Sean Birch

Host "Country Crossroads"

Sean Birch joined the WJCT team in late 2011. The Brevard County native moved to Jacksonville in 2010 after graduating from the University of Central Florida with a degree in TV/Radio Production.

As producer of First Coast Connect, Sean works to find interesting and informative guests, research topics, and make sure each and every show goes smoothly. He is also responsible for the sound of First Coast Connect - he runs the mixing board, chooses the music heard on the show, and does his best to make sure Melissa Ross sounds amazing. Sean also produces First Coast Connect Rewind, a weekly show featuring the best moments from First Coast Connect, which airs every Saturday at 4 p.m.

Sean is also the producer of WJCT's technology news and reviews podcast Deemable Tech, and its spin-off tech help show Ask Deemable Tech. Ask Deemable Tech airs Thursdays during Morning Edition and All Things Considered on 89.9 WJCT FM.

If all of that wasn't enough, he is also the producer and host of WJCT's Country Crossroads, a show dedicated to the best in classic and alternative country music. Country Crossroads airs every Wednesday at 11 p.m.

Ways to Connect

Beaches Residents React to Pension Proposal

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry says "we're all in this together" regarding the city's pension obligations, but some residents of the Beaches are skeptical.

Curry has been traveling around Duval County drumming up support for his proposed solution to Jacksonville’s massive unfunded pension liability.

But he’s facing a tough sell in Jacksonville, Atlantic and Neptune Beaches, where some residents are pushing back against the idea of extending a half-cent sales tax.

Childhood Obesity

It’s a new way to fight a serious public health problem in this country and on the First Coast: childhood obesity.

About 13 million kids and adults in this country are considered obese.

In Florida, there’s been a decrease in obesity among preschoolers.

But as kids prepare to head back to school this month many of them are, ironically, overweight but at the same time not getting access to enough healthy food like fresh produce.

Hemming Park

Friends of Hemming Park, the organization in charge of running downtown Jacksonville's central park, recently stopped live music in during the park's weekday lunch hours due to budget constraints and feedback from City Council that city dollars should not be spent on programming or events. 

That announcement came on the heels of city government  concerns over a recent audit and a general reduction of funding for the group.

Media Roundtable

We discuss the week's biggest news stories with our roundtable of local journalists: 

  • Andrew Pantazi, Florida Times-Union reporter; 
  • Julie Delegal, Folio Weekly writer;
  • Tim Gibbons, Jacksonville Business Journal editor;
  • and Jacksonville blogger Fred Matthews.

Topics include Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's campaign stop in Jacksonville this week, confirmed cases of the Zika virus being transmitted through mosquito bites in Florida, and more.

Bicycle Safety

The recent death of former Times-Union editorial writer Wayne Ezell shocked and saddened many in Jacksonville.

The 72-year-old Ezell died last week after his bicycle was struck by a pickup truck in Iowa. He was taking part in an annual seven-day Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, the oldest, largest and longest bicycle touring event in the world.

Donald Trump

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump visits Jacksonville Wednesday night for a campaign rally at Veterans Memorial Arena.

Trump’s return to the First Coast comes on the heels of a series of controversies and withering scrutiny over his comments about the family of a slain soldier, the issue of workplace harassment, and more.

 State of Downtown

The latest "State of Downtown" report from Downtown Vision, Inc. details how Jacksonville's city center has fared over the last year.

The last 18 months have seen new development projects, retail recruitment, changing demographics, and more in the urban core.

Downtown Vision, Inc. executive director Jake Gordon joins us to discuss the report and what the future could look like for downtown Jacksonville.

'Just Vote No'

A new lawsuit has been filed that seeks to knock that half-cent sales tax proposal for Jacksonville off the ballot in the upcoming August 30 primary election.

The lawsuit says the ballot language is too confusing and misleading, even illegal.

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry is leading the charge to get Duval County residents to vote “yes” on the measure to pay down the city’s massive pension debt. The mayor’s office says the referendum’s language meets all the requirements of state law.

We discuss the week's top news stories for the full hour with our roundtable of local journalists.

Joining us are:

  • Tonyaa Weathersbee, Florida Times-Union columnist
  • A.G. Gancarski, Florida Politics writer
  • Lindsey Kilbride, WJCT News reporter
  • Tim Gibbons, Jacksonville Business Journal editor

Topics include the Democratic National Convention, a new study about the effect of climate change on Florida's coastal military installation, and more.

Al Lawson

Corrine Brown’s indictment on 24 charges of fraud may provide a political opening for her biggest challenger, former state Sen. Al Lawson of Tallahassee.

Lawson is the most high-profile contender to replace Brown in the District 5 Congressional seat she’s held for more than two decades.

He joins us to discuss his platform.

Cindy Landham

Florida Creamery

We begin the hour with a discussion about the controversy surrounding Angela Wilcox, owner of the Florida Creamery ice cream shop in Avondale.

In a recent Facebook exchange with another local business owner, Wilcox vented about everything from liberals, to ISIS, to people who don’t sign paychecks.

The posts have since been taken down, but not before they went viral, and were viewed more than 30,000 times.

Dave Bruderly

The Democratic National Convention heads into day two Tuesday, following a series of rousing speeches designed to unify the party after a fractious first day.

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders closed out the convention’s first night with a forceful plea for his supporters to get behind nominee Hillary Clinton.

Can the Democrats unite behind the common goal of beating Donald Trump?

Democratic National Convention

As the Democratic National Convention kicks off in Philadelphia, an unusual question is capturing the attention of cyberspecialists, Russia experts and Democratic Party leaders: Is Vladimir Putin trying to meddle in the American presidential election?

A Wikileaks release on Friday of some 20,000 stolen emails from DNC computer servers has intensified discussion of the potential role of Russian intelligence agencies in disrupting the 2016 campaign.

Media Roundtable

We discuss the week's biggest news stories with our roundtable of local journalists: Sebastian Kitchen, Florida Times-Union reporter; Claire Goforth, Folio Weekly editor; Mark Judson, UNF Spinnaker editor; and blogger Fred Matthews.

Topics include the Republic National Convention, the federal investigation into Rep. Corrine Brown, and more.

Medical Marijuana

Nearly two years after Florida lawmakers legalized it, low-THC medical marijuana could be available in the state as soon as next week.

The Florida Department of Health has granted a Tallahassee company called Trulieve the authority to process and dispense the drug.

Five other Florida companies have a license to sell cannabis for medical use.

Meanwhile, activists in Florida push for a constitutional amendment legalizing the drug for a wider array of medical treatments.

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