaced with a rebroadcast of iHeart's Sarasota-based Tropical/Latin pop-formatted WRUB (FM) "Rumba 106.5".

WFUS was the official flagship station of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 2004–2016. Games are now airing on WXTB.[3]

References

  1. ^ "R&R" (PDF). Americanradiohistory.com. March 17, 1995. Retrieved 2017-04-10.
  2. ^ "R&R" (PDF). Americanradiohistory.com. April 22, 2005. Retrieved 2017-04-10.
  3. ^ http://www.buccaneers.com/news/article-1/Buccaneers-and-iHeartMedia-Tampa-Bay-Announce-Multi-Year-Extension/db04e7eb-a94f-4014-a650-d27950952a89

Coordinates: 27°49′12″N 82°15′40″W / 27.820°N 82.261°W / 27.820; -82.261