Gulf Coast Live on WGCU

Weekdays at 1PM (encore Sundays at 11am)

Gulf Coast Live is a live, locally produced, call-in radio show focusing on issues that matter to Southwest Floridians. It's your chance to share your thoughts and connect to your community, live on the radio.

Whether produced on location, with a live audience or in our radio studio, Gulf Coast Live invites you to interact with experts, decision makers and each other via phone calls, emails, texts, on Facebook and blogs.

Hosted by: Julie Glenn
Produced by: Matthew F. Smith

Call:  1-877-GCU-TALK 

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Twitter: - #GCL

Gulf Coast Live is funded by the Elizabeth B. McGraw Foundation
Photo: Chris Potter, via Flickr Creative Commons

Tax Day in 2017 falls is just over three weeks away. Normally collected on Apr. 15, that date falls on a Saturday this year, and Monday, Apr. 17, is Emancipation Day in the District of Columbia. That pushes the nation’s filing deadline Tuesday, Apr. 18.

Photos, images: Robert Macomber

Weaving tropical history into his naval historical fiction “Honor” series, Pine Island author Robert Macomber writes about the journeys of Peter Wake, who joins the US Navy in 1863 and is based in Key West. His new novel sees the action range from Tampa to Havana.

Photo: PBS via WGCU

If a juvenile’s first offense is a minor crime in Florida, officers don’t have to make an arrest. They have the option of handing out what’s known as a civil citation, an alternative to arrest that doesn’t mar their record.

Photo: Keith Ridge via Fort Myers Derby Girls

The Palm City Punishers kick off their season Sunday with their first home "bout" against the Long Island Roller Rebels. The Fort Myers Derby Girls league is part of a nationally-ranked team through WFTRDA, the Women's Flat Track Roller Derby Association.

But what's the difference between jammer, a blocker, and a pivot? Would you know how to break through the pack and become lead jammer? How much do you know about the increasingly popular (and potential contest in the 2020 Olympics) sport of roller derby?

Photo: Jeff Lindsay Images: Alliance for the Arts

Premiering at Fort Myer's Theatre Conspiracy this week is a new play from a familiar playwright: the Civil War-era story of "The Cave" by Cape Coral author and writer Jeff Lindsay.