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.
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 1955. Since then, WLRN has grown steadily 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 320 schools have an enrollment of over 319,000 students.
Public Radio: 91.3
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 Diane Rehm Show, and Talk of the Nation. Garrison Keillor's landmark creation, A Prairie Home Companion, is a centerpiece of WLRN's weekend lineup. Car Talk is another weekend favorite, along with This American Life 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 Topical Currents, South Florida Arts Beat, 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 has crafted a program schedule reflecting the interests, attitudes, and lifestyles of South Floridians through a wide variety of local and national PBS productions. With its weekly program line-up of all kids, all day, WLRN has become the most-watched kids' station in the state of Florida. This program commitment to children all day has made WLRN the leading Ready to Learn (RTL) station in the state as well. RTL is an early childhood education program that provides parents and caregivers, in agencies and at home, with the training, resources and support they need to make sure the children in their care are ready to learn when they enter school. The RTL service builds on the popularity of PBS children's programs and increases their educational value by helping adults use public television as a proven tool for educating their children.
WLRN-TV presents the best of the PBS nationally recognized series to compliment locally produced specials. Our prime time programming features an array of cultural, informational, arts, science and documentary specials to address the curiosity and interests of our local community.
Since September 2003, ArtStreet, our locally produced profile of local artists and cultural events has joined local and national productions including memorable performances, thought-provoking documentaries, and the very best of the PBS signature series on science, exploration, and contemporary issues.