Friends of WLRN is a nonprofit organization, incorporated in 1974, whose purpose is to support WLRN Public Radio and Television. Its purpose is to contribute to nurturing the quality and vitality of public media in South Florida. Friends raises more than $6 million annually through individual giving by listeners, viewers, institutional on-air underwriting, and other grants and sponsorships from private individuals, corporations, and foundations.
WLRN is a FM radio station on 91.3 and is the main public radio station for Miami, Fort Lauderdale and the Florida Keys. It’s owned, operated, and licensed by the Miami-Dade County Public Schools and the city of Miami. It is South Florida’s main NPR (National Public Radio) member station.
The WLRN radio station signed on in 1948 as a non-profit, non-commercial broadcast station licensed to the School Board of Miami-Dade County. In 1955 WLRN-TV a PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) member television station later followed. Since its inception, WLRN has grown steadily to become an integral part of the community it serves.
The network offers a rich and varied mix of news, information, arts, culture, childhood education and lifelong learning. In addition, the station also maintains its long-time radio reading service for the blind on an analog sub-carrier.
The vision of WLRN Public Radio and Television is to be a trusted, valued and supported public media in South Florida. They state that: in a world full of the “ordinary”, we strive for the exceptional.
Today, WLRN continues to provide quality public radio and television services to a combined weekly audience of 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 320 schools have an enrollment of over 319,000 students.
How could you not support a non-profit organization that supports schools and the disabled? The WLRN is a multifaceted organization that supports our community and provides enriching programming that strays from the ordinary and mundane. To learn more about the WLRN log on to wlrn.org.
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