First Coast Connect With Melissa Ross

Weekdays 9 a.m. Rebroadcast 8 p.m.

Hosted by Melissa Ross, First Coast Connect is an hour-long call-in program that features local newsmakers, civic and community leaders, artists and people planning a variety of events across Northeast Florida, along with a weekly roundtable of local journalists.

First Coast Connect host Melissa Ross

First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross is sponsored in part by Baptist Health and North Florida TPO.

WJCT Sport Analyst Cole Pepper's Monday sports wrap is sponsored by Farah & Farah.

The What's Happening Around Town segment, which is heard every other Thursday, is sponsored by St. Augustine Distillery.  

The twice-a-month Going Green segment is sponsored in part by A1A Solar and the monthly First Coast Success segment is sponsored in part by Iberiabank.

LEADERSHIP JAX

The public celebration of the life of the late Jacksonville Mayor Jake Godbold is set for this Thursday at 10 a.m. at the Prime Osborn Convention Center. The event is free and open to anyone. Godbold’s lifelong friend Mike Tolbert joined us to talk about the big event. Godbold was mayor from 1979 to 1987. He was called a "mayor of the people" and has often referred to as Jacksonville's greatest mayor.

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Monday, February 17, on First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross we discussed changes in immigration law.

BILL BORTZFIELD / WJCT NEWS

Friday’s First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross Media Roundtable discussed a few of the top stories of the week, including:

  • The continued investigations into JEA
  • Politically motivated violence
  • JAXPORT gets a big shot of federal funding

 Our guests were:

"vote here" sign
BILL BORTZFIELD / WJCT NEWS

As the presidential race heats up across the country, the deadline to register to vote in Florida’s primaries is fast approaching.

JAXPORT / via Wikimedia Commons

Wednesday, February 12, on First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross, we discussed why President Trump’s proposed federal budget is good news for Jacksonville port.

HEATHER SCHATZ / WJCT

A new committee investigating JEA could ask for documents going back years to try to get to the bottom of how, when and why the city-owned utility began looking for a private buyer.

Via Florida Times-Union

Friday’s First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross Media Roundtable discussed a few of the top stories of the week, including:

Native Sun

A dizzying array of grocery stores all around town are opening and closing.

HEATHER SCHATZ / WJCT NEWS

The Jacksonville City Council is busy with an investigation into the aborted push to sell JEA, and helping to confirm an entirely new board. Overseeing all this is City Council President Scott Wilson, who joined us. 

Heather Schatz / WJCT

On this episode of First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross, we heard from the chairman of the Duval County Public School Board, Warren Jones, on the half-cent sales tax proposal to fund school repairs and construction.

JACKSONVILLE DAILY RECORD

Friday’s First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross Media Roundtable discussed a few of the top stories of the week, including:

Visitors are pictured exploring the Genome: Unlocking Life's Code exhibit at MOSH.
Museum of Science and History

Do you have your mother's dimples? Or your father's hairline? What makes us, us? And how much of it sets us apart from every other living thing on Earth?

Melissa Ross and City Councilman Matt Carlucci are pictured outside of Studio 5.
Heather Schatz

On Wednesday's First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross, we looked at JEA's CEO being fired with cause and the entire board stepping down.

An aerial view of the University of Florida campus in Gainesville.
UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA VIA TWITTER

The conventional wisdom is that attending college is a good investment.

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