Throughout the years, the Tampa Bay music scene had been highly promoted on both radio and television. During the late 1980's - mid 1990's, Tampa Bay radio stations set aside pockets of precious air time in order to showcase local talent in the form of an hour or so of playing nothing but songs from local artists. These local stations would also broadcast in-studio interviews and performances with local artists & bands as well. WXTB 98ROCK had their "Tampa Bay Rocks" show hosted by Jeff Zinda from 9:00pm - Midnight on Sunday nights. WMNF 88.5 FM had their "Local Music Show" hosted by Ron Boyko on Thursday nights from 11:00pm - Midnight. 95ynf also did their part in promoting the local music scene as well, airing the "95ynf Radio Clash" every Sunday night from 9:00pm - 2:00am. Hosted by Charlie Logan, the "95ynf Radio Clash" broadcasted local bands performing live from Morrisound Recording Studios in Tampa.
Aside from Radio, television was lending a helpful hand as well. There were several cable access shows that were dedicated to showcasing local bands and clubs... "Trax" - hosted by Cathie Lucas, "Tampa Bay Players Live!", "Metal Masters", and "Dave's Garage".
Hosted by Cathie Lucas, "Trax" was a weekly cable tv show that focused mainly on the local music scene. On her show, Cathie would interview local bands and artists, play music videos by local bands and artists, and report on the local music scene news.
"Dave's Garage" was A cross between the "Tonight Show", and "Wayne's World". "Dave’s Garage" would feature local bands performing in the studio, as well as conduct Interviews with the local talent.
Probably the longest lasting, and more popular of the TV shows was "The Mike Pachelli Show". This show was hosted by local Tampa Bay musician, Mike Pachelli, who fronted the band, "The Mike Pachelli Group". The TV show aired In the 80's and 90's. Pachelli hosted his television show on the Warner Bros. Affiliate WTMV for 10 years on Friday and Saturday nights in the Tampa/St. Petersburg/Orlando market. The program boasted a 14 million cumulative audience. Mike would often have guest musicians from the local Tampa Bay area, as well as national artists, jamming on the show in between skits, interviews, and showing music videos.
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