Tom Williams

Program Director, Access Utah Host

Tom Williams worked as a part-time UPR announcer for a few years and joined Utah Public Radio full-time in 1996.  He is a proud graduate of Uintah High School in Vernal and Utah State University (B. A. in Liberal Arts and Master of Business Administration.)  He grew up in a family that regularly discussed everything from opera to religion to politics. He is interested in just about everything and loves to engage people in conversation, so you could say he has found the perfect job as host “Access Utah” and “Opera Saturday.”  He and his wife Becky, live in Logan.

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Access Utah
10:17 am
Tue December 10, 2013

"Hidden History Of Utah" On Tuesday's Access Utah

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Utah has been the focal point for many brave settlers yearning for a new way of life. While Utah's Mormon legacy is well documented, there are lesser-known stories that contribute to the state's history. In “Hidden History of Utah,” public historian, author and history columnist Eileen Hallet Stone looks into the state's forgotten past and presents a revelatory collection of tales culled from her Salt Lake Tribune "Living History" column. 


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Access Utah
11:19 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Alyson Hagy's "Boleto" on Monday's Access Utah

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Alyson Hagy’s latest novel "Boleto," explores the themes of men and horses, the American West, and the dream of a ticket out. The protagonist Will Testerman is a young Wyoming horse trainer determined to make something of himself. Money is tight at the family ranch, where he's living again after a disastrous end to his job on the Texas show-horse circuit. 

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Access Utah
10:16 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Craig Anderson and U.S. A.I.D on Thursday's Access Utah

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Craig Anderson, a resident of St. George Utah and native of Cache Valley, had a long career with the United States Agency for International Development as an agricultural specialist.

He's spent more than 15 years living and working in Latin America and 12 years in the Middle East and Central and South Asia, including former Soviet Republics.

Recently he sat down with Tom Williams to discuss his experiences developing agricultural systems in countries where democracy was developing as well. 

    

Access Utah
10:13 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Graeme Simsion's "The Rosie Project" On Wednesday's Access Utah

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Meet Don Tillman, hero of Graeme Simsion’s new novel “The Rosie Project.” Don Tillman is a brilliant yet socially challenged professor of genetics, who’s decided it’s time he found a wife. And so, in the orderly, evidence-based manner with which Don approaches all things, he designs the Wife Project to find his perfect partner: a sixteen-page, scientifically valid survey to filter out the drinkers, the smokers, the late arrivers. Rosie Jarman is all these things. 

    

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Access Utah
5:12 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Marriage 101 For Men On Tuesday's Access Utah

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Sherri Mills has been a hairdresser for more than forty-five years. She has had her own salon long enough to see life happen before her very eyes. She has listened to real-life problems and followed real-life outcomes—successes and failures—and through several generations, longer and more extensively than marriage counselors can. 


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StoryCorps

Each week, from July 2013 to June 2014, Utah Public Radio will be playing segments from the Southern Utah recordings.

In May 2013, StoryCorps came to St. George and the surrounding areas to gather their stories. Now, you can listen to the stories on-air and online.

Want to learn more about StoryCorps? Check out their website.

Want to see the pictures from our trip in St. George? Check out our Facebook page.

Access Utah
8:41 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Ogden's "25th Street Confidential" on Wednesday's Access Utah

Generations of Ogdenites have grown up absorbing 25th Street’s legends of corruption, menace, and depravity. The rest of Utah has tended to judge Ogden—known in its first century as a “gambling hell” and tenderloin, and in recent years as a degraded skid row—by the street’s gaudy reputation. Present-day Ogden embraces the afterglow of 25th Street’s decadence and successfully promotes it to tourists. In the same preservationist spirit as Denver’s Larimer Square, today’s 25th Street is home to art galleries, fine dining, live theater, street festivals, mixed-use condominiums, and the Utah State Railroad Museum. 


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Access Utah
9:42 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Fingerstyle Guitar With Adam Miller On Tuesday's Access Utah

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Australian fingerstyle guitarist Adam Miller included Logan among his stops on a recent American tour. He stopped by the UPR studios to talk about finding just the right sound in a guitar; to describe his travels--including to Afghanistan to play for the troops there; and, of course, to play us a few songs, including “Carpal Tunnel Blues,” (Miller has battled the malady,) and a tune written during his wedding speech. Logan-based guitar maker, Ryan Thorell, joins in the conversation to describe his craft.


Access Utah
9:58 pm
Sun November 24, 2013

The Power Of Listening On Monday's Access Utah

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StoryCorps promotes the day after Thanksgiving as a National Day of Listening, calling listening the least expensive but most meaningful gift you can give this holiday season.


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Access Utah
8:35 am
Thu November 21, 2013

Remembering President John F. Kennedy on Thursday's Access Utah

Many of us remember where we were the day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. Friday will mark the 50th anniversary of that tragic event. We’re going to open up the phone lines to you on Thursday’s Access Utah from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. to express your memories, thoughts and feelings. 


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