WGCU

  • 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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  • Episode 16 – Valerie Alker

    My guest today is Valerie Alker, a name local listeners to WGCU will remember, because she was a longtime reporter and host on our airwaves. Val got started in radio in 1983 as a DJ at WPAS AM 1600 in Zephyrhills. From there she moved onto WMNF Community Radio in Tampa where she often hosted

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  • What you’ll hear this week on Gulf Coast Live

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  • Little Women reimagined

    Set against the backdrop of the Civil War, the story of Little Women follows sisters Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March on their journey from childhood to adulthood. With the help of their mother, and while their father is away at war, the girls navigate what it means to be a young woman: from sibling

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  • Episode 6 – David Brancaccio

    My guest this episode is kind of a big deal in the world of public media…as a matter of fact he’s making us feel like we’re getting pretty darm fancy around here at Three Song Stories. David Brancaccio host of the Marketplace Morning report, heard on most public radio stations, including here on WGCU at

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