Susan Giles Wantuck

Host Midday/Classical Host

Susan Giles Wantuck is a news host, producer and reporter for WUSF Public Media who focuses her storytelling on arts and culture.  She also serves as a music host on Classical WSMR 89.1 and 103.9. 

She is a lifelong resident with family roots that stretch back in Florida before it garnered statehood.  Susan holds a B.A. in Mass Communication from USF.  Her work has been honored by the Florida Associated Press Broadcasters Association.


6:37 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

'Handle With Care' at Stageworks in Tampa

Handle With Care at Stageworks

Sometimes, against all odds, relationships grow between two people who don't even speak the same language.

Actress Midge Mamatas knows something about falling in love without a common language. Her first husband was Japanese, and until she reached the conclusion that she was a better teacher than a student, and decided he should learn English--they used dictionaries when other forms of communication failed. 

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8:43 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Considering Careers at Teach-In

SERVE, Hillsborough

Today is the day for the 2014 Great American Teach-In. Thousands of people from all walks of life will flock to schools in the region to share their stories of jobs and hobbies, to remind kids that education is what helps you get the job you want.

Of course, not all of them will be wearing a cool uniform, or flying a helicopter or driving a fire truck.

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10:03 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Florida Orchestra to Play "Ocean Voyagers" Soundtrack Saturday

This Saturday (11/8), the Florida Orchestra dives into the Blue Ocean Film Festival. It will play Grant McLachlan's score for the movie "Ocean Voyagers" while the film is playing at the Mahaffey Theater.

"Ocean Voyagers" tells the tale of a mighty big mama, 40 tons of humpback whale and her baby boy. The story is narrated by Meryl Streep and was created by Feo Pitcairn. 

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12:22 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Kennedy Boulevard Bridge "Stuck Up"

It's not clear when Tampa's Kennedy Boulevard Bridge might reopen to traffic. A crane atop a barge slammed into the bridge this morning and now the road is closed.
The Kennedy Boulevard bridge in downtown Tampa is stuck in the up position this morning, police say.
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4:57 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Czech Guitarist Performs At HCC Friday Night

Guitarist Pavel Steidl at WUSF
Susan GIles Wantuck

The only thing Pavel Steidl wanted when he was growing up was a horse. His love of movies featuring cowboys and Indians sent him off in to the woods to play. That was where his older brother, who played the banjo, put a guitar in his hand and told him to accompany him.

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9:01 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Q&A With The Florida Orchestra Music Director On Elgar

Florida Orchestra Music Director Michael Francis

This weekend, concert goers can get better acquainted with the new Florida Orchestra Music Director Michael Francis. This will be the first time he'll conduct the orchestra since he was named its music director this past June.

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9:57 am
Tue October 21, 2014

RR Crossing on Fowler Avenue in Tampa Open Again

We don't have to use this detour anymore!
Credit FDOT

Do we hear voices raised in songs of thanksgiving? Early this morning, the Florida Department of Transportation reopened the railroad tracks at Fowler Avenue in North Tampa, just east of Nebraska Avenue. 

Kris Carson of the Florida Department of Transportation Tampa office says the annual average daily traffic count is around 48,500, so Fowler is a heavily traveled road.  

Happy Trails!

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Health News Florida
9:19 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Nurses Union Demands Better Ebola Training

Nurses gather in Tampa's Ybor City to demand proper training on how to deal with Ebola.

Originally published on Thu October 16, 2014 9:29 am

Nurses from National Nurses United gathered in Tampa's Ybor City on Wednesday to stage a "die-in."

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10:56 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Intergalactic Nemesis Invades Ringling's International Arts Fest

Intergalactic Nemesis actors
Courtesy of RIAF

What started out as a radio play has morphed into something much bigger. Now The Intergalactic Nemesis is coming to Sarasota's Ringling International Arts Festival Thursday. And it's bringing the sludge monsters from the planet Zygon to invade the 1930's.  

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9:10 am
Mon October 13, 2014

Still Standing: Anita Hollander to Perform at USF

Hollander as Francesca in Bass for Picasso in NY.

You could say performing is in Anita Hollander's blood.  After all, she's been singing, dancing and acting since she was 8.  When she was 26, she lost her leg to cancer, but she kept on going.  

"I went on with my career just normally as a performer who just happened to have an artificial leg,"Hollander said. "And somehow I got introduced to a whole world of other performers who have disabilities and they sort of pushed me ahead." She's now National Co-Chair of Performers with Disabilities for SAG-AFTRA.   And in that capacity, works to promote more "presence of performers with disabilities in all media, including stage, television, film."  

And Tuesday night at 7, Hollander brings her show, "Still Standing: A Musical Survival Guide for Life's Catastrophes" to USF's Oval Theater in Tampa, presented by VSA Florida and USF AccessiBull.  

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9:33 am
Fri October 10, 2014

RR Crossing Work on Fowler Requires Creativity

Map of the FDOT Fowler Ave. RR project
Credit FDOT

For the next week, your usual commute down Fowler Avenue, just east of Interstate 275 will be detoured.  

Take a look at this map. Florida Department of Transportation says drivers will not be able to pass through the intersection where the railroad crosses Fowler, east of Nebraska Avenue.

The work on the tracks begins October 16th at 9 p.m. The construction continues until complete "weather permitting."  

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Health News Florida
2:14 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Orlando Woman Shares Anti-Smoking Message (VIDEO)

Felicita Soto of Orlando is part of the CDC's anti-campaign.

Originally published on Thu September 25, 2014 10:39 am

 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a new ally in its graphic anti-smoking campaign.

Even though the CDC's “Tips from Former Smokers” ads are aimed at adults, Felicita Soto of Orlando says she hopes kids will get the message.  She started smoking when she was in the sixth grade. 

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10:14 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Q&A With Author Of "Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good"

Kathleen Flinn's new book

Author Kathleen Flinn comes by her love of cooking the natural way. Her mom, dad, grandmother and grandfather all cooked. Flinn grew up on a farm in Michigan, where her mother baked bread, canned vegetables, made jam and more. 

The family went fishing (on and off ice),  hunting, camping and her folks even joined the local German-American club, even though they weren't German.  

Flinn is the author of the New York Times bestseller, The Sharper Your Knife, the Less you Cry. And her latest book, Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good, is chock-full of family recipes, including some of the sweets her mom used to bribe the local radio station DJ, so he would play her dad's favorite song at a certain time each day. 

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12:59 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Crist Names Running Mate In Governor's Race

Annette Taddeo, CEO of LanguageSpeak
Credit Crist campaign

Former Florida Governor Charlie Crist named  South Florida businesswoman Annette Taddeo as his running mate today.  The press release from the Crist campaign was subtitled, "Successful Small Businesswoman, Working Mother to Join the People’s Ticket."

Taddeo is the founder and CEO of LanguageSpeak, which provides translation in more than 240 languages. She is the Chair of the Democratic Party in Miami-Dade County and ran for Congress as a Democrat in South Florida in 2008. 

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10:09 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Late Starters Orchestra Q&A

Ari Goldman's new book, The Late Starters Orchestra

Ari Goldman reached his goal of becoming a New York Times reporter by the time he hit 25. Mastering the cello has been a longer journey.  

Goldman picked the cello back up decades later, first playing with his son's children's orchestra and ultimately finding a place to play in The Late Starters String Orchestra.  

Unlike other music-making organizations in New York City, which Goldman says are like "auditioning for Broadway," with this orchestra, "if you think you can play, you can play."  

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