In November 2015, I paid a visit to the Gatlinburg, TN area in the eastern part of the state. Despite the interference of the mountains, I managed to record some legal IDs from the Knoxville market, not to mention picking up several on the trip there and especially the trip back. The latter was a mess between the Thanksgiving holiday weekend and poor weather conditions, but my travel misfortune is your gain.
I posted the first batch of IDs from there some time back. But tonight here on Toppy is the second round, including the first-ever post of an HD sub-channel ID from the Knoxville area.
In my five years living in Florida from 2001-2006, several tropical storms and hurricanes hit the state. Most memorable, sadly, was Tropical Storm Gabrielle, which made landfall in Sarasota County just three days after 9/11. At the time I was a 24-year-old news producer working on the morning newscast at WTSP-TV, the CBS affiliate in the Tampa/St. Pete market. We went from previewing President Bush’s visit to Sarasota (which was part of our DMA) on the morning of 9/11, to then covering the attack on our country and the aftermath, only to then have to abruptly shift gears to report on the serious weather threat.
To say it was an emotionally taxing week would be a colossal understatement.
Hurricanes are a perpetual seasonal risk for the Sunshine State, and unfortunately it looks as of this writing that Hurricane Matthew is going to strike by either late Thursday night or early Friday morning. So, with that in mind, tonight I have some legal IDs from several different markets in Florida: Fort Pierce, Miami/Fort Lauderdale, Sarasota, and Tampa/St. Petersburg.
Stay safe, Florida…
After doing play-by-play for a high school football broadcast last Friday night, I took the first flight on Southwest Airlines from Nashville to Tampa early Saturday morning, then caught a ride directly to Raymond James Stadium to see Florida State play USF. It was a fun time, ditto for the Rams/Bucs game on Sunday as well, though it was also brutally hot out there.
Nashville will always be my home, but I had more fun during my five years living in Tampa than some people have in an entire lifetime. And while many of my friends from that 2001-2006 era are gone and some of the places have changed, it’s always good to get back.
I also recorded as many radio airchecks as I could during my brief visit, and tonight the first batch of legal IDs extracted from them are now up on the site.
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This week’s (long-delayed) update wraps up our March “Biggish Trip” around the Mid-Atlantic, completing our look at the Norfolk-Virginia Beach market and then heading up the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel for a ride through the Eastern Shore VA, Salisbury-Ocean City MD, Cambridge-Easton MD, Annapolis and Baltimore markets.