Super Bowl

Tuesday on First Coast Connect, ahead of next week’s She Is Fierce! conference at Everbank Field, we spoke with Jacksonville Jaguars Vice President and chief Legal Officer Megha Parekh (01:21).   

Dr. Douglas Green, specialist with the Jacksonville Hearing and Balance Center spoke about an upcoming seminar at WJCT (24:46).

Upon hearing Justin Timberlake has been invited to perform at halftime during Super Bowl LII we spoke with entertainment critic Joey O’Hern (30:02).  

Generation W founder Donna Orender and executive directive Atiya Abdelmalik told us about next week’s Generation WOW conference at the University of North Florida (46:00).


Monday on “First Coast Connect,” we spoke with Mike Binder, director of the Public Opinion Research Laboratory at the University of North Florida, about his new poll on the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. We also heard from Baptist Health cardiologist Dr. Pamela Rama about American Heart Month. Humana Vice President Dr. John Montgomery and health solutions executive Laura Nolan joined the show give an update on the company’s Bold Goal initiative, and Cole Pepper talked about the historic comeback by the New England Patriots to win Super Bowl LI.  


As politicians and pastors speak out about violent crime in Jacksonville, mourners laid to rest the 13th homicide victim of the year Saturday.

22-month-old Aiden Michael McClendon was shot by a stray bullet January 29 as he sat inside a parked car. Police are investigating the possibly gang-related shooting.

Jacksonville has been Florida’s murder capital on and off for more than a decade now. As Mayor Lenny Curry works to reinvigorate the Jacksonville Journey anti-crime initiative, we examine the city's murder rate and root causes of crime in Jacksonville. Dr. Michael Hallet, professor of criminology and criminal justice at the University of North Florida, joins us.


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This weekend's seventh annual Urban Education Symposium aims to help First Coast teachers more effectively teach young African-American males. We speak with symposium organizers Cleve Warren and Dr. Barbara Darby about their efforts to close the achievement gap for this group.

Then Cindy Williams, director of UF Health North's Birth Center, joins us to discuss Jacksonville's newest medical facility.

With All Due Respect: Coke The Beautiful

Feb 19, 2014
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It’s hard to tell which organization made the biggest statement at the Super Bowl, the Seattle Seahawks or the Coca-Cola bottling company, and frankly, Coke’s story seems far more interesting than the game.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan and president Mark Lamping showed off some updated renderings of the pending renovations coming to EverBank Field during a pre-Super Bowl luncheon on Sunday.

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It was a rout in New Jersey last night as the Seattle Seahawks dominated the Dever Broncos to win Super Bowl XLVIII, 43-8.

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Need to boost your manliness this Super Bowl Sunday? We've got just the recipe for you.

Michael Dunn, Marissa Alexander, and red light cameras are in the headlines today.

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Super Bowl week is upon us, and so far the big stories have been the offense of the Broncos vs. the defense of the Seahawks, Richard Sherman, and the weather.

The Super Bowl matchup is set, and there are some First Coast connections with the teams. Cole Pepper checked in with Melissa Ross with his weekly sports wrap, including Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman's boisterous post-game interview.

FSCJ gets a new president, no time limit given for Mathis trial arguments, and Stand Your Ground revisions getting first legislative approval are in headlines this morning.

Karen remnants dump rain from Georgia to Jax, closing arguments expected in Mathis trial, and the local effects of the government shutdown are in headlines this morning.