The University has been in the business of informing the Greater Gainesville community for 90 years, starting in 1928, when its radio station, WRUF-AM, began operations as one of the first radio stations in Florida. Since then, the UF College of Journalism and Communications (CJC) has been providing news and addressing local issues for 19 counties in the North Central Florida area on multiple platforms.
The stations operated by the CJC are WUFT-TV, the PBS affiliate for North Central Florida and WRUFTV, the local news, weather and Gator sports channel. The CJC also operates commercial radio stations ESPN 98.1/850 WRUF, the market’s leading sports-formatted radio station and flagship of the Gator Network, 103.7 The Gator, which programs contemporary country music, and the market-leading news/talk NPR affiliate WUFT-FM 89.1, which also has a weekly Spanish-language news broadcast, “Noticias.” Other stations include WUFT Classic, the 24-hour classical/arts channel at 102.7 FM and GHQ, a student-targeted Top- 40 radio station at 95.3 FM. Since 2012, the CJC and its students have earned more than 300 state, regional and national awards for news coverage.
…In All Kinds of Weather
The UF College of Journalism and Communications runs the Florida Public Radio Emergency Network (FPREN). Through this service, which is offered thanks to funding from the Florida Legislature and other public radio stations throughout Florida, WUFT staff provide hurricane, tropical storm and other emergency messaging content to 13 stations that cover the entire state of Florida. FPREN also reaches residents through the Florida Storms app, which provides up-todate storm information and tracking, real-time evacuation and shelter information and a live stream of the closest Florida public radio station geo-targeted to the user’s location. The app is available for nearly all mobile devices.
Online resources from the UF Libraries are available to everyone and include collections in the arts and humanities, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Judaica, along with many others, in the University of Florida Digital Collections at ufdc.ufl.edu. Online exhibits can be viewed at exhibits.uflib.ufl.edu/online.html. During the fall 2020 semester, the Libraries are open to UF students, faculty and staff at reduced capacity due to physical distancing requirements because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Hours are listed at uflib.ufl.edu/ ps/hours/.
UF Campaign for Charities
The University of Florida culture of caring extends beyond campus walls to our community of Greater Gainesville. UF employees donate approximately $1 million to local charities each year through the UF Campaign for Charities. In the fall of 2020, more than 100 charities will participate in the campaign. Learn more about the UFCC at ufcc.ufl.edu.