John Davis

Host, Reporter

John Davis has been a full-time Reporter/Producer for WGCU since 2009. He is the local host for NPR’s Morning Edition and producer and host for WGCU’s radio talk program Gulf Coast Live! John came to WGCU as an intern in 2007, and is now reporting on a broad spectrum of topics of interest to Southwest Florida.  Prior to joining WGCU, he worked at WDUQ-FM in Pittsburgh, PA covering local government and general assignments.John studied journalism at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, before earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from Florida Gulf Coast University. His work has garnered awards from the Press Club of Western Pennsylvania, the Radio Television Digital News Association, and a first place award and “Best in Show” from the Florida Associated Press for his investigative work in 2011.

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Courtesy of New Phoenix Theatre

Southwest Florida’s performing arts scene is gaining a new community theatre company.  New Phoenix Theatre in South Fort Myers is currently renovating a former gym into a venue that can accommodate up to 100 audience members, or up to 300 patrons for standing-room-only shows.  In April, the organization announced an ambitious line-up of plays for its inaugural 2018-2019 season, including performances of “Marvin’s Room,” “La Cage Aux Folles” and “Rumors” among others.  The new theatre company’s founders include local actors and directors who came together to provide something fresh in the local theatre scene, with an emphasis on diversity, inclusion and more roles for women.  We’ll take a closer look at the mission of Southwest Florida’s newest theatre offering in a conversation with co-founder, actor and director James Robinson and get a preview of shows in New Phoenix Theatre’s inaugural season which opens in October.

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While red tide rages along Southwest Florida’s Gulf coast, blue-green algae is making its way westward along the Caloosahatchee River toward the Gulf.  The Florida Department of Health in Lee County recently issued a health advisory for the Alva Boat Ramp, Davis Boat Ramp, and the Franklin Lock and Dam.

Mote Marine Laboratory

A persistent red tide bloom has been plaguing Southwest Florida’s Gulf coast since the fall of 2017, with reports of fish kills and beachgoers experiencing respiratory irritation from exposure to the toxic algae.  To date, there has been no proven way to eliminate red tide, particularly in large areas, without causing harm to the natural ecosystem. 

Courtesy of ACMA

The Americana Community Music Association holds its 6th Anniversary Concert this Saturday at All Faiths Unitarian Congregation in Fort Myers.  The non-profit brings together professional touring artists, local singer/songwriters and fans of the Americana/Folk/Roots music community for performances in a respectful, intimate setting.  The association’s Sunday songwriter circles also provide a supportive venue for songwriters to present new songs and foster their own creativity. 

Frankie Colt

We’ll hear from Southwest Florida musician Xid and the 25 upon the release of his second album of high-energy mix of Electronic Alternative and Synth Pop/Rock music.  Xid went into the studio to create the new album, “Counting Days” with the goal of adding “more energy, more layers, and more passion.”  These eight new tracks follow the release of Xid’s first album “21 Apologies,” which came out in 2017.  Xid is also a member of the popular Southwest Florida band Cobress, which was featured on our show earlier this year.  We’ll hear selections from the new album ahead of the official release party July 5 at HOWL Gallery in Fort Myers as we explore Xid’s unique approach to music composition.

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