First Coast Connect

Weekdays 9:00AM

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.

Coming up on Tuesday's show:

  • "Zombie" Homes: Aborted Foreclosures Leave Jacksonville Properties in Legal Limbo
  • Shindig on the Seine and the Avondale 5K to Benefit the Sanctuary on 8th Street
  • Communities in Schools High School Mentoring Program
  • UCLA History Professor Dr. Amir Alexander, "Did Calculus Make Democracy Possible?"


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

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First Coast Connect
4:04 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Commentary: 'The Maze Runner' And Male Screen Relationships

Credit 20th Century Fox

With the new film The Maze Runner opening this weekend, First Coast Connect pop culture philosophy contributor Nicolas Michaud has thoughts on the portrayal of men and women in popular media.

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First Coast Connect
2:44 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Media Roundtable: Khan Condemns Rice, Supports Goodell

Ray Rice
Credit Keith Allison / Flickr

Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan issued a statement Thursday condemning former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice for domestic abuse against his fiancé. The shocking violence was recorded on an elevator video camera.

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First Coast Connect
3:23 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

New Wounded Warrior Project Survey Offers Snapshot Of Injured Vets

Credit Wounded Warrior Project

As the nation reacts to President Barack Obama's announcement of an open-ended campaign against the threat posed by the Islamic State, the Wounded Warrior Project examines the state of veterans injured in combat.

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First Coast Connect
2:15 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

North Florida TPO Seeks Public Input On First Coast Transportation Plans

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In a critical update to the area's long range transit plans, the North Florida TPO is evaluating transportation needs and challenges across Northeast Florida.

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First Coast Connect
2:38 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Council President Yarborough Discusses Proposed 2015 Budget

Credit City of Jacksonville

The Jacksonville City Council will begin reviewing next year’s proposed city budget Tuesday night.

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First Coast Connect
2:45 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Amid Investigations, Examining 'Rape Culture' On Florida College Campuses

Jameis Winston
Credit Florida State University

As FSU investigates its quarterback and Gainesville police look into incidents on the UF campus, the issue of sexual assault at universities is front and center.

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First Coast Connect
4:56 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Former Retirement Task Force Chair Scheu On '$5 Million Cop'

Bill Scheu
Credit Montreat Conference Center

Lucrative retirement benefits for the city’s police and firefighters are renewing calls for reform.

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First Coast Connect
12:52 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

New York Times Reporter On Latest In O'Connell Case

Walt Bogdanich
Credit The New York Times

The family of Michelle O'Connell, who was found dead in the home she shared with a St. Johns deputy in 2010, wants an expanded probe into her shooting.

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First Coast Connect
1:19 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

JTA To Overhaul Mass Transit System

Credit Jacksonville Transportation Authority

In the biggest overhaul since the 1980's, the Jacksonville Transportation Authority is revamping its mass transit system.

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First Coast Connect
8:42 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Local Activists Speak Out On Crime And Poverty In Jacksonville

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Prior to the explosive events in Ferguson, MO, alarm about the state of crime here in Jacksonville was making headlines.

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