Producer/Host, University Beat
Q: What was your first job at WUSF and what did you do for the station?
A: I started as a freelance producer of University Beat on WUSF 89.7 FM.
Q: How long ago was that?
A: Spring of 2001, right before I got married and bought my house. It was a pretty busy year.
Q: Are you still doing the same job, or something different?
A: I added producer of University Beat on WUSF TV when I was hired on full-time in July 2007. I also host Saturday and Sunday mornings from 6 to 8 a.m. on WUSF 89.7, direct and host the FM membership campaigns, and do some reporting and web updates for the WUSF Newsroom.
Q: If you had to select one program you’d like to keep on the air for the next 50 years – what would it be?
A: University Beat. I like job security.
Q: What is your earliest memory of WUSF? Were you a listener, a volunteer, did a friend tell you about it?
A: I think right after I moved to Tampa in 1998. I started working with Jeff Norcross, who had been Morning Edition host here, at WHNZ 1250 AM. He told me about the station and I started listening to it.
Q: Which public broadcasting personality would you like to invite to a dinner party? What’s the first question you’d ask him or her?
A: Part of me says Bob Seymour and I’d ask him to name three jazz songs I have to have for the dinner party. Another part of me says Daniel Zwerdling or Frank Deford, and I’d simply say to them, “Tell me a story.”
Q: What makes you look forward to coming into work every day?
A: I love news and I love telling people the news, whether it’s the headlines or what’s going on around USF. It’s the kind of thing that I’d do for free. Not that that means they don’t need to pay me – it keeps the power on at my house!