Inside this Issue: WUWF and CFC...................... page 2 Upcoming Events.................... page 3 Audie Cornish........................ page 4
Membership Matters Trish Allison, WUWF Membership Director
WUWF-WSRE Partnership Saves SightLine Service SightLine, the daily reading service for the vision-impaired, has been operated by WSRE, Pensacola State College’s public television station, since 1992. The service was recently discontinued as a result of the elimination of state funding for public broadcasting. What could have been the end of the story for this community service has instead opened the door for a new media partnership.
WUWF Public Media, the public radio station and public access channel licensed to the University of West Florida, approached WSRE with a suggestion — relocate the reading service and coordinating responsibilities to WUWF 88.1 FM but, continue to use WSRE’s SAP (Second Audio Program) channel — an audio channel for TV that broadcasts over the air and over cable TV — to deliver the service, just as it has for the last 19 years. “This is a great opportunity for us to work with our public television colleagues in continuing an important community service,” said Pat Crawford, WUWF Executive Director, “Long-time listeners to SightLine will still be able to hear it on the WSRE SAP channel, and WUWF will be streaming the service online at wuwf.org, where many local SightLine segments featuring the reading of newspapers, periodicals, and books will continue to be available on demand. WUWF will also be adding some new programs. With WSRE’s proven delivery system and WUWF’s access to additional content, it’s a perfect match.” One new program that will be added to the SightLine lineup is The Radio Reader with Dick Estell, a highly acclaimed daily half-hour public radio program, featuring the reading of newly published books. On the air since 1962, regular listeners to WUWF 88.1 FM may find themselves tuning in for each installment on the HD-3 channel. Other public radio programs will be added to the SightLine schedule as well, providing a 24 hour/day service to vision-impaired. WSRE General Manager, Sandy Cesaretti Ray noted, “We are grateful for this partnership with WUWF Public Media to continue and bring new life to the SightLine Reading Service. We did not want to see the 19 year service end. This kind of collaboration is a win-win for all involved,” Plans are to launch the new SightLine service in late September. Volunteers are still needed seven days a week to read local newspapers from 8-11 am, including weekends. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 474-2787.
WUWF’s Fall Membership Campaign is coming up October 12-21 and we invite you to join in the 30th anniversary celebration for 88.1 FM. That’s right, support from listeners like you have made public radio possible in our community since 1981! Now, I could write about the unprecedented challenges facing public broadcasting, the elimination of Florida Department of Education funding or that WUWF is realizing a loss of $87,000 due to those cuts, but as an informed listener, you already know that. I prefer to tell you that public radio has the largest audience in its history — more than 27.5 million people tune in to NPR each week. I prefer to tell you that WUWF remains committed to fully engaging our listeners in meaningful discussions about issues that matter. Your continued support makes this possible. When you see your renewal notice in the mail, please renew your membership with WUWF and if possible, consider increasing your contribution amount. Think of how often you tune in, how much you use this service and choose your gift amount accordingly. Every contribution makes a difference. Also, consider telling a friend about the importance of supporting public radio. You know the one — who always listens but, has never made a pledge. There is strength in numbers and the only way public radio will continue to thrive is by growing its number of supporters. You can help by spreading the word. Very importantly, membership campaigns would not be possible without WUWF’s loyal volunteers. If you have 2 or 3 hours to spare, we could sure use your help in answering phones and taking pledges during the drive. Contact Trish Allison at 850.473.7433 or email@example.com to sign up. Continued on p. 4
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with Sandra Averhart
Local News, Florida Environment, Marketplace Morning Report and Writer’s Almanac
Fresh Air with Terry Gross
Here and Now
P. M .
A Prairie Home Companion
Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me Selected Shorts
with John Macdonell
All Things Considered
All Things Considered
with David Dye
8 Live fr. Landing
Jazz After Hours
BBC World Service
Blue Plate Special with Greg Guzman
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with Dale Riegle
Hearts of Space
BBC World Service
Jazz After Hours
Thistle & Shamrock
Big Bands and Jazz
Echoes with John Diliberto
A Prairie Home Companion
Living on Earth NPR’s All Things Considered with Nicole Sturgill
This American Life
Talk of the Nation
NPR’s Weekend Edition
P. M .
Weekly Programs on WUWF 88.1 FM
The Animal House
7:33 Unearthing Pensacola with Dr. Judy Bense
BBC World Service
NPR’s Morning Edition and Local News
WUWF Participates in the 2011 Combined Federal Campaign WUWF 88.1 FM, the National Public Radio affiliate operated by the University of West Florida, is pleased to be a participating agency in the 2011 Combined Federal Campaign (CFC).
Nicole Sturgill joined WUWF on April 4, 2011, as host for the
Participating in the CFC this year is particularly WUWF will be participating in three regional CFC afternoon NPR news and information program, All Things Considered, and as important for us, as support for the station is shifting campaigns: EscaRosa, Okaloosa-Walton Counties, producer of in-depth feature stories WUWF’s local newstodepartment. from grant funding more listener support.” and Southwest Alabama. These campaigns include all foraway Federal personnel (military and civilian) from Naval A Kentucky native, Nicole comes to WUWF from Lake City, FL, where she served as news director For those Federal employees interested in designatAir StationatPensacola, Whiting Corry 96.5 The Jet WJTK.Field, During herStation, time at the Jet, she produced the morning news talk show North ing contributions to WUWF, the radio station is listed Saufley Field, Eglin Air Force Base, Hurlburt Field, and Florida Today, anchored hourly newscasts and managed the station’s Web site. under the name of the University of West Florida all Federal offices located in Escambia, Santa Rosa, married her high school sweetheart moving tothe Pensacola. Her family includes her Foundation, 501(c)3 organization responsible Okaloosa,Nicole and Walton County areas in Florida, as welljust before husband and their two kitties, Garfield and Kegger. for handling contributions to the station. The CFC as Baldwin County,Justin Alabama.
Much like the United Way campaign operates in the private business sector, the CFC enables Federal employees to contribute to the causes of their choice through a single campaign conducted once a year in number for WUWF 88.1 FM is 33728. “We have a large number of listeners and supporters all Federal workplaces. The mission of the CFC is to Information can be who work for the Federal government in this area,” promote and support philanthropy through a program Changes to Classical 24’s Host Schedule — As of Sunday, May 1, hosts Mindy Ratner and Lynne Warfel have swapped time slots permanently on Classical broadcast found24, at wuwf.org said Pat Crawford, Executive Director of WUWF that is employee focused, cost-efficient, and effective or 850.474.2787 Public Media, “many of whom have encouraged us to on WUWF HD-2. The new schedule (ET) will be as follows: 1 7 am, Scott Blankenship; 7 am 1 pm, Mindy Ratner; 1 7 pm, Lynne Warfel; 7 pm 1 am, Valerie Kahler. in providing all federal employees the opportunity to get into the Combined Federal Campaign. improve the quality of life for all.
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Please include WUWF in your will and let us know when you do. Please include WUWF in your will and let us know when you do.
WUWF Upcoming Events & Programs Monday, September 19, 7:00 pm, NPR Science Correspondent, Joe Palca. Our Energy Future: Lessons from Fukushima and the BP Oil Spill They say three’s the charm and WUWF is counting on that. In January 2011, NPR Science Correspondent, Joe Palca was scheduled to visit UWF to celebrate our 30th anniversary and speak about new and alternative energies. Unfortunately, after a valiant effort to get here, and hours on the tarmac, the airports in DC were closed and WUWF had to cancel the event at the last minute. We tried again in April 2011, but that time NPR was compelled to cancel Palca’s visit, rotating reporters from the science desk to Japan to cover the on-going Fukishima crisis. Remember the Avis slogan “We try harder”? Well, we’ve made the bold gesture of inviting Mr. Palca back a third time. NPR Correspondent, Debbie Elliott will introduce him and Palca plans to speak about his work at NPR and present his thoughts in a revised program. The event will begin at 7 pm in the UWF Conference Center and be followed by a book signing for Palca’s book Annoying: the Science of What Bugs Us.
Thursday, September 1. E-tickets on sale at wuwf.org. Thursday, November 10, 2011, 7pm at the Hilton, Pensacola Beach, Emerald Coast Ballroom. WUWF Acoustic Music Series Begins with Hard to Hardt For those going through live acoustic music withdrawal since WUWF’s RadioLive went dark in July, here is a great reprieve. For the coming season, WUWF will be presenting a quarterly acoustic concert featuring two musicians or groups each time. The first concert in the series is scheduled to be held Thursday, November 10, 2011 with Ed Gerhard and Cliff Eberhardt — both well known to RadioLive audiences. From Tokyo to Rome and venues across the US, Ed Gerhard’s music has touched audiences all over the world. Performing on 6-string, 12-string, slide guitar or Acoustic Hawaiian Lap Slide, Gerhard captivates his audiences with virtuosity, generosity and sly humor. Known for his gorgeous tone and compositional depth, Gerhard can move a listener with a single note. Scott Alalrik of the Boston Globe said it best when he wrote “Gerhard does not write instrumentals. He writes songs only a
How often do we pass closed doorways and wonder what is behind the closed door? One doesn’t have to wonder in New Orleans’ French Quarter. In what may be America’s most free spirited city, the doorways are always open — many of them 24-hours a day, 365 days a year. You don’t have to guess what is happening around the doorways. The activity is all on display to observe with your own eyes. Photographer Frank Bruesky has captured the spirit of the French Quarter in this exhibit of black and white photography taken over multiple visits to New Orleans. Join us for a reception to meet the artist and speak with him about this intriguing body of work on Thursday, October 6, 5-7 pm at the WUWF Studios.
All tickets are $20. All seats are general seating and the audience is limited to 200. E-tickets will go on sale Thursday, September 1, 10 am at wuwf.org.
Thursday, December 1, 2011. Tickets go on sale for Tidings and Capitol Steps. Looking for a different kind of gift for the holidays or just a nice evening out? Check out these events:
You can listen to Sandra Averhart’s interviews with Palca archived online at wuwf.org.
October 3 - November 11, 2011 at Gallery 88. Reception: Thursday, October 6, 5-7 pm at the WUWF Studios. Photography of Frank Brueske, Doorways of the French Quarter
The Folk Music Society of Huntington New York calls Eberhardt one of the most original songwriters currently on tour, “a highly intelligent and articulate artist whose penetrating and profound lyrics are sometimes overshadowed by his extraordinary guitar playing. Upon close listening, the Philadelphia-born singer’s gift for the English language is abundantly clear. The words that tumble from his mouth are framed by a raspy yet deeply elegant voice.”
The presentation will be preceded by tours of UWF Science & Engineering Building from 5:30 – 6:30 pm. There are no tickets or reservations for either the tours or the talk. Both are free and open to the public. The event is sponsored by WUWF Public Media, the UWF College of Arts and Sciences, and International Paper. For more information call WUWF at 474-2787.
At the same time, he was also listening to great pop songwriters like Cole Porter, the Gershwins, and Rodgers and Hart, which explain his penchant for great melodies and clever lyrical twists.
guitar can sing.” Gerhard’s unique approach to the Weissenborn (an acoustic Hawaiian lap slide guitar) is playing a significant role in reinvigorating interest in this somewhat esoteric, but beautiful, instrument. Ed’s style of Weissenborn playing is unique in that he composes and arranges music for solo Weissenborn with beautiful melodies, complex chords and moving bass lines, unusual for an instrument that normally serves an accompaniment role. Growing up in a musical household, Red House recording artist Cliff Eberhardt knew by age seven that he was going to be a singer and songwriter. As a child Cliff taught himself to play guitar, piano, base and drums. In his teens Eberhardt was fortunate enough to live close to the Main Point (one of the best folk clubs on the East Coast), he cut his teeth listening to the likes of James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, Bruce Springsteen, Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, Bonnie Raitt, and Mississippi John Hurt — receiving an early and impressive tutorial in acoustic music.
Tidings of Comfort & Joy is an annual acoustic concert of seasonal music held in Historic Christ Church in downtown Pensacola on Friday, December 23, 2011. E-tickets will go on sale at 10 am at wuwf. org. Seating is limited and this event sells out quickly every year. Program times are 6, 8, and 10 pm. All e-tickets are $12 for the general seating venue. On Saturday, January 28, 7:30 pm, WUWF Public Media presents The Capitol Steps in Concert at Pensacola Saenger Theatre. All tickets are $40 (plus applicable service charge). Phone sales are available by calling 800745-3000. Up to ten tickets may be purchased at a 10% discount by showing your current public broadcasting member card at the Saenger box office after December 1, 2011. ***
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Weekend Edition Sunday’s New Host, Audie Cornish Beginning Sunday, September 4, Audie Cornish trades her role as NPR reporter becoming the new host for Weekend Edition Sunday.
Photo by Steve Barrett
Cornish, who came to NPR in 2005, has reported from Capitol Hill, covering both the House and Senate. She was on the campaign trail during the 2008 presidential election, and had a featured role in coverage of the Democratic National Convention in Denver that year. Earlier she covered a 10-state territory in the South for NPR and was a reporter for Boston’s award-winning public radio station WBUR.
Q&A with Audie Cornish Q) Congratulations on your new job! You’ve done quite a lot of hosting in recent
years. How does reporting stories change in this new role?
Well first of all it’s a lot more collaborative. I get to work with a really talented team of producers with all levels of experience. Their input changes how you approach a story from the pitch to the writing. After years of basically being a solo act as a reporter, it’s so refreshing to work with other people who are really teeming with ideas.
Hah! Yes. Not only do they call me, but I also get pitches in person. Everyone I meet either has some idea that they want to get on the show or they want to weigh in on ways to change it or make it better. I think it’s a real testament to how much people care about Weekend Edition Sunday — how personal it is. Of course, I am thinking about the show every moment of my day. I really want people to remain engaged with it and bring in new audiences as well. So I am more than happy to talk shop and new ideas. Keep ‘em coming!
Well, there are some challenges in terms of reorienting your mind from the kind of reporter scavenger hunt approach to stories versus the host as surrogate. As the host you are really the voice of the listener and trying to ask the questions that they are thinking and you are part of the story in whatever interview you are doing. That takes some getting used to when you are like me — prone to ducking out of view. But the fact is the challenges with this transition have been really manageable because they are actually giving us time to transition. We are getting to think about what makes the show unique, what my role will be and really define its sound. They could have thrown me to the wolves, but they haven’t — yet!
Hosting a Sunday show, your weekends will now change to Monday/Tuesday. How will that work for you?
Through sheer force of will and abiding love of doing my grocery shopping on the least busy days of the week!
And please pardon our dust… Well, not so much dust, really, as a restructuring of our membership files through a database conversion. WUWF is always working to improve efficiencies in how we manage contributions, pledges and memberships. In mid-August, UWF and WUWF transitioned to a new system and we are still working out the kinks. So, while we continue to strive for excellence, it is always possible that something converted incorrectly or perhaps an error has been made. If you notice any problem with your name, address, renewal date, etc., please correct it on your return form or contact Trish Allison at 850-473-7433 or 800-239-9893 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I welcome your feedback. Please, believe me when I say…I want it correct as much as you do. Looking forward to hearing from you soon, Trish.
Are people more likely to call you directly with story ideas when you’re a host?
Q) What’s the most challenging thing about making this transition? A)
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