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 Thursday's show:

  • New Initiatives from JTA Look to Overhaul Bus Transit in Jacksonville
  • Musicians Walter Parks and Lee Hunter Perform
  • Local Book Blogger Stacey Goldring and the First Coast Connect Book Club
  • Around Town with Kerry Speckman

   

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First Coast Connect
9:34 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Disparate Obamacare Rulings Could Affect Florida Insurance Rates

Credit Patrick Donges / WJCT

Conflicting appeals court rulings over the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, have thrown the law’s future into an uncertain status.

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First Coast Connect
12:02 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Electro Lounge Host David Luckin's TV And Music Picks

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WJCT Music Director David Luckin joined Melissa Ross to talk about his recent television favorites and some new music.

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First Coast Connect
11:53 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Florida Same-Sex Marriage Ban To Remain In Effect During Appeals Process

Last Friday morning, a local couple went downtown to Jacksonville’s Clerk of Courts office with a request they say they’d been waiting years to make —  a marriage license.

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First Coast Connect
11:37 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Libertarian Gubernatorial Candidate Adrian Wyllie Makes An Impression In New Poll

Adrian Wyllie
Credit Adrian Wyllie / Twitter

A new poll is out looking at the Florida governor’s race and one candidate is doing better in the polls than you might expect.

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First Coast Connect
3:55 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Local Military Expert Lt. Gen. Hagenbeck On Downed Malaysia Airlines Jet, Ukraine And Russia

Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200ER (9M-MRO).
Credit Laurent ERRERA / Wikimedia Commons

President Barack Obama called on Russian President Vladimir Putin Monday to clear the way for full international investigations of the site of the downed Malaysia Airlines jet in Ukraine.

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First Coast Connect
12:24 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Al Letson Launches Crowdfunding For Comic Book Series

The first issue of "Imperfect: The Five Faces of Eve." Jacksonville artist Al Letson has launched a crowfunding campaign to fund the next three issues.
Al Letson Kickstarter

Acclaimed storyteller, performer and creator of the national award-winning Jacksonville-based public radio program State of the Re:Union, Al Letson is a man of many talents.

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First Coast Connect
12:01 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

No Plans? No Problem! Things To Do This Weekend On The First Coast

Credit Lindsay Layendecker / Facebook

From jazz to improv, there's a lot happening on the First Coast this weekend.

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First Coast Connect
11:46 am
Fri July 18, 2014

ONLY IN FLORIDA: An Anti-Violence Riot, A Breast Pump Bandit, And A Stumped TSA Agent

I've heard of Columbia, but the District of Columbia? Could you step over here please, and check out this week's ONLY IN FLORIDA.

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First Coast Connect
11:10 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Media Roundtable: Monroe County Ruling Sets Stage For Statewide Marriage Equality Challenge

Credit Brian Turner / Flickr

Yesterday's court ruling in the Florida Keys that overturned Florida’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriages could have set the stage for a statewide reversal of the ban.

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First Coast Connect
11:48 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Jax Native Takes Over As President Of US Naval War College

Rear Admiral P. Gardner Howe III
Credit U.S. Navy

A First Coast native has just landed a prominent military post.

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