WFTI - A History
WFTI-FM 91.7 St. Petersburg – First licensed in 1993, Family Radio WFTI was a 3,000-watt Class-A non-commercial FM, owned and operated by Family Stations, Inc., a non-profit corporation based in Oakland, CA.
The 24-hour non-denominational Christian station was listener-supported and part of a network of (mostly) FM’s with non-commercial licenses (and a few commercial licenses used as non-commercial) and relays, with some AM’s. The net also includes two television stations and WYFR shortwave in Okeechobee, FL.
As with other Family Stations outlets, WFTI’s music programming consisted mainly of early American hymns and generally void of other genres like contemporary Christian and southern gospel. One of the station’s most enduring broadcasts was "Open Forum," a call-in show hosted by founder Harold Camping, who responds to callers’ questions and comments as they related to the Bible.
At the time it was sold to Radio Training Network for $2.5 million in 2012, WFTI was headquartered in the BB&T Bank Building at 360 Central Avenue in St. Petersburg, with its transmitting tower located on the bank’s rooftop. Today (2012), the station is based out of Bradenton’s 88.1 WJIS-FM, and joins seven full-powered stations and seven translators along Florida’s west coast programming Christian AC on The Joy FM network.
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1993 - 2012 Other Tampa Bay Area Stations (History)