WUSF TV 50th Anniversary
In September 1966, TV viewers had something new to watch – WUSF TV! The station first signed on the air to provide University of South Florida students with distance learning and educational programming. Educate, inspire and enrich: the original mission still animates WUSF’s programming and activities today and, now at our 50th anniversary, oh, how we’ve grown!
Early broadcast pioneers didn’t envision television’s digital transition in the 21st century, when WUSF TV’s main channel grew to four unique channels. With PBS favorites and locally produced programs in HD on WUSF TV 16.1, the station created a channel devoted to top-quality educational children’s programming on WUSF Kids 16.2. WUSF Create 16.3 offers expert advice on cooking, crafts, gardening, home improvement and travel. WUSF Knowledge features documentaries, news and public affairs series and encore presentations on 16.4.
Both USF students and the community benefited from popular college telecourses that were broadcast on WUSF for many years. New studios built in 2001 offer state-of-the-art facilities for USF television production classes where WUSF reporters and production staff work directly with students to produce the half-hour program Talk of the Town. The student-produced newsbreak Florida Focus airs weekdays at 5:30 PM during the fall and spring semesters. Digital media is part of every production and is featured on WUSF.org. Students gain invaluable experience here as they prepare for their future careers.
University Beat, now in its second season, is the newest, locally-produced series at WUSF. It’s focused on USF’s pioneering advances in medicine, science, and technology, as well as student life, and education and the arts.
Federal and state funding, along with other grants, help WUSF outreach staff bring PBS educational programs directly to children in local Title 1 schools as well as day care and after-care programs such as R’Club in Pinellas County. A trusted and vital resource for families and teachers, programs such as Martha Speaks Reading Buddies, Bob the Builder and Angelina Ballerina offer preschoolers and elementary students reading basics and behavior skills.
WUSF TV makes a difference in the daily lives of our viewers, and you let us know. Creative. Entertaining. Educational. Trustworthy. These are some of the words you use to describe us. Beyond words, you empower us with your ongoing support.
We’re deeply honored, and we’ll continue to provide high-quality television programming that inspires, informs, and touches your life. You’re the reason WUSF keeps evolving and innovating. Thank you for watching!