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Hosted by Melissa Ross, this one-hour call-in program features local newsmakers, civic and community leaders, arts, activities and more, along with spot news features and a weekly roundtable of local journalists.

Hosted by Melissa Ross, this one-hour call-in program features local newsmakers, civic and community leaders, arts, activities and more, along with spot news features and a weekly roundtable of local journalists.
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Jacksonville, FL

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Hosted by Melissa Ross, this one-hour call-in program features local newsmakers, civic and community leaders, arts, activities and more, along with spot news features and a weekly roundtable of local journalists.

Language:

English

Contact:

100 Festival Park Avenue Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 549-2937


Episodes

5/18/2019: Freeman Appointment; 500 Atlantic; Urban Arts Program Phase II

7/18/2018
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Wednesday on First Coast Connect we discussed the growing controversy around the appointment of Terrance Freeman to the Jacksonville City Council by Governor Rick Scott by speaking with attorney and political consultant Obi Umunna (01:06). Ahead of Wednesday night’s Neptune Beach Community Development Review Board vote on the proposed 500 Atlantic project we spoke with a member of the opposition group #NeptuneStrong Ric Duncan . A spokesperson for the developer was not available Wednesday...

Duration:00:52:55

7/17/2018: Nikki Fried; National Diversity Council; Pippa Mann; Kennedy Book; Fred Funk

7/17/2018
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Tuesday on First Coast Connect we spoke with Agriculture Commissioner candidate Democrat Nikki Fried about her campaign and the issues she is focusing on, which include the environment, medical marijuana and gun background checks (01:17). The National Diversity Council ’s Communications Chair Kristen Williams joined us about the organization’s work to promote diversity in the workplace (27:43). Pippa Mann is an inspiration to people around the world as one of the few women ever to race in...

Duration:00:52:55

7/16/2018: Chris King; A Day4her Wellness Retreat

7/16/2018
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Monday on First Coast Connect we spoke with Chris King , one of the five major Democratic candidates running for governor. (01:08) We also spoke with we spoke with Baptist Medical Center South President Nicole Thomas and Kelly Youngs of She Is Fierce! ahead of the WJCT and Baptist Health A Day4her Wellness Retreat on August 18 at the downtown Hyatt (46:00) . Kevin Meerschaert can be reached at kmeerschaert@wjct.org , 904-358-6334 or on Twitter at @ KMeerschaertJax .

Duration:00:52:55

7/13/2018: Media Roundtable; Crescendo Amelia

7/13/2018
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Our weekly Friday Media Roundtable on First Coast Connect featured guest host A.G. Gancarski from F loridaPolitics.com . Our panelist were: Florida Times-Union reporter Tessa Duvall WJCT contributor Fred Matthews Jacksonville Daily Record reporter David Cawton WJCT reporter Ryan Benk (01:11). Issues discussed included: One of Mayor Lenny Curry’s political committees was scammed out of $120,000. The controversy surrounding Governor Rick Scott’s appointment of conservative Republican Terrance...

Duration:00:52:55

7/12/2018: PAC Scam; Woman With Heart-Schrader; Beaches History; Madison Carr

7/12/2018
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Thursday’s First Coast Connect featured guest host Charlene Shirk . We discussed the power of Political Action Committees and local and state political committees in the wake of Mayor Curry’s committee’s being scammed out of $120,000 with Florida Times-Union reporter Nate Monroe (1:15). Our July Woman with Heart highlighting Volunteers in Medicine featured Dr. Elana Schrader , Chief Medical Officer for Guidewell/Florida Blue (29:42). We heard about several events coming up at the Beaches...

Duration:00:52:54

7/11/2018: Civil Citations; Tikun Olan; Void Magazine Beers; The Jaxson

7/11/2018
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Wednesday’s First Coast Connect featured guest host Charlene Shirk . We discussed the latest news regarding using civil citations instead of arresting children in Jacksonville with Juvenile Director of the 4th Judicial District State Attorney’s Office Laura Lambert and Youth Crisis Center President and CEO Kim Sirdevan (01:01). An Israeli-based medical cannabis company is now coming to Florida to participate in the state growing medical marijuana industry. We spoke with Tikun Olan’s COO...

Duration:00:52:54

7/10/2018: Open Government; Moveable Feast; First Coast Connect Book Club; Newsies

7/10/2018
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Tuesday’s First Coast Connect featured guest host Charlene Shirk . A recently completed Jacksonville Task Force on Open Government report states the city’s government needs to be more transparent. We spoke with task force co-chairs Hank Coxe and Sherry McGill (01:06). Our latest edition of Moveable Feast with Leigh Cort commemorated the fifth anniversary of the Women’s Food Alliance with several of the organization’s leaders (32:23). Our First Coast Connect Book Club blogger Stacey Goldring...

Duration:00:52:55

7/9/2018: St Johns River Algal Bloom; Hurricane Preparedness; Tony Allegretti: Cole Pepper

7/9/2018
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Monday’s First Coast Connect featured guest host Charlene Shirk . St. Johns Riverkeeper Lisa Rinemen joined us to talk about the recent algal blooms that are threatening the health of the river and its wildlife (00:57). With hurricane season well underway we talked about some of the things you should to do prepare your home for the season with Servpro Director of Marketing and Business Development Pauline Gerry and Project Manager Chris Ryan (27:48). After four years at the helm of the...

Duration:00:52:55

7/6/2018: Media Roundtable; International Kissing Day

7/6/2018
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Our weekly Media Roundtable Friday on First Coast Connect featured guest host A.G. Gancarski, a Florida Politics reporter. Our panelists were Florida Times-Union reporter Dan Scanlan , Folio Weekly editor Claire Goforth and Jacksonville Business Journal editor Timothy Gibbons (01:09). Our topics included As Mayor Lenny Curry looks to demolish the Jacksonville Landing other communities have invested in similar marketplaces that are thriving. The race to be Florida’s next governor is resulting...

Duration:00:52:55

7/5/2018: Charlie Cofer; Art Attack; Butterflies

7/5/2018
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Charles Griggs was our guest host Thursday on First Coast Connect . On the heels of two area law enforcement officers charged with falsifying evidence we spoke with Public Defender Charlie Cofer (01:00). Our latest edition of Art Attack featured Shawna Brooks with Jacksonville Makerspace, Lemoncurd local TV show producer Drew Brown , and filmmaker Ramona Ramdeen. They discussed filmmaking and the lack of incentives on the First Coast (30:40). The study of butterflies on the First Coast and...

Duration:00:52:55

7/3/2018: Georgia 'Hands Free' Law; #realtalk; Independence Day Safety

7/3/2018
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Tuesday on First Coast Connect we spoke with attorney Wayne Hogan about Georgia’s new law that makes it illegal to use hand-held phones while driving and whether he thinks Florida should pass a ban of its own (01:11). The latest edition of #Realtalk with host Charles Griggs discussed whether the two-party political system is good for African-Americans. Guests were attorney Obi Umunna , former co-host of The Chat Henny Stewart and meteorologist Steve Smith (26:58). Ahead of Independence Day...

Duration:00:52:55

7/2/2018: Opioid Investigation; Bicycling Rabbi; Summer Jazz Series

7/2/2018
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Monday on First Coast Connect we spoke with Dr. Raymond Pomm about the opioid and heroin epidemics and a report from the Palm Beach Post that asserts the slow approach by Florida lawmakers to passing legislation to combat the problem helped lead to an increase in the epidemic (01:14). We talked to Rabbi Nochim Kurinsky who suffered a heart attack last year at only 36-years-old. He’s bicycling across Florida’s east coast to raise awareness of the importance of a healthy lifestyle (30:05)....

Duration:00:52:55

6/29/2018: Media Roundtable; Operation Twin Links

6/29/2018
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Our weekly Friday Media Roundtable on First Coast Connect featured David Bauerlein from The Florida Times-Union , WJCT contributor Charles Griggs , Folio Weekly editor Claire Goforth and Florida Politics reporter A.G. Gancarski. Topics included: Women and men in Jacksonville and St. Augustine join the March for Children to protest the Trump administration’s separation of children from their parents. The Jacksonville City Council changes its leadership. Former Mayor Alvin Brown gets the...

Duration:00:52:55

6/28/2018: SCOTUS Review; UNF Health Jacksonville Improvements; Middle Passage Project

6/28/2018
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Thursday on First Coast Connect we heard a review of the just completed term of the U.S. Supreme Court and the potential effect of the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy with the Florida Immigrant Coalition’s Basma Alawee and Adrienne Wilmoth Lerner , director and pre-law instructor in the Department of Political Science at the University of North Florida (01:22). Renovations at UF Health Jacksonville are among Mayor Lenny Curry’s proposed capital improvement projects for the next fiscal...

Duration:00:52:55

6/27/2018: LGBT Survey; CanPay; Juvenile Civil Citations

6/27/2018
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Wednesday on First Coast Connect we learned about a new survey of Northeast Florida’s LBGT residents that shows many are still experiencing discrimination in the workplace and the community at large. President of the LGBT Community Fund for Northeast Florida Michael Meyers and Cindy Watson, director of JASMYN, joined the show (01:15). Florida has become the first state to adopt a cashless payment system for medical marijuana. The system is called CanPay , and we spoke with company CEO Dustin...

Duration:00:52:55

6/26/2018: Border Children Trauma; Affordable Housing; Moveable Feast; 'Lemoncurd'

6/26/2018
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Tuesday on First Coast Connect we spoke with Dr. Jeff Goldhagen , Professor and Chief, Division of Community and Societal Pediatrics at the University of Florida College of Medicine, Jacksonville on the trauma children are experiencing after being taken away from their parents at the U.S./Mexico border (01:09). We heard about the problems of finding affordable housing on the First Coast with Ability Housing President and CEO Shannon Nazworth (26:24). Our latest Moveable Feast segment...

Duration:00:52:54

6/25/2018: Primary Preview; First Coast Success-Hank Coxe; Cole Pepper

6/25/2018
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Monday on First Coast Connect we got a preview of what are expected to be the most interesting local and state primary races with Florida Politics reporter A.G. Gancarski and FSCJ Political Science professor Daniel Cronrath (01:22) now that the Friday filing deadline for local and state races has passed. This month’s segment of First Coast Success with Jacksonville Daily Record Editor Karen Brune Mathis features well-known local attorney Hank Coxe (36:52). WJCT Sports Analyst Cole Pepper...

Duration:00:52:54

6/22/2018: Media Roundtable; Coming Out Monologues

6/22/2018
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Our Friday Media Roundtable on First Coast Connect featured Florida Times-Union reporter Andrew Pantazi , Jacksonville Business Journa l editor Timothy Gibbons , Beaches Leader columnist Jon McGowan and WJCT contributor Fred Matthews . Topics included How the controversy over removing children from their parents border is affecting the U.S. Senate race between Se. Bill Nelson and Gov. Rick Scott. The Task Force on Jacksonville’s Civil Rights History issues its final report. The feds deny...

Duration:00:52:55

6/21/2018: Riverkeeper Town Halls; Metcalf Institute; Art Attack; National Selfie Day

6/21/2018
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Thursday on First Coast Connect we were joined by St. John Riverkeeper Advocacy Director Shannon Blankenship and Outreach Director Kelly Patton to talk about their series of town meetings beginning Thursday dealing with the dangers of rising water levels in the river (01:05). Last week, host Melissa Ross attended the Science Immersion Workshop for Journalist at the Metcalf Institute in Rhode Island. Melissa was one of only 20 journalists invited this year to participate. She talked about...

Duration:00:52:48

6/20/2018: FTU Unionize; Brette Petway; Summer Songbird Showcase

6/20/2018
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Wednesday on First Coast Connect we learned about the plans for The Florida Times-Union newsroom to join a union with reporters Andrew Pantazi and Tessa Duvall (01:03). We heard from author Brette Petway regarding her book, Prayer is Good, A Path from Grief to Grace , on how to deal with tragedy in one’s life (35:38). Ahead of Saturday’s Summer Songbook Showcase at the Blue Jay Listening Room we heard from performers Pamela Bernkrant and Tori Peoples (46:00). Kevin Meerschaert can be...

Duration:00:52:55