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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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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

1/22/2018: Water Hogs; She Is Fierce!; Shark Eyes; Cole Pepper

1/22/2018
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Monday on First Coast Connect we spoke with Folio Weekly editor Clare Goforth about Folio ’s upcoming Water Hogs feature (01:13). We heard about the next She is Fierce! event in St. Augustine with founder Kelly Youngs and creative director Nadia Ramoutaur (29:53). Shark Eyes inventor Shanan Worrall told us about his product that will be making its U.S. debut this week in Orlando (36:53). Cole Pepper talked about the Jaguars disappointing loss to New England in the AFC Championship game...

Duration: 00:52:56


1/19/2017: Media Roundtable

1/19/2018
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Friday on First Coast Connect our weekly Media Roundtable featured Florida Times-Union reporter Dan Scanlan, WJCT business analyst John Burr and Beaches Leader columnist Jon McGowan.

Duration: 00:52:53


1/18/2017: New Convention Center; Venardos Circus; In Utero

1/18/2018
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Thursday on First Coast Connect we spoke with Florida Times-Union reporter David Bauerlein about a plan to build a new hotel and convention center in downtown Jacksonville (01:06). Kevin Venardos joined us to talk about The Venardos Circus, which is coming to the St. Augustine Amphitheater later this month (36:47). We were joined by film writer and director Royce Freeman, cinematographer Daniel Andujar and actress Jessica Lamb about their film In Utero (46:00).

Duration: 00:52:53


1/17/2018: Ted Hutchinson; St. Johns Solar; Marvel Universe LIVE!

1/17/2018
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Wednesday on First Coast Connect we spoke with Ted Hutchinson, the leader of Forward US. It’s a group dedicated to immigration reform and improvements to the criminal justice system (01:11). Our Going Green segment featured St. Johns Solar Cooperative lead organizer Warren Clark and Angela DeMonbreun, Program Director for Solar United Neighbors of Florida on JEA’s decision to lower its compensation for customers with solar panels (18:02). Ahead of this weekend’s Marvel Universe LIVE at...

Duration: 00:52:46


Women's March; Moveable Feast- Food Judges Symposium; Chef Kenny Gilbert; Cole Pepper

1/16/2018
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Tuesday on First Coast Connect we heard about the upcoming Women’s March in Jacksonville with organizers Jennifer Wolfe, Bonnie Hendrix, Mary Cobb and Nancy Quinones (01:05). The latest segment of Moveable Feast featured the first ever Food Judges Symposium (29:01). Chef Kenny Gilbert talked about his latest eatery, Gilbert’s Southern Kitchen & Bar (36:38). Cole Pepper talked about the Jaguars big playoff win in Pittsburgh and looked ahead to Sunday’s AFC Championship game against New...

Duration: 00:52:52


1/12/2018: Media Roundtable; Party Food Safety

1/12/2018
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Friday on First Coast Connect our weekly Media Roundtable featured Folio Weekly Editor Claire Goforth and Florida Politics Reporter A.G. Gancarski (01:01). Janell Goodwin with the U.S Department of Agriculture gave some food safety tips if you plan on throwing a Jaguars playoff game party (46:00).

Duration: 00:52:55


1/11/2018: Irma's Aftermath: The Rebuilding Continues; Local Salvadorans; Lantern Parade

1/11/2018
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It’s been four months since Hurricane Irma and the flooding that hit the area. Thursday on First Coast Connect we spoke with local attorney Charlie Jimerson who lost his home in the storm and suffered major damage to his business location (01:17). We also talked with Erika Curran, who leads the immigration clinic at Florida Coastal School of Law about local reaction to President Donald Trump’s decision to end the temporary protected status for Salvadorans living in the U.S (32:47)....

Duration: 00:52:54


1/10/2018: Gwen Graham; 1st Things 1st; Island Treasures On Jekyll Island; Blind Bowling Tournament

1/10/2018
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Wednesday on First Coast Connect we spoke with Democratic candidate for Florida governor Gwen Graham (01:07). Local attorney Deborah Reed told us about the upcoming exhibit “1st Things 1st” at the Karpeles Museum featuring local artists celebrating the First Amendment (29:10). We spoke with Jekyll Island Authority events manager Nancy Kring-Rowan about the upcoming annual event Island Treasures on Jekyll Island (39:05). We learned about next weekend’s blind bowling tournament with...

Duration: 00:52:51


1/9/2018: Mihir Desai; First Coast Connect Book Club- Fire And Fury; On The Beam- Taste Test

1/9/2018
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Tuesday on First Coast Connect we spoke with Harvard economist Dr. Mihir Desai on tax reform and U.S. competitiveness (01:23). First Coast Connect Book Club blogger Stacy Goldring talked about one of the nation’s hottest books, Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury (28:58). WJCT Music Director David Luckin and music host Damien Lamar talked about two new Sunday music programs on 89.9 (46:00).

Duration: 00:52:53


1/8/2018: Dr. Richard Haass; Sno-Cone; Cole Pepper

1/8/2018
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Monday on First Coast Connect we spoke with Richard Haass, the president of the Council on Foreign Relations about his latest book, A World in Disarray: American Foreign Policy and the Crisis of the Old Order (01:15). We heard a rebroadcast of our interview with local author Abby Vega (20:19). Cole Pepper joined to talk about the Jaguars big playoff win and Monday night’s College Football Championship game between Georgia and Alabama (46:00).

Duration: 00:52:54


1/5/2018: First Coast Connect Media Roundtable

1/5/2018
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Friday on First Coast Connect our weekly Media Roundtable with David Bauerlein from The Florida Times-Union , Jacksonville Business Journal Editor Timothy Gibbons, WJCT Business Analyst John Burr and contributor Fred Matthews.

Duration: 00:52:53


1/4/2018: Black Male Voters; Art Attack; Kerry Speckman

1/4/2018
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Thursday on First Coast Connect we spoke with local attorney Obi Umunna and WJCT contributor and board member Charles Griggs about how to empower young black voters (01:13). Our premiere edition of Art Attack featured Lee Hamby from the 5 and Dime Theatre, Arts and Culture Developer Shawana Brooks from the Jacksonville Public Library, arts advocate Diane Brunet Garcia and Keith Marks, who hosts the WJCT music program Avant Radio (31:39). Kerry Speckman told us about some of the events...

Duration: 00:52:54


1/3/2017: John Delaney & Marilyn McAfee; Florida Forum Speaker Series; Dalton Cyr

1/3/2018
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Wednesday on First Coast Connect we spoke with outgoing University of North Florida President John Delaney and Ambassador Marilyn McAfee of the World Affairs Council on the upcoming appearance by Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer on campus later this month (01:08). Florida Forum Speaker Series chairs Jane Pomar and Katherine Forrester told us about the upcoming speakers to benefit Wolfson Children’s Hospital (34:07). Local singer Dalton Cyr joined the show and performed in-studio from...

Duration: 00:52:53


1/2/2018: DACA Student; Moveable Feast- Pirate Museum; Cole Pepper

1/2/2018
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Tuesday on First Coast Connect ahead of an expected congressional showdown this month on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program or DACA, we spoke with immigration attorney Giselle Carson, Director of the Refugee Immigration Project at Jacksonville Legal Aid Mariana Munoz and former DACA student “Maria” (01:07). The latest segment of Moveable Feast featured the Colonial Quarter and Pirate Museum of St. Augustine (33:16). Cole Pepper talked about the Jaguars upcoming home playoff...

Duration: 00:52:53


12/22/2017: Media Roundtable Year In Review; @SanMarcoTrain

12/22/2017
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Friday on First Coast Connect we held our annual Year in Review Media Roundtable with Florida Times-Union Reporter Andrew Pantazi, Charles Griggs from the Jacksonville Free Press, Folio Weekly Editor Claire Goforth and A.G. Gancarski from Florida Politics (01:01). We learned the identity of the popular Twitter account @SanMarcoTrain as we spoke with the “train” himself, Jack DeYoung, the Digital Director at Nuera Marketing (46:00).

Duration: 00:52:46


12/21/2017: Tommy Hazouri; Mental Health Training; Holiday ID Theft

12/22/2017
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Thursday on First Coast Connect we spoke with Jacksonville City Councilman Tommy Hazouri on the issues that affected Jacksonville and City Hall this year (00:52). Terri Andrews, administrator for Baptist Behavioral Health, and registered nurse Carol Whitefield talked about a initiative to train over 10,000 residents in three years in mental health first aid (35:23). Local attorney John Phillips talked about how to avoid identity theft during the holidays (46:00).

Duration: 00:52:56


12/19/2017: CSX Future; LISC Awards; Moveable Feast; Sulzbacher Sweets; Art Republic Festival

12/19/2017
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Tuesday on First Coast Connect we spoke with WJCT’s business analyst John Burr about the future of CSX in the wake of the death of CEO Hunter Harrison (00:55). We discussed urban renewal in Jacksonville and the upcoming LISC awards with LISC Jacksonville CEO Janet Owens and City Councilman and LISC Community Development Awards Committee Chair Greg Anderson (12:49). The latest segment of Moveable Feast featured Kelly Mabry who owns a number of Tropical Smoothies in town (33:26). Sulzbacher...

Duration: 00:52:55


12/18/017: Spotting Fake News; Kanine Social; Physician Suicides; Cole Pepper

12/18/2017
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Monday on First Coast Connect we spoke with Danny Murphy, author of the book Fake News 101: How To Recognize Fake News and Avoid Being Fooled By It (01:09). WJCT’s Digital Content Editor Bill Bortzfield spoke with Kanine Social owner Dustin Fries and investor Daniel Moffatt (23:44). Duval Medical Society CEO Bryan Campbell and Foundation President Dr. Sunil Joshi talked about recent physician suicides and what they are doing to help prevent them (34:30). Cole Pepper talked about the Jaguars...

Duration: 00:52:54


12/15/2017: Media Roundtable; Apex Theatre Holiday Shows; Bright Holidays Concert

12/15/2017
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Friday on First Coast Connect it was our weekly Media Roundtable with Florida Times-Union Reporter Andrew Pantazi, Folio Weekly Editor Claire Goforth and A.G. Gancarski from Florida Politics (01:13). Apex Theatre Managing Director Ian Mairs joined the show to tell us about the performing company’s upcoming slate of holiday shows (39:12). Local musician Madison Carr told us about a concert this weekend at Unity Plaza to benefit the charity Bright Holidays and performed live in-studio (46:00).

Duration: 00:52:56


12/14/2017: #MeToo Jacksonville; Dangerous Toys; Kerry Speckman; The Big Orange Chorus

12/14/2017
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Thursday on First Coast Connect we spoke about the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment in the workplace with attorney Elizabeth Bowen and Dr. Brooks Dunbar, the consultant and business coach for Jacksonville’s Center for Confidence. (01:17). Attorney Wayne Hogan told us about an annual list of the most dangerous toys on the market (34:41). Kerry Speckman told us about some upcoming events while the Big Orange Chorus performed live in-studio (46:00).

Duration: 00:52:56

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