WFIT (89.5 FM), is a National Public Radio member station serving the Space Coast. Programming and broadcast originate at Florida Institute of Technology's Roberts Hall in Melbourne, Florida.
In April of 1975, Florida Tech began its noncommercial educational radio station as WFIT, a student-run college radio station. In the late 1980’s, WFIT was regarded as one of the top alternative music college radio stations in the country. The station was interconnected with the public radio satellite system in 1993, and two years later, WFIT became an affiliate of National Public Radio.
In response to a maturing audience, in 1993 WFIT changed its main format to jazz and began programming public radio news shows, as well as a variety of other culturally diverse music and educational programs.
An FCC approved power increase to 8,000 kilowatts in 1998 extended the station’s signal to include even more Brevard County listeners, reaching north to Cocoa and Cocoa Beach, as well as south to Vero Beach in Indian River County. Automated equipment has enabled the station to broadcast twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, maximizing the range of audiences served. The station also broadcasts to a national and international audience through audio-streaming on the web-www.wfit.org. WFIT upgraded its transmitter in 2004 and became the first radio station in Brevard County to broadcast in high definition.
WFIT's daytime programming is a mix of “Triple A” (A3) music. The A3 format targets audiences with a mix of blues, rock, world, folk and roots music.
WFIT evening and weekend programming includes a unique blend of Blues, Folk, Classical, Jazz, Roots Reggae, Celtic, Rock, Indie, Accoustic, New Age, World Beat, Science and Education, and community affairs. WFIT's DJ's are community volunteers.
WFIT also sponsors concerts throughout the community featuring both local musicians and National acts.
WFIT's signal reaches from Cocoa Beach in the North to Vero Beach and worldwide via the web www.wfit.org.
WFIT is funded in part by individual memberships, corporate underwriting, State and local grants, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the Florida Institute of Technology.