Ardman Teams With Maduri Again In Tampa Bay


In February 2017Neal Ardman, President of NIA Broadcasting, made headlines for acquiring WTMP-AM in Egypt Lake, Fla., and WTMP-FM in Dade City, Fla. — stations that had entered receivership.

Ardman received much more attention for a deal he made two weeks later that saw him team up with Bruce Maduri’Genesis Communications in its purchase of W248CA, a translator that moved to St. Petersburg from Bradenton, Fla., and now simulcasts News/Talk WWBA-AM 820

Now, RBR+TVBR has confirmed that Maduri and Ardman have teamed together in a slightly different way: Maduri is selling a Class B AM in the Tampa-St. Petersburg market to Ardman. 

In an asset purchase agreement to be filed with the Commission on Monday, Ardman’s NIA Broadcasting is acquiring WMGG-AM 1470, licensed to Egypt Lake, from Maduri’s Genesis Communications.

Ardman declined to reveal the purchase price when reached by RBR+TVBR.

Asked why he had decided to purchase the station, which has most recently been airing Spanish-language programming, Ardman noted that WMGG was “a nice fit for its portfolio” in the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater market.

NIA Broadcasting also owns such stations as WYKB-FM 105.3 in Fernandina Beach, Fla., which serves the Jacksonville market.

WMGG has a 2,800-watt daytime signal from 2 towers and an 800 watt nighttime signal from three towers. Its signal is largely concentrated on Hillsborough County and central Tampa.