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WUCF FM Celebrates 45 Years of Artistic and Cultural Programming in Central Florida

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WUCF FM kicked off its 45th anniversary celebration toda

WUCF FM, Central Florida's premier jazz station, kicked off its 45th anniversary celebration today, marking four and a half decades of enriching the region with exceptional artistic and cultural programming. From April 1, 2024, through October 31, 2024, join us in commemorating this milestone as we reflect on our rich history and look forward to a future filled with continued innovation, arts, culture, and creativity.

WUCF FM began as a student station at the University of Central Florida, first joining the airwaves September 12, 1979. Since that date, the station has evolved into a cornerstone of Central Florida's cultural landscape. In 1994, it transitioned into a professionally staffed public radio station, and in the mid-1990s, it embraced jazz as its primary format, becoming a vital platform for this uniquely American art form.

"In celebrating our 45th anniversary, WUCF FM reflects on its profound impact over the years, " said Jennifer Cook, Executive Director. “Our commitment to promoting cultural enrichment and community engagement remains steadfast. I’m proud of the work our station has done for the past 45 years in the jazz community and beyond."

Throughout the years, WUCF FM has remained committed to its mission of providing listeners with high-quality jazz programming, featuring both classic favorites and emerging artists. With a focus on community engagement and education, the station has nurtured the next generation of radio professionals, offering valuable training opportunities to UCF students.

To celebrate this momentous occasion, WUCF FM has curated a series of exciting events and initiatives:

  • Join WUCF at the Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center on April 5 at 7:30 p.m. for Flying Horse Big Band. FM Director Kayonne Riley will be the master of ceremonies for the show. WUCF will record the performance for its program Live From Studio A and it will be featured on radio on June 15 and June 18 at 7 pm and on TV June 20 at 8 p.m.
  • WUCF Presents Podcast Specials: Launching on April 1, these special episodes will feature interviews with artists, hosts, and individuals who have been integral to the station's journey. Listen here
  • 45th Anniversary Playlist: Tune in to hear a curated playlist showcasing songs from each year of WUCF FM's history (1979-2024). Listeners will hear these songs on air throughout the celebration period. Listen here
  • 45th Anniversary Fundraising: Support the station's future endeavors by purchasing commemorative merchandise, including a 45th Anniversary Live From StudioA CD and special 45th anniversary merchandise.
  • Pledge Event: Join us on-air on June 14-15 for a special pledge event, where you can show your support for WUCF FM and its mission.

“As we celebrate our 45th anniversary, we reflect on the impact WUCF FM has made over the years,” said FM Director Kayonne Riley. “Our station has been a driving force in promoting cultural enrichment and community engagement. From reaching diverse audiences and introducing new listeners to jazz to providing platforms for emerging artists and offering invaluable educational opportunities, we strive to make a meaningful impact.”

Join us in celebrating 45 years of WUCF FM and its dedication to artistic excellence and cultural diversity. For more information and updates on anniversary events, visit

About WUCF FM:

WUCF FM is a leading source of jazz with programming and outreach that makes a positive impact in our community and the world. Available over the air and streaming online, WUCF broadcasts from the WUCF studios at the University of Central Florida. WUCF FM boasts more than 45 years on the air as a listener-supported station.