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The Mission of WGCU Public Media
 
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. 


The Public Media Advisory Board of WGCU

The WGCU Public Media Advisory Board assists WGCU in realizing its mission. The Board advises and assists WGCU in achieving its long-range goals, communicates to and on behalf of listeners, viewers and subscribers; provides input concerning public broadcasting to governmental agencies and elected official, and assists in WGCU fundraising activities.

Below is the list of WGCU Public Media Advisory Board Members (August 2014)

Ms. Debra McIntyre (Chair) Ft. Myers, Fl.

Mr. Dick Munro (Vice-chair) Naples, Fl

Ms. Audrea Anderson, Ft. Myers, Fl.

Mr. Dick Borel, Naples, Fl.

Ms. Judy Bricker, Naples, Fl

Ms. Mimi Chapin Gregory, Naples, Fl.

Ms. Linda Fasulo, Punta Gorda, Fl.

Mr. Jim Hale, Bonita Springs, Fl.

Mr. Robert Hilliard, Sanibel Island, Fl.

Mr. Joe Landon, Naples, Fl.

Ms. Joseph D. Pacheco, Sanibel Island, Fl

Ms. Maria Palacio, Cape Coral, Fl.

Ms. Patricia Sullivan-Schrenk, Naples, Fl.

Ms. Beverly Lundquist (Emeritus), Naples, Fl.

Mr. Rick Johnson, (Ex-officio)

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 and are open to the public.

2014

Thursday, October 16

Thursday, December 11

2015

Thursday, February 19

Thursday, April 16 


The Board of Trustees  of Florida Gulf Coast University                    

WGCU Public Media is a member supported service of Florida Gulf Coast University. FGCU is governed by a Board of Trustees. The list of trustees is available at  http://www.fgcu.edu/Trustees/members.asp

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.

2014

Tuesday, September 16

2015

Tuesday, January 20

Tuesday, April 21

Tuesday, June 16


The Management of WGCU

General Manager                                     

Mr. Rick Johnson    rjohnson@wgcu.org

Director of TV Programming and Promotions

Ms. Toby Cooke  tcooke@wgcu.org

FM Station Manager

Ms. Amy Tardif  atardif@wgcu.org

Director of Production

Ms. Sheri Coleman scoleman@wgcu.org

Director of Finance and Chief Financial Officer

Ms. Iris Gerstle  igerstle@wgcu.org

Director of Digital Media

Ms. Barbara Linstrom  blinstro@wgcu.org

Director of Communications

Ms. Barbara Steinhoff bsteinhoff@wgcu.org

Director of Development & Corporate Support

Ms. Kimberly Woodle kwoodle@wgcu.org

Director of Engineering

Mr. Brian Zittlau bzittlau@wgcu.org


EEO/Diversity

As a member supported service of Florida Gulf Coast University, WGCU Public Media supports and complies with FGCU’s Non-discrimination and Equal Opportunity Institutional Statement and all applicable University policies. The FGCU/WGCU Diversity statement and WGCU's most recent Federal Communications Commission EEO report are available via the following links. Click Here for EEO 2013

http://wgcu.org/modules/file/icons/application-pdf.pnginstitutional_statement.pdf


Protecting Your Privacy

When you join WGCU Public Media as a member, we collect your personal information for specific, limited purposes. The information you provide enables us to better serve your needs, including more personalized services, sending you email alerts, responding to your requests and tracking activity on our website to help determine which features are most desirable by our members.

WGCU’s commitment to personal privacy is demonstrated by our policy which prohibits disclosure of personal information to a third party organization. We do not sell or trade the personal information of our members. The personal information you provided is solely for use by WGCU.

Additionally, as a service to our members, you can choose to be excluded from specific WGCU mailings, telemarketing calls or email contacts. To update your records, call WGCU’s member services office at 239-590-2361 and ask to speak with a member services representative, or email memberservices@wgcu.org


The Public Service Announcements Policy of WGCU

WGCU is the public television and radio station for Southwest Florida providing educational and informative programming. Because of limited airtime between programs, we are unable to promote all of the quality local events on our air, therefore we do not accept public service announcements (PSAs).


The Financial Statements, Content & Services Report, Compensation Information of WGCU

As a recipient of funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, WGCU Public Media makes available for your review its annual TV Local Content and Service Report,  FM Local Content and Service Report annual Financial Statements, and compensation information.

WGCU also make available for your review WGCU's Annual Financial TV Report to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and its Annual Financial Radio Report to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

As a member supported service of Florida Gulf Coast University, WGCU Public Media operates on a July 1 to June 30 fiscal year. On an annual basis, WGCU employs a qualified independent auditing company to audit its financial statements applying Government Auditing Standards. The most recent audited reports are below.

http://wgcu.org/modules/file/icons/application-pdf.pngFinancial_Statements_FM_FY13.PDF

http://wgcu.org/modules/file/icons/application-pdf.pngFinancial_Statements_TV_FY13.PDF

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.