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WMFE & WUCF TV partner to expand local coverage of COVID-19



WMFE News Director Matthew Peddie guest moderates NewsNight, a WUCF production now airing Monday nights on WMFE. Photo: Screenshot from WUCF.org.

ORLANDO – Public radio station 90.7 WMFE is proud to partner with WUCF, Central Florida’s PBS station, to expand both stations’ coverage of how the coronavirus pandemic is impacting Central Florida.

NewsNight, a weekly roundtable discussion that highlights local journalism around important community topics, premiered on 90.7 WMFE and 89.5 WMFV (in The Villages and Ocala) on March 30. It will air for the foreseeable future.

WMFE is also providing WUCF a stream of its daily local and national news for its coronavirus updates webpage​.

“WMFE and WUCF are dedicated to working together to keep Central Florida informed during these crucial months,” said Erika Pulley-Hayes, president and chief executive officer of WMFE. “NewsNight brings us the most critical analysis of the week’s events, and we want to make this information available to everyone in Central Florida through our television and radio broadcasts.”

NewsNight is a weekly, taped 30-minute segment, featuring WFTV’s Nancy Alvarez as the moderator along with a team of journalists in radio, TV, newspaper and blogs across Central Florida. The panel breaks down the big story or stories of the week and discusses what and how they’ll impact the community.

Since the show launched in April 2019, members of WMFE’s news team have been staples on the show, serving as panelists and often as fill-in moderators.

“By working with WMFE, WUCF can share critical information from our community to a larger audience,” said Dr. Phil Hoffman, WUCF executive director. “WMFE journalists have always been top-notch to work with in sharing accurate and timely information on NewsNight, so now more than ever, it’s important to be able to share this information to all of Central Florida.”

In the April 6 episode, the panel, including WMFE health reporter Abe Aboraya, discusses how hospitality workers are dealing with the crisis as union leaders demand a streamlined benefits application process. Plus, it examines the science behind pandemics and what you need to know to keep your children safe.

NewsNight airs at 8:30 p.m. Fridays on WUCF TV and at 6:30 p.m. Mondays on 90.7 WMFE and 89.5 WMFV. Learn more and watch previous episodes here. Send story ideas about what you want to see covered in the community here.

About WUCF:

WUCF TV is the sole-service PBS member station for the nearly 4 million Central Floridians across nine counties. WUCF is Central Florida’s storyteller, encouraging curiosity and learning through compelling content and community engagement. The station is community-supported public broadcasting from the University of Central Florida. Learn more at http://wucf.org/.

About WMFE & WMFV:

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 and Ocala. 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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