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6/02/2017: Media Roundtable; Dr. Jim Burt; Rashaad Newsome; 'Hotsy Totsy'


  Today on “First Coast Connect,” it was our weekly Media Roundtable with panelist Andrew Pantazi from the Florida Times-Union, blogger Fred Matthews, Jacksonville Business Journal editor Timothy Gibbons and David Cawton from the Daily Record (01:07). We spoke with Volunteers in Medicine co-founder Dr. Jim Burt (34:15). Artist Rashaad Newsome (40:22) told us about his new exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art and WJCT music director David Luckin (44:22) talked about the new music program “Hotsy Totsy.”  


Media Roundtable

Our panel discussed reaction to President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris climate accord. The calling of a special session by the Florida legislature. Senator Bill Nelson, D-Florida, calling for more emphasis on helping opioid addicted babies and news that charges against two of the so-called “Hemming Park Five” and the other three have accepted plea deals of reduced charges.         

Dr. Jim Burt

Next week, Burt will be awarded the Excellence in Medicine Award in Chicago by the American Medical Association. Burt co-founded Jacksonville’s Volunteers in Medicine, which provides free treatment to the working poor that doesn’t have access to healthcare coverage.      

Rashaad Newsome

Newsome works in video, performance and collage, and remixes seemingly chaotic expressions of street culture into rigorously formal compositions. He mashes together American hip-hop culture and the European heraldic tradition as a way to celebrate African-American culture. Newsome’s in Jacksonville to debut his new video installation “The Conductor.” It opens Saturday at MOCA and runs through Sept. 3.

‘Hotsy Totsy’

It’s a brand new summer music show on 89.9 FM. “Hotsy Totsy” is popular music from the 1920s and 30s, played on the original 78-speed records. Luckin hosts the show airing Sunday nights at 9 p.m. until August.

Kevin Meerschaert can be reached at, 904-358-6334 or on Twitter at @KMeerschaertJax


Kevin Meerschaert has left WJCT for new pursuits. He was the producer of First Coast Connect until October of 2018.