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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Dave Parmelee, "Lasting Impressions Studio"

Award-winning and multi-faceted guitarist John Housley joins us in studio upon the release of his new album of Nuevo Flamenco music “The Heart’s Furnace.”  Housley has been playing and teaching guitar since his early teen years.  He also founded the Ann Arbor Academy of Music, which averaged some 400 students per week under his leadership. 

Nick Follger

Legendary animator and director Ron Campbell stops by WGCU ahead of some rare personal appearances in Naples in the coming days in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ classic animated film, “Yellow Submarine.”  Campbell was one of the animators behind the musical fantasy comedy film. 

Alan Schmierer

In his seminal work, “The Immense Journey,” author and anthropologist Loren Eiseley penned the often cited quote:

“If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in the water.”

That sentiment is certainly shared by News-Press storyteller Amy Bennett Williams, who is just as likely to find magic in the palmetto scrub around her Alva homestead, exploring an old growth cypress forest, or even in a rare encounter with a powerful bird of prey while walking along a creek bed, as she tells us in this week’s encore essay.

We sit down with members of the Ghostbird Theatre Company ahead of their final performance this season: Samuel Beckett’s play, “Catastrophe.”  The location for this one night only performance May 4 won’t be announced until the last minute, which is big part of what this unique theatre company is all about.  Ghostbird is the only theatre company in the American South that is fully dedication to creating site-specific performances.

Tim Bruder

The Southwest Florida-based punk rock band Offset Era brings their explosive sound to our studios with a live on-air performance.  The group’s high-energy music blends pop punk, skate punk, alternative, ska, reggae and hip-hop genres and they perform regularly at venues in the Fort Myers/Cape Coral region.  The band’s first EP “Lucky 13” was released in late 2015 and their second album, “Learning to Swim Upstream” was released earlier this year.  We’ll sit down with band members Chris Clark (vocals/guitar), Vince Nelson (drums) and Chad Young (bass).