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.

 

Monday on First Coast Connect:

 

  • Nick Thompson and the My Neighbors food bank program

  • Sheryl Dixon and upcoming STEM eventi  

  • Band Manhattan Murder Mystery performs live

  • Cole Pepper on sports

 

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

Education coverage is sponsored in part by the Chartrand Foundation.

Monday on First Coast Connect, we spoke with local activist Nick Thompson about his My Neighbors Project (01:02).   

Ahead of a STEM field trip Wednesday we spoke with Karen Smittle, CH2M Florida Communications Manager, Jaynelle Pemberton, CH2M Engineer and Project Manager and Alex Blahakis, Career and Technical Education Director for Duval Public Schools. (29:45)  

Cole Pepper brought us the weekend’s sports news, including the Jaguars’ 27-0 win over the Colts. He also previewed Saturday’s Florida-Georgia game (37:45). 

California-based band Manhattan Murder Mystery performed live in-studio (45:57). 


Friday on First Coast Connect, our weekly Media Roundtable featured Dan Scanlan from The Florida Times-Union, Folio Weekly editor Claire Goforth, Jacksonville Business Journal editor Timothy Gibbons and WJCT contributor Charles Griggs (01:18).   

Reveal host and Jacksonville native Al Letson and Jacksonville Bar Association President Tad Delegal spoke about Al’s talk with the association regarding race relations and Letson’s appearance Saturday in the CoRK Arts District (33:30).

We heard a live in-studio performance by the Kristin Lee Duo (44:00).

Thursday on First Coast Connect, ahead of white supremacist Richard Spencer’s appearance at the University of Florida, we spoke with WUFT Multimedia News Manager Ryan Vasquez on what is occurring on campus and the rest of Gainesville (01:08).

JEA announced this week it will greatly expand its use of solar power. We spoke with Steve McInall, who is JEA’s director of electronic production resource planning, Pete Wilking from A1A Solar, Sarah Boren with the U.S. Green Building Council and TerraWise Homes CEO David Shacter (21:18).      

We heard about the Transition to Health, Resources, Independence, Viable Careers and Education (THRIVE) program at the University of North Florida with student Robert Rittenhouse. He's the vice president of the Education Student Leadership Committee at UNF (36:30).   

To commemorate Get Smart About Credit Day we spoke with Mary Svoboda, Chief Lending Officer and Chief Operating Officer for Jax Federal Credit Union (44:00).

       

Wednesday on First Coast Connect, we spoke with former State Representative and CEO of Agape Community Health Center Mia Jones about the bipartisan health care proposal announced Tuesday in Washington (01:10).

OneJax speaker Dr. Carolyn Lukensmeyer discussed what can be done to reduce political dysfunction and incivility in our political system (29:28).

To commemorate Breast Cancer Awareness Month we spoke with Mayo Clinic oncologist and breast cancer survivor Dr. Dawn Mussallem (37:40).

Our tech guru Ray Hollister told us about the dangers of new computer attack that affects Wi-Fi networks (44:00).    


Tuesday on First Coast Connect, heard about the upcoming Safer Streets Summit with North Florida Transportation Planning Organization CEO Jeff Sheffield (01:07).     

The latest segment of “Moveable Feast” featured St. Augustine’s Smokin D’s BBQ (27:45).   

Jen DeVore Richter, the author and co-founder of Rock My Image talked about the three major mistakes to avoid if you decide to start your own business (35:19).

ElderSource Executive Director Linda Levin told us about what the organization is doing to help seniors affected by Hurricane Irma and the rescheduled Grandparent’s’ Day in Jacksonville (44:00). 


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