Amy Tardif

FM Station Manager & News Director

Amy Tardif is WGCU’s FM Station Manager and News Director. She oversees a staff of 10 full and part-time people and interns 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 also serves on the FPBS Board of Directors and served on the PRNDI Board of Directors from 2007 -2012.  Tardif has been selected twice to serve as a managing editor for NPR's Next Generation Radio Project.  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 has two sons in college and loves fencing, performing in local theater and horseback riding.

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The Florida Department of Health in Lee County says there’s been a spike in confirmed cases of infectious syphilis in the county. They’re calling the increase alarming.

65-year-old Jim McCracken talks with his wife 60-year-old Karen Feldman about the death of his brother David McCracken from AIDS in 1992 at the age of 36. He remembers David's bright spirit and their complicated relationship in this week’s StoryCorps of southwest Florida.

Razak Dosani

Aug 3, 2017

Sixty-one-year-old Razak Dosani and his daughter, 28-year-old Farah Dosani, talk in this week’s StoryCorps of southwest Florida about him growing up in Bombay, moving to the United States to practice medicine, being a father, and his love and optimism for the United States as an Indian Muslim. Full disclosure – Farah worked for WGCU News for 3 years.

Sixty-year-old Lawrence Voytek and his friend, 57-year-old Mark Loren, talk about their friend and renowned artist, the late Robert Rauschenberg. Voytek worked as Rauschenberg's fabricator. They remember the great times they had together at his home on Captiva.

Alberita Johnson grew up in Queens, New York where she was bussed to white schools and says she experienced racial violence in the 1970’s. At the Story Corps mobile booth in Fort Myers, Johnson speaks with her friend Genelle Grant about that time, as well as what it was like moving to a still segregated Fort Myers in 2002.