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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"Petrichor" ENCORE

May 18, 2018
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In consideration of the factors that create one’s sense of place, it can be easy to overlook one powerful characteristic:  the smells.  In this week’s encore essay, News-Press storyteller Amy Bennett Williams takes us on an olfactory journey through some of the common and not-so-common scents associated with the Southwest Florida experience including her favorite; a smell named by geologists in the 1960s, and one that Southwest Florida residents have certainly been experiencing in recent days with the return of summer rain storms.

This segment originally aired on March 22, 2018.

We listen back to our conversation with members of the Southwest Florida-based band Suwannee Swing Saloon

Back in March, the group transformed WGCU’s studio into a western swing revival with a live performance of the dynamic string band’s mix of western swing, classic country, blues and jazz tunes. The group made its debut at the Marco Island Center for the Arts, and it performed at WGCU ahead of making its Fort Myers debut. 

Amy Bennett Williams

Southwest Florida’s recent bout of dry windy weather has left vegetation and many creek beds dry and created dangerous drought conditions for fire crews as they continue battling several wildfires still burning in the Big Cypress National Preserve.  However, a reprieve could be on the way as weather forecasters are calling for widespread showers and thunderstorms beginning next week.  In anticipation of the return of our subtropical summer rainy season, this week’s encore essay from News-Press storyteller Amy Bennett Williams has her pondering the great variety of rainstorms in our region a

Courtesy of Alliance for the Arts

Summertime is often associated with a dearth of art offerings as music organizations and theater companies go on hiatus before opening their new seasons in the fall.  However, that’s not the case at the Alliance for the Arts in Fort Myers where staff have been busy organizing an ambitious schedule of gallery exhibitions, workshops, and classes for kids, teens and adults alike!  From visual and performing arts summer camp opportunities to workshops on drawing, painting, photography and more, the organization’s Director of Operations and Education, Brandi Couse, brings us a closer look at everything the Alliance has to offer for you and your family this summer.

Theatre Conspiracy is currently running productions of Lorraine Hansberry’s classic drama, “A Raisin in the Sun,” at the Alliance of the Arts in Fort Myers.  The story and its themes tackle hard truths about racism, segregation, and socioeconomic mobility through the story of a black family’s experience moving into a prosperous white neighborhood in 1950s Chicago.  

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