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WTYM-AM 1300 Tampa – Associated Communications Corporation (Myles P. Berkman, president) bought Tampa’s 5,000-watt Spanish daytimer WSOL in 1979 and switched it to adult oldies WTYM (AM-13 The Time Machine) in 1981. Studios and tower site were near downtown Tampa at 1711 W. Kennedy Boulevard.

In 1982, WTYM dropped the oldies music and returned to an all-Spanish format. A few years later, its offices and studios moved to 228 Bullard Parkway in Temple Terrace (the new COL after a tower relocation) and FCC approval was granted for nighttime operation with 1,000 watts.

WTYM Radio, Inc. (Frank DeTillio, president) acquired WTYM in 1987 and flipped the calls to WQBN (sounds like “Cuban”).

Other names from WTYM history include: Monroe E. Berkman (GM-1982), Jim Genovese (1982), Charles Acton (sales manager-1982), Thom Thompson (PD, music and promotions director-1982), Bob Higby (news director-1982), Mack Lee (chief engineer-1982), Victor Marrero (sales manager-1983), Puly Sequeira (PD-1983), Jose Rodriguez (music director-1983), Ileana Varela (news director-1983), Bill Brown (chief engineer-1984), Mario Quevedo (news director-1985), Dahlia Gonzalez (sales manager-1986), Gus Quintero, and George W. Harvey, Jr. (GM-1987).

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