PBS is pleased with the progress of WUCF-TV in Orlando, created by University of Central Florida and Brevard Community College as a new primary member station after the announcement in April 2011 that WMFE-TV would be sold. PBS spokesperson Anne Bentley told the Orlando Sentinel that the station “accomplished a tremendous feat” by serving the community “with remarkable speed and agility.”
“We did not take over a station. We created one from scratch,” University of Central Florida President John Hitt said recently. “We inherited no cameras, no equipment and no crew.”
WUCF set a $225,000 goal for its most recent pledge drive and hit $215,000, according to Grant Heston, the UCF associate vice president who oversees the station. The station has a $1 million fundraising goal for the first year, with $750,000 in so far.