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Jacksonville mayoral race; 'Good Day Sunshine State'; Ready4Work; book club

A screenshot from Donna Deegan's new ad.
A screenshot from Donna Deegan's new ad.

The leading Democrat in the race for Jacksonville mayor has dropped a new ad as Republican infighting continues.


'Good Day Sunshine State'

In 1964, Beatlemania took over the U.S. The Beatles appeared live on the Ed Sullivan Show and embarked on their first tour of North America.

As it turns out, they spent more time in Florida than anywhere else. The band dodged the path of Hurricane Dora to play at the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, where they famously refused to perform until the city agreed to integrate the audience.

In his new book "Good Day Sunshine State: How the Beatles Rocked Florida," Florida author Bob Kealing dives into this momentous time and place, exploring the Fab Four’s seismic influence on the people and culture of the Sunshine State.

Guest: Bob Kealing, author.


Operation New Hope, an organization dedicated to helping the formerly incarcerated, is bringing its nationally recognized Ready4Work reentry training and support program to people prior to their release from the St. Johns County Jail.


First Coast Connect book club

Season 3 of James Herriot’s "All Creatures Great and Small" recently aired on JAXPBS. The series follows Herriot’s adventures as a veterinarian in the Yorkshire Dales of England in the 1930s.

Herriot’s original and much-loved story is featured in our book club this month.

Guest: Stacey Goldring, First Coast Connect book club facilitator.

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Special Projects Producer Brendan Rivers joined WJCT News in August of 2018 after several years as a reporter and then News Director at Southern Stone Communications, which owns and operates several radio stations in the Daytona Beach area.