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Meet ‘Last Night of Ballyhoo’ actor Amy Tardif

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Amy Tardif 02The 1997 Tony Award-winning comedy/drama The Last Night of Ballyhoo opens at the Laboratory Theater of Florida on April 14. Among the show’s talented cast is Amy Tardif. She’s most recently been seen in staged readings at The Lab in In the Shadow of Queens and True Colors, and in the staged reading of Love, Loss and What I Wore for Theatre Conspiracy. She produced and acted in the staged reading of Robert Hilliard’s memoir Miracle at St. Ottilien. Many moons ago, Amy performed in numerous shows in Southwest Florida.

By day, Amy Tardif is WGCU’s FM Station Manager and News Director. Amy Tardiff 01She oversees a staff of 6 in news, production and the radio reading service.  Her program Lucia’s Letter on human trafficking received a coveted Peabody Award, an Edward R. Murrow Award, a gold medal from the New York Festivals and 1st place for Best Documentary from the Public Radio News Directors Inc.

Tardif was the first woman in radio to Chair RTDNA, having previously served as Chair-Elect and the Region 13 Last Night 08representative on its Board of Directors for which she helped write an e-book on plagiarism and fabrication. She also serves on the FPBS Board of Directors and served on the PRNDI Board of Directors from 2007 -2012, and served on the Editorial Integrity for Public Media Project helping to write the section on employee’s activities beyond their public media Last Night 19work.

Amy was the producer and host of Gulf Coast Live Arts Edition for eight years and spent 14 years as WGCU’s local host of NPR’s Morning Edition. She also spent five years as producer and managing editor of WGCU-TV’s former monthly environmental documentary programs In Focus on the Environment and Earth Edition.

Prior to joining WGCU Public Media in 1993, she was the Last Night 24spokesperson for the Fort Myers Police Department, spent six years reporting and anchoring for television stations in Fort Myers and Austin, Minnesota and reported for WUSF Public Radio in Tampa.  Amy has two sons in college and loves fencing, performing in local theater and horseback riding.

Amy Tardiff 04March 31, 2017.

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