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.

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Culture
6:48 am
Thu April 17, 2014

What We Can Learn From DaVinci And Michelangelo

Mark Rodgers and Michelangelo's Pieta

Today, most kids may recognize the names Leonardo and Michelangelo from a group of turtles, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles who take their names from the Italian Renaissance masters.  

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Culture
8:37 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Pulitzer-Winning Playwright To Receive Greenfield Prize In Sarasota

Playwright Nilo Cruz
Credit Nilo Cruz by Oskar Landi

Playwright Nilo Cruz already has a 2003 Pulitzer Prize for his drama, Anna in the Tropics, which was set in Tampa's Ybor City.  

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Culture
3:49 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Sarasota Film Festival Raises The Curtain On Its 16th Year

Credit Sarasota Film Festival

The Sarasota Film Festival has programming for the community all year long. But this Friday, its international film festival opens with nearly 200 films, glittering stars and movies that will rivet audiences to their seats.  

Director Tom Hall said the festival is really all about community.  He said festival organizers keep ticket prices low and make events accessible to the people who live here.

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Culture
2:50 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Founding LAGQ Guitarist Andrew York Performs Thursday Night in Lakeland

Andrew York
Credit Hillary Greene-Pae

Guitarist Andrew York grew up in a home where his mother sang, beautifully, he says, and his father played folk music on the guitar.  His earliest memories are of family musical gatherings.  He went on to help found the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet.

He's had many teachers, but York names one professor at USC as a particular influence, Duke Miller, who brought him to Los Angeles to USC. York had a full scholarship to get his Master's degree there, and was essentially a jazz player at that time and playing lute in an early music ensemble.  

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Environment
2:56 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Lowry Park Zoo Welcomes Rescued Panther Kitten

Baby panther kitten at Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa.
Credit Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo

He's such a baby that his kitty eyes are still blue. And there's no word on what his name is, but the folks at Lowry Park Zoo are panther specialists, so they will care for this little guy around the clock until he can eat solids like the meat such big cats are used to. 

This panther kitten is just 4-weeks-old and now tips the scales at 4.1 pounds. When he's big and strong enough, he will be released into Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park where he will live, according to the zoo.  

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Culture
10:37 am
Mon February 10, 2014

NPR's Ina Jaffe To Keynote 'Positive Aging' Conference Tuesday

NPR National Correspondent Ina Jaffe
Credit Dolby Photography/NPR

With a generation of aging Baby Boomers, there's fertile ground for news stories. That's where NPR's Ina Jaffe comes in.  She is NPR's national correspondent, covering the aging beat and its myriad subjects from housing to technology to age discrimination.  

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Law & Order
7:42 pm
Sun February 9, 2014

Sunday A Deadly Day For Four USF Students

USF students Dammie Yesudhas (clockwise from top left), Jobin Kuriakose, Ankeet Patel and Imtiyaz "Jim" Ilias were killed in a crash on I-275 early Sunday.
Credit Sigma Beta Rho

This Sunday was a tragic day for many, with at least eight people dying overnight in crashes in Hillsborough County. Among them were four young students from the University of South Florida, who perished after their car was struck head-on by a wrong-way driver on Interstate 275, as reported on tbo.com.

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Culture
12:01 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Talking With The Author Of 'My Mother's Secret'

U.S. Jacket of My Mother's Secret

Author J.L. Witterick has been leading two lives.  She is the president of one of the largest investment counseling firms for international investing in Canada.  And now she's a best-selling author.  

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Business
4:45 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

9-12-13 Best Newscast Entry For AP

This is our entry for best newscast.  

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6:16 pm
Thu December 26, 2013

Melbourne's Novel Approach To Christmas Traffic Stops

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Speeding drivers on Florida's East Coast were given warnings and lottery scratch-off tickets by Melbourne police. But police aren't sure if anyone won a ticket to easy street at Christmas.
Motorists caught speeding to grandma's house in Melbourne were greeted with a bittersweet Christmas Day surprise.
10:35 am
Tue December 10, 2013

Dr. Beach Has Fl's Best Beaches Covered

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What would a competition be without a little friendly rivalry between Florida's Gulf Coast and it's Gold Coast? Check out what Dr. Beach has to say about the best beaches in the state.
It's the time of the year when visions of sugar soft sands top travelers' wish lists. Florida, with its 825 miles of beaches, lures sunbathers, surfers, action lovers and solitude seekers to its shores. To find the best Florida strands, USA TODAY hosted an east coast-west coast smackdown.
Florida Matters
12:40 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Florida Matters: Tampa Bay Times Festival Of Reading

Author Jeff Klinkenberg
Courtesy of Jeff Klinkenberg

This Saturday, book lovers from all over will be flocking to the Tampa Bay Times 21st Annual Festival of Reading at the University of South Florida. Find out more and hear readings by Authors Jamie Ford, Jeff Klinkenberg, Ira Sukrungruang and Stephanie Hayes here.

5:36 pm
Sun October 20, 2013

Brilliance Of Florida State Quarterback Recognized Across Country

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Sportswriters across the country are talking about one young man. That's Florida State Quarterback Jameis Winston.
CLEMSON, S.C. - This was Jameis Winston's introduction to stardom: silencing Death Valley on Saturday night, quarterbacking Florida State to a signature win over Clemson and making a firm case for the Heisman Trophy. Winston is electrifying college football as a redshirt freshman, just as Johnny Manziel did last season.
Culture
9:47 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Former American Idol Finalist Scott MacIntyre To Perform In Tampa

Singer Scott MacIntyre
Courtesy of ScottMacIntyre.com

Scott MacIntyre says his blindness has given him a platform to reach out to and inspire many more people than he could have imagined---millions even.

The American Idol finalist is in Tampa tonight to perform a benefit concert for VSA Florida at the University of South Florida. MacIntyre says VSA Arts is one of his favorite organizations he's ever worked with. 

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Environment
9:02 am
Mon October 7, 2013

William Bartram's Florida

William Bartram was a trailblazing explorer and naturalist. In the 18th century, he cut a path across Florida and seven other states.  His travels took him along the St. Johns River, Seminole villages and the Alachua Prairie, which we now call Paynes Prairie.  

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