WUWF FM is a listener supported public radio station licensed to the Board of Trustees of the University of West Florida, located in Pensacola Florida. Broadcasting since January 1981, the station is a member of National Public Radio (NPR), Florida Public Media (FPM), American Public Media (APM), and Public Radio International (PRI).
WUWF FM’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).
WUWF public radio operates in HD (hybrid digital) mode, providing the opportunity to multicast, which means three separate radio channels are available via HD receivers:
WUWF FM1 is the HD signal of WUWF’s main channel. The format is news/talk weekdays with a variety of music programs during evening hours and a variety of educational and entertainment programs on the weekends.
WUWF FM2 available online, via the WUWF free app, or via HD receiver, broadcasts classical music 24 hours daily.
WUWF FM3, also available online, via the WUWF free app, or via HD receiver, began providing the SightLine reading service for vision impaired, in September 2011. The 24 hour service features volunteer daily readings of the Pensacola News Journal, a locally produced Children’s Hour and the syndicated Gatewave reading service. SightLine can also be heard over the secondary audio programming (SAP channel) of WSRE TV.
WUWF.org and the WUWF Mobile App allow the listener to customize programming preferences and access web only content, providing enhanced information, education and entertainment. Significant events from the University of West Florida are also periodically webcast online.
Building on their long history of providing critical information to millions of citizens and visitors during times of crisis, WUWF and Florida’s public radio stations created the Florida Public Radio Emergency Network (FPREN) to communicate emergency information statewide through a seamless system of free over the air FM radio, still the single best and most reliable delivery method, as well as multiple mobile applications.
WUWF and the other FPREN stations throughout the state are locally staffed and equipped to stay on the air even during times of massive power outages in order to deliver important information to local audiences before, during and after an emergency. Working in partnership with the Florida Division of Emergency Management and local Emergency Operations Centers, listeners can be assured of having access to the most up to date information.
Broadcast signals of the FPREN stations cover the entire state, providing citizens and visitors easy access to information regardless of their location. In the event of evacuations, signage on the state’s interstate highways indicate the exact frequency of the public radio station in each area. Additionally, mobile devices are able to obtain local information from any of the FPREN stations at any time through the Florida Storms mobile app.
Headquartered at the University of Florida in Gainesville, the FPREN Storm Center delivers local and regional information during emergencies and is part of the national Emergency Alert System (EAS). FPREN teams provide up-to-the minute weather and news reports during severe weather events on radio and social media.