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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

10/19/2018: Weekly Roundtable, The POP Life

10/19/2018
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On Friday’s First Coast Connect our Media Roundtable touched on a variety of news topics, including:

Duration:00:52:54

10/18/2018: UNF's President, Path Forward 2045, 'Uncovering Jax'

10/18/2018
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University of North Florida President David Syzmanski joined us on Thursday’s First Coast Connect to discuss his plans for UNF.

Duration:00:52:55

10/17/2018: Fighting Opiate Addiction, Sturdy Green Homes, Void On Vinyl

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Wednesday on First Coast Connect we looked at why Jacksonville is a test city for a big campaign to fight the opiate epidemic.

Duration:00:52:55

10/16/2018: Florida's Coastal Building Codes; Star Trek Sets In Kingsland, Ga.; Moveable Feast

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Tuesday on First Coast Connect we looked at some big holes in Florida’s building codes that Hurricane Michael exposed.

Duration:00:52:54

10/15/2018: Trump, Russia & Democracy; THRIVE at UNF

10/15/2018
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On Monday’s First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross we spoke with Greg Miller of The Washington Post about his new book, The Apprentice: Trump, Russia and the Subversion of American Democracy .

Duration:00:52:30

10/12/2018: Media Roundtable, Tracy Dot Com's 'Stumbling Into Sobriety'

10/12/2018
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On First Coast Connect Friday with guest host A.G. Gancarsk i we were joined by our Media Roundtable participants.

Duration:00:52:54

10/11/2018: City Councilman Freeman; Domestic Violence; Literary Art Fest

10/11/2018
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District 10 Jacksonville City Councilman Terrance Freeman appeared on First Coast Connect Thursday with guest host Charles Griggs .

Duration:00:52:50

10/10/2018: Nonprofit Leaders; Breast Cancer Awareness; Girls In Cub Scouts

10/10/2018
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AARP estimates some 10,000 Baby Boomers in America are turning 65 every day.

Duration:00:52:55

10/9/2018: Ges Selmont; Deb Cupples; Book Club

10/9/2018
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Tuesday on First Coast Connec t we spoke with Florida 4th District Congressional candidate Ges Selmont . He’s challenging incumbent Republican John Rutherford (01:03). Rutherford was also invited but his office did not respond. Tuesday is the last day to register to vote in Florida and Georgia for the November election . In recent years the number of voters purged from the roles has increased . We heard what you need to do to make sure you are still registered to vote and some helpful hints...

Duration:00:52:55

10/8/2018: Faith, Race And LGBT; We Rise Jax; Yo Soy Latino Showcase; Cole Pepper

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Monday on First Coast Connec t we heard about this week’s Faith, Race and LGBT: A conversation with Rev. Dr. Jamie Washington at UNF that looks to bridge gaps and work for common goals. We spoke with UNF LBGT Resource Center Director Kaitlin Legg and UNF Interfaith Center Associate Director Matt Hartley (01:14). Many in Jacksonville are working to reduce the ongoing gun violence in Jacksonville. One group is We Rise Jax which is presenting its 1st Annual We Rise Festival at Eastside...

Duration:00:52:54

10/5/2018: Media Roundtable; Avant Radio At MOSH

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Our Friday Media Roundtable featured Jacksonville Daily Record reporter David Cawton and WJCT’s Brendan Rivers and Kevin Meerschaert . The panel discussed the latest polling in the races for governor and the U.S. Senate in Florida along the reopening of Chicago Pizza at the Jacksonville Landing and Amazon announcing all employees will be paid at least $15 an hour (01:01). We heard about a unique audio visual experience this weekend featuring a live concert combined with custom graphics and...

Duration:00:24:18

10/4/2018: History Revealed Tour; Stetson Kennedy Book; Blessing Of The Animals; Kerry Speckman

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Thursday on First Coast Connect we heard about Saturday’s History Revealed walking tour of Confederate Statues and the history of Jacksonville’s racial past with #TakeEmDownJax co-founder Kris Kiernan , historian and author Tim Gilmore and Wells Todd from the Jacksonville Progressive Coalition (01:05). We listened to a rebroadcast of a 2017 interview with Peggy Bulger . She is one of Florida’s most prominent folklorists and is the author of the book Stetson Kennedy, Applied Folklore and...

Duration:00:52:54

10/3/2018: See The Girl; Florida Coastal School Of Law; Pride Parade; Judy Wells

10/3/2018
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Wednesday on First Coast Connect ahead of this month’s annual See the Girl Summit we spoke with Dr. Lawanda Ravoira , President and CEO of the Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center, Senior Vice President at the center Vicky Basra and Dr. Maureen Walker who is the keynote speaker at the summit (01:01). We heard about some improvements occurring at the Florida Coastal School of Law with Dean Scott DeVito and Dean of Academics Jennifer Reiber (26:29). This weekend marks the 40th year of Pride...

Duration:00:52:53

10/2/2018: She Should Run; Pink Ribbon Symposium; Stop The Crop

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Tuesday First Coast Connect we spoke with Director of Programs and Impact Sofia Pereira . With the She Should Run incubator. It’s a national movement to get more women to run for public office. The group will be holding a cohort next month in Jacksonville (01:12). October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month . On Saturday the Pink Ribbon Symposium will be held at the Thrasher-Horne Center. We heard a preview from co-founder Dr. Linda Sylvester (31:07). Some broadcast stations have been...

Duration:00:52:55

10/1/2018: Zachary Faison; Gullah Geechee; Big Orange Chorus; Cole Pepper

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Monday First Coast Connect we spoke with new Edward Waters College President Zachary Faison . He is the youngest president of a historically black college in the country (01:06). October is Gullah Geechee Awareness Month in Florida. A new film, Gullah Geechee Corridor & East Coast Greenways, highlights the culture that runs up the East Coast Greenway. We spoke with producer and director Derek Boyd Hankerson (25:06). Jacksonville’s Big Orange Chorus barbershop quartet will be performing the...

Duration:00:52:54

9/28/2018: First Coast Connect - LIVE From WJCT Block Party In Five Points

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On Friday First Coast Connect was live from Derby on Park in Five Points to kick off WJCT’s Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall Block Party . Stop by Friday to hear the music playing. We heard from WJCT President and CEO David McGowan and Derby on Park co-owners and chefs Jonathan Cobbs and Dwayne Beliakoff along with Director of Events and Catering for Bread and Board and Derby on Park Laura Edgecombe about the block party (01:37). Our weekly Media Roundtable featured David Bauerlein from The...

Duration:00:52:51

9/27/2018: Mick Cornett; William Morgan Bio; Distinguished Gentleman's Ride; 5 Points Block Party

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Thursday on First Coast Connect we spoke former Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett who is the author of The Next American City . He discussed the growth his city has experienced in recent years and how mid-sized cities like Jacksonville can do the same (01:14). Jacksonville author Richard Shieldhouse joined us. His new book William Morgan: Evolution of an Architect tells the story of one of the best known architects ever to come out of Florida (23:45). Thousands of motorcycle riders will be...

Duration:00:52:54

9/26/2018: Jeff Nesbit; Going Green; Transformations

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Wednesday on First Coast Connect we spoke with Jeff Nesbit , executive director of Climate Nexus and author of This Is The Way The World Ends: How Droughts and Die-offs, Heat Wave and Hurricanes are Converging on America (01:14). Our latest segment of Going Green featured local author and gardener Ginny Stibolt who teaches people how to transform their yards to sustainable landscapes filled with native Florida plants (33:08). On October 4 the Sulzbacher Center will be celebrating its 20th...

Duration:00:52:53

9/25/2018: UNF Poll;Moveable Feast - Moon Over The Market; Khalil Osiris

9/25/2018
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Tuesday on First Coast Connect we spoke with faculty director of the University of North Florida’s Public Opinion Research Lab Mike Binder about UNF’s latest polling numbers regarding Florida’s U.S. Senate and Governor races (01:03). Our latest segment of Moveable Feast featured the talents behind Moon Over the Market . Moveable Feast host Leigh Cort of The Women’s Food Alliance interviewed Executive Director Aaron Thursby and Nichole Chapman with the Florida Restaurant and Lodging...

Duration:00:52:55

9/24/2018: Infrastructure Innovation; Matt Bridgewater; Rail Safety; Epic Fails; Cole Pepper

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Monday on First Coast Connect we heard about the JAX Chamber’s upcoming Infrastructure Innovation Summit with Chamber Vice-President for Entrepreneurial Growth Carlton Robinson and Amin Toufani , CEO of T Labs in Silicon Valley who will be one of the event’s speakers (01:03). Our latest segment of First Coast Success with Jacksonville Daily Record Editor Karen Brune- Mathis featured Matt Bridgewater from Gem Products (19:28). This is National Rail Safety Week. We spoke with the chief of...

Duration:00:52:54