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WMFE Puts ‘Friends Talking Faith’ on Hiatus; ‘All Things Considered’ to air in its place



Oct. 7, 2019 — 90.7 WMFE and 89.5 WMFV have put the weekly Friends Talking Faith show on hiatus due to co-host Rev. Bryan Fulwider’s arrest on sexual battery on a minor charges on Oct. 2. All Things Considered will begin airing in the 6:30 p.m. Tuesday timeslot on WMFE and sister station WMFV on Oct. 8.

WMFE has engaged an independent reporter — Mary Shanklin — and editor for coverage of this story to avoid the appearance of bias or favoritism in our reporting. Read her reporting on wmfe.org.

Interim President and General Manager Stephen Yasko issued this statement on Oct. 3:

Everyone at WMFE is shocked and saddened by the revelations concerning Rev. Bryan Fulwider. Friends Talking Faith has been a part of our programming schedule since 2012 and has helped thousands of people understand their faith, their communities and themselves in times of trouble, conflict and personal hardships.

Conversations amongst the Three Wise Guys have been both philosophical and personal. However, we must remember that these are serious charges affecting the victim, the victim’s family and many, many other people. We have chosen to place the show on hiatus as the legal, moral and ethical processes play out.

Friends Talking Faith is not a WMFE production. It is produced by Friends Talking Faith Radio, a separate company. Friends Talking Faith used the WMFE studios to record their programs and supplied their own production team. WMFE did not — other to ensure they complied with our fairness standards — exert editorial control over the program.

We refer you to the Friends Talking Faith statement for further information about this tragic situation.

About Community Communications Inc.:
Community Communications Inc. is a non-profit, member-supported, community-based public broadcasting company that operates 90.7 WMFE-FM, metro Orlando’s primary provider of NPR programming; 90.7-2 Classical; and 89.5 WMFV, public radio for The Villages, Leesburg and The Golden Triangle. Part of the community since 1980, Community Communications focuses on providing quality national and local news and programming. Visit wmfe.org and wmfv.org for more information.

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