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Florida’s 5 WUFT-TV will provide live television coverage of the 2013 University of Florida Homecoming Parade on November 8 at noon

By on November 4th, 2013 | Last updated: November 4, 2013 at 1:24 pm

Special programs highlighting UF activities precede and follow the parade

Public television station Florida’s 5, WUFT-TV will present exclusive live television coverage of the 2013 University of Florida Homecoming Parade beginning at noon on Friday, Nov. 8. The parade can also be seen via streaming video at http://www.wuft.org/live. UF Telecommunication students will serve as emcees for the two-hour broadcast. Immediately preceding the broadcast at 11:30 a.m., WUFT will air, “Home,” a special collection of videos highlighting UF accomplishments and campus events and activities.

UF’s 90th Homecoming parade features the theme “Footprints of the Swamp.” Local and state dignitaries will be recognized as they ride down University Avenue in classic and new convertibles. This year’s Homecoming Parade, coordinated by Florida Blue Key, will showcase spectacular bands, floats and special units from University of Florida student organizations and community groups. Immediately following the broadcast at 2 p.m., WUFT will air a special one hour program – “SoulFest 2013” – featuring the best acts from the annual UF student organization talent competition as they compete for a place to perform in Gator Growl.

A rebroadcast of all three programs: “Home,” the 2013 parade and “SoulFest 2013,” is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 11 beginning at 12:30 p.m. on WUFT (Cox Cable channel 3 in Gainesville).

The UF College of Journalism and Communications Division of Multimedia Properties encompasses public television station Florida’s 5, WUFT-TV/DT (with three digital streams) and digital television station WRUF-TV6; two commercial radio stations, Country 103.7 The Gator and ESPN 850; and two public radio stations, Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM and WJUF-FM 90.1 (both with three HD streams). The stations serve listeners and viewers throughout North Florida and the Nature Coast. The stations also serve as a training facility for students of all disciplines in the College.

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WUFT-FM Florida’s 89.1 32nd anniversary poster features a photographic collaboration by John Moran and David Moynahan

By on September 30th, 2013 | Last updated: October 8, 2013 at 4:54 pm

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The WUFT-FM 32nd anniversary poster features a photo collaboration by John Moran and David Moynahan. The 24” x 36” vertical poster, “Oasis in the Dark/Suwannee River,” will be available for a pledge of $120 beginning Monday, October 7. Click image to view larger.

Public radio station WUFT-FM Florida’s 89.1 will honor its 32nd anniversary with a limited edition poster featuring an image by photographers John Moran and David Moynahan. “Oasis in the Dark/Suwannee River” will be a 24” x 36” vertical poster available during the WUFT-FM fall membership campaign from Oct. 7 to 18.

Moran, a University of Florida alumnus, captures images of Florida’s landscapes and wildlife with an emphasis on the state’s waters: the rivers, lakes, coasts, swamps and springs, and the creatures that inhabit them. Moran was named Florida’s official state photographer in 2007, and his work has appeared in National Geographic, Life, Time, Smithsonian and the New York Times Magazine. Following a 23-year career as a photographer, writer and editor for The Gainesville Sun, Moran left the world of daily journalism in 2003 to concentrate full time on photographing the best of vanishing natural Florida.

Native Floridian Moynahan is a conservation photographer whose pictures help advocate for preservation of the state’s wild places. He received awards at the Nature’s Best Photography 2011 Windland Smith Rice Awards and is a staff photographer for Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Office of Recreation Services. His images have appeared on books and guides about Florida’s public land.

The poster will be available during the campaign along with a set of four notecards featuring Florida springs after dark. The poster and the cards will be available for a $120 contribution to public radio.

Posters that are pledged for can be picked up at a poster signing reception on Monday, Nov. 4 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Florida Museum of Natural History in Gainesville. Moran and Moynahan will be on hand to sign and add a personal message and Sweetwater Picture Framing will feature special framing prices.

Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM and WJUF-FM 90.1 are part of the UF College of Journalism and Communications Division of Multimedia Properties and serve as a training facility for students. The stations cover 16 counties in North Florida and an additional three counties in Florida’s Nature Coast (Citrus, Sumter and Hernando) and feature NPR, PRI and locally originated programming.  WUFT-FM began broadcasting on Sept. 27, 1981.

More about the artists

John Moran

Traveling the Sunshine State with his cameras, John Moran seeks his vision of natural Florida as it must have appeared to Ponce de León and other early strangers in paradise. Moran’s work celebrates the magic of a unique landscape born of water and blessed with beauty beyond measure.

His portfolio of landscape and wildlife photography ranges from the Gulf to the Atlantic with an emphasis on Florida waters: the rivers, lakes, coasts, swamps and springs, and the creatures that inhabit them.

A University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications graduate, Moran’s photography has appeared in numerous books and magazines including National Geographic, Life, Time, Smithsonian, The New York Times Magazine and on the cover of the National Audubon Society Field Guide to Florida.

Moran has been named Photographer of the Year for the Southeastern U.S. by the National Press Photographers Association. His photograph of alligators at dusk at Paynes Prairie State Park, titled The Night Has a Thousand Eyes, was selected as the top-placing American photograph in the United Nations Earth Summit photo contest. Moran was Florida’s official state nature photographer in 2007.

Following a 23-year career as a photographer, writer and editor for The Gainesville Sun, Moran left the world of daily journalism in 2003 to concentrate full time on photographing the best of vanishing natural Florida. Moran’s Journal of Light: The Visual Diary of a Florida Nature Photographer was published in 2004.

Moran has recently partnered with UF art history professor Lesley Gamble to create the Springs Eternal Project. His 30-year love affair with the springs of Florida is chronicled in a traveling museum exhibition titled Springs Eternal: Florida’s Fragile Fountains of Youth, which opened in 2013 at the Florida Museum of Natural History in Gainesville and runs through Dec. 15. Other projects are in the works, including a county-by-county statewide photo book on natural Florida to be titled “One State, Many Worlds.”

On photographing the nature of Florida, Moran says, “truly a universal language, photography can help us better understand and appreciate the many gifts of nature bestowed upon this great state we call home.”

David Moynahan

As a conservation photographer, David’s goal is to help raise awareness of the natural and beautiful world that still surrounds us. At this time of spiraling environmental crises, too many people are disconnected from nature. By adding his work to the efforts of environmental groups, scientists, and policy makers – honoring the old adage “a picture is worth a thousand words” – he believes that we can re-inspire awe, respect, and stewardship of our remaining wild places.

A Florida native, David grew up in Miami, with Biscayne Bay, the Everglades and Keys his extended backyard. He spent his youth exploring the seashores and studying the creatures that lived there. Early on, he began to paint and photograph seascapes, fishes, birds, and abstract compositions in nature. Photography became the basis of his journal-keeping as he explored biology, medicine, art, travel, and parenting into adulthood. Over the past decade, his love and respect for the natural world, eye for composition, and his long photographic experience have converged into the striking images that make up his work today.

Some recent notable accomplishments:
- Nature’s Best Photography 2011 Windland Smith Rice International Awards, Smithsonian Exhibit. Highly honored winner.

- Gadsden Arts Center. May 11 – July 28, 2012. Diversity and Creativity: Photography in the 21st Century

- City of Tallahassee Artport Gallery Solo Exhibition. March 27 – May 29, 2012. Entitled H2O, the show features work from Florida, Iceland, and Yellowstone National Park.

For more information on the Springs Eternal Project and John Moran and David Moynahan viist:

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WUFT-FM wins seven Regional Murrow Awards

By on April 18th, 2013 | Last updated: April 18, 2013 at 3:21 pm

WUFT-FM staff and students have won seven 2013 Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards, the Radio Television Digital News Association announced today.

The awards recognize work of the highest quality produced by radio, television and online news organizations around the world. The regional winners are automatically entered in the national Edward R. Murrow Awards competition, which will be judged during the summer. National awards will be presented at the New York Marriott Marquis in New York City on Columbus Day.

WUFT-FM, competing in the small market radio category against stations from Florida, Georgia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, won the following:

The complete list of winners is available at http://rtdna.org/content/2013_regional_edward_r_murrow_award_winners#%23region13.

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Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! Cinema Events

By on April 4th, 2013 | Last updated: April 5, 2013 at 10:08 am

It’s Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! like you’ve never seen it before! Because, well, normally you can’t see it — it’s a radio show.

A live staging of Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! presented by NCM Fathom Events, NPR, WBEZ-Chicago, and BY Experience, will be beamed to select cinemas across the country on Thursday, May 2nd, 2013.

Host Peter Sagal and official judge and scorekeeper Carl Kasell will be joined by panelists Paula Poundstone, Mo Rocca and Tom Bodett to play the quiz in front of a live audience. Carl reading limericks! Celebrity guests answering stupid questions! Faces made for radio! You’ve heard it in 1D, now see it live in glorious…2D.

Don’t miss Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! Live on the big screen on Thursday, May 2, at 8 p.m. with an encore Tuesday, May 7, at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets will be available for the live cinecast and rebroadcast online or at:

Regal Gainesville Cinema 14
Butler Plaza
3101 SW 35th Blvd., Gainesville
352-3360408

Regal Hollywood Stadium 16
2801 SW 27th Ave., Ocala
352-861-2699

Buy tickets online now →

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Public radio stations WUFT/WJUF-FM complete record-breaking Fall 2012 Membership Fundraising Campaign

By on October 30th, 2012 | Last updated: October 30, 2012 at 2:32 pm

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Contact:  Sue Wagner, 352/294-7138, swagner@wuft.org

Record breaking campaign exceeds $175,000 goal

(Gainesville, Fla. – Oct. 30, 2012) Public radio stations Florida’s 89.1 WUFT-FM and WJUF-FM 90.1 recently completed the most successful listener membership campaign in the stations’ history.

The fall fund drive, from Oct. 8-19, received 1,300 pledges totaling $175,982.68 – exceeding the goal of $175,000. The drive brought in 747 new donors, 335 renewals, and 215 members who increased their original gift amount. The second best fund drive was in the fall of 2011 with a total of $161,664.50.

WUFT and WJUF-FM are part of the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications’ Division of Multimedia Properties (DMP). WUFT-FM celebrated its 31st broadcast anniversary during the campaign. The station signed on the air on Sept. 27, 1981. WJUF-FM signed on the air on Nov. 10, 1995.

WUFT-FM 89.1 and WJUF-FM 90.1 broadcast three streams of programming to 19 counties in North Central and Mid-Florida. The first broadcast stream, in both analog and HD1 digital format, features news/talk programming from National Public Radio (NPR) and Public Radio International (PRI) along with variety and music programs. Classic 89 HD2 features 24/7 classical music, and HD3 features Ritmo Latina – a 24/7 schedule of Spanish language music and news programming. The HD streams are available via the Internet at www.wuft.org. Pledges of support can be made at anytime via this website.

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Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM features work of artist photographer Anna Tomczak on 31st Anniversary Poster

By on October 4th, 2012 | Last updated: October 5, 2012 at 4:38 pm
WUFT-FM Poster by Anna Tomczak

Poster by Anna Tomczak (Click image to view larger)

Public radio station Florida’s 89.1 WUFT-FM is celebrating its 31st broadcast anniversary with a limited edition poster featuring work by critically acclaimed artist photographer Anna Tomczak. Tomczak is dedicated to using different techniques to alter photos through Polaroid transfer and integrate photographs into various materials. The featured work, Blue Door, Cadaqués, originally a 20” x 24” Polaroid, is now a 24” x 30“ poster available for a pledge of $100 during the October membership campaign from Oct. 8 – 19. Pledges can be made online at wuft.org or by calling 1-800-338-9838.

Anna’s large format dye-infusion transfer photographs are widely exhibited and are in museum, university, private and corporate collections including: The Florida Gulf Coast Museum of Art, The Norton Museum of Art, The Polk Museum of Art, City of Orlando Public Art Collection, Deland Museum of Art, The Brooklyn Museum of Art, The Harn Museum of Art, UNCC Charlotte – The Cone Foundation, Sony Latin-America, McGraw-Hill, NYC and the Polaroid Corporate Art Collection, Waltham, Mass.

Currently her large-format photographic prints of antiques and plants are on display at the Appleton Museum of Art in Ocala. The show “FLORAda and Flowing Waters: the Art of Mark Messersmith,” Margaret Ross Tolbert and Anna Tomczak, features lush and beautiful portraits of natural Florida as interpreted by these three artists. The show continues through Nov. 4.

Tomczak hosts workshops throughout Florida in various museums, universities and studio classrooms. She also travels to Italy and Spain to present her work in alternative processes and to teach. Tomczak has received various honors including the Florida Individual Artist Fellowship and Career Enhancement Grant; Polaroid Artist Support Program Grant; and the Loft Nota Bene Artists Residency, Spain. Her work has been featured in publications such as Sanctuary Anna Tomczak Photography, The Georgia Review, Florida History Magazine and Polaroid Manipulations. Tomczak earned a BA in Theater Arts from Pennsylvania State University and MFA in Fine Art Photography at the University of Florida.

Posters that are pledged for can be picked up at a poster signing reception on Nov. 7 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Florida Museum of Natural History in Gainesville. Tomcazk will be on hand to sign and add a personal message and Thornebrook Gallery will feature special framing prices.

Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM and WJUF-FM 9o.1 are part of the UF College of Journalism and Communications Division of Multimedia Properties and serves as a training facility for students. The stations cover 16 counties in North Florida and an additional three counties in Florida’s Nature Coast (Citrus, Sumter and Hernando) and feature NPR, PRI and locally originated programming.

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Fanfares & Fireworks celebration returns to UF on July 3

By on June 7th, 2012 | Last updated: June 7, 2012 at 1:28 pm

Fanfares & Fireworks will return to Gainesville at 7 p.m. July 3 to Flavet Field on the University of Florida campus.

The 2012 Independence Day Eve event is presented by the UF College of Journalism and Communications and its multimedia properties: public broadcasting stations WUFT-TV and WUFT-FM, commercial radio stations WRUF Sports Radio 850 and Country 103.7 The Gator, Rock104.com and WRUF-TV. Admission is free.

The title sponsor for the event is GRU 100, celebrating 100 years of service, along with additional funding from the City of Gainesville, Florida Credit Union and Plum Creek.

The 2011 event was not held.

Fanfares & Fireworks will feature a variety of musical groups, an opportunity for families to picnic in the grass and a spectacular fireworks show.

The entertainment lineup includes the Richy Stano and Shane Moore Duo, the contemporary rock group Mr. Ainsworth and traditional favorites by the Gainesville Community Band under the direction of Gerald Poe.

WUFT-FM Program Director Richard Drake along with WUFT Community Ambassador Ilene Silverman will serve as emcees.

Fanfares & Fireworks will conclude with a fireworks display by Skylighters of Florida set to the music of the Gainesville Community Band. The fireworks will begin at approximately 9:40 p.m.

During the event, LifeSouth Blood Center will conduct a blood drive and concessions will be available for purchase. More information is available at www.wuft.org/fireworks.

For safety reasons, no dogs, sparklers or alcohol are allowed at the event. Coolers are allowed, but may be subject to search by the University of Florida Police Department.

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WUFT-TV and WUFT-FM receive 15 Florida AP awards

By on April 23rd, 2012 | Last updated: April 23, 2012 at 2:55 pm

Congratulations to the students and staff of WUFT-TV and WUFT-FM for their outstanding showing in the Florida Associated Press Awards this year.  Students and staff attended the banquet in Orlando Saturday.

Winners and finalists include:

TELEVISION SMALL MARKET

  • Continuing Coverage: WUFT TV, Occupy Gainesville, Darby Underwood and Trent Kelly (finalist)
  • Hard News Feature: WUFT TV, Suwannee Springs Ricardo Navarro (first place)

RADIO II

  • Web site: WUFT FM, WUFT website (first place)
  • Continuing Coverage: WUFT FM, NASA: Past, Present and Future, Tom Krynski, Corey Bachman and Katiana Krawchenko (first place)
  • Sports Feature: WUFT FM, Gator National Champs Honored in Rival Stadium, Marc Whiteman (finalist)
  • Sports Feature: WUFT FM, Football and Small Towns, Jordan Matich (first place)
  • Use of Sound for Radio: WUFT FM, The Long and Hot March to the Swamp, Steven Gallo (finalist)
  • Use of Sound for Radio: WUFT FM, September 11th: We Will Never Forget, Alyssa Averette (first-place)
  • Light Feature: WUFT FM, Florida Songbird,  Elisabeth Williamson and Donna Green-Townsend (finalist)
  • Light Feature: WUFT FM, Another Pavarotti In The Making, Steven Gallo (first place)
  • Hard News Feature: WUFT FM, The Execution of Manuel Valle, Steven Gallo (first place)
  • Public Affairs: WUFT FM, History & Plight of Florida Waterways, Donna Green-Townsend (finalist)
  • Mobile Journalist: WUFT FM, Trent Kelly (first place)
  • Individual Achievement: WUFT-FM, Steven Gallo (first place)
  • Overall: WUFT-FM (first place)
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WUFT presents A Children’s Community

By on February 21st, 2012 | Last updated: February 21, 2012 at 12:18 pm

A Children’s Community offers viewers an inside glance into the lives of children who
dedicate their time and talents to make a difference in their community.

Despite what most may assume, children are actively involved in your community on a daily basis. A Children’s Community hows viewers how the younger generation is making a difference by volunteering with several nonprofit organizations within Alachua County. The featured kids regularly volunteer with the following organizations: Girls to Young Ladies, JIVE, Ronald McDonald House, Star Center, and March of Dimes-Chain Reaction.

The organization, Girls To Young Ladies, encourages girls of all ages to build lasting relationships through peer-to-peer tutoring, spiritual and academic development, and community service projects. The JIVE Teen Leader Program helps youth develop leadership and interpersonal skills by getting involved in their local thrift shop to help benefit Children’s Home Society of Florida. The volunteers of Ronald McDonald House of North Central Florida give back to families with critically ill children through group volunteer opportunities including maintenance work and cooking. The kids of Star Center benefit the community by expressing themselves through numerous plays, musicals, and talent shows. The children are encouraged to work together to produce and perform a successful creative piece. Finally, Chain Reaction members educate their community by spreading awareness about prematurity causes and prevention methods.

Many participate in fundraising and community events to raise awareness about prematurity by promoting “healthy behaviors and lifestyle choices.” These kids show their dedication to bettering their community by expressing themselves through various forms of art, spreading awareness about important causes, and helping those less fortunate. A Children’s Community is truly an inspirational documentary that portrays the willingness of children to step up and be the change.

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WUFT-TV Debuts Gator Nation Innovation

By on February 21st, 2012 | Last updated: February 21, 2012 at 10:24 am

WUFT airs Gator Nation Innovation, a program highlighting the collaborative initiatives of the University of Florida with Gainesville community businesses and local government.

The University of Florida’s research “creates an environment that cultivates and inspires creative thinking for future investors and entrepreneurs.” Innovation is one of the most positive paths for restoring and creating economic growth and opportunity in the community.

The show introduces viewers to organizations such as Innovation Gainesville. Gainesville is home to one of the nation’s top public research universities, the University of Florida, providing a platform for beneficial-marketable products and services that are changing lives. Also known as the Top Tech City in Florida, Gainesville has become a national hub for the development of scientific and economic innovation. Innovation in Gainesville and the incubators created here have allowed a unique and strategic platform for local, national and international civic and business leaders to present their initiatives in biotechnology.

Gator Nation Innovation airs March 1st at 9:00 pm.

Illustrating the positive impacts of new start-up companies in the community, Gator Nation Innovation showcases the Sid Martin Biotechnology Incubator. “The incubator to date has received more than $300 million in equity investments and $175 million in contracts and grants.”

“We are starting to see the fruits of the labor with the Innovation Hub, Innovation Square, and with a number of the companies that are coming out of our incubators…” said Brent Christensen President and CEO of the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce.

Gator Nation Innovation is an insightful program depicting the growth in Gainesville and the impact of nuances in research and products in the world.

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