With new channel locations and a stronger signal, WUCF TV is committed to providing Central Florida viewers the same great local and national programming they’ve come to expect from the region’s only PBS station.
Beginning Nov. 15, WUCF TV’s channel lineup will change on most providers and for over-the-air antenna viewers, due to the recent purchase of WMFE’s television broadcast license.
Click here for a complete listing of the new channel lineup, effective Nov. 15.
Along with the new lineup, comes the addition of three new channels – WUCF World, WUCF Create and Spanish-language Vme WUCF.
Each of these new public television channels will immerse viewers of all ages in new scientific discoveries, public and cultural affairs and do-it-yourself ventures and specials on cooking, travel and other lifestyle interests.
Program schedules for each new channel soon will be available on http://wucftv.org and should soon be accessible in many print and online area TV program guides.
“WUCF TV is growing to better serve our community with programs that inform, inspire and entertain all of Central Florida,” said Grant J. Heston, associate vice president for Communications & Public Affairs at the University of Central Florida. “UCF built this channel to save PBS and local public broadcasting for our community. With our viewers’ support, I know that WUCF TV will be a success.”
WUCF TV launched July 1, 2011, providing uninterrupted access to PBS programming to more than 3.5 million Central Floridians across nine counties. In its first year, UCF partnered with Brevard Community College to broadcast the community’s new and only PBS channel.
With UCF’s purchase of WMFE’s television license this fall, BCC will continue its own broadcasting operations as a non-PBS public television station.
“We’ve had an excellent partnership with WUCF and know their new station will be a success,” said John Glisch, Associate Vice President for Communications at BCC. “We’re also excited about the new programming that WBCC will offer viewers along the Space Coast, including the NASA Education Channel.”
WBCC will stay on digital channel 68.1 for over-the-air viewers. Other channel listings can be found at http://www.easternflorida.edu/community-resources/wefs-tv/.
Its range of programming will include art and culture, history and military, business and finance, nature and science, children’s programming and more, Glisch added.
In addition to broadcasting a stronger signal that will reach more viewers, UCF’s recent purchase WMFE’s television license also ensures a permanent home for PBS in Central Florida.
“WUCF TV wouldn’t have been possible this past year without our outstanding partnership with BCC,” Heston added. “We want to continue creating a channel that will make Central Florida proud.”
Some WUCF TV programming highlights to kick off the new channel locations:
— “The Dust Bowl” premieres at 8 p.m. Nov. 18 and Nov. 19. Ken Burns’ latest film chronicles the worst man-made ecological disaster in American history with vivid interviews with 26 survivors of those hard times and dramatic, seldom-seen footage.
— “American Masters: Inventing David Geffen” premieres at 8 p.m. Nov. 20. Learn how David Geffen’s widespread influence in music, Hollywood and politics helped shape pop culture.
— “My Life as a Turkey” airs at 8 p.m. Nov. 21. In this “Nature” special, experience the true story of a writer and naturalist as he raises a family of turkey chicks.