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Ken Amaro retires; “First Coast Success”; Brain Wellness Program; local sports

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Bob Self
Florida Times-Union
First Coast News consumer reporter/anchor Ken Amara with anchor Jeannie Blaylock.

After 42 years on local airwaves, Jacksonville broadcast legend Ken Amaro is retiring at the end of the month after a long career as a consumer reporter at First Coast News. Amaro is well-known and well-loved as a defender of the little guy. He’s also famed for his trademark bow ties.

On Wednesday, his station will celebrate Ken Amaro Day, when they will air stories and tributes to his broadcast career. But before he hangs up his mic, Amaro has some thoughts about his life in TV news.

Guest: Ken Amaro, First Coast News reporter.

First Coast Success

Debbie Buckland is one of Jacksonville’s top female executives. The retired market president of Truist Bank is also one of the few women to serve as a Jacksonville Chamber chair and other leadership roles.


Brain Wellness Program

UF Health Jacksonville, the Gary Sinise Foundation and philanthropic partners including the PLAYERS launched a new comprehensive brain health care program to help veterans struggling with mental illness here in Northeast Florida.


  • Kelly Letellier, executive director of the Haley Brain Wellness Program.
  • Jared Rice, executive director of the PLAYERS.

Local sports

WJCT Sports Analyst Josh Torres joined us with updates on all the local professional and college sports teams.

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