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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U.S. Senator Bill Nelson (D) FL met with four Lee County mayors today. He said the U.S. Senate is pushing to pass a bill to speed up Everglades restoration.

Nelson said there’s an algae bloom on Lake Okeechobee covering about a third of the lake. So it’s no wonder blue green algae has made its way once again to southwest Florida.

NASA Earth Observatory


Tests on blue green algae at the Cape Coral Yacht Club came back with low levels of toxins that can contribute to environmental and public health problems. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection tested the algae earlier this week from two sites along the Caloosahatchee River. The other site, at the Alva Bridge, showed no toxins.

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: