Category Archives: Specials

Harvest of Hope




Congress continues to grapple with the difficult issue of immigration.  Meanwhile, states like Florida continue to depend on the workers who are vital to Florida’s agriculture industry.  Since 1997, Harvest of Hope has distributed more than $1 million dollars in emergency and educational financial aid to migrant farmworkers and families throughout the United States.  The Director of … Continue reading Harvest of Hope

Re-Release of the Apalachicola Doin’ Time Documentary on Across the Prairie




On the WUFT program, “Across the Prairie,” on January 21, 2007 host Cathy DeWitt interviewed Donna Green-Townsend and Dale Crider on the re-release of the 2000 Edward R. Murrow Award-winning documentary, Apalachicola Doin’ Time.[Audio clip: view full post to listen]

Seeking Peace




In December, 2006 Heart Phoenix, the Chair of the Peace Alliance organization in Gainesville served as host to members of the National Peace Alliance, the group pushing Congress to establish a National Department of Peace.  While in the Gainesville area, the members sat down with WUFT’s Donna Green-Townsend to talk about their personal and professional … Continue reading Seeking Peace

Tom Shed




Tom Shed Gainesville singer songwriter Tom Shed loves to write and sing about Florida.  He was influenced by the late Don Grooms, a Florida Heritage Award Winner, when he was one of Grooms’ student in the College of Journalism and Communications at the University of Florida. Shed says he likes to write and sing about, “history, … Continue reading Tom Shed

Cattle Ranchers of Florida: Keepers of the Last Frontier




“Keepers of the Last Frontier,” that’s one way to describe Florida’s cowboys.  Maintaining the five century old tradition of cattle ranching in the Sunshine State is challenging as rapid growth continues to encroach on what used to be sprawling cattle ranches.  Donna Green-Townsend talks with two people involved in the effort to save this longtime … Continue reading Cattle Ranchers of Florida: Keepers of the Last Frontier

Wayne Martin and the Country Music Pioneers Special




  Wayne Martin and the Country Music Pioneers Special This one hour special originally broadcast on October 12th, 2008 features music and interviews with four old time musicians including Wayne Martin, George Custer, Joe Forrester (brother of bluegrass fiddler “Howdy” Forrester) and Kelton Johns.  This program was produced by Donna Green-Townsend with production assistance from Bill … Continue reading Wayne Martin and the Country Music Pioneers Special

Vanishing Waters: Cynthia Barnett with Donna Green-Townsend (09/29/2008)




Worldwide Conflicts have erupted over oil…and some say the next wars will be over water.  Cynthia Barnett from Gainesville is an award-winning journalist who has written a lot about water for Florida Trend Magazine and in her own publications.  She spoke with WUFT’s Donna Green-Townsend about her interest in environmental writing.[Audio clip: view full post … Continue reading Vanishing Waters: Cynthia Barnett with Donna Green-Townsend (09/29/2008)

African Origins of the Banjo Special (03/27/2008)




 African Origins of the Banjo Long Version[Audio clip: view full post to listen] Many people are beginning to realize just how similar the three-stringed African instrument called the akonting is to the American banjo.  The banjos is often thought to be an American instrument, but it actually has deep roots in Africa with a close … Continue reading African Origins of the Banjo Special (03/27/2008)

The Musical Legacy of Don Grooms




Remembering Don Grooms          (originally aired on Florida Public Radio in January of 1998) Don Grooms won the prestigious Florida Folk Heritage Award in 1996.  Grooms, who taught for more than three decades in the College of Journalism and Communications at the University of Florida, was influenced by the late “Father of … Continue reading The Musical Legacy of Don Grooms