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.

 

Wednesday on First Coast Connect:

 

  • Agape Community Health Center CEO Mia Jones on bipartisan U.S. Senate health care deal

  • One Jax speaker Dr. Carolyn J. Lukensmeyer, executive director of the National Institute for Civil Discourse

  • Bold City  IT general manager Ray Hollister on a new Wi-fi hack to avoid

  • Dr. Dawn Mussallem from the Mayo Clinic on Breast Cancer Awareness Month.      

 

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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.

Tuesday on “First Coast Connect,” we spoke with former Congressman Jason Altmire about his new book “Dead Center” (01:15).

Dr. Takaya Jones with Baptist Health talked about this weekend’s Pink Ribbon Symposium (29:41). 

This week’s segment of “Moveable Feast” featured Lauren Titus of “Edible Northeast Florida” magazine (36:16).  

Players By The Sea Production Manager Jereme Raickett and Creative Marketing Manager Bradley Akers told us about this Saturday’s end-of-season fundraising event, “The Curtain Call” (47:24). 

    

Monday on “First Coast Connect,” we spoke about the shootings in Las Vegas and National Mental Health Week with interim President and CEO of Mental Health America of Northeast Florida Tara Wildes and Norma Basford, the former program director for National Association of Mental Illness of Jacksonville (01:17).  

Consumer law attorney Leslie Goller told us about the dangers of water-damaged cars that could hit the used car market after Hurricanes Harvey and Irma and warning signs a car may have been damaged (28:55).                

We heard about the group Gratitude America with Executive Director Michael Anthony and social worker and Florida House candidate Tracye Polson about their upcoming retreat for women veterans (38:15).

Cole Pepper brought us the weekend’s sports news including the Jaguars overtime loss to the New York Jets (47:18).   

 

Friday on “First Coast Connect,” our weekly Media Roundtable featured Mark Woods from The Florida Times-Union, Charles Griggs from the Jacksonville Free Press and WJCT reporter Lindsey Kilbride (01:53).

We heard about an event this weekend at the Jacksonville Landing to help Puerto Rico victims of Hurricane Maria and also spoke with author Steve Werlin, who wrote “To Fool the Rain: Haiti’s Poor and Their Pathway to a Better Life.”

Jacksonville Historical Society president Alan Bliss and Jacksonville attorney Michael Fisher with the Haitian advocacy group Fonkoze spoke about Haitian relief (28:31).              

Jacksonville AARP Field Coordinator Justine Conley talked about an upcoming race in downtown Jacksonville in conjunction with the YMCA (39:40).

Ahead of his appearance this weekend at the Jacksonville Home and Patio Show we spoke with “This Old House” host Kevin O’Connor (43:56).

      

Thursday on “First Coast Connect,” we spoke with Florida GOP operative and President Donald Trump critic Rick Wilson about the administration’s response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and the documentary he is co-producing about the Trump presidency (01:13).

We heard an update on the proposed mixed-use development on Jacksonville’s Southbank, The District, with developer Michael Munz and Jacksonville University’s Associate Dean of Applied Health Sciences Heather Hausenblas (32:25).        

Learn to Read Executive Director Judy Bradshaw talked about their upcoming fundraiser at the Jacksonville Downtown Main Library (40:48)

Client Focused Media CEO Mike White told us about this weekend’s Oktoberfest in Jacksonville (45:00).

     

Wednesday on “First Coast Connect,” we hear about September being National Recovery Month with Lakeview Health’s Juan Deas and alumni manager Ashley Harris (01:03).  

Author and former land manager Terri Mashour joined us to talk about her new book,  “Backcounty Trails of Florida: A Guide to Hiking Florida’s Water Management Districts.” (32:47)      

Creator Keith Marks joined the show to discuss the launch of Avant Radio on 89.9 on Sunday (41:49).

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