WUSF Public Media Timeline

1963
WUSF 89.7 goes on the air Sept. 13. The station broadcasts at 1,000 watts.

1965
Using a new 1,000-foot tower in Riverview, the station power goes to 21,000 watts and signal can be heard around the Bay area.

1967
WUSF 89.7 begins broadcasting classical music and rock.
National Public Radio's (NPR) "All Things Considered" begins airing locally.

1976
Karl Haas" "Adventures in Good Music" debuts locally.

1978
WUSF 89.7 begins broadcasting a radio reading service for visually impaired listeners who will listen using special sub channel receivers.

1979
WUSF 89.7 organizes first on air membership campaign to raise money.

1981
A new transmitter for WUSF 89.7 broadcasts at 100,000 watts.
Bob Seymour joins the station as Jazz Director.

1982
WUSF 89.7 adds “A Prairie Home Companion” with Garrison Keillor

1984
WUSF 89.7 becomes a 24-hour station, adding four hours of jazz at night.

1987
Workers break ground on a new building. Russell Gant joins the station as a Classical Music Announcer.

1989
Station opens in new building.

1991
Susan Giles joins the WUSF 89.7 as a Classical Music Announcer.
Reporter Bobbie O’Brien joins the station’s news staff.

1992
JoAnn Urofsky becomes Station Manager.

1997
Susan Giles switches from Classical Music Announcer to become the local host of “All Things Considered.”

1998
WUSF 89.7 receives the Public Radio Program Director Association's "FLO" Award for "Best Station."
WUSF Public media takes takes listeners on its first international music tour.
“This American Life,” a new program from Public Radio International begins airing locally.

1999
Bethany Cagle joins the WUSF 89.7 as a Classical Music Announcer.

2000
Carson Cooper joins the WUSF 89.7 as the local host for NPR’s Morning Edition.

2001
Reporters Bobbie O’Brien and Carson Cooper win the Society of Professional Journalists “Award of Excellence” in multiple categories.

2002
Reporter Steve Newborn wins a Florida Associated Press First Place award for Best Long Story.
Reporter Bobbie O’Brien wins a first place for Cultural Arts Reporting at the Society of Professional Journalists Green Eyeshade Award. NPR’s Quiz show, “Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me” and “Studio 360,” a program illustrating the counterpoint of the arts and everyday life. Gig Brown joins the station as a Classical Music Announcer.

2003
WUSF 89.7 becomes the first Public Radio station in the country, and the first radio station in Florida, to begin broadcasting digitally; the station teams up with the BBC to present a live transcontinental dialogue on the war in Iraq between Tampa Bay and British listeners. Two new program initiatives debut: OUR AMERICAN MUSIC, showcasing enjoyable and interesting American classical music and an ongoing series featuring live performances with local and visiting musicians from the station’s Performance Studio.

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