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WLRN Mission and Vision

WLRN Mission & Vision

The Mission of WLRN Public Radio and Television is to provide information, entertainment, and learning services with a commitment to excellence in serving local, national and international communities.
 
The Vision of WLRN Public Radio and Television is to be the most trusted, valued, and supported public media organization in South Florida.

HISTORY

WLRN is Public Radio and Television for South Florida.

WLRN Radio signed on in 1948 as a non-profit, non-commercial broadcast station licensed to the School Board of Dade County. WLRN-TV followed in 1962. Since then, WLRN has grown steadily with financial support from Friends of WLRN, Inc. to become an integral part of the community it serves, offering a rich and varied mix of news and information, arts and culture, childhood education and lifelong learning.

WLRN is a multifaceted media enterprise comprising a television and a radio station, cable services, and closed-circuit educational channels.

New digital television and radio channels now complement more traditional broadcast services, ushering in the next stage of WLRN's evolution.

Today, WLRN continues to provide quality public radio and television services to a combined weekly audience of well over a million people in South Florida, from Palm Beach to Key West. WLRN also provides media support to Miami-Dade County Public Schools, whose 467 schools have an enrollment of over 356,086 students.

Public Radio: 91.3 FM

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WLRN Radio is the oldest FM station in South Florida and a National Public Radio (NPR) member station. From 5 in the morning until 7 at night, 91.3 FM is the first choice among South Floridians who keep abreast of world events through NPR's Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

WLRN also offers a range of thoughtful and engaging national talk shows including Fresh Air with Terry Gross, The Takeaway, 1A, and On Point with Tom Ashbrook.  Weekends bring first-person stories and short fiction pieces that continue to surprise and touch audiences, including the ever-popular This American Life and The Moth Radio Hour. The Radiolab is another weekend favorite, along with Wait, Wait... Don’t Tell Me and Weekend Edition.

Not only does WLRN bring you the best of National Public Radio, American Public Media, and Public Radio International, but we also offer local programs including The Sunshine Economy, Sundial, Evenin' Jazz, and Folk and Acoustic Music.

Now, in a powerful news partnership with The Miami Herald, WLRN presents the most comprehensive local and regional news every half hour during Morning Edition, middays, and All Things Considered.

Since January 1999, when the news/talk emphasis was added to WLRN's programming, the audience has more than doubled WLRN also manages the Radio Reading Service, an invaluable resource for the visual and print handicapped in the community. Twenty-four hours a day, this unique service provides vital news, information, and literary enrichment for those who are not able to read for themselves. The service is broadcast over a private frequency and heard on special receivers provided to listeners without cost or obligation. Volunteers make this effort possible by reading newspapers, current periodicals, and books.

Public Television: WLRN Channel 17

WLRN-TV presents the best of the PBS nationally recognized series to compliment award winning locally produced specials. Our primetime programming features an array of cultural, informational, arts, science, drama, and documentary specials to address the curiosity and interests of our local community. WLRN-TV has a monthly viewing audience of more than 312,000 households in the Miami/Ft. Lauderdale market, with viewership extending from lower Palm Beach County to Key West.

Channel 17 airs children’s programming daily with 50 hours of award-winning content featured each week. Primetime brings award-winning PBS signature programs, such as Nature, Nova, American Experience, Finding Your Roots, and Escape to the Chateau, along with the best of British programming, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, Doc Martin, Frankie Drake Mysteries and fan-favorite Death In Paradise, to South Florida audiences.

WLRN-TV is the public television station with the reputation of being South Florida’s storyteller. The station has been producing and presenting local stories that showcase the people, places and events that make our community special and unique. Additionally, WLRN’s originally produced, award-winning documentaries are shared nationally with other PBS affiliates. Since 2005 WLRN has shared more than 30 of its award-winning television productions with PBS affiliates across the country. Today, WLRN-TV has seven original productions in national distribution, including Boca Raton: The Secret Weapon That Won World War II, the story of how a small Florida town called Boca Raton and a tiny device turned the tide of World War II and WLRN’s latest release, Troubled Waters: A Turtle’s Tales, featuring acclaimed actor and ocean activist Ted Danson and narrated by award-winning Peter Coyote. This one-hour documentary explores the impact of human behavior on our environment—as seen through the lens of one of South Florida’s most beloved and fragile underwater creatures—the sea turtle. The timely release for Earth Month on April 1, 2020, created a demand for scheduling amongst PBS affiliates. To date, Troubled Waters: A Turtle’s Tales has already been televised in 103 markets, with a coverage of over 55% of the country.

WLRN-TV is also a partner station with Florida PBS Learning Media, a robust educational website with access to 125,000 classroom-ready, digital resources and in-depth lesson plans that are available to free to teachers, parents, and students.