WMFE-FM

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WMFE-FM
90.7 WMFE-FM (Orlando).png
City Orlando, Florida
Broadcast area Greater Orlando
Branding90.7 WMFE
SloganPublic Radio for Central Florida
Frequency90.7 MHz ( HD Radio)
First air dateJuly 14, 1980
Format Public radio
HD2: classical
ERP100,000 watts
HAAT223 meters
ClassC1
Facility ID12857
Call sign meaningW Mid-Florida Educational
Affiliations NPR/ PRI/ APM/ PRX/ BBC
OwnerCommunity Communications, Inc.
Sister stations WMFV
Webcast WMFE-FM Webstream
WMFE-HD2 Webstream
Website wmfe.org

WMFE-FM is the flagship National Public Radio member station in Orlando, Florida, owned by Community Communications, Inc.

The station signed on Monday, July 14, 1980, playing a mix of public radio news/talk, jazz, and classical music. The jazz music was dropped in 1983. Prior to that year, NPR programming was only available on a part-time basis via University of Central Florida station WUCF-FM (WFTU-FM until 1978), leaving Orlando as the largest broadcasting market in the nation without a public radio station.

WMFE-FM previously aired a combination of public radio programming and classical music. In November 2009, the primary HD1 channel switched to an all-news/talk format with programs from NPR and other public radio sources. All classical music was moved to the HD2 channel.

In April 2011, Community Communications announced that they had entered into a definitive agreement to sell their sister station, WMFE-TV, to Daystar Television Network, due to economic conditions. They will keep WMFE-FM's station and callsign, as they feel that the radio station is more successful than television. [1] [2] [3] [4] The sale of WMFE-TV to Daystar was later cancelled, [5] leading to Community Communications selling the television station to UCF in 2012, becoming WUCF-TV. [6]

On September 25, 2017, it was announced that WMFE-FM would acquire WKSG in Cedar Creek, Fla. (nearby Ocala) from Daystar Public Radio, Inc. The approval is scheduled for Early 2018 at which point, WMFE-FM will switch the format on WKSG to public radio news/talk and provide public radio coverage to underserved areas of Central Florida, including portions of Lake and Marion counties. The call letters on WKSG were changed to WMFV to match WMFE's call pattern. [7]

References

  1. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-10-02. Retrieved 2011-04-20.CS1 maint: archived copy as title ( link)
  2. ^ Hal Boedeker (2011-04-01). "WMFE selling its Orlando TV station". Orlandosentinel.com. Retrieved 2017-04-01.
  3. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-04-29. Retrieved 2011-04-20.CS1 maint: archived copy as title ( link)
  4. ^ [1] Archived 2011-04-05 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-09-28. Retrieved 2012-09-28.CS1 maint: archived copy as title ( link)
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-06-24. Retrieved 2012-06-21.CS1 maint: archived copy as title ( link)
  7. ^ 90.7 WMFE is getting a sister station 90.7 WMFE, September 26, 2017. Retrieved September 26, 2017.

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Latitude and Longitude:

28°36′07″N 81°05′35″W / 28.602°N 81.093°W / 28.602; -81.093