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Congressman Al Lawson; Protest-related Arrests; 89.9 FM Adding More News Coverage

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Protestors in Downtown Jacksonville, Saturday, June 6

Protests continued in and around Jacksonville - and around the country - this weekend.

Locally, thousands of people - including several City Council Members - turned out to peacefully protest against racism, criminal justice reform and police brutality over the weekend.

North Florida Representative Al Lawson joined us to discuss these issues, and how they could impact this year’s election races -  especially the one for president  - and more.

Related: Rep. Al Lawson Says Police Reform In The Works; RNC Must Consider 'Public Safety'

Protest-Related Arrests

Dozens of people were arrested in Jacksonville during protests the last weekend of May.

One of them was local documentary filmmaker Bernardo Santana, an Emmy award-winning producer who was recording the protests for a future project. 

But he said his work was cut short when police grabbed him from behind and arrested him in front of the Duval County Courthouse. He shared his story with us.

WJCT Format Changes

Next month, WJCT is making some changes on-air changes. On 89.9 FM’s main channel, you’ll now hear an all news/talk format, but the music you love isn’t going away. It's expanding on WJCT's HD Radio channels and streaming platforms. WJCT CEO David McGowan and Station Manager David Luckin joined us with more.

Related: WJCT To Concert 89.9 FM To All News/Talk After Launching 3 Music Channels

Heather Schatz can be reached at or on Twitter at @heatherschatz.