Amy Tardif

FM Station Manager & News Director

Amy Tardif is WGCU’s FM Station Manager and News Director. She oversees a staff of 5 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 first woman in radio to Chair RTDNA, having previously served as Chair-Elect and the Region 13 representative on its Board of Directors for which she helped write an e-book on plagiarism and fabrication. She is currently the Chair of RTDNF. 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. 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. 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, fencing, performing in local theater and horseback riding.

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This month’s Versed in Florida is with Miami poet Mia Leonin. She teaches creative writing at the University of Miami. She has published poetry and creative nonfiction in numerous journals and reviews. She writes about Spanish-language theater and culture for the Miami Herald, New Times, and other publications. Leonin is the author of three poetry collections and a memoir called Havana and Other Missing Fathers. She tells WGCU’s Amy Tardif her latest collection called, Chance Born, plays on the idea of chance as in “luck” and chance as in “accident”.

  After Striking the Set, a Letter to a Director


for Brittney

After the actors have shed their lines, after

the tech crew has struck the set, walking to their cars

in the after-matinee sun, a single overwhelming light

that flattens their dimension, they become

something like shoddy, lesser ghosts, whose sins in walking

the earth are, well, pedestrian:  a dropped line, a scene of acting,

a forgotten sound cue, a misplaced prop.  The chains

Photographer Brian Tietz

There’s an ongoing effort to change the reputation of mullet. The fish was mostly used as bait. But now, mullet and its roe are appearing on menus at fancy US restaurants and business owners are betting on a growing demand for the fish. Meet some southwest Floridians who are giving mullet a second chance:

Naples voice actor Peter Thomas died Saturday.  He was 91. He joined the Army after graduating from high school in 1943 and was sent to Omaha Beach the day after D-Day. He received five battle stars, including the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star for his military service in five major campaigns including the Battle of Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge.  

This month’s Versed in Florida is with poet Dr. James Brock. He’s the author of four books of poetry, a playwright and founding member of the Ghostbird Theatre Company in Fort Myers. Brock teaches literature and writing at Florida Gulf Coast University, and he curates Versed in Florida for WGCU. He tells Amy Tardif there are a lot of current events mentioned in this month’s poem, some of which are quite raw. Brock also talks about racism in the classroom.