WUFT-FM

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WUFT-FM/WJUF
WUFT Florida's89.1 logo.png
City WUFT-FM: Gainesville, Florida
WJUF: Inverness, Florida
Broadcast area Gainesville-Ocala, Florida
Branding WUFT 89.1/90.1 (HD1)
WUFT Classic (HD2)
GHQ (HD3)
Frequency WUFT-FM: 89.1 MHz (also on HD Radio)
WJUF: 90.1 MHz (also on HD Radio)
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 (WUFT only)
ERP WUFT-FM: 100,000 watts
WJUF: 21,000 watts
HAAT WUFT-FM: 235 meters (771 ft)
WJUF: 121 meters (397 ft)
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
PRI
APM
PRX
BBC
WNYC Studios
Owner University of Florida
Sister stations WUFT-TV
WRUF-LD
WRUF (AM)
WRUF-FM
Webcast Listen Live
Listen Live (HD2)
Listen Live (HD3)
Website wuft.org (HD1)
wuft.org/classic/ (HD2)
ghq.fm (HD3)

WUFT-FM is an NPR member radio station owned by the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, broadcasting news and public media programming from NPR along with other distributors including PRI, APM, PRX and WNYC Studios.

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-FM aired a mix of classical music and NPR news programming. On August 3, 2009, WUFT-FM's programming was switched to mostly news and public affairs, while classical music was moved to WUFT-FM's HD2 digital subchannel. Since 1995, WUFT-FM 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 re-branded as Florida's 89.1 along with its parent station. In August 2018, the station was rebranded once again to WUFT 89.1/90.1 to reflect the WJUF frequency.

WUFT-FM broadcasts with 100,000 watts of effective radiated 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 radiated power and reaches Sumter, Hernando, Citrus and Pasco counties.

WUFT-FM broadcasts two live weekly call-in shows: Animal Airwaves - Live, hosted by Dana Hill, who interviews veterinarians from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, and Sikorski's Attic, hosted by antique expert John Sikorski, who answers listeners' questions about antiques and vintage collectibles. Previous talk programs include Connor Calling with Hank Connor who retired. WUFT also has three locally-produced weekly music programs: Viernes Social with Gilberto de Paz on Friday nights, Soul Circuit with Margi Hatch on Saturday nights and Encore! with Dana Hill on Sunday nights. Previous music programs include On the Bridge with Kristen Wanner and Ballads and Blues with Steve Seipp.

HD Radio[edit]

WUFT-FM also broadcasts in HD. WUFT-FM HD1 (89.1-HD1) simulcasts the analog signal.

WUFT-FM HD2[edit]

WUFT-FM broadcasts a classical music format on its 89.1 HD2 channel called WUFT Classic. Programming includes syndicated concerts, the Met's Saturday matinee broadcasts and a locally-produced weekday afternoon program featuring full-length symphonies called Magnum Opus, hosted by long-time WUFT host, Richard Drake. WUFT Classic also includes late-night jazz on Friday and Saturday nights from PRI. Besides being available on 89.1 HD2, WUFT Classic is also broadcast in Gainesville proper on a low-power FM translator, W274BT at 102.7 FM and on WJUF's second digital sub-channel at 90.1 HD2.

WUFT-FM HD3[edit]

WUFT-FM broadcasts a student-run Top 40 music format on its 89.1 HD3 channel called GHQ, which also broadcasts in Gainesville proper on a low-power FM translator, W237EJ at 95.3 FM. However, this station is not available on WJUF. Previously, the HD3 sub-channel broadcast a Latin Top 40 music Spanish language format called "Ritmo Latino". Before that, it aired "WUFT Ahora" with Spanish language news programming from Radio Netherlands Worldwide.

Newscasts[edit]

WUFT presents weekday hourly news updates produced and anchored by broadcasting students at the University of Florida's College of Journalism and Communications. Additional local newscasts can be heard during NPR's Morning Edition (hosted locally by Glenn Richards) and All Things Considered (hosted locally by Dana Hill).

News staff[edit]

The newsroom (a.k.a. U.F. Innovation News Center) is managed by:

  • Mira Lowe - Director
  • Forrest Smith - Deputy News Director, Mornings
  • Gary W. Green - Deputy News Editor and Digital Director
  • Ethan Magoc - Real-Time News Editor
  • Ryan Vasquez - Multimedia News Manager
  • Harrison Hove - Multimedia News Manager
  • Dania Alexandrino - Spanish-language News Manager

External links[edit]

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