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.
|City||WUFT-FM: Gainesville, Florida|
WJUF: Inverness, Florida
|Broadcast area||Gainesville-Ocala, Florida|
HD2: WUFT Classic
|Slogan||NPR News and Talk|
HD2: Dedicated to the Fine Art of Listening
HD3: Gator Nation's Hit Music Channel
|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|
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)
|Facility ID||WUFT-FM: 66604|
|Callsign meaning||WUFT: W University of Florida Television|
(after its television counterpart)
WJUF: W J University of Florida
|Owner||University of Florida|
HD2: Listen Live
HD3: Listen Live
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 one live weekly call-in show: Animal Airwaves - Live, hosted by Dana Hill, who interviews veterinarians from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. Previous talk programs include Connor Calling with Hank Connor (who retired) and Sikorski's Attic, hosted by antique expert John Sikorski, who answered listeners' questions about antiques and vintage collectibles. WUFT also has two locally-produced weekly music programs: the soul/R&B-focused Soul Circuit with Margi Hatch on Saturday nights and the classical music-focused Encore! with Dana Hill on Sunday nights.
WUFT-FM also broadcasts in HD. WUFT-FM HD1 (89.1-HD1) simulcasts the analog signal.
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 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. In addition to regular music, the station airs specialty shows on weekends, ranging from Latin and hip-hop to EDM.
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).
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
- WUFT website
- Sikorski's Attic website
- Query the FCC's FM station database for WUFT
- Radio-Locator information on WUFT
- Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for WUFT
- Query the FCC's FM station database for WJUF
- Radio-Locator information on WJUF
- Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for WJUF
- Query the FCC's FM station database for W237EJ
- Radio-Locator information on W237EJ
- Query the FCC's FM station database for W274BT
- Radio-Locator information on W274BT