First Coast Connect

Weekdays 9 a.m. Rebroadcast 8 p.m.

Hosted by Melissa Ross, First Coast Connect is an hour-long call-in program that features local newsmakers, civic and community leaders, artists and people planning a variety of events across Northeast Florida, along with a weekly roundtable of local journalists.

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First Coast Connect is sponsored in part by Baptist Health and North Florida TPO.

The twice-a-month Going Green segment is sponsored in part by A1A Solar and the monthly First Coast Success segment is sponsored in part by Iberiabank.

The monthly First Coast Connect Book Club is sponsored in part by San Marco Books and more.

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Monday on First Coast Connect we spoke with American Medical Association President-Elect Dr. Barbara McAneny about the association’s conference this week at the Prime Osborn Convention Center focusing on gun violence, the opioid epidemic, mental health and obesity (01:16).

Friday on First Coast Connect our Media Roundtable featured Florida Times-Union reporter David Bauerlein, WJCT contributor Fred Matthews, Florida Politics reporter A.G. Gancarski and Beaches Leader columnist Jon McGowan.

Issues discussed included

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Thursday on First Coast Connect we spoke to Eastside Environmental Council founder and CEO Wynetta Wright and development manager Teena Anderson about their work to cleanup their neighborhood from contaminants and prevent discharge of pollutants into the St. Johns River (01:06).

Partnership for Child Health

Wednesday on First Coast Connect as part of Mental Health Awareness Month we heard about what’s being done to help children with mental disorders on the First Coast from Vicki Waytowich with the Partnership for Child Health (01:28).

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Tuesday on First Coast Connect we spoke with Ben Frazier of the Northside Coalition of Jacksonville and Wells Todd with the Jacksonville Progressive Coalition about the March for Change.

It’s a three-day march from Jacksonville to St. Augustine to call for the removal of Confederate monuments from public places on the First Coast (01:02).

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Monday on First Coast Connect we spoke with President of Terrawise Homes and WJCT board member Melody Shacter and Mark Sherman, Senior Loan Consultant with LoanDepot about the rising problem of affordable housing on the First Coast (01:05).

Friday our First Coast Connect Media Roundtable featured Florida Times-Union reporter Andrew Pantazi, Action News Jax anchor John Bachman, radio host and former First Coast News anchor Angela Spears and Jacksonville Business Journal editor Timothy Gibbons.

Issues discussed included:

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Thursday on First Coast Connect we spoke with Florida Times-Union reporters Nate Monroe and Christopher Hong on their investigative series regarding how dredging affects the flow of the St. Johns River (01:06).

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Wednesday on First Coast Connect we continued our commemoration of Public Service Recognition Week by speaking with retiring University of North Florida President John Delaney (01:20).

Tuesday on First Coast Connect we learned about the upcoming Party Benefit and Jam (PB&J) Jam Session: Women on gender issues with Jam Sessions creator Denise Reagan and speaker Michelle Roberts (01:02).

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Monday on First Coast Connect we spoke with author and political scientist Ian Bremmer about globalism and his latest book US VS THEM: The Failure of Globalism (01:07).

Friday on First Coast Connect our weekly Media Roundtable included Florida Times-Union reporter Andrew Pantazi, WJCT contributor Fred Matthews, Florida Politics reporter A.G. Gancarski and WJCT reporter Lindsey Kilbride.

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Thursday on First Coast Connect we spoke with Congressman Al Lawson (D-FL5), about some of the issues he’s working on in Washington. We also discussed the primary challenge against him by former Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown (01:16).

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Wednesday on First Coast Connect we spoke with Jacksonville City Council President Anna Lopez Brosche about her relationship with Mayor Lenny Curry’s administration, the future of JEA and her future political plans (01:18).

 

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Tuesday on First Coast Connect we spoke with Florida Times-Union reporter John Reid on his investigation into the connection between football and concussions and what is being done to prevent and treat them (01:16).

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