Amy Tardif

FM Station Manager & News Director

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 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 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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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, and The Paris Review. WADE's Turkish poetry translations will be published in October. She’s now helping younger poets as the editor of UF’s literary Journal “Subtropics” and as a teacher of one undergraduate and one graduate poetry class each semester. She spoke with WGCU’s Amy Tardif.

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Skin. It’s the largest organ of the body. So, it’s not surprising that skin cancer, specifically melanoma, is in the top five of the most common cancers in the United States. The American Melanoma Foundation says one American dies of melanoma almost every hour. In the Sunshine State, melanoma is responsible for about 75 percent of all skin cancer deaths.

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WGCU’s XPoNential Radio presents excerpts from a live concert recorded at the Veteran’s Pavilion on the Florida Gulf Coast University library lawn on April 23, 2015. Five southwest Florida musical groups performed as part of Eagle Walk during finals week as a break for students. Several of the performers have been featured on WGCU’s program “Gulf Coast Music” of local singer/songwriters who write and perform their own original music. Some also recently entered an NPR Tiny Desk Concert Contest

This month’s Versed in Florida is with Sara Comito. She graduated with an English degree from the University of Massachusetts Lowell, and has been living in Fort Myers for the past 13 years. Comito works as communications editor for a local PR and Marketing agency. Her poetry has appeared in dozens of print and electronic journals and anthologies.

She and her stonemason husband are urban farmers and beekeepers in Fort Myers. She tells WGCU’s Amy Tardif the bees and their honey are now a muse for her poetry.

For Memorial Day we meet two women who made the military their lives. Captain Nori Ann Reed of Sanibel was the first woman assigned onboard Navy ships, and later was the first woman to have the honor of being Captain of three Navy ships. She commanded Naval Logistics Command, US naval Forces, Central Command operating ships and aircraft over 2.5 million square miles of water, including the Arabian Gulf, Indian Ocean and Red Sea in support of US military forces during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. Captain Reed went to Cypress Lake High School in Fort Myers, FAU in Boca Raton and entered the Navy through Officer Candidate School. She’s now back on Sanibel.

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