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The History of Soul Music in the Sunshine State

Victor Freitas

We're joined by author John Capouyato explore Florida’s contribution to soul music he covers in his book, “Florida Soul: From Ray Charles to KC and the Sunshine Band.” Capouya, an associate professor of journalism at theUniversity of Tampa, highlights some of the most noteworthy Floridian musicians through research into and interviews about soul’s golden age.


From Tampa, Capouya tells us more about Florida’s history of soul music and the details of his book. Capouya will present a lecture as part of theFlorida Humanities Council Speaker’s Seriesat the Edison and Ford Winter Estates on Thursday, February 28 at 6:00 p.m.

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Julie Glenn is the host of Gulf Coast Live. She has been working in southwest Florida as a freelance writer since 2007, most recently as a regular columnist for the Naples Daily News. She began her broadcasting career in 1993 as a reporter/anchor/producer for a local CBS affiliate in Quincy, Illinois. After also working for the NBC affiliate, she decided to move to Parma, Italy where she earned her Master’s degree in communication from the University of Gastronomic Sciences. Her undergraduate degree in Mass Communication is from the University of Missouri at Kansas City.
Mike Kiniry is producer of Gulf Coast Live, and co-creator and host of the WGCU podcast Three Song Stories: Biography Through Music. He first joined the WGCU team in the summer of 2003 as an intern while studying Communication at Florida Gulf Coast University.