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UF’s College of Journalism and Communications Launches New Classical FM Station

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WUFT Classic Will debuted on Nov. 10 at 1 pm on 102.7 FM, 89.1-2 HD2, online at wuft.org and via a new WUFT Classic App

Gainesville, Fla. (November 9, 2015) –Beethoven, Mozart, Miles Davis and other classical and jazz icons will return to the FM airwaves in Gainesville and Alachua county as the UF College of Journalism and Communications launches a new classical, jazz and art-oriented station.

WUFT Classic 102.7 FM launched on Nov. 10 at 1 p.m. The new FM frequency will simulcast programming from the current WUFT-FM 89.1-2 HD2 classical channel and will continue to be streamed online at WUFT.org. In addition WUFT Classic launches with a new smartphone app for iOS and Android phones enabling listeners to enjoy the station no matter where they travel.

Richard Drake, former WUFT 89.1 “Morning Edition” host, will take the reins of the weekday program “Magnum Opus” from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. WUFT Classic 102.7 will launch with a recording of “Twain Ten Fanfares” written by UF Music Professor Emeritus Willis Bodine in honor of the WUFT-FM 20th Anniversary.

“Magnum Opus” will feature long-form works that can be played in their entirety, such as Beethoven’s 9th Symphony. During each program, Drake will also include interviews and possible live performances by local artists, performers and arts organizations.

WUFT Classic will feature programming from nationally renowned classical music services Classical 24, “Exploring Music with Bill McGlaughlin,” evening symphony performances, The Metropolitan Opera series and jazz on the weekends. The full schedule is available at wuft.org.

“The College of Journalism & Communications and University of Florida are excited to bring WUFT Classic to the community to celebrate the arts in Gainesville,” said Randall Wright, Executive Director of the Division of Media Properties. We are fortunate to be able to upgrade our facilities to be able to provide this programming for the community and we’re especially enthused by the launch of the new WUFT Classic app which means our listeners will be able to take WUFT Classic with them no matter where they travel.”

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7 comments

  1. I have tried on 2 house radios and my car radio to receive your new station. Apparently Lake City is not in your range or do I need a special antenna”

  2. How nice for the City of Gainesville to get back what they had for so many years. How unfortunate for the rest of us in Alachua County and the surrounding areas that we cannot enjoy classical music as we travel or at home unless we have an HD radio. In all the hoopla leading up to the start of this new service, I do not recall any mention that it would be limited to Gainesville.
    Are there plans to strengthen the signal so that the rest of the area will be able to listen?

    • Hi, Janet,

      We’re sorry you didn’t hear the announcements, but I believe we did announce it would be 102.7 in Gainesville. FM translators are low power by nature, about 250 watts, which only covers the city and parts of Alachua county. If we could acquire another translator to cover another area, we would love to do so. You never know! But you can still listen using an HD Radio, online at WUFT.org/classic, or with our brand new smart phone app for iPhone, iPad, or Android. You can find links on the listen page at WUFT.org/classic.

      Thanks for your support!

  3. Why is the 102.7 signal limited to just Gainesville?

    HD radios are scarce and access via the Internet is lacking. I would really like to able to hear the Classical music signal from outside the city limits where I live.

    • Hi, Alan,

      FM translators are low power by nature, about 250 watts, which only covers Gainesville and parts of Alachua county. Hopefully we can get more, but this is it for now. You can still listen using an HD Radio, online at WUFT.org/classic, or with our brand new smart phone app for iPhone, iPad, or Android. You can find links on the listen page at WUFT.org/classic.

      Thanks for your interest!

    • Hi, Alan,

      We wish you could enjoy 102.7 from outside the city, but FM translators are low power by nature, about 250 watts, which only covers Gainesville and parts of Alachua county. Hopefully we can acquire more, but this is it for now. In the meantime, HD Radios aren’t that scarce (depending on what you’re looking for). They’re available at Walmart or BestBuy starting at $50.

      How is your Internet lacking? Have you tried playing the Internet through your home stereo system? I have a Roku that works very well as well as a cable that I plug into the earphone jack of my smart phone and/or laptop. I’ve also streamed the signal from my phone to my friend’s smart TV using Bluetooth! We also have a brand new smart phone app for iPhone, iPad, or Android. You can find links on the listen page at WUFT.org/classic.

      Anyway, we’ll be happy to help if you have any questions about how to listen or improve listening, just let us know!

      Thanks for your interest!

  4. Here is a follow up question:

    I’ve had an HD radio for almost two years now specifically to listen to your 89.1HD2 channel. But it hasn’t been able to find the HD2 channels for weeks now. It picks up the HD1 channel and the HD3 channel, but not the HD2.

    What is the situation? Is it off the air or has my radio decided to pick up every HD channel, but your HD2?

    Thanks.

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