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25 years of live music at Jack Rabbits

Jacksonville club Jack Rabbits has been a nexus for live music since 1999. The storied stage has hosted acts from Paramore to Jason Isbell and everyone in between. As they celebrate their 25th year, they reflect on historic milestones, near disasters and the day-to-day hustle of club ownership.


Governor rejects federal aid

Senior Biden Domestic Policy Adviser Neera Tanden discusses Florida's refusal to accept summer food aid for kids.

The Whiskey King

Local professor, author and historian Tim Gilmore is known for his in-depth explorations of the darker and weirder sides of Jacksonville history. Today, he unveils the persona behind Jax Liquors, lauded locally as the “Whiskey King.”

Local events

Yaya Cardona of Cre8Jax reveals this week’s list of local happenings, from the art of John Lennon’s “lost weekend” to a drag queen spoof of Mean Girls, boozy yoga and more.

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Anne Schindler joined WJCT News 89.9 as host of First Coast Connect in October 2023, after nearly three decades in Jacksonville print and television. Anne has worked in the Jacksonville media market since 1995, first as a reporter for the original Folio Weekly, then as the publication’s editor-in-chief from 2002 until her departure. In 2012, Anne transitioned to television as executive producer of special projects for First Coast News, Northeast Florida’s NBC and ABC affiliates. You can reach Anne at <a href=""></a>.
Stacey Bennett is the producer of "First Coast Connect" and "What's Health Got to Do With It?" She is a Jacksonville-based singer-songwriter who performs under the nom de plume Folk is People. Stacey holds bachelor's degrees in both political science and psychology from the University of North Florida and a master's in business administration from Saint Leo University.