WGCU

  • A view from the tower

    Earlier this month, WGCU sent a drone to capture photos of the work being done on our main transmission tower in rural Charlotte County. This work will strengthen our signal. But periodically during the next few weeks, listeners may notice a decline in reception, particularly in Charlotte, DeSoto and Sarasota counties, while workers are physically

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  • All aboard for trip to the Ringling

    Join WGCU On the Road on Tuesday, April 16 for a private docent-led tour of Ca’ d’Zan, the Ringling’s 56-room mansion on Sarasota Bay. John Ringling was one of the five brothers who owned and operated the circus called “The Greatest Show on Earth.”  His success with the circus and entrepreneurial skills helped to make him,

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  • Your financial support can reduce on-air pledging

    I’ve responded to a number of viewers (and a few listeners) in the past month who have complained about the length of our on-air fundraising drives and the repetitive program scheduling. I have been in the public media business since 1978. On-air fundraising has been No. 1 on the complaint list for all 40 of

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  • A bevy of Black History Month programs on PBS

    PBS has lined up a huge variety of shows about the black experience. Perspectives include the historical, contemporary, celebratory and contemplative. First in line is Antiques Roadshow: Celebrating Black Americana on Monday, Feb. 4 at 8 p.m. Here’s how the month stacks up: Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates Jr.: Freedom Tales on Tuesday,

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  • Timely donations can lessen radio interruptions

    While the calendar year is coming to a close, WGCU’s fiscal year is not quite half over yet. If you have last-minute giving plans we’d like you to keep WGCU in mind. I’ve responded to a number of viewers (and a few listeners) in the past few weeks who have complained about the length of

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  • When the big top was the best entertainment in town

    Few forms of entertainment have pushed American society’s boundaries like the circus. A two-part, four-hour American Experience feature on “The Circus” traces its origin in the late 1700s to 1956, when the Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey big top came down for the last time. During this heyday, men and women could escape the

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  • Warm welcome to Southwest Florida

    NOTEWORTHY By Rick Johnson WGCU General Manager It has been almost a month since we welcomed Pam Garvey to the WGCU family as our new associate general manager for development and community relations. Pam has a stellar record of fundraising accomplishments for major arts, medical and cultural institutions. Most recently she served as the vice

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  • Was It Something We Said?

    By Rick Johnson, WGCU General Manager Apparently, yes, it was! Our spring 2018 Nielsen ratings for WGCU-FM have come in and I’m happy to report that, thanks to you, our loyal listeners and supporters, weekly cumulative listenership for people ages 12 and above in our coverage area has reached an all-time high – surpassing 164,000

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  • 35 Reasons to Love WGCU

    WGCU turns 35 this month! Get out the party hats and the piñata. WGCU is having a birthday! The station began life in August 1983 as WSFP-TV/FM, a satellite operation licensed to the University of South Florida. It became an independent entity in 1996 when the broadcast licenses were transferred to the new Florida Gulf

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  • Nothing ‘fake’ about public media

    FROM WGCU GENERAL MANAGER RICK JOHNSON: “Americans are most likely to rate PBS News, The Associated Press (AP) and National Public Radio (NPR) as being ‘not biased at all’ or ‘not very biased.’ In contrast, they are most likely to rate Fox News (67%) and Breitbart News (57%) as ‘extremely biased’ or ‘very biased.’ Close

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