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4/4/19: Lisa King; '2Hearts'; Boney James; The Specktator

City Council At-Large Group1 candidate Lisa King

Several local races are headed to a runoff election in May.

We are profiling the Jacksonville City Council At-Large races this spring as we host the candidates asking for your vote in that runoff.

Wednesday we spoke with City Council At-Large Group1 candidate and former local Democratic leader Lisa King. We have also invited her opponent, Republican incumbent Councilman Terrance Freeman to join us on a future episode.


The movie 2Hearts tells the story of Jorge & Leslie Bacardi and Christopher Gregory, Jorge’s organ donor.

Jorge Bacardi is from the famed Bacardi rum and spirits family. He had suffered since childhood with a debilitating lung disease that nearly ended his life. A double-lung transplant at Mayo Clinic's Jacksonville campus in 2008 enabled him to take his first full breath of air at age 64.

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Boney James "Honestly" album cover

Jorge’s donor was Christopher Mark Gregory, who lost his life at age 19, and whose gift of organ donation enabled Jorge to receive his transplant.

Valerie Callahan, executive director, Gabriel House of Care and Lance Hool, Producer of 2Hearts joined us with a look at the movie.

Boney James

Multi-platinum-selling saxophonist Boney James plays the Florida Theatre this Friday. Melissa talked to him about his new album “Honestly.”

The Specktator

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Shrimp Opening night poster

Kerry Speckman, aka “The Specktator,” joined us with her countdown of the top five things to do this weekend:

5.) Jacksonville Backyard BBQ Championships at Tailgater’s Parking on Talleyrand, Saturday.

4.) Opening Night of Disney on Ice: Dare to Dream.

3.) World Premiere of Jacksonville Symphony’s “Ten Bridges” at Times-Union Center.

2.) Springing the Blues at the Seawalk Pavilion in Jacksonville Beach.

1.) Jacksonville Shrimp Season Opener  at the Baseball Grounds.

Amanda Brannon can be reached at, 904-358-6317.

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