WGCU Public Media Mission

 To inspire, inform, educate, engage and entertain through the power of public media.

WGCU Public Media is Southwest Florida’s source for PBS and NPR.

WGCU provides quality programming 24-hours a day and is a trusted story teller, teacher, theater, library and traveling companion. As a member-supported service of Florida Gulf Coast University, WGCU’s mission is to provide educational programming that inspires, informs and engages our community.

Serving seven counties, one-fifth of the state of Florida, with three distinct digital TV channels, two FM radio channels and two HD radio channels, one subcarrier and a monthly magazine, WGCU delivers national and international programming and develops, produces and delivers relevant, informative and educational local programs to the Southwest Florida community.  

WGCU’s educational programs, community-based initiatives and informative and entertaining events make public media integral to the vitality of Southwest Florida. WGCU is reaching beyond its service area to the country and the world through web-based applications.

 Many of its locally produced programs have been broadcast throughout the country. WGCU has received numerous national, regional, state and local awards for its locally produced television and radio programs. 

WGCU History

WGCU Public Media and its predecessor WSFP-TV/FM have served Southwest Florida with the finest in public television and radio programming for over 30 years. Originally a satellite operation licensed to the University of South Florida, WGCU Public Media became an independent entity in 1996 when the broadcast licenses were transferred to Florida Gulf Coast University, a new public university that was being built to serve the Southwest Florida region. The stations’ call letters were changed to WGCU-TV/FM, and a new state-of-the-art broadcast facility was built as part of the new university’s campus.
Since that time we have dramatically strengthened and expanded the physical infrastructure, the financial base and the media services that now comprise WGCU Public Media:

  • Expanded our service by providing up to four distinct digital television prorgamming streams--including a full-time High Definition channel
  • Provided the region with the first full-day public radio News and Information programming service
  • Launched a 24-hour-a-day Adult Album Alternative programming service on HD radio
  • Organized staff to reflect an integrated media model for production, dissemination and programming rather than a traditional television and radio model
  • Founded a monthly magazine, funded from paid ads and membership pledges, that has a circulation of 14,000
  • Developed an award-winning website, wgcu.org, that incorporates digital archives of all locally produced TV and FM programs, streaming FM service, access to national sites, and social media tools
  • Produced over 160 documentary-style local television programs, many of which have won national awards and have been accepted for national distribution through the American Public Television Service
  • Earned numerous national and regional awards, including a Peabody Award, for our radio news programming
  • Virtually eliminated videotape as our dissemination source. Download, store and transmit exclusively in digital formats.
  • Upgraded TV production equipment to a state-of-the-art HD facility.

The WGCU Public Media Advisory Board meetings are held at 10 am in Room 25 of the WGCU Broadcast Building on the campus of FGCU.

Thursday, October 17, 2013                     

Thursday, December 12, 2013 

Thursday, February 20, 2014 

Thursday, April 17, 2014                          

WGCU Public Media is a member supported service of Florida Gulf Coast University.

The following dates have been scheduled for meetings of the Florida Gulf Coast University Board of Trustees. The meetings are held in the Cohen Center Ballroom, 10501 FGCU Boulevard S., Fort Myers, FL 33965. The meeting dates are posted to the website:  fgcu.edu .  The meeting agenda is posted 7 days prior to the meeting.

For more information call 239.590.1065.



Tuesday, June 17


Tuesday, January 20

Tuesday, April 21

Tuesday, June 16