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City Pensacola, Florida
Broadcast area North-West Florida
South Alabama
Frequency 88.1 MHz (also on HD Radio)
First air date June 21, 1981
Format FM/HD1: Public Radio
HD2: Classical music
HD3: Radio reader "WUWF Sightline"
ERP 100,000 watts
HAAT 187.2 meters
Class C1
Facility ID 66570
Callsign meaning W
Affiliations National Public Radio
Public Radio International
Florida Public Radio
American Public Media
Owner University of West Florida
Webcast Listen to WUWF-FM
Website wuwf.org

WUWF Public Media consists of radio, television and internet services. WUWF FM is a public radio station licensed to the Board of Trustees of the University of West Florida, located in Pensacola, Florida. The station is a member of National Public Radio, Florida Public Radio, American Public Media and Public Radio International. The station's main signal is broadcast on 88.1 FM with a non-directional power output of 100,000 watts from a 1,000 foot tower located in Midway, Florida. The primary antenna array is centered at 187.2 meters (614 feet).

Broadcasting a wide variety of network programs, WUWF FM is also known for locally produced programming like Acoustic Interlude and RadioLive (ceased original shows in 2015). Both of these programs have national and international followers who listen on the station's internet broadcast service. (citation: Funnelweb, audiovideoweb.com, NPR Digital Services).

For 30 years, WUWF FM has produced a wide variety of local, national and international programming. WUWF 88.1 FM is the official emergency alert system broadcaster serving the Metro Pensacola area. WUWF operates in HD (Hybrid Digital) mode, providing the opportunity to multicast, which means three separate radio channels are available via HD receivers: WUWF FM-1, WUWF FM-2 and WUWF FM-3.

WUWF FM-2 and WUWF FM-3[edit]

On January 31, 2011, the entire broadcast schedule of WUWF FM-2 was switched to a classical music format. On September 26, 2011 WUWF FM-3 was launched with a radio reader format. This third channel broadcasts SightLine for the visually impaired which features a 24-hour schedule including daily readings of the Pensacola News Journal and Gate Wave audio. A digital HD radio is needed in order to listen to WUWF FM-2 and WUWF FM-3 over the air. SightLine is also available on the SAP (secondary audio program) of WSRE public television. All three WUWF program streams are available at the station's primary website: http://wuwf.org


WUWF-TV was launched in 2003. It can be seen on Cox Cable Channel 4 in Pensacola and Escambia County, Florida, and in a live 500 kbit/s stream at the station's website. WUWF-TV features programming from the Classical Arts Showcase Network, Free Speech TV and Deutsche Welle (German Public TV). Locally produced programs include Inside UWF; Within Reason; Southern Gardening; and Coming of Age. WUWF-TV provides Public Access opportunities for the Greater Pensacola area and employees a staff of students and volunteers.


WUWF was founded in 1981 by the late Dr. Thomas K. Perry. Working with a core staff and hundreds of volunteers, WUWF has approximately 65,000 listeners. (citation: Arbitron Spring 2011, Fall 2010, Spring 2010, Spring 2009) With the cutback of federal funding in the 1990s, WUWF began a course as a true listener supported station: It operates largely with contributions from local individual listeners with additional support from locally based businesses. Only a small portion of the station's operating budget comes from state and federal grants. The University of West Florida also provides funds, mainly for facilities upkeep and utility bills.


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Coordinates: 30°24′14″N 86°59′35″W / 30.404°N 86.993°W / 30.404; -86.993