WUWF Public Media 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) above average terrain.
Broadcasting a wide variety of network programs, WUWF is also known for outstanding locally produced programming like Acoustic Interlude and RadioLive. Both of these programs have national and international followers who listen on the station's very strong and high quality internet broadcast service. In August 2015, RadioLive ended its 27-year run but rebroadcasts are featured on WUWF-FM and WUWF-TV. Acoustic Interlude is alive and well and can be heard Sundays, noon-4:00 p.m. on WUWF-FM.
For 30 years, WUWF FM has served the Gulf Coast community with a wide variety of local, national and international programming, designed to keep listeners informed and entertained, all in a commercial free environment. As technology has advanced, so has WUWF, which now operates in HD (Hybrid Digital) mode, providing the opportunity to multicast, which means three radio channels are available via HD receivers: WUWF-1, WUWF-2, and WUWF-3. Additionally, WUWF TV which launched in 2003, can be seen on Cox Cable Channel 4 in Pensacola and Escambia County, Florida, as well as in a live stream at the station's website. WUWF 88.1 FM is the official emergency alert system broadcaster serving the Metro Pensacola area.
Mission Statement: It is the mission of WUWF Public Media, in partnership with non-profit community, educational and governmental organizations, to create, acquire, and distribute audio and video content through broadcast, web, and community outreach that educates, informs and enlightens the citizens of Northwest Florida, South Alabama and the world.
HD Service: A digital HD radio is needed in order to listen to WUWF-1 in HD format, or WUWF-2 or WUWF-3 over the air. You can also listen online either through your computer or other compatible digital device or with an Internet Radio. HD Radio broadcasting has higher quality audio with more programming choices and new wireless data services. HD eliminates static, hiss, pops and fades. In addition, the wireless data feature enables text information – titles, artists, weather and traffic alerts – to be broadcast directly to an HD receiver’s display screen. WUWF-FM continues to broadcast in standard format on 88.1 FM.
WUWF FM-2: On January 31, 2011, the entire broadcast schedule of WUWF-2 was switched to a classical music format.
WUWF FM-3: On September 26, 2011 WUWF-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, locally produced children's stories, and Gate Wave radio for the visually impaired.
WUWF-TV: WUWF-TV, launched in 2003, can be seen on Cox Cable Channel 4 in Pensacola and Escambia County, Florida, and in a live 500 kbps stream at the station's website, wuwf.tv. The station features original programming and features from the Classic Arts Showcase and Deutsche Welle.
History: WUWF was founded in 1981 by the late Dr. Thomas K. Perry, and has served the Pensacola and NW Florida communities for the past thirty years. Working with a core staff of multi-talented professionals and hundreds of volunteers, WUWF has approximately 65,000 listeners. With the cutback of federal funding in the 1990s, WUWF began a course as a true listener supported station. Today, 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.