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 storyteller, 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 all or part of 12 counties in South and Southwest Florida with five distinct digital TV channels, two FM radio channels, two HD radio channels, and one subcarrier, WGCU delivers national and international programming and develops, produces and delivers relevant, informative and educational local programs to the Southwest Florida community.
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 HISTORY OF WGCU
WGCU Public Media and its predecessor, WSFP-TV/FM, have served Southwest Florida with the finest in public television and radio programming for 35 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. The building is named the Myra Janco Daniels Public Media Center, in honor of Ms. Daniels’ major gift to local arts programming.
FINANCIAL STATEMENTS, MANAGEMENT AND MORE
As a recipient of funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, WGCU Public Media makes available for your review its annual TV/FM Local Content and Service Report and annual Financial Statements.
Also available for your review is the WGCU Annual Financial TV Report to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and 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 available for download here.
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.
WGCU Advisory Board Members:
Ms. Judy M. Bricker (Chair) Naples, Fl.
Mr. Jim Hale (Vice Chair) Bonita Springs, Fl.
Ms. Lydia Black, Fort Myers, Fl.
Mr. Howard Cohen, Estero, Fl.
Ms. Mimi Chapin Gregory, Naples, Fl.
Mr. Rick Johnson (Ex-officio), Fort Myers, Fl.
Mr. Iqbal Mamdani, Naples, Fl.
Mr. Steve O’Brien, Naples, Fl.
Ms. Maria Palacio, Fort Myers, Fl.
Mr. Kevin Price, Fort Myers, Fl. (Ex-officio)
Ms. Mindi Simon, Fort Myers, Fl.
Ms. Charisse Thomas, Fort Myers, Fl.
Ms. Muriel Olsen (Board Secretary) Fort Myers, Fl.
FGCU BOARD OF TRUSTEES
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 www.fgcu.edu/Trustees/members.asp.
The next meeting of the FGCU Board of Trustees is Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020 at 3 p.m. The meeting is open to the public and will held in the ballroom of the Cohen Center on the FGCU campus. Please click www.fgcu.edu/Trustees/meetings.asp for meeting times, agenda details and information regarding special accommodations.
The meeting agenda is posted 7 days prior to the meeting. For more information call 239-590-1065.
THE MANAGEMENT OF WGCU
Mr. Rick Johnson
Associate General Manager for Development and Community Relations
Ms. Pam Garvey
Associate General Manager of Content
Ms. Amy Shumaker
Associate General Manager for Technology and Operations
Mr. Kevin Trueblood
Director of TV Programming and Promotions
Ms. Toby Cooke
Director of Production
Ms. Sheri Coleman
Director of Finance and Chief Financial Officer
Mr. David Duke
FM News Director
Ms. Julie Glenn
WGCU PUBLIC MEDIA DIVERSITY STATEMENT
WGCU Public Media and its licensee, Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU), are committed to ensuring equity and fairness for all University Employees, students, visitors, vendors and contractors. Our commitment to these principles is essential to fostering a campus community that values diversity and inclusion in our education, employment and business operations. We want individuals to feel welcomed and supported regardless of race, color, religion, age, disability, sex, national, origin, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran status or genetic predisposition.
In accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws, and FGCU regulations, policies and practice, the University does not condone discrimination, harassment, including sexual harassment and retaliation on any proscribed basis. This prohibition extends to enforcement of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and the Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act.
This policy covers access and equity in the conduct of programs, services and activities throughout all divisions, departments and units of the University. Also, all employment actions will support equal opportunity and advance inclusion.
WGCU Public Media commits…
* To recruit and retain a diverse workforce that is representative of our service area.
* To provide equal opportunity in employment.
* To educate our management and staff annually in best practices for maintaining an inclusive and diverse environment for all persons.
* To seek candidates for the WGCU Public Media Advisory Board and Diversity Advisory Group that represent the geographically and demographically diverse composition of the many communities we serve.
* To meet a minimum of once annually with the WGCU Diversity Advisory Group to seek input, advice and feedback on WGCU programming content.
* To assist in developing a more diverse future workforce with professional skills in the broadcasting/media industry, by recruiting diverse candidates for WGCU internship and, where available, work-study student opportunities.
* To annually meet all FCC EEO requirements regarding reporting, recruitment and supplemental recruitment activities.
Programs produced by WGCU Public Media for broadcast by others comply with the captioning quality standards embodied in Section 79.1(j)(2) of the rules of the Federal Communications Commission.
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.
Our commitment to personal privacy is demonstrated by our policy which prohibits disclosure of personal information to a third party organization. WGCU does not sell or trade the personal information of our members. The personal information you provide 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 Member Servicesat 239-590-2361 or email firstname.lastname@example.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).