Amy Tardif

Amy Tardif is WGCU’s FM Station Manager and News Director. She oversees a staff of 6 in news, production and the radio reading service.  Her program Lucia's Letter on human trafficking received a coveted Peabody Award, an Edward R. Murrow Award, a gold medal from the New York Festivals and 1st place for Best Documentary from the Public Radio News Directors Inc. She was the producer and host of Gulf Coast Live Arts Edition for 8 years and spent 14 years as WGCU’s local host of NPR's Morning Edition. Amy spent five years as producer and managing editor of WGCU-TV’s former monthly environmental documentary programs In Focus on the Environment and Earth Edition. She is the first woman in public radio to be the Chair-Elect of RTDNA, having previously served as the Region 13 representative on its Board of Directors for which she helped write an e-book on plagiarism and fabrication. She also serves on the FPBS Board of Directors and served on the PRNDI Board of Directors from 2007 -2012. And she served on the Editorial Integrity for Public Media Project helping to write the section on employee's activities beyond their public media work. Prior to joining WGCU Public Media in 1993, she was the spokesperson for the Fort Myers Police Department, spent 6 years reporting and anchoring for television stations in Fort Myers and Austin, Minnesota and reported for WUSF Public Radio in Tampa.  Amy also loves spending time with her two teenaged sons, performing in local theater and horseback riding.

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A local theater company debuts a show this week at Florida Southwestern State College that is a first for Fort Myers. Theatre Conspiracy’s “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf” by Ntozake Shange features an all-black cast, director and stage manager. The company’s artistic director hopes this is the start of regular shows geared toward minority artists.


Sidney Wade

Jan 27, 2015

This month’s Versed in Florida is with poet Sidney Wade. She teaches English at the University of Florida. Her poems and translations of foreign language poems have appeared in a wide variety of journals, including Poetry, The New Yorker, Grand Street, and The Paris Review. WADE's sixth collection of poems, Straits & Narrows, was published in 2013. Her Turkish poetry translations will be published in October. Lately she’s only been writing poems about birds, including this one about Burrowing Owls, she explained to WGCU’s Amy Tardif.

A  Cape Coral man is the focus of an Independent Lens film airing on WGCU World (30.2/Cable 201) January 21 at 7:30pm.  Adam Winfield was a soldier in Afghanistan. He tried to blow the whistle on war crimes his troop was committing. The men were killing Afghani civilians and planting weapons on them to stage the incidents. Winfield’s life was threatened after he started telling his father Chris Winfield through Facebook chat sessions about what was going on. Then he says he was forced to become part of one the murders. He was arrested and tried.

Jay Hopler - The Light

Dec 23, 2014

This month’s Versed in Florida is with poet Jay Hopler, Associate Professor of English at the University of South Florida in Tampa. He’s written three books of poems and has been published in American Poetry Review, The New Republic, the New Yorker and SLATE. He tells WGCU’s Amy Tardif though he lives in Tampa, he visits southwest Florida quite often.

This month’s Versed in Florida is with University of South Florida senior Naomi Rosado. She’s studying English, Creative Writing and possibly music. She just transferred to Tampa from FGCU and is originally from the Miami area. In honor of Veterans Day this month’s poem is called Agent Orange. Rosado tells WGCU’s Amy Tardif about her writing technique.