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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Sarasota Musica Viva

Nov 30, 2017
Mary Dennis

The world-class musicians of the non-profit chamber music group Sarasota Musica Viva are in the midst of their third full season performing at venues in and around the Sarasota region.  The group is known for introducing audiences to new and rarely performed pieces as well as fresh arrangements of traditional chamber works.

Rachel Iacovone / WGCU

There are some world-renowned cancer research facilities in the state of Florida — the Moffitt Center and the Mayo Clinic to name a couple — but until now, Southwest Florida went without such a program.

Dennis Yip via Flickr Creative Commons

The number of opioid-related deaths in Florida increased 35 percent in 2016 according to a report released last week by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.  The report, based on data collected from medical examiners across the state, finds that overdose deaths caused by the power synthetic opioid fentanyl shot up 97 percent last year and that the presence of fentanyl in overdose victims increased 80 percent. We talk with Lee Health Emergency Department physician Dr. Aaron Wohl, Director of Residential Programs at SalusCare Steven Hill, and Chief Medical Examiner for Florida’s 12th Judicial Circuit Dr. Russell Vega.

Thanksgiving (ENCORE)

Nov 17, 2017
Don McCullough via Flickr creative commons

Thanksgiving is officially now less than a week away, which means preparations for the holiday should be well underway.  If you’re stressed because you haven’t found the time to begin preparing your home for visitors, to brine a turkey or to select all the items for your table spread, you’re in good company.

The Good Bad Kids

Nov 16, 2017
Jesi Cason Photography (http://www.jesicason.com/#1)

The Naples-based band, “The Good Bad Kids,” performs live in studio.  The duo’s high-energy mix of Americana, Folk, Rock, Punk and Bluegrass original songs and covers regularly brings audiences to their feet at performance venues throughout Florida and beyond.  We’ll talk with band members Nicky Ray D’Agostino and Matt McWaters who both serve as lead vocalists delivering tight vocal harmonies.

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