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Radio St. Pete gets its first ‘permanent’ home

Bill DeYoung

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Radio St. Pete music director J. Kolb on the air at the new studio. Photos provided.

Station managr Joe Bourdow (left) with interview guest Paul Wilborn, executive director of the Palladium Theater.

After more than a decade without a fixed address, Radio St. Pete – the scrappy, nearly all-local internet and broadcast radio station – has its brick, its mortar, and its brick-and-mortar.

The 10-year-old nonprofit’s new home studio is inside Thrive DTSP, the three-story co-working center at 136 4th Street, downtown. The center of operations shifted there in late January.

“I think this brings home, for the first time, that we are trying to become a very relevant media platform, if you will, in St. Pete,” said station founder and manager Joe Bourdow. For its first decade, Radio St. Pete’s remote “studios” were scattered all over the city.

“And in the first couple of weeks, the availability and convenience of the studio has made it possible for us to record and broadcast probably 20 interviews already, with people in the arts, business and local government.

“Clearly this is going to make a huge difference for us.”

Representatives from the City, and from the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce, will “cut the ribbon” on the new studio in a private ceremony Wednesday.

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Online since 2013, the all-volunteer Radio St. Pete was granted an FM license by the Federal Communications Commission in 2021, as “Sunshine 96.7.” Programming consists of recorded work from bay area musicians, live broadcasts, podcasts, interviews, news and sports. There are four separate online streams; click here.

The week also brings two days of live, local music as fundraisers for Radio St. Pete. Here’s the lineup:

Thursday 12-5 p.m. at Hawthorne Bottle Shoppe, 2927 Central Ave.: Tony Amadore, Pat Ward, Happi & Patti, Jeff Blak, George Wright, Charlie Morris, Pamela Jo, Eddie Kusar and Keith Pleuss. Friday at Foodie Labs, 515 22nd St. South, Suite 130: Shadric Smith, Doran/Pickett, Randy Burton, Holt and Hoke, Kari Kane, Adrianna, Berkley and JP and Greg Woodruf.

“In addition to all of the content that’s being created,” Bourdow said, “the studio will also be available for live-hosted music programs. That will probably start relatively soon.

“We’re still really at that phase of trying to gain awareness, make people know that we’re out there – to give us a try and check out our program schedule. Which is pretty robust.”

 

 

 

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    Fiona Frensche

    March 18, 2024at6:27 pm

    Love reading this news. It seems as though radiostpete is becoming the little train that could. Loved this story!

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