A fast-rising star, Kelly easily could have filled a much larger venue. But this gig was private, open only to guests of Wild 94.1 as part of their Tampa Bay Talent Search, a contest for aspiring singer-songwriters.
Hosting a pop singer and sponsoring a contest for songwriters may seem like curious moves for a radio station most associated with party music. But Orlando Davis, Wild’s longtime program director and morning host, doesn’t see it that way.
“People are going to try to paint us into a box, but we’re probably the most diverse station with the most diverse audience in the bay area,” Davis said. “We’re never a hip hop station, and we’re never a pop station. We’re just a rhythm station.”