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Media Roundtable; new Florida Chamber Music Project; JME DJ Sessions

Rich Connor

Today’s Media Roundtable discussed some of the top stories on the First Coast, including:

  • WJCT hosted a forum last night sponsored by Jax Today and the Jacksonville Bar Association between the candidates for Duval sheriff, Lakesha Burton and T.K. Waters. Democratic candidate Burton and Republican candidate Waters were the top two finishers in a special election for sheriff in August.
  • The Anti-Defamation League reports that hate is on the rise in Florida, including Duval County. From January 2020 to August 2022, the ADL Center on Extremism recorded over 400 instances of white supremacist propaganda distribution in Florida. In Jacksonville, NatSoc Florida has dramatically expanded its activities since July, holding demonstrations and distributing antisemitic propaganda in several Jacksonville neighborhoods. 
  • There is a lack of sexual and reproductive education in local schools. A planned discussion of the material Duval County Public Schools used to teach students about reproductive health was pulled from Monday night’s school board agenda.
  • The city is looking to boost its financial support for an organization with ties to two City Council members. The nonprofit is the Northeast Florida Fire Watch Council, which works to stop veteran suicides. It has had ties over the years with Councilmen Nick Howland and Rory Diamond.


Florida Chamber Music Project debuts 

The Florida Chamber Music Project opens its 10th season on Sunday at the Beaches Museum Chapel. A decade ago, the chamber started its first season with a piece commissioned from Piotr Szewczyk, a violinist at the Jacksonville Symphony. The 10-year celebration features a new commission, "Szewczyk’s Spring Tales." Tickets can be boughthere.

JME DJ Sessions

The Jacksonville Music Experience team covers music news from artists far and wide, especially those making music in the 904. Hear their favorite new cuts from international and local artists alike on The Independent 89.9 HD4.

Guest: Matt Shaw, Jacksonville Music Experience editor.

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Gary Autry is joining WJCT from Florida State College at Jacksonville as a production intern for the fall 2022 semester. A native of the First Coast, Gary is finishing his bachelor’s degree in communication and media this fall.