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Hosted by Melissa Ross, First Coast Connect is a one-hour call-in program featuring local newsmakers, civic and community leaders, arts, activities and more, along with spot news features and a weekly roundtable of local journalists.

Airs weekdays at 9am on WJCT 89.9FM.
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National Bullying Awareness and Prevention Month Campaign to Free Daniel Knight Outward Bound At-Risk Programs
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The Campaign for Amendment 1, the Florida Water and Land Conservation Initiative New Technology at Baptist Health Assists in Detecting…
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Media Roundtable Week in Review MOCA “Women Painting Women” Event “Impressions” Printmaking Show Author Stephanie Evanovich, The Sweet Spot
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​What Proposed EPA Regulations Could Mean for Jacksonville Utility Rates WJCT CEO Michael Boylan Junior Achievement Girl$ Youth Justice Awareness…
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Gov. Rick Scott Orders New Investigation Into ​Death of ​Michelle O’Connell Breast Cancer Awareness Month Going Green: CSX Named Sustainability…
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Recent Real Time with Bill Maher Segment Sparks Discussion About Islam The Ice Bucket Challenge’s Effect on ALS Research and Treatment Guana…
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New University of North Florida Poll Reveals Charlie Crist Leads in Florida Governor’s Race Author Ruthie Shelton, Inside the Shelton Gang…
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Media Roundtable Week in Review Author Bob Colacello, Holy Terror: Andy Warhol Close Up Riverside Fine Arts Presents John Betsch and Longineu Parsons…
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Peter Rummell on His Healthy Town Plan, One Spark and More World Sight Day St. Augustine Greek Festival Around Town…
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Mental Health Awareness Week Author Tim Gilmore, In Search of Eartha White, Storehouse for the People Pink Ribbon Golf Classic Stage Aurora…
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Duval County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Nikolai Vitti and School Officials on Safety Concerns at Local Campuses, and International Walk…
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Concerns About Ebola in America Breast Cancer Awareness Month Sulzbacher Center “Transformations” Event First Coast Sports Wrap Up with Cole…
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Media Roundtable Week in Review Food Allergy Symposium Aging True How Do You Pronounce “Jaguars”? Oktoberfest at Memorial Park
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Attorney Mark O’Mara and UNF Race Expert Dr. JeffriAnne Wilder on Dunn Verdict, and Issues of Race and Justice Pink…
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The Governor’s Race One Month from Election Day HEAL Foundation Chopper Ball Drop, Dash & Charity Golf Classic Fonkoze New…
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New Report Examines the Performance of Teach for America Teachers in Duval County Public Schools LGBT Community Fund for Northeast…
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The Retrial of Michael Dunn TEACH Conference Local Girl Scout Group in Need of Volunteers First Coast Sports Wrap Up…
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Media Roundtable Week in Review Local Book Blogger Stacey Goldring and the First Coast Connect Book Club Clean Water Music…
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Concerns Grow Over Aggressive Building on Florida’s Coast Baptist Health Announces New Cancer Care Program Enemy of the Reich Dragon…
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Laura Street Trio Developer Steve Atkins Going Green: Green Lion Festival TedxJacksonville Restoring Mary McLeod Bethune Elementary School
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How Politics are Playing a Role in the City’s Budget Process National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month Leadership Jacksonville Jacksonville Legacy Series:…
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New UNF Survey Gauges Public Reaction to Domestic Abuse Issues in the NFL Marking Rosh Hashanah on the First Coast…
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Media Roundtable Week in Review Girls Inc. Women of Vision Event Alhambra Theatre Presents Man of La Mancha
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Attorney and Medical Marijuana Legalization Advocate John Morgan WJCT CEO Michael Boylan OneJax Speaker Dr. Kambiz GhaneaBassiri, Creator of Muslim Journeys…
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Volunteers in Medicine Jacksonville Business Journal’s “Public Dollars, Private Schools” Report on Charter Schools Going Green: Girls Gone Green Players…
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“Zombie” Homes: Aborted Foreclosures Leave Jacksonville Properties in Legal Limbo Communities in Schools High School Mentoring Program UCLA History Professor…
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AARP Scorecard Ranks Florida 43rd State in Support for Seniors New National Legislation Would Require Rental Car Companies to Repair…
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Media Roundtable Week in Review Rethreaded Aqua Jax Dog Days of Summer Event
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The State of Our Nation’s Veterans Jacksonville Mayo Clinic First in Florida to Receive Comprehensive Stroke Certification Art in Public…
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Long Range Transportation Plans for the First Coast Economic Development Expert and Author Don Holbrook Baptist Health’s “Faith & Mental…
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Jacksonville City Council President Clay Yarborough on the City’s Proposed Budget Childhood Obesity Awareness Month Florida Heritage Book Festival Tech…
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Campus Rape Culture WJXT’s Dora: Direct Hit Documentary Community Bone Marrow Donor Drive First Coast Sports Wrap Up with Cole Pepper
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Discussing the Week’s News with Our Roundtable of Local Journalists Remembering Joan Rivers – 2010 First Coast Connect Interview Amelia…
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Concerns About Police and Firefighters Making Millions from Jacksonville’s Pension Program Feeding Northeast Florida “Hunger in America” Report First Coast…
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Questions Surround Death of​ ​Michelle O’Connell in St. Augustine ​ Four Years On​ Understanding the Threat of the Islamic State…
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JTA to Completely Revamp Jacksonville’s Mass Transit System Aneurysm Awareness Month Moxie Kitchen + Cocktails and The Local Palate Magazine…
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Discussing the Week’s Top News Stories with our Roundtable of Local Journalists Jacksonville “Strut Your Mutt” Event to Benefit Homeless…
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Analysis of the Primary Election Results Going Green: Southern Alliance for Clean Energy UNF Study Examines Social Media and Narcissism…
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Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Jacksonville Looks to Solve City’s Poverty/Crime Problem Jacksonville Area Legal Aid Facing Cutbacks Great Ponte…
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Federal Judge Strikes Down Florida’s Same-Sex Marriage Ban First Coast Success Profiles PRI Production’s Randy Goodwin TBA Big Band First…
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Media Roundtable Week in Review Speaking of Women’s Health Speaker Dr. Will Eblin Jazz Singer Hope Clayton
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The Latest on the Lawsuit Over Florida’s Congressional District Maps Bike MS Generation W and the Alhambra Theatre Present The…
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Guest Host Charlene Shirk State Representative Reggie Fullwood Women’s Services Coalition of Northeast Florida Disaster Preparedness Tips for Businesses Players…
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Guest Host Karen Feagins Examining the Events in Ferguson, MO The State of the Regency Square Mall Six Months After…
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Proposed Food Truck Ordinance Goes Before Jacksonville City Council Project SOS Alan Verlander, Jax Sports Council First Coast Sports Wrap Up…
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The School to Prison Pipeline and Efforts to Prevent Local Girls from Entering the Juvenile Justice System Author Bob Kealing, Tupperware…
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Depression and Mental Illness Awareness Going Green: Earth Fare Grocery Store State of the Re:Union Host Al Letson
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Guest Host Mike Miller Jacksonville Business Journal’s “Under The Gun” Investigation – Local Businesses in Jacksonville’s Most Violent Neighborhood Scholar Preparatory…
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Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Nan Rich 2014 International Sons of Norway Convention First Coast Sports Wrap Up with Cole Pepper
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Deemable Tech’s Ray Hollister On Keeping Your Data Secure Innovate Northeast Florida Survey Northeast Florida Healthy Start Coalition’s Rounds at…
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Can There Be Lasting Peace In Gaza? Local and State Efforts to Make Florida Tobacco Free On Being Host and…
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State of the River Report JaxKids Book Club Celebrates 10th Anniversary Rethreaded’s Freedom Film Series: Sex and Money Commentator Jay Solomon…
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Special Session Ordered To Draw New Congressional Districts Scholar Preparatory Academy The ARTery  First Coast Sports Wrap Up with Cole…
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Media Roundtable Week in Review Casting Begins for Rock Opera La Caroline Apex Theater Studio Presents Godspell
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Federal Lawsuit Against Local Restaurant Shines Light on Issues of Exploited Undocumented Workers Mary Lou Rogers, Mother of Quadriplegic Author…
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New Quinnipiac Poll Shows Overwhelming Support for Medical Marijuana in Florida Going Green: Green Home Design Examining Recent Anchor Changes…
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The Issue of Climate Change in the Florida Governor’s Race Author Jack Molisani, Be the Captain of Your Career New Jacksonville…
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​​EverBank Field’s New Scoreboards and the Economics of Sports Stadiums First Coast Success Profiles Gary Chartrand Rebuilding Communities on Jacksonville’s…
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Media Roundtable Week in Review MOCA Project Atrium Artist Caroline Lathan-Stiefel Local Couple Appearing on HGTV’s Flipping the Block​
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New Initiatives from JTA Look to Overhaul Bus Transit in Jacksonville Local Book Blogger Stacey Goldring and the First Coast…
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What Rulings from Two Appeals Courts this Week Could Mean for the Affordable Care Act Save Jax Libraries Campaign Speaking…
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Libertarian Gubernatorial Candidate Adrian Wyllie The Legal Implications of the Monroe County Same-Sex Marriage Ruling New Music from Electro Lounge Host David…
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President Barack Obama: Evidence Malaysia Airlines Flight Hit by Missile from Rebel Controlled Area of Ukraine Fighting Childhood Hunger in…
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Media Roundtable Week in Review Artist Series’ 9th Annual High School Summer Musical Theatre Experience Imperfect: The Five Faces of…
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The Recent Rise in Shootings, and the Potential Effects of Crime on the City’s Image WJCT CEO Michael Boylan Rear…
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​​Atlantic Beach City Commission Holds First Vote on Human Rights Ordinance Former Health Planning Council of Northeast Florida CEO Dawn…
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Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown on the City’s Proposed 2014-15 Budget The Cummer Museum Reaches Deal to Display Painting Involved in…
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Circuit Judge Strikes Down State Congressional District Maps Over Gerrymandering Dreams Come True Benefit Concerts Walmart Guerrilla Artist Brendan O’Connell…
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Media Roundtable Week in Review Stroke Prevention and Recovery Clinton Health Matters Initiative CEO Rain Henderson
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New Poll Shows Broad Public Support for Immigration Reform in Florida Ramallah Club of Jacksonville President Sammy Batteh Pop Culture…
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President Obama Endorses Paid Maternity Leave for Working Families Baptist Health’s Plans to Decrease Risk of Infectious Diseases Preparing for…
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New Jacksonville City Council President Clay Yarborough What to Plant in Your Garden this Summer Travel Expert Amy West on…
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Understanding the Rise of ISIS and the Situation in Iraq The Origins of Chikungunya Fever Commentator Jay Solomon First Coast Sports…
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​​Media Roundtable Week in Review Baptist Health Looks to New Scrubs Technology to Reduce Risk of Disease Starship Farragut 2nd…
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50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act Florida’s Water Issues – Infrastructure and Environmental Concerns UNF Professor Working to Set…
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Examining the Supreme Court’s Ruling in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Emmylou Harris United Way of Northeast Florida CEO Michele Braun…
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Duval County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Nikolai Vitti on Single Gender Education and More First Coast Success Profiles Willard Payne…
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Media Roundtable Week in Review New Surgical Procedures to Treat Receding Gums Local Book Blogger Stacey Goldring and the First…
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Duval County Public School Board Member Jason Fischer on Self Defense and Student Discipline Local Female Business Owners Make List…
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Jacksonville Mayoral Candidate and Former State GOP Party Chairman Lenny Curry Going Green Series: Consumers Against Toxic Apparel Campaign Coming…
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New Pew Research Study Shows Extreme Polarization in American Politics Deemable Tech Radio Special Canary in the Coalmine and An…
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Religious Groups Take New Stance on Same-Sex Marriage 9 in 15 Initiative to Elect More Women to the City Council…
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Discussing the Week’s Top News Stories with Our Roundtable of Local Journalists Mario Butler Celebrity Charity Weekend Shrek The Musical on…
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Medical Marijuana Growers Begin Plans in Florida After the Signing of “Charlotte’s Web” Bill WJCT CEO Michael Boylan First Coast…
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Jacksonville City Councilman and Mayoral Candidate Bill Bishop Laudonniere Luncheon – A Celebration & 450th Commemoration of Fort Caroline World…
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Lack of Diversity Among Jacksonville’s Circuit Judges Raises Concerns St. Augustine Jewish Historical Society Marks the 50th Anniversary of Largest…
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Councilman Robin Lumb on Issues of Code Enforcement in Jacksonville’s Springfield Area Author Charlie Cobb, This Nonviolent Stuff’ll Get You Killed:…
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Guest Host Dan Leveton Discussing the Week’s Top News Stories with Our Roundtable of Local Journalists Operation Footlocker Military Brat…
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Guest Host Fred Matthews Climate Change and the 2014 Gubernatorial Race “Wishing Well” Program to Help Nonprofits Promote Themselves Local…
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Guest Host Karen Feagins Commuter Rail in Florida Primal Grill Host and Author Steven Raichlen Going Green: Refreshing Your Existing Landscape…
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Guest Host Karen Feagins President Obama Takes Executive Action on Student Loan Debt Relief United Way 2014 Summer Youth Employment…
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Guest Host Mike Miller Save Our Sons Forum Aims to Stop Violence in Jacksonville Authors Bob and Patience Mason on…
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Discussing the Week’s Top News Stories with Our Roundtable of Local Journalists ElderSource Farm to Family Mobile Farmers Market
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Examining the Controversy Around the Release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl Camp JADA Educates Kids about Diabetes Boaters Skip Day Around…
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JEA Reacts to New EPA Standards for Power Plants Romance Author Brenda Jackson Girls Rock Jacksonville Camp
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Feeding Northeast Florida Opens New Food Distribution Center in Jacksonville Author Debbie Powers, Meeting Her Match: The Story of a Female…
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Public Trust Group Sues JAXPORT Over Reports on the Environmental Impact of River Dredging New Treatment for Those Suffering Chronic…