Traffic Engineering and Operations Office
Since late October 2003, if you tuned your radio to WFLP-LP or WFLU-LP (FM 98.7 or 107.9) while traveling from Fort Lauderdale to Naples along "Alligator Alley" on I-75, an entertaining and educational broadcast about the Everglades ecosystem has been on the air for your education and entertainment. The Everglades Radio Network (ERN) is a low-power FM station broadcasting a 24-hour, 7-day-a-week program from the headquarters of WGCU Public Media located at the Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, Florida. The ERN is also available over the Internet at www.evergladesradionetwork.org
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection, in cooperation with FDOT, Florida Division of Emergency Management, Florida Gulf Coast University, and Senator Bob Graham's office, brought the ERN from concept to reality. This consortium solicited input from the public and private sectors to develop the initial 3-hour programming radio segments that will be repeated around-the-clock. The South Florida Water Management District, Everglades National Park, Big Cypress National Preserve, Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park, Collier Seminole State Park, Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge, and the Seminole Tribe of Florida have all made contributions to this programming effort.
These 3-hour programming radio segments provide motorists with information about the Everglades ecosystem, particularly along the Alligator Alley area. The magazine-style format consists of features highlighting:
- Plant and animal life
- Natural and man-made forces affecting the Everglades
- Natural places to visit
- Restoration activities
- People who have played important roles in shaping the history and future of the Everglades
For additional information, please contact Randy Pierce at Randy.Pierce@dot.state.fl.us.