Tom Williams

Program Director, Host Access Utah

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.


Access Utah
12:44 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Dixie Name Controversy and License Plate Scanners on Access Utah

In the first half of the program we discuss the controversy over the name Dixie State College. Some say the name Dixie holds negative connotations of slavery and the Confederacy. Others say that the southern Utah area has always been known as Dixie, and that the name hearkens back to the settling of the area by Mormon Pioneers. We talk with former president of Dixie State College, Doug Alder and UPR Southern Utah correspondent Chris Holmes.

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Access Utah
3:17 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

Humanity Intertwined with Hunting on Access Utah Tuesday

Steven Rinella, author of "Meat Eater—Adventures from the Life of an American Hunter," says that hunting is intimately connected with our humanity and that assuming responsibility for the meat that we eat, rather than entrusting it to proxy executioners, processors, packagers, and distributors is one of the most respectful and exhilarating things a meat eater can do.  In his book, Rinella examines such themes as the vanishing frontier, the ethics of killing, and the loss of Americans’ connection with the way their food makes its way to their tables. 

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Access Utah
4:32 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Technological Help and Poetry on Access Utah Monday

You got that great new gadget for the holidays, perhaps it's already broken or you need a lot of advice on how to work it. We're going to give you some help on the first half of the program. Jonathan Choate with SD7 Technologies, our computer expert is in with some advice. Whatever technology problem you have. We'll also be talking cool new gadgets with Jonathan, including a new wearable video camera, and how best to store your media, including photos, in the cloud or out of it.  

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Holiday Programs
6:30 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

The Christmas Chronicles on UPR

The Christmas Chronicles

Monday, December 17 - Thursday, December 20   

9:00 a.m. & 8:00 p.m.

The Christmas Chronicles is a Christmas story for radio that captures the magic and mystery of everyone’s favorite Yuletide character—Santa Claus. The Christmas Chronicles originated in accounts of the astonishing life and activities of Santa, recalled and told by the author, Tim Slover, to his children over the years. It all started with a strictly scientific answer to a child’s classic question: “How does Santa deliver all those toys all over the world in just one night?” That’s the query that unlocked the grand adventure to keep the magic in and the cynicism of the world at bay. The Christmas Chronicles finally reveals “a true and complete history of Santa.”

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Access Utah
4:15 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Holiday Celebration on Access Utah Thursday

On today's Access Utah we celebrate the holidays with music and poetry. Utah State University music professor Mike Christiansen, plays the guitar live in our studio. University of Utah theater professor Tim Slover, author of the book and radio series, "The Christmas Chronicles: The Legend of Santa Claus," reads excerpts of poetry.

From his poem "Trials of the Season":

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Access Utah
1:31 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

The World of Wolf-dogs on Access Utah Wednesday

 Writer Ceiridwen Terrill writes about how, at a particularly sad and frightening time in her life, a wolf dog was the kind of companion she was searching for. In her book, "Part Wild: Caught Between the Worlds of Wolves and Dogs," she talks about an animal who's heart is divided between the woman she loves, and the desire to roam free. In the end, Terrill realized she must confront the reality of taming a half-wild animal.  


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Access Utah
4:04 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Reparative Therapy Controversy on Access Utah Tuesday

Proponents of reparative or conversion therapy say it can help people transition away from unwanted homosexuality, while opponents believe the therapy is not only harmful, but flawed in its premise. California recently prohibited licensed therapists from using reparative therapy on patients under 18 years of age. 

A U of U student and three other gay men are suing a New Jersey center under New Jersey's Consumer fraud act.

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Access Utah
3:04 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

Showdown in the Sonoran Desert Author Ananda Rose on AU Monday

The immigration debate has raised some of the most difficult questions our nation has ever faced. How can we preserve the integrity of sovereign borders while also respecting the dignity of human begins? How should a border be humanely and effectively maintained? To understand the experience of those directly impacted by the immigration crisis, Ananda Rose traveled to the Sonoran Desert -- a border region where the remains of 2,000 migrants have been recovered over the past 10 years.

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Holiday Programs
5:08 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

Special Programming this Week

A Season’s Griot 2012
Saturday, December 29    8:00 p.m.

An hour-long Kwanzaa celebration in story and song, again hosted by Madafo Lloyd Wilson. This year's program features youth as the special guest griots, reading their own original and traditional stories. Familiar and favorite elements of Griot will also be in place with plenty of music, and an original composition by the show's poet laureate, Beverly Fields Burnette.

Toast of the Nation
Monday, December 31     9:00 p.m. -  January 1 3:00 a.m.

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Access Utah
1:36 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

The United Nations and Disabilities on Access Utah Thursday

How much weight does international treaty have on our lives? Today we specifically talk about the U.N. convention and the rights for persons with disabilities. That was defeated in the senate recently; Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) says this is an expression of American leadership throughout the world, and will help disabled veterans. Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) expressed the views of some, saying those who homeschool their children, and send their children to private or religious schools would be harmed by this law.

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