Pastors Speak Out Against RNC; Renaming Military Installations; What's Good Wednesdays

Jul 8, 2020

Part of the Republican National Convention is still scheduled to take place in Jacksonville next month. A group of local pastors have joined the growing local chorus in speaking out against it.

Two of them, Pastor John Allen Newman of the Sanctuary at Mount Calvary Church; and Pastor Gary L. Williams of Hopewell Church in Mandarin, joined us to explain why.

Related: Local, State, And National Coronavirus Coverage

Renaming Military Installations

The push to take down monuments tied to the Confederacy has also extended to renaming military installations - including aircraft  carriers.


Retired Navy officer Keith Green, who lives in Jacksonville, has been writing about one name in particular, the USS Stennis. He joined us with more.

What’s Good Wednesdays

It’s Wednesday, time for our regular midweek look at positive things going on amidst a pandemic and a recession. This week’s selections, both on air and in our newsletter, include:


Alhambra Theatre & Dining

The coronavirus pandemic has shuttered Broadway through the end of the year (at least), and the nation’s big regional theaters and major outdoor festivals have mostly pivoted to streaming. But even as infections surge in the United States, many theaters are finding ways to present live performances before live audiences.


Here in town, the Alhambra Theatre & Dining is continuing to stage Cinderella. Owner Craig Smith joined us with more.

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