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.


2:00 am
Sun January 25, 2015

Tampa Bay Times Restaurant Critic Picks Top 50 For Tampa Bay Area

Tampa Bay Times Food Critic Laura Reiley has been dining out a lot in the past couple of weeks. So now she's living on coffee after consuming "thousands of extra calories" in pursuit of the best restaurants in the Tampa Bay area. 

The result is her list of the Top 50

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10:30 am
Sat January 24, 2015

Tampa Bay Times Restaurant Critic Picks Top 50 For Tampa Bay Area

From the menu of Ava's
Ava's Facebook page

Tampa Bay Times Food Critic Laura Reiley has been dining out a lot in the past couple of weeks. So now she's living on coffee after consuming "thousands of extra calories" in pursuit of the best restaurants in the Tampa Bay area. 

The result is her list of the Top 50

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10:56 am
Sun January 18, 2015

Kentucky Teen "Bonnie & Clyde" Captured in Florida

An 18-year-old boy and his 13-year-old girlfriend accused of a crime spree ranging from Kentucky to Florida have been caught in Florida.
PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Two teenage sweethearts suspected in a crime spree of stolen vehicles and pilfered checks across the South have been taken into custody in Florida, Kentucky authorities said Sunday. Grayson County Sheriff officials say in a statement that 18-year-old Dalton Hayes and his 13-year-old girlfriend, Cheyenne Phillips, were arrested without incident about 12:10 a.m.
6:17 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Tampa Rep's Imagining Madoff

From left, Actors Jim Wicker and C. David Frankel

Deb Margolin's play "Imagining Madoff" digs into the deep issues that live in the edges of our lives.  Do I really know this person, can I trust them? 

Her play examines the relationship between a Torah scholar, here named Sol Galkin, but the character is based on famed author and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel, and an imaginary Bernie Madoff, based on the infamous financial scammer who cheated thousands out of their life savings. 

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4:29 pm
Sat January 10, 2015

George Zimmerman Charged with Assault

The world knows George Zimmerman's name after the Trayvon Martin case. He was arrested today after police say he attacked his girlfriend.
SANFORD, Fla. (AP) - Florida authorities say George Zimmerman has been arrested on an aggravated assault charge. The Seminole County Sheriff's Office says the 31-year-old Zimmerman was arrested in Lake Mary about 10 p.m. Friday and is being held at the John E. Polk Correctional Facility.
11:10 am
Wed December 31, 2014

2014 AP Ind Ach for SGW

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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