20 episodes

Hosted by Melissa Ross, First Coast Connect is an hour-long call-in program that features local newsmakers, civic and community leaders, arts, activities across Jacksonville and Northeast Florida, along with spot news features and a weekly roundtable of local journalists.

First Coast Connect With Melissa Ross WJCT News

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    • 4.6 • 29 Ratings

Hosted by Melissa Ross, First Coast Connect is an hour-long call-in program that features local newsmakers, civic and community leaders, arts, activities across Jacksonville and Northeast Florida, along with spot news features and a weekly roundtable of local journalists.

    Concealed carry; Talkable Communities; mayoral town hall; Lucero

    Concealed carry; Talkable Communities; mayoral town hall; Lucero

    Florida could become the 26th state to allow people to carry concealed, loaded guns without permits. And the first week of February is National Gun Violence Survivors Week.

    • 53 min
    Black firefighter lawsuit; Jax Film Festival; surviving on another planet; ‘What’s Good Wednesday’

    Black firefighter lawsuit; Jax Film Festival; surviving on another planet; ‘What’s Good Wednesday’

    Jacksonville firefighters lose a lawsuit over how they groom themselves on the job; the 2023 Jacksonville Film Festival; a new MOSH exhibit; and “What’s Good Wednesday.”

    • 53 min
    Rental housing crisis; World Economic Forum; poet Francis Poole; L.O.V.E. Culture

    Rental housing crisis; World Economic Forum; poet Francis Poole; L.O.V.E. Culture

    A new report out this week finds that nearly half of Jacksonville's renters are cost-burdened.

    • 53 min
    Local reaction to killing of Tyre Nichols; Jax mayoral race; psychedelic drugs; Cathedral Arts Project; sports

    Local reaction to killing of Tyre Nichols; Jax mayoral race; psychedelic drugs; Cathedral Arts Project; sports

    The local reaction to the killing of Tyre Nichols; two of the top candidates for Jacksonville mayor accuse each other of being untrustworthy when it comes to JEA; the growth of psychedelic drugs to treat a range of ailments; the Cathedral Arts Project celebrates 30 years; and a sports update.

    • 53 min
    Media roundtable; PBS’ Samantha Brown visits St. Augustine

    Media roundtable; PBS’ Samantha Brown visits St. Augustine

    A local church faces public backlash after making a controversial move; the City Council targets hate speech; and it’s back to the drawing board for a proposed development on the Southbank.

    • 55 min
    AP African-American History banned; photographer Doug Eng; City Council candidate Kim Stephens Perry; DONNA Marathon

    AP African-American History banned; photographer Doug Eng; City Council candidate Kim Stephens Perry; DONNA Marathon

    Outrage is growing over the governor’s move to ban an AP class in African-American studies; local photographer Doug Eng’s upcoming exhibit at the Jessie; a chat with City Council candidate Kim Stephens Perry; and the DONNA Marathon returns.

    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
29 Ratings

29 Ratings

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Great way to stay informed on important local topics

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Keep up the good work

Non-biased, wonderful source of information.
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Uncle Joe 86 ,

First rate

Very informative show usually have both sides of an issue on the show. Well controlled talks with guess

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