|Broadcast area||Gainesville/Ocala, Florida|
|Translator(s)||98.1 W251CG (Gainesville)|
|First air date||October 1928|
|Callsign meaning||W Radio University of Florida|
|Owner||University of Florida|
WRUF (850 AM) is a radio station that operates from the University of Florida's main campus in Gainesville, broadcasting at 850 kHz. WRUF is a sports station. Unlike its public sister stations, WUFT-TV and WUFT-FM, WRUF is a commercial station and, despite being state-run, is run no differently from privately owned commercial stations.
The station signed on in October 1928 and is the fifth-oldest station in the state.
WRUF featured a mixture of local and syndicated programs, including Jim Bohannon, Dr. Joy Browne, Larry King Live and Sporting News Radio, plus religious programming on Sunday mornings, including Bill Gaither, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and local church services. Network news are provided by Associated Press and CBS Radio.
The News Director for AM850 is Tom Krynksi, Assistant News Director is Forrest Smith, and the Sports Director is Steve Russell.
WRUF's news and sports departments, staffed almost entirely by School of Journalism students, are fairly large for a station of its size; by at least one account it has the largest local radio news department in Florida.
A WRUF microphone used by UF alumnus Red Barber during the 1930s is part of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum's collection. It has been displayed in the museum's "Scribes and Mikemen" exhibit, and from 2002 to 2006 it was a part of the "Baseball as America" traveling exhibition.
On June 29, 2012 WRUF changed their format to sports, with programming from ESPN Radio.
The station is a former affiliate of the Atlanta Braves radio network, the largest radio affiliate network in Major League Baseball. It also carries Florida Gators football, basketball and baseball. However, it is not the flagship station for football and basketball; that distinction belongs to Jacksonville's WFXJ.
On August 19, 2015 WRUF began simulcasting on FM translator W237EJ 95.3 FM in Gainesville. It exists mainly to fill in the gaps when the main signal must adjust its coverage to protect a glut of clear-channel stations on adjacent channels. Shortly afterward, the station changed its branding from "ESPN 850" to "ESPN 95.3," after the translator.
(WRUF's logo under previous 95.3 FM translator)
- WRUF-AM website
- Station History from Central Florida Radio
- Baseball as America Traveling Exhibition
- Query the FCC's AM station database for WRUF
- Radio-Locator Information on WRUF
- Query Nielsen Audio's AM station database for WRUF
- Query the FCC's FM station database for W251CG
- Radio-Locator information on W251CG