WUFT-FM

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WUFT-FM/WJUF
City WUFT-FM: Gainesville, Florida
WJUF: Inverness, Florida
Broadcast area Gainesville-Ocala, Florida
Branding Florida's 89.1
Frequency WUFT-FM: 89.1 MHz (also on HD Radio)
WJUF: 90.1 MHz
Translator(s) 95.3 W237EJ (Gainesville, relays HD3)
102.7 W274BT (Williston, relays HD2)
First air date WUFT-FM: 1981
WJUF: 1995
Format FM/HD1: Public radio
HD2: Classical
HD3: Top 40/CHR "95.3 GHQ"
ERP WUFT-FM: 100,000 watts
WJUF: 21,000 watts
HAAT WUFT-FM: 235 meters
WJUF: 121 meters
Class WUFT-FM: C1
WJUF: C2
Facility ID WUFT-FM: 66604
WJUF: 985
Callsign meaning WUFT: W University of Florida Television
(after its television counterpart)
WJUF: W J University of Florida
Affiliations NPR
Owner University of Florida
Webcast Listen Live
Listen Live (HD2)
Listen Live (HD3)
Website wuft.org
wuft.org/classic/ (HD2)
ghq.fm (HD3)

WUFT-FM 89.1 is an NPR member radio station owned by the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, broadcasting news from NPR.

UF has been involved in broadcasting for almost nine decades. It owns WRUF (850 AM and 103.7 FM), one of the oldest radio stations in the state, and sister television station WUFT-TV was the first public television station in the state outside Miami. Despite this pioneering role, UF was a relative latecomer to public radio. WUFT-FM didn't sign on until 1981, bringing NPR programming to one of the few areas of the state still without any public radio at all.

For most of its history, WUFT aired a mix of classical music and NPR news programming. On August 3, 2009, WUFT's programming was switched to mostly news and public affairs, while classical music was moved to WUFT's HD2 digital subchannel.

Since 1995, WUFT has also operated WJUF 90.1 FM, licensed to Inverness as a full-time repeater. For years, it was known as Nature Coast 90, but in 2010 rebranded as Florida's 89.1 along with its parent station.

WUFT broadcasts with 100,000 watts of effective power, and reaches the following counties in north-central Florida: Alachua, Union, Bradford, Gilchrist, Levy, Marion, Putnam, Clay, Columbia, Lafayette and Dixie. WJUF broadcasts with 20,000 watts of effective power, and reaches Sumter, Hernando, Citrus and Pasco counties.

WUFT also broadcasts in HD. The HD1 signal simulcasts the analog signal, HD2 features classical music programming 24-hours-a day, seven-days a week. WUFT broadcasts a Latin Top 40 music format Spanish language programming along on its HD3 channel, called "Ritmo Latino". Previously, the sub channel aired "WUFT Ahora" with Spanish language news programming from Radio Netherlands Worldwide.

WUFT broadcasts several live weekly call-in shows: Sikorski's Attic hosted by antiques expert John Sikorski, who answers listeners' questions about antiques and vintage collectibles; Conner Calling, featuring host Hank Conner talking to an array of authors; and Animal Airwaves - Live, hosted by Dana Hill, who interviews veterinarians from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. WUFT also has three weekly live music performance programs: Soul Circuit with Margi Hatch, Saturdays from 8 to 10 p.m. Previous programs include, On the Bridge with Kristen Wanner, Sundays from 3 to 5 p.m.; and Ballads and Blues with Steve Seipp, Sundays from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Newscasts[edit]

In addition, WUFT presents a weekday news program, Front Page Edition of All Things Considered, produced and anchored by broadcasting students at UF's School of Telecommunications, which airs from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM. In addition, there are hourly newscasts, which can be heard daily at four past the hour during Morning Edition, Fresh Air, and at 4:06 and 4:33 PM during All Things Considered.

News staff[edit]

The newsroom is managed by:

  • Tom Krynski - News Director
  • Forrest Smith - Asst. News Director
  • Donna Green-Townsend - Features Unit Executive Producer
  • Steve Russell - Sports Director

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Coordinates: 29°42′36″N 82°23′38″W / 29.710°N 82.394°W / 29.710; -82.394