Susan Giles Wantuck
Susan Giles Wantuck
Q: What was your first job at WUSF and what did you do for the station?
A: I started on Valentine’s Day in 1989 and was a board operator here while I was attending USF. At the time there were many of us students working here, part-time, announcing the breaks in programs like All Things Considered, which was my shift. We recorded the programs in the equipment room and took hourly transmitter readings, among other things. This was a couple of years before the First Gulf War helped to generate the need for increasing news service both from WUSF and from NPR.
Q: Are you still doing the same job or something different?
A: Now I am a WUSF Midday Host & Producer and I host Your First Choice, an hour of Classical favorites on WSMR. But along the way I have also covered a couple of Jazz shifts for Bob Seymour, served as Afternoon Classical Host on WUSF from 1991-1997, and All Things Considered Host from 1997-2010. So it seems I have come full circle.
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: All Things Considered. It’s a great show and the flagship news magazine for NPR. WUSF was among the first stations to carry it when it came on air in the early 1970s.
Q: What is your earliest memory of WUSF?
A: My earliest memory of WUSF was as an employee. That was back in the day when we had a triple format: News, Classical & Jazz. So many wonderful things to discover. There still are.
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: Susan Stamberg. The question I would like to ask her is “How does you get all these wonderful assignments in Paris?”! And she must have more recipes to share along with that cranberry relish.
Q: What makes you look forward to coming into work every day?
A: The wonderful people I work with and the interesting stories to tell.
Q: What are you most proud of as a member of the WUSF Public Media team?
A: The work we do to serve our listeners every day. Sometimes we get awards for it, but the best reward is doing a job well and knowing you gave it your all.
Q: What are you most proud of as it relates to all that WUSF Public Media offers to viewers, listeners and members?
A: Consistently providing high-quality programming that is relevant and provides context, which isn’t always easy to find these days.
Q: Do you have a “memorable moment” that you would like to share with others as WUSF Public Media celebrates its 50th anniversary?
A: It was 1991, I was hosting the Evening Classical program on WUSF and the first Gulf War broke out. Luckily, I wasn’t alone here. Our reporter Bobbie O’Brien and the Operations Manager at the time, Brian McCabe, helped me to provide information to our listeners about what was happening. We also managed to tap into network coverage of this watershed event.