Ray Hollister

Co-Host, "Deemable Tech"

Ray’s love for radio and technology lead him to volunteer at WJCT 89.9 FM in 2011. After volunteering during WJCT’s "First Coast Connect" for several months, he asked if he could record a show about technology. Thus "Deemable Tech" was born.

Transplanted from Hollisterville, Pennsylvania, when he was less than 2 years old, Ray Hollister has lived in Jacksonville for almost his entire life. Ray graduated from Douglas Anderson School of the Arts as a vocal arts major, and he was an Internet services technology major at Florida State College at Jacksonville.

Ray enjoys reading about the latest gadgets and new apps, spending time with his kids, and talking about himself in the third person. 

Steve writes, “When I’m on the internet, I constantly see things pop up on the screen that say ‘Check for malware now’ or ‘You’re missing drivers, click to update.’ Should I click on it? The way things are nowadays, I’m afraid to try!” 

Don’t click on it, Steve! What you’re seeing is a pop-up ad designed to trick you into visiting a spam website or downloading harmful malware. 

Tap Call

Norma writes, "How do you stop receiving an automated text message? When I got my new phone I started receiving messages from a store telling me about their specials. I've tried visiting the website and 'unsubscribing' but that didn't work. "

We feel you, Norma. Like junk mail and spam email, unsolicited text messages are the bane of our existence. Luckily there are ways to stop them.

Microsoft

  Joan writes, “I’m running Windows 7 on my laptop, and for the past five months I’ve had a request pending to get the upgrade to Windows 10. Am I supposed to just keep waiting patiently, or is there something else I’m supposed to do?”

Today we have not one but two related questions from different listeners.

Lenny writes, “Last week I received a call from a guy who said he was from Microsoft. He said they had detected that my computer was having problems. To prove it, he told me how to open my Windows log file, and when I did it was full of errors. So I paid him to fix all the problems and scan for viruses. Now I’m wondering if that was really a good idea.”

Sandra sends us a similar story. She says: “I was checking my email and all of a sudden windows started giving me an error message which said it had a virus. It included a phone number. I called the number and a man connected to my computer and fixed it. But now my computer runs slowly and this guy charged me a lot of money. Have I been hacked?” 


Florida Lottery / Ray Hollister

The old saying goes, "Somebody has to win. It might as well be you." But if you were the owner of one of the over 440 million tickets that didn't win the Powerball grand prize this weekend, you may be coming to understand how untrue that saying is.

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Thurman writes, "I have a hard drive that was removed from my old computer before I got rid of it. It has some pictures on it that I don't have stored anywhere else and some of my old tax returns. Is there anything I can do with it, or is it just a hunk of junk? And, should I be concerned about other people getting into it if I throw it out?" 

You can definitely make use of that old hard drive, and you can get those pictures and tax returns off of it too! 

Update (Dec. 13): Police found Donald Asmus Friday evening at a Jacksonville gas station after he called his wife from it. He was unharmed.

The original story is below:

A Silver Alert has been issued for a St. Johns County man.

Donald Asmus, a 65-year-old, white male with salt and pepper hair and brown eyes, was seen last wearing a green Polo shirt and jeans when he left his Ponte Vedra Beach home.

Asmus was driving a 2013 Lexus GS 350 with a Florida license plate CYX A83.

Anchorman

Subscribe to "The 'It's A Wonderful Life' Behind-The-Scenes Production Podcast Thing" in iTunes to get every episode.

This episode is a "scream." In this episode, Ray walks through the process of recording a difficult line of the play that has a lot of dynamic range, and how through the magic of editing, we can put the pieces together to find the right sound. "Stop" what you're doing and take a listen, but be warned, you might want to turn your headphones down a bit. 


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The Jacksonville City Council will begin considering a bill next Tuesday that could limit when and where food trucks can operate.

Councilman Reggie Brown is introducing the bill, which if passed, would amend the city ordinance so that food trucks would not be allowed to operate within 50 feet of a brick-and-mortar business unless the brick-and-mortar business gives the mobile business written consent.

We discuss the week's top news stories with our roundtable of local journalists: Tonyaa Weathersbee, columnist for The Florida Times-Union; A.G. Gancarski, reporter for Florida Politics; John Burr, business analyst for WJCT and Fred Matthews, blogger for Examiner.

Topics include the latest gas leak at Eureka Garden Apartments, controversy over Duval County’s program for dyslexic students and a local push to get Medicaid expansion on the 2016 ballot in Florida.

Anthony Hodge / Norman Studios

Norman Studios in Arlington is going to be nominated next week in Washington D.C. to become a National Landmark. Jacksonville historian and Norman Studios Spokeswoman Rita Reagan made an appearance on WJCT’s “First Coast Connect” on Thursday to share the history of the studio and what people can do to help the cause.

Florida's Children First, a nonprofit organization that works to raise awareness about issues related to the rights of at-risk children, especially those in foster care. FCF is holding a special event tonight to honor champions for children's rights. Executive Director Christine Spudeas joins us in studio with more. 

Norman Silent Film Studios is already listed on the National Register of Historic Places, but now it has a chance to become a National Landmark. The nomination will be presented next week in Washington. Norman Studios Spokeswoman Rita Reagan is here to explain how this all came about, and how the public can help. 

State Attorney Angela Corey recently won two high-profile endorsements as she seeks re-election from former Sheriff John Rutherford and Property Appraiser Jerry Holland. Corey’s fundraising also far outpaces her challenger in the race former Assistant State Attorney Wes White.

White has criticized Corey for her handling of several high-profile cases and for the way the 4th Judicial Circuit handles juvenile offenders, among other things. White was recently a guest on "First Coast Connect." 

This morning, State Attorney Corey joins us in studio to talk about her record and the campaign. 

On Nov. 18 and 19 Operation New Hope, the Ford Foundation and #Cut50 will host expert practitioners, government officials and thought leaders for a bipartisan summit on criminal justice reform and re-entry solutions for people leaving incarceration in Jacksonville. The summit will focus on re-entry solutions and on reducing recidivism through employment-based solutions. 

Kevin Gay, president and CEO of Operation New Hope, joined us to discuss the two-day summit being held at Hyatt Regency in downtown Jacksonville.

 

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Looking for something spooky to do this October? There are events all over the First Coast from special concerts from the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, corn crop mazes and trick-or-treating for kids and the kid-at-heart. Here is WJCT’s list of Halloween events in Northeast Florida.

It’s Monday, September 28, 2015. Welcome to WJCT First Read, your daily weekday morning round-up of stories from the First Coast, around Florida and across the country.

Here are 7 stories you might have missed.

Jacksonville's Southbank Could Be Getting More Pedestrian Friendly

An investigation into a cyberattack launched earlier this year against Florida's computer-testing platform for public schools has ended with no suspects and no apparent motive. The Jacksonville City Council will decide whether the city’s newly elected Planning Commission Chair Lisa King stays on the board at all. A building on the University of North Florida campus is getting high marks from voters in an American Institute of Architects poll.

With Florida black bear hunting season scheduled to start next month, a conservation group is asking a judge to block it, but a veteran wildlife lawyer says the group’s chance of success is slim. Jacksonville’s Skyway people mover is almost 30 years old, and JTA is taking steps to figure out what should be done with it next. But instead of planning for final expenses, a recent AAA survey found half of Sunshine State residents don’t have life insurance.

Recently released federal data show a widening salary gap between private-college graduates and their public-school counterparts, but in Jacksonville, both private and public colleges give students a relatively good return on investment. Although the overall job market has improved, the U.S. Labor Department finds an increasing number of Americans with disabilities are unemployed. The trial of the man accused of murdering 8-year-old Cherish Perrywinkle has been set for early April.

Sunday was the first home game of the Jacksonville Jaguars’ regular season. Florida is expecting a budget surplus this year, and Attorney General Pam Bondi wants some of that money to go toward untested DNA samples. A Northeast Florida lawmaker is predicting Medicaid expansion won't be a factor during the next legislative session.

It’s Tuesday, September 15, 2015. Welcome to WJCT First Read, your daily weekday morning round-up of stories from the First Coast, around Florida and across the country.

Here are 7 stories you don’t want to miss.

Hundreds of Chief Petty Officers from Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Naval Station Mayport and Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay shared their pride at Metropolitan Park on Wednesday. Under a bill filed Tuesday by a Republican state lawmaker, a bronze statue of Confederate Gen. Edmund Kirby Smith, which has stood in the U.S. Capitol since 1922, would be replaced by a statue more representative of Florida. Another Florida lawmaker is hoping to revive a past effort to make sure law enforcement agencies using body cameras have set guidelines in place.

On Friday, a vacant old coffee shop in Jacksonville’s Five Points reopened for a night to host a fashion show. Marriage may be legal for all couples now, but many in the LGBTQ community say the fight for equality is far from finished; one Florida lawmaker is pushing to prohibit so-called conversion therapy in the state. When Duval School Superintendent Nikolai Vitti provided a timeline and more information about potential school boundary changes at a workshop, Jacksonville Democratic Congresswoman Corrine Brown stopped by to give her two cents.

After 28 years in operation, the Jacksonville Maritime Heritage Center says it will decommission its museum inside the Jacksonville Landing by the end of the year. Mental health professionals, county officials and law enforcement officers have started planning to create a centralized facility meant to keep people with mental illness out of jail. A target was placed on at least 320 black bears Wednesday as the once-threatened species will be hunted across Florida next month for the first time in more than two decades.

People living in Clay County are being told to lock the doors of their homes and cars after nearly a dozen crimes were reported over the past two weeks. Urban planners have long looked to have an educational institution in the heart of the city — and Florida Coastal School of Law, it turns out, has long wanted to be downtown. An investigation by Politico Florida shows Governor Rick Scott’s administration altered a statement to falsely claim one planned parenthood facility failed to properly log fetal remains.

This year, 500 black students in ten middle and high schools in Duval County will be paired with mentors through the “5,000 Role Models of Excellence Project,” an initiative to recruit 5,000 mentors over the course of 10 years. St. Augustine kicked off the 450th celebration of the founding of the country’s oldest city on Tuesday, a week-long celebration projected to bring in tourists from around the world. Organizers of One Spark Festival, billed as “the world’s largest crowdfunding festival,” announced a number of changes Monday.

The Jacksonville Jaguars have traded the team's longest-tenured player on Monday morning, releasing kicker Josh Scobee to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Jacksonville Congresswoman Corrine Brown (D-FL5) could face several opponents in the courtroom as she sues over proposed new district boundaries. The St. Johns County Tax Collector’s Office is now performing weapons-permits renewals.

It’s Tuesday, September 1, 2015. Welcome to WJCT First Read, your daily weekday morning round-up of stories from the First Coast, around Florida and across the country.

Tropical Storm Erika is following a path that could end Florida’s 10-year run without a hurricane. Jacksonville City Council President Greg Anderson is proposing a solution to infrastructure woes on downtown’s Northbank. The Jacksonville organization that protects people from discrimination is struggling under an overwhelming case load.

It’s Friday, August 28, 2015. Welcome to WJCT First Read, your daily weekday morning round-up of stories from the First Coast, around Florida and across the country.

Here are 8 stories you might have missed.

Eton

As you prepare for hurricane season, don’t forget about your technology. Make sure to download apps now that can make it easier to get through the storm, and make sure to have what you need to keep your devices running during and after the storm.

It’s Wednesday, August 26, 2015. Welcome to WJCT First Read, your daily weekday morning round-up of stories from the First Coast, around Florida and across the country.

Here are 8 stories you might have missed.

City Clerk Of Hampton, Florida Arrested After $19,000 Disappears

Duval County students returned Monday for the start of another school year. Governor Rick Scott has named the president of a Key West real-estate development company to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, replacing the former chairman who announced last week he is stepping down after 12 years on the board. With the end of a special session looming, state lawmakers scrambled on Friday to agree on a new congressional map for Florida but failed to make any headway, leaving the door open for the state Supreme Court to redraw borders.

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