Florida’s 5, WUFT-TV
WUFT-TV signed on the air November 10, 1958 with a mission to provide educational broadcasting to the University of Florida and other schools within the broadcast area. In the late ’50s and early ’60s programming emphasis at WUFT was on instructional broadcasts.
With the addition of award-winning, locally produced programming such as the student-produced WUFT-TV News First at Five and other content, today WUFT-TV emphasizes prime-time programming from PBS.. Its 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. day-time emphasis is on educational programming featuring children’s shows. In 2012, WUFT-TV’s evening newscast was named the number one student produced television newscast in America.
Florida’s 89.1 WUFT-FM & WJUF-FM
WUFT-FM 89.1 and its repeater station, WJUF-FM 90.1, provide 24/7 news and talk to 19 counties in north central and mid Florida. WUFT-FM is a 100,000 watt public radio station serving 16 counties in North Central Florida, while WJUF-FM is a 20,000 watt repeater station that serves the residents of Citrus, Hernando and Pasco counties.
Signing on September 27, 1981, WUFT quickly garnered a reputation as one of the top public radio stations in the country. Broadcasting on 89.1 in stereo from studios located in the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications, WUFT-FM presents a 24/7 news/talk service with programming from NPR and Public Radio International (PRI). The College also provides opportunities for students in Spanish language programming on Ritmo Latino, a WUFT HD station that features news and public affairs including Spanish language newscasts produced by the College’s students.