First Coast Connect Host Melissa Ross keeps you up to date on everything happening around the First Coast. First Coast Connect covers the issues, trends and newsmakers that have people talking. This one hour program airs at 9 a.m. Monday through Friday.
First Coast Connect

First Coast Connect

From WJCT 89.9 FM Jacksonville

Host Melissa Ross keeps you up to date on everything happening around the First Coast. First Coast Connect covers the issues, trends and newsmakers that have people talking. This one hour program airs at 9 a.m. Monday through Friday.More from First Coast Connect »

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8/18/2017: Media Roundtable; Adam Wolf; Gene Deckerhoff

Today on "First Coast Connect," our weekly Media Roundtable included Florida Times-Union reporter David Bauerlein, Folio Weekly Editor Claire Goforth and WJCT reporter Ryan Benk (01:14). We heard some retirement investment advice from Adam Wolf of Wolf Retirement Navigation (32:23), and we spoke with the play-by-play voice of the Florida State Seminoles and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Gene Deckerhoff (41:02).

8/17/2017: Kids Hope Alliance; Manhattan Beach; Ron Whittington; Historical Society Photo Contest

Today on "First Coast Connect," Florida Times-Union reporter Tessa Duvall joins us to discuss the proposal by Mayor Lenny Curry to merge the Jacksonville Children's Commission and Jacksonville Journey (01:12). We learned the history of Jacksonville's Manhattan Beach from The Beaches Museum's Brittany Cohill (16:58). Local author Ron Whittington told us about his new book, "Free Surface Effect" (36:52), and Wayne Wood from the Jacksonville Historical Society talked the organization's photo contest (44:34).

8/17/2017: Kids Hope Alliance; Manhattan Beach; Ron Whittington; Historical Society Photo Contest

8/16/2017: Trump GOP Reaction; The Great American Solar Eclipse; Neighborhood Newspapers; 'Hometown'

Today on "First Coast Connect," we discussed the negative reaction from several Florida Republican politicians to President Donald Trump's most recent comments on the Charlottesville tragedy and possible reaction to Jacksonville's considering removing Confederate monuments from public places with University of North Florida political science Professor Matt Corrigan (1:06). Ahead of Monday's Great American Eclipse, we were joined by Jacksonville University associate physics Professor Brian Lane; NASA Solar System Ambassador Bharath Muthyala; Museum of Science and History planetarium Director Eddie Whisler and Dr. Arun Gulani, Director of the Gulani Vision Institute (16:09). Resident News publisher Seth Williams talked about the importance of neighborhood and small-town newspapers (34:20), and WJCT television producer Carlos Bouvier gave us a preview of Thursday's edition of "Hometown." (42:32)

8/16/2017: Trump GOP Reaction; The Great American Solar Eclipse; Neighborhood Newspapers; 'Hometown'

8/15/2017: Sea Level Rise; 'Moveable Feast'- Ocean 60; Apollo Fraud Lawsuit; Sisters Of Hope House

Today on "First Coast Connect," we heard about a study from the University of Florida regarding rising sea levels from co-author Dr. Arnoldo Valle-Levinson (01:04). Our "Moveable Feast" segment featured Ocean 60 restaurant in Atlantic Beach (29:08). We learned about an international fraud lawsuit filed in Jacksonville on behalf of local former CTI Logistics employees with attorney Jack Webb and former CTI Director of Human Relations Mike Nicoletti (37:11), and we heard about the Sisters of Hope House on Jacksonville's Westside with board members Carla Garrigan and Amy Kilgore (45:36).

8/15/2017: Sea Level Rise; 'Moveable Feast'- Ocean 60; Apollo Fraud Lawsuit; Sisters Of Hope House

8/14/2017: Charlottesville Reaction; Connectable Jax; Cole Pepper

Today on "First Coast Connect," we heard local reaction to Saturday's deadly attack on protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, and about a movement to get Confederate monuments removed in Jacksonville with Ben Frazier from the Jacksonville Northside Coalition and activist Matt Killen from Take Em Down Jax (01:03). We hear about the launch of Connectable Jax with Susan Edelman, vice president of communications at the Community Foundation, and Susan Bell, whose daughter Megan has Down syndrome and is featured in the campaign (32:32). And Cole Pepper brought us the latest sports news (41:47).

8/10/2017: Times-Union Sale; Air Traffic Controllers; APR Energy; 5 & Dime 'The Call'

Today on "First Coast Connect," we discussed the surprise announcement Wednesday that Morris Communications is selling the Florida Times-Union, St. Augustine Record and other newspapers to GateHouse Media with the Poynter Institute media business analyst Rick Edmonds and WJCT business analyst and former Times-Union editor John Burr (01:14). Executive Director of the Alliance for Aviation Across America, Selena Shilad, told us why her organization opposes the proposal to privatize the nation's air traffic controllers (27:07). APR Energy CEO John Campion talked about his Jacksonville-based company's providing portable power facilities to South Australia (37:00), and we heard about "The Call," the latest production from the 5 & Dime Theatre Company with founder Lee Hamby and star Aaron Salem (45:56).

8/10/2017: Times-Union Sale; Air Traffic Controllers; APR Energy; 5 & Dime 'The Call'

8/9/2017: Joshua Phillips Re-sentencing; Family Nutrition Program; Deanna Tham; 'Avenue Q'

Today on "First Coast Connect," we discussed the Joshua Phillips re-sentencing hearings with Larry Hannan, writer for Injustice Today with Harvard University's Fair Punishment Project (01:15) Phillips was convicted in the high-profile murder of 8-year-old Maddie Clifton in 1998. University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Nutrition Program Managers Ashley Johnson and Denise Cox talked about their new initiative and a call for volunteers (24:58). We met new Assistant Conductor with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra Deanna Tham (34:05), and Toni D'Amico with the Amelia Community Theatre told us about their upcoming production of "Avenue Q" (41:36).

8/9/2017: Joshua Phillips Re-sentencing; Family Nutrition Program; Deanna Tham; 'Avenue Q'

8/8/2017: Consolidation Vote At 50; FCC Book Club 'A Gentleman In Moscow'; Apps For School

Today on "First Coast Connect," we commemorated the 50th anniversary of Duval County voters' approving consolidation with former Mayor Alvin Brown's chief of staff and co-author of " America: The Owner's Manual: You Can Fight City Hall and Win, " Chris Hand (01:26). This month's "First Coast Connect" Book Club with blogger Stacey Goldring featured "A Gentleman in Moscow." (35:39) And tech guru Ray Hollister told us about some of the latest apps students can use as they go back to school (47:13).

8/8/2017: Consolidation Vote At 50; FCC Book Club 'A Gentleman In Moscow'; Apps For School

8/7/2017: Opioid Lawsuit; 'Rusty's War'; Cole Pepper

Today on "First Coast Connect," we heard from City Council member Bill Gulliford about a possible lawsuit filed by the city of Jacksonville against opioid manufacturers (01:08). Author Michael Gordon Bennett told us about his new book, "Rusty's War: A Battle of the Mind," (34:26) and Cole Pepper brought us the latest sports news (43:06).

8/4/2017: Media Roundtable; Stronger Than Stigma; 'Godspell'

Today on "First Coast Connect," our weekly Media Roundtable included Tessa Duval, reporter for the Florida Times-Union; blogger Fred Matthews, WJCT reporter Ryan Benk and Lynn Jones of the Jacksonville Free Press (01:12). We heard about the upcoming comedy event "Solid Laugh Advice" to benefit Stronger Than Stigma with organizer Nick Davis and Stronger Than Stigma Executive Director Gabrielle Magid (39:42), and we heard about this weekend's Apex Theatre Studio production of "Godspell" with director Ian Mairs including a live, in-studio performance by Joshua K.A. Johnson (44:46), who plays the role of Jesus.

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