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Location:

Jacksonville, FL

Description:

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

9/22/2017: Media Roundtable; Gabriel House Of Care Live Well Symposium; Larry Baker

9/22/2017
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Friday on “First Coast Connect” our weekly Media Roundtable featured Tessa Duvall from The Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville Business Journal editor Timothy Gibbons and blogger Fred Matthews (01:16). Gabriel House of Care Executive Director Valerie Callahan talked about their upcoming Living Well Symposium (42:05). We also spoke with author Larry Baker who sets his novels in Northeast Florida (46:24).

Duration: 00:52:48


9/21/2017: Riverkeeper Irma Impact; Medtronic CRS; The Capital Affair

9/21/2017
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Thursday on “First Coast Connect” we spoke with St. Johns Riverkeeper Lisa Rinaman about the dangers to the river and its tributaries due to Hurricane Irma (01:10). Tim Brack, Medtronic’s Ear, Nose and Throat division marketing manager told us about treatments for the sinus condition known as Chronic Rhinosinustis or CRS (31:52). We also heard about two upcoming events connected to Volunteers in Medicine. Noor Ashouri is the Director of Marketing with First Coast Cardiovascular and Aimee...

Duration: 00:52:54


9/20/2017: Vernell Bing Jr. Shooting; World Relief; Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Florida

9/20/2017
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Wednesday on “First Coast Connect” we spoke with Florida Times-Union reporter Ben Conarck on State Attorney Melissa Nelson’s decision not to prosecute Jacksonville Sheriff’s Officer Tyler Landreville for the May 2016 shooting death of Vernell Bing Jr. (01:20). We heard about the efforts of World Relief to assist victims of disasters like Hurricane Irma with Senior Vice President of Ministries Emily Gray and Travis Trice of World Relief Jacksonville (33:21) and we spoke with new CEO of Big...

Duration: 00:52:53


9/19/2017: Irma Stress; See The Girl Summit; 'Moveable Feast' King And Prince Resort; Warren Skeels

9/19/2017
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Tuesday on “First Coast Connect” we heard how to handle stress caused by Hurricane Irma with therapist Melody Bean Eckhart (01:09). Lawanda Ravoira and Tayloe McDonald with the Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center, Executive Director of the Georgetown Law Center on Poverty and Inequality Rebecca Epstein and author Nicole Mason talked about the upcoming See the Girl Summit (24:22). The latest segment of Moveable Feast featured Bud St. Pierre of the King and Prince Resort on St. Simons Island...

Duration: 00:52:54


9/15/2017: Media Roundtable; Steve Watrel; Merrill Shapiro; Mariachi Primera Costa

9/15/2017
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Friday on “First Coast Connect” our weekly Media Roundtable featured Florida Times-Union columnist Ron Littlepage, Financial News and Daily Record reporter David Cawton, Folio Weekly editor Claire Goforth and Florida Politics reporter A.G. Gancarski (01:07). We spoke with Jacksonville attorney Steve Watrel. He often represents nursing home residents and their families regarding abuse and neglect cases (30:55). Activist rabbi Merrill Shapiro talked about concerns he has with Florida’s...

Duration: 00:52:54


9/14/2017: Irma Insurance Claims; Medical Explorers

9/14/2017
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Thursday on “First Coast Connect” we were joined by State Farm insurance agent and former Jacksonville City Council President Matt Carlucci to talk about what people should do if they need to file an insurance claim in the wake of Hurricane Irma (01:09). We spoke with student leader Sarah Hipps about the Medical Explorers program at Orange Park Medical Center.(35:41). Plus, First Coast filmmaker and author Nadia Ramoutaur told us about her new book, “52 Ways to Free my Mojo,” and the films...

Duration: 00:52:45


9/13/2017: Hurricane Irma-Climate Change; Women Veterans; FCC Book Club 'Catch 22'; 'Lost Springs'

9/13/2017
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Wednesday on “First Coast Connect” we heard how climate change affects storms like Hurricane Irma with Jacksonville University climatologist Jeff Martin (01:13). Ahead of the Ken Burns PBS documentary, “The Vietnam War,” we spoke with female veterans Rene Johnson and Margaret Yarborough (27:09). Our monthly First Coast Connect Book Club with Stacey Goldring featured the classic novel “Catch 22” (38:48) and University of North Florida Gallery of Art Coordinator Jim Draper talked about the...

Duration: 00:52:53


9/8/2017: Media Roundtable; Joshua Johnson; North Florida Land Trust

9/8/2017
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Friday on “First Coast Connect,” our weekly media roundtable included David Cawton from the Financial News and Daily Record and blogger Fred Matthews (00:57). We spoke with “1A” host Joshua Johnson (33:30) and heard about the latest effort to preserve public land from North Florida Land Trust President Jim McCarthy (44:15).

Duration: 00:52:54


9/7/2017: DACA In Jacksonville; Veteran Suicide; 'Wit' And Kerry Speckman

9/7/2017
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Wednesday on “First Coast Connect,” we learned how President Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Child Arrivals program will affect the First Coast with Jacksonville immigration attorney Karen Winston and Mario DeCunto, who sits on the Mayor’s Hispanic American Advisory Council (02:09). We spoke about preventing veteran suicides with Daniel Henry of the Veterans Administration Hospital of Southeast Georgia and Northeast Florida and Katherine Eicher, Suicide Prevention...

Duration: 00:52:54


9/6/2017: Ibram Kendi; 'Going Green'; Infant Mortality Awareness; Tag! Children's Museum

9/6/2017
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Tuesday on “First Coast Connect,” we spoke with New York Times bestselling author Ibram Kendi about his latest book, “Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideals in America” (03:05). Our Going Green segment featured North Florida Transportation Planning Organization Executive Director Jeff Sheffield on the upcoming North Florida Electric Drive Rally (21:13), and Angela DeMonbreun, executive director of Florida Solar United Neighborhoods, and homeowner Warren Clark...

Duration: 00:52:54


9/5/2107: Confederal Memorials Forum; 'Shout Out Music Festival'; 'Live With WJCT'

9/5/2017
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Tuesday on “First Coast Connect,” we heard about an upcoming forum to discuss what should be done with Jacksonville’s Confederate monuments if the city decides to remove them from public places with author Tim Gilmore and Tim Delaney of Modern Cities (01:36). We learned about the upcoming “Sing Out Loud” music festival with the director of the St. Augustine Amphitheatre Ryan Murphy (34:40) and WJCT Chief Operating Officer Karen Feagins told about inside look at WJCT operation this week...

Duration: 00:52:54


9/1/2017: Media Roundtable; K9s United; Jenni Reed

9/1/2017
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Friday on “First Coast Connect,” guest host Ryan Benk led our weekly Media Roundtable with panelists Florida Times-Union reporter Dan Scanlan, Folio Weekly Editor Claire Goforth, Florida Politics reporter A.G. Gancarski and Jacksonville Business Journal Editor Timothy Gibbons (01:07). We spoke with K9s United Executive Director Eric Heineman about his organization and how the upcoming Spanish Wine Festival in St. Augustine (39:51) will benefit it, and Jacksonville musician Jenni Reid...

Duration: 00:52:52


LISTEN: First-Ever Episode Of ‘First Coast Connect’ As Show Celebrates 8th Anniversary

8/31/2017
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It was Aug. 31, 2009, when “First Coast Connect” first hit the airwaves of 89.9 WJCT-FM. Here’s the audio of that first show with guest Wayne Weaver, who was then the owner Jacksonville Jaguars. We’d like to thank all our listeners and guests from more than 2,000 episodes!

Duration: 00:56:52


8/31/2017: 'Whose Streets?'; Arts Alive Grants; Judy Wells

8/31/2017
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Thursday on “First Coast Connect,” we heard about the documentary “Whose Streets?” and an upcoming panel discussion on the film with Director of African-American/African Diaspora studies at the University of North Florida Tru Leverette, former Flagler County Sheriff Jim Manfre, Jacksonville activist Diallou Sekou and event moderator Shelton Hull (00:58). Director of Development with the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville Ryan Ali and Gwen Gallagher Howard of the Jax Civic Orchestra...

Duration: 00:52:54


8/29/2017: Duval Schools Join Lawsuit; 'Moveable Feast': Sherry Stoppelbein; Secret Service Funding

8/29/2017
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Tuesday on “First Coast Connect,” WJCT reporter Lindsey Kilbride told us about the Duval County School Board’s decision to join a lawsuit against the state over a new education law (01:06). The latest segment of “Moveable Feast” featured St. Augustine chef Sherry Stoppelbein (23:59), and Jacksonville attorney and former Secret Service agent Michael Stanski talked about the financial problems that agency is facing (34:06).

Duration: 00:52:53


8/28/2017: Google Trademark Lawsuit; 'First Coast Success'- Ben Hakimian; E-File.com; Cole Pepper

8/28/2017
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Monday on “First Coast Connect,” we heard from Jacksonville attorney Richard Vermut (02:02) about a lawsuit that threatens to remove Google’s trademark. This month’s “First Coast Success” segment features Benjamin Hakimian from Hakimian Holdings (25:04). We spoke with E-file.com co-founder Aaron Rosenthal (34:18), and Cole Pepper brought us the latest sports news (41:01).

Duration: 00:52:53


8/25/2017: Media Roundtable; Zika Virus in Georgia; 'I Am Going To Kill Someone This Friday'

8/25/2017
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Friday on “First Coast Connect,” our weekly Media Roundtable included Florida Times-Union columnist Mark Woods, David Cawton of the Financial News and Daily Record, blogger Fred Matthews and Charles Griggs from the Jacksonville Free Press (01:56). We heard an update on the Zika virus in Georgia with Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Health Dr. Patrick O’Neal and Director of Environmental Health Dr. Chris Rustin (37:24), and we heard about a movie that’s being filed in...

Duration: 00:52:53


8/24/2017: Anna Lopez Brosche On Confederate Monuments; St. Augustine Film History; Losco Blue

8/24/2017
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Thursday on “First Coast Connect,” we were joined by Jacksonville City Council President Anna Lopez Brosche to talk about her proposal to catalogue all Confederate memorials in Jacksonville and remove them from public places (1:32). History professor and author Thomas Graham told us about his new book, “Silent Films in St. Augustine,” (36:17) and organizer Chadwick Harris and Jacksonville Moms Blog co-founder Megan Kilis gave us a preview of Saturday’s Losco BLUE Back 2 School Bash (46:02).

Duration: 00:52:53


8/23/2017: Disabled Transportation; 'Nature Deficit Disorder'; Morgan Fairchild

8/23/2017
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Wednesday on “First Coast Connect,” we heard about transportation issues facing people with disabilities with Tyler Morris from the Independent Living Resource Center, board member Sharon Hoffmeyer and WJCT reporter Ryan Benk (01:13). We heard about ‘Nature Deficit Disorder’ from Hipcamp CEO Alyssa Ravasio (32:00), and we spoke with actress Morgan Fairchild, who’s currently appearing at the Alhambra Theatre (39:35).

Duration: 00:52:54


8/22/2017: Yellow House; STEM Girls; Jennifer Berman; FSCJ Business Speaker Series

8/22/2017
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Monday on “First Coast Connect,” arts activist and former Cummer Museum Director Hope McMath told us about her new project, Yellow House (01:06). Junior Achievement Program Manager Sabrina Kinslow talked about the organization’s goal to get more girls interested in science, technology, economics and math classes (27:43). We heard from Dr. Jennifer Berman from the TV show “The Doctors,” who’s the keynote speaker at WJCT’s Girls Day Out conference this Saturday (35:33), and First Florida...

Duration: 00:52:40

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